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What Are The Most Common Beagle Problem Behaviors?

Sep 16, 2008
Beagles aren't perfect, which may be hard to believe. And they never seem to read any dog training books. They can be prone to developing bad habits and worrying behaviors. This is true of any breed of dog, even mongrels. Many Beagle behavior problems can be nipped in the bud with conscientious canine care, including proper nutrition, regular exercise and neutering.

If you don't neuter your pet Beagle, then you are not only opening your Beagle up to lots of health problems, but also to Beagle problem behaviors like territory marking, wandering and aggression. Getting your dog fixed will fix more than one of your dog's problems! And if you don't spay your female Beagle, then you may have the expense and drama of unwanted puppies. The owners of "Dad" are under no legal obligation to share any of the expenses. Beagles tend to have large litters, even for a first liter, which is one reason why they are so popular as laboratory animals.

The most common Beagle behavior problem is wandering. Beagles have been known to ignore the invisible fences that keep in most dogs and still set off to explore. This is due to Beagle genes. Beagles were bred for fox hunting - in fact they are miniaturized versions of the English Foxhound. This means they are bred to run around for miles and miles every day.

You don't need to look up in any dog training book to know what the prevention of wandering is. You need to take away your Beagle's reasons for wandering off in the first place. Neutering is essential here, especially before the dog is two years old.

You also need to give your Beagle regular daily exercise of playtime and at least a half hour walk every day. Remember - a tired Beagle is a good Beagle! Even if you have a fence, you should still keep an eye on your Beagle. They are escape artists.

One of the most common Beagle problem behaviors is common to any dog, separation anxiety. This is when the dog howls or destroys bits of your home when you leave him or her alone. Beagles are bred to be in packs and are very social dogs. They usually get along very well with other animal companions, which may stop the separation anxiety.

Leave a radio or television on so your Beagle hears comforting noises. Also leave a shirt or pajamas with your smell on it as another way to comfort your Beagle. Leave proper chew toys to give your Beagle a suitable alternative to the furniture. You can also leave toys like Kongs stuffed with peanut butter or thick gravy inside and then freeze it.

You should also leave as quietly and calmly as possible. Other tips can be found in all breed dog training books or websites. There are even Beagle support groups to swap tips and laughter.
About the Author
About the author: Michelle Adams is a passionate lover of the Beagle and has a popular website that can show you how to have a happy, healthy and well behaved Beagle . Among other topics there, you will find out more about Beagle Problem Behaviors plus a whole lot more.
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