Beagles start teething at the age of 3 months until they are 6 months old. Chewing is then a means of exploring, relieving stress and pain. It is also a wonderful time to start training them about what is acceptable to chew and what is not.
SECRET 1 – Develop the right strategy according to what they chew. Beagles will actually tend to chew their feet or tail, furniture or your precious belongings and you want to apply different strategies accordingly.
SECRET 2 – If they chew their feet or tail, consult with your vet to make sure that it is not due to illnesses or diseases such as allergies. If there are no health problems, you can try biter chew deterrent sprays made out of natural substances. The idea is to get a product that tastes biter and awful but not to cause any physical pain.
SECRET 3 – If your beagle puppy is teething, provide them with some chew toys. There are some toys that you can freeze for a couple of hours before giving it to your puppy to relieve pain and keep them entertained at the same time.
SECRET 4 – Chew-proof your home. Before you bring your puppy home, make sure to remove tempting items until your puppy is fully trained. Protect furniture that is valuable to you.
Don’t give them your old stuff to chew because they cannot tell the difference between your old shoes and your new pair of shoes.
SECRET 5 – Training, training, training. You can train your beagle not to chew certain items. Among the commands that you will need, make sure you teach them the “leave” command.
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SECRET 6 – Provide exercise and mental stimulation. Sometimes beagles chew out of boredom. They don’t surf the Internet or read a book, they chew. Remember to provide physical and mental stimulation to your dog to avoid boredom. Toys can be an excellent choice. They idea is to give them something to do that will look like a task to them to distract them from chewing. Dogs are used to working and completing tasks.
Get a couple of toys and rotate them regularly. You can get a new toy every month. Too many toys will make your beagle anxious; too little variety will be boring.
Practice your obedience training and the commands that you are learning daily several times a day. That will also provide physical and mental stimulation.
SECRET 7 – Don’t use punishment. If you catch your beagle in the act, say “no” or emit an “AAAH” to get their attention and to let them know that it is not acceptable. Tell them to “come” and reward them with a treat, which will make them drop whatever they are chewing, until they learn the “leave” command.
SECRET 8 – Avoid playing certain games. No tug of war or wrestling games. Don’t try to pull toys from their mouth. Don’t chase them either because they will think that it is play time. Tell them to come to you, instead and reward them with a treat. They will necessarily need to drop whatever they have in their mouth if they want the treat.
SECRET 9 – Sometimes loneliness is a big reason for their chewing. They might suffer from separation anxiety.
If you need to leave your beagle alone for extended periods of time, organize some dog walking or dog playing. There are even dog care centers!
When you leave your beagle alone, make sure that only chew toys and treats are available and that everything else is out of their reach.
You should limit the space available to your beagle. Sometimes having the whole house to protect all on their own creates more anxiety. You can choose ONE room for your beagle to stay in until you return.
If you have a garden, fence your garden appropriately if you decide to leave your beagle alone there to prevent escapes.
Some people leave the TV or the radio on to give their beagles the illusion that they are not alone. It might be worth giving it a try and see if it helps with your beagle chewing.
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