An important part of beagle care is to teach your dog not to bite. Usually a biting problem comes from improper socialization or not stopping the problem when the dog was young. Beagles are friendly dogs, but they can develop a biting problem that can be harder to break as they age. Their strong willed-nature can make this a challenge, so take care of the problem early for best results.
What Causes Beagle Biting?
A common misconception is that some dogs are just prone to biting. The fault, though, almost always lies with how the dog was socialized at an early age. Doing this properly will make beagle care a whole lot easier as your dog ages.
Beagles are smart and can be quite headstrong, so proper training is a must if you don’t want things to get out of hand. Once they learn how to behave properly, you’ll have a very sweet dog that will give years of enjoyment to your family.
How to Stop Beagle Biting
Beagle care and biting prevention starts when your puppy is still with the litter. Being around his siblings and mother is the first step in proper socialization, which will help your puppy understand that biting and other dominant behavior is unacceptable. Keep your pup with the litter for at least 8 weeks to allow the socialization period to take effect.
Step two of beagle care begins after your puppy is at least 8 weeks old. Now it is time to socialize your pup with your family, other pets and with other dogs. Introductory obedience classes, puppy parks and doggy day care are good ways to introduce your beagle to other dogs.
If your pup does something wrong, avoid scolding him or showing aggression yourself. This will confuse him, leading to behavioral problems later. Proper beagle care means using the right technique to train your pup. Instead of scolding, show him gently that biting is unacceptable by substituting a toy and by making a whimpering sound if you are bitten. This behavior emulates what his siblings would do if he bit them.
Beagle Biting in Older Dogs
If your beagle is older and has a biting or nipping problem, you need to address it right away. First, you have to establish yourself as the alpha leader – keep your dog under control – don’t let him control you. You determine when it’s time for feeding, walking and other activities. Teach your dog some basic obedience commands, such as stay, sit and heel. Be assertive, not wishy-washy with your commands, so the dog knows you are in charge.
Don’t play aggressive games with your dog, as this will reinforce the bad behavior. Things to avoid would be chasing, wrestling, tug of war or anything else that raises the dog into an excited state that can promote biting behavior.
Part of proper beagle care is recognizing when your dog has issues, such as anxiety or displaying aggressive behavior toward anyone. If you see any signs of these, an obedience class is a good way to teach them proper behavior and keep the problem from spiraling out of control. An obedience class will provide socialization with other dogs in a controlled environment.
If your beagle has a biting problem that becomes persistent and dangerous, it’s time to get a professional involved. This could be an obedience coach or your vet, who can determine if there are any health issues that might cause the biting behavior.
Just be sure not to let the problem go unaddressed. Beagles may be small, but biting is unacceptable and must be dealt with before it becomes a more serious problem.