The good news is that adequate training is most of the time the solution to the behavior problems that your Beagle presents. Learn 3 tips to facilitate that training process.
Resolving Beagle problems may seem difficult at first, but it can generally be done by understanding the trigger and then removing it. Training methods work best when you understand the emotional state of your dog as well. It may change from session to session. Slight changes may be needed or a different routine adopted in order to resolve problems. For instance, you may have left the Beagle puppy alone for a while. It may show its resentment by simply not responding to commands for some time. Be firm but understand it is in an emotional state.
TIP 1 – Turning Beagle Aggression towards Toys
Beagles love to express their aggression when allowed to do so. It allows puppies to have some fun. Staying in a pack often prevents them from biting other dogs. It’s not often a pleasant experience to be bitten back. You won’t need to worry too much about aggressive tendencies if you provide your Beagle with toys to bite since it is perfectly healthy for your Beagle to bite into soft toys. Buy toys unlikely to damage your Beagle’s teeth. As a puppy, any compulsive behavior must be directed towards biting toys and not pillows or bed sheets.
Teething is a natural phenomenon when the dog is still a puppy. It is therefore natural for a Beagle to bite into things to get over the itching and sometimes painful sensation. This will also be a problem between the 9th and 13th months when their molars develop. Take the initiative and present your dog with chew items they can bite into without damaging everything around them. Exercises can begin within the crate, so your Beagle realizes you accept the behavior. As soon as your Beagle indulges in the same impulsive action elsewhere, use a verbal “no,” repeatedly until they stop and train them on the behavior you expect instead.
TIP 2 – All Beagles Are Not Made Alike
Not all Beagles have the same temperament. Some Beagles may be more intelligent than others, while others may be instinctively obedient by nature. Take into account your Beagle’s temperament when designing their training.
Determination (what other people choose to call it “stubbornness”) is a trait attributed to the inherent nature of a hunting dog. Hunting dogs will persist until they reach their prey by following the scent left behind. Therefore, maximum achievement is gained when training your Beagle, if you follow a system introducing training techniques session by session. For example, precisely executing a sequence of commands to make the dog sit may include using the word “sit” verbally. You may succeed getting over stubbornness by constantly saying “no,” if your Beagle does not follow the command. Similarly, as soon as your Beagle understands and responds, praise your dog, and most importantly, offer goodies every time your Beagle follows your cue until it becomes a habit.
TIP 3 – If You Want Attention Give Attention
Your Beagle wants your attention all the time. They will constantly look up from a stupor to see if you are around. The moment you are not, they might feel neglected. Separation anxiety is not uncommon and must be tackled delicately. While you may want to give your dog as much attention as you can, you should resist the temptation to pamper your Beagle all the time.
Beagle behavior problems will crop up only if you fail to establish the right balance between attachment and discipline, in other words, if you fail to establish yourself as the alpha leader of your household. Beagles are used to following the alpha dog of their pack in exchange for the protection that the alpha leader provides them. If you don’t take over the role of the alpha dog in your household, you are creating insecurity and anxiety in your Beagle and your Beagle will feel the need to take over that role and protect your family.