In this video international dog trainer expert Emily Larlham shows us how to train our beagles not to bark at noises.
Important Learning Points from the Video
Dogs bark out of anxiety, fear, nervousness or arousal. Yelling at your beagle to make them stop barking creates more stress hormones in your beagle’s body and they become even more aroused or nervous.
Dogs bark to communicate. You need to address the underlying cause of the barking, not punish the communication.
STEP 1 - Start by determining the cause of the barking. What is the noise your beagle is afraid of?
STEP 2 -Change the response your beagle has to that external stimulus (the noise) by associating the noise with a reward for staying calm.
STEP 3 - Reinforce remaining calm before the noise occurs.
STEP 4 - Add criteria. Reinforce remaining calm when the noise happens. You can start training and rewarding your beagle for remaining calm while the noise is being produced in another room. Once they succeed in that, get nearer to the noise and reward remaining calm until you get your beagle to remain calm under the same circumstances where they used to bark.
In real life, when your beagle starts to bark at a noise, interrupt them. You can call your beagle, for instance.
When you are not home, you can leave the TV or the radio on. And make sure that your beagle gets no access to what they usually bark at.
In the related articles below you can also find information about beagle clicker training (that noise that you hear in the video is the clicker).