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How To Stop Your Beagle Barking
Beagles, trained scent hounds accustomed to emitting a deep, throaty and loud baying barks upon sighting of game, can be loud dogs. Even though your domestic Beagle is probably not used for tracking and hunting, he will probably still engage in the characteristic Beagle habit of barking and howling.
Many owners, and some vets, regard barking as something to be negated at all costs - as though a good dog is a quiet dog. This is not necessarily a constructive way to look at things: there are many reasons that a dog barks, and you shouldn't try to take away this valuable communication tool.
Why Does My Beagle Bark?
When Is Barking Not a Good Thing?
Sometimes your Beagle may exhibit barking behavior which is inconvenient or offensive - for example, repeated baying and barking in order to get your attention at an unwanted time.
Getting your attention need not always be a bad thing; it's a good sign that your Beagle wants to interact with you! However, sometimes it can be used as a tool of manipulation in order to get extra food, extra pats, etc, especially if you've capitulated to these demands in the past. It's not a good idea to let your Beagle determine when and how often he's fed or patted; affection and nourishment should be doled out on your terms, not his.
How to Deal With Your Beagle's Barking
If you want a silent dog, then the Beagle may not be a particularly good choice for you; some Beagles just enjoy the sensation and noise of barking.
In order to control manipulative or intense attention-seeking barking, here are some basic tips for handling the issue:
Barking On Command
Teaching your Beagle to bark on command is surprisingly easy. Arm yourself with treats and an object or situation which generally causes barking in your Beagle, such as a squeaky toy, or the doorbell ringing.
This command can be used in all situations where your Beagle gives voice - for example, the doorbell, seeing passersby through a fence, etc. When he starts to bark, give him a moment to release tension - a few good barks should do it - and then call him to you. Get him to sit, and then say quietly but firmly, "Quiet". As soon as he's quiet, give him a treat and/or lavish praise and pats.
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