Lucy is loud. Although she is just a puppy, she is still extremely noisy in every bark that she makes. Her cute face and floppy ears do not quiet her loud personality, especially when unfamiliar people come over to spend time with you. Although this does not bother you because of your love for Lucy, your friends and neighbors are bothered by her loud noises. They do not seem to want to come over to your house as often because they feel like Lucy has an annoying bark. With these complaints, you now are beginning to wonder why Lucy barks louder than other dogs.
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The Root of the Behavior
Beagles have been known for their loudness. Although they are extremely cute, they are also incredibly noisy and use their barking to communicate more often than other dogs. It is as if Lucy is howling to her owner about every incredible thing that she discovers. Yet, more than likely, Lucy is not being used by you to hunt or track your friends! Beagles are hounds and hounds are dogs that have been used as hunting companions for quite a long while now. When these dogs are used for hunting, they will track scents with their impeccable scenting skills and they will use their speed to catch their prey. The howl or large bark is to communicate to their hunting owner that they have succeeded in their hunt or to communicate to their wild pack to gather in a certain area. Yet, you probably are not using your Beagle for hunting and you do not want Lucy waking up your neighborhood with her loud calls!
It is important to know that Beagles are just not silent dogs and unfortunately, they never will be. Their hunting nature is deeply inbred into how they are, whether you take them out hunting or not. Lucy may be a lot louder than another Beagle who is over the age of 2 because she is still learning to adjust to the normal life of being a home pet over a hunting companion. Her loud noises and chaotic energy will calm down once she understands that she does not need to react to everything she discovers. Lucy will always have a reason for barking, whether she is showing you something or communicating her needs of hunger or even anxiety. You are not going to want to just stop your dog from barking, but help her communicate in a better way and also provide her with what she needs. You also are going to have to exercise your Beagle more than other breeds. They are hyper dogs and exercise will help get that extra energy out of their system.
Encouraging the Behavior
It is essential that you know Lucy’s canine nature as a Beagle. Beagles are noisy dogs and that is a fact because you just cannot take the bark out of a Beagle. You do not want to punish or repress Lucy’s nature when that is how she is bred. Beagles will bark at everything until they realize that they live with a family in a calm home instead of in the woods where they are hunting. Yet, you must know that Lucy will never bark unless there is a valid reason for it. Each day, you want to give your dog a chance to expend their extra energy. Take your dog outside to run and play. This will help calm their hyper energy so they do not react to everything while they are in the house. You also want to know that your dog’s hunting nature will play out in their playful actions.
Along with barking, your dog may go searching through your things, inside or outside the house. You need to train your Beagle so their barking and hyper reactions do not get out of control. When a car alarm goes off and Lucy begins to bark, you need to talk to her in a calm voice. From here, you can desensitize Lucy by showing her there is nothing to worry about over a car alarm. If you run around wondering what the noise is, Lucy will bark. This is an excellent way to help calm your dog’s barking tendencies down to a minimum, if it becomes bothersome.
Other Solutions and Considerations
Those who invest in Beagles are usually unaware of their barking tendencies, at first. Yet, once you discover your dog's personality, you want to work with her each day. When your dog barks, talk to her in a calm voice and reassure her that everything is okay. You can reveal noises to your dog as often as you would like and you can show her that there is nothing to bark at. If she gets stuck in a barking loop, you can clap or purchase something such as an interruptor spray. This will redirect your dog’s attention from barking and jumping up and down. If this does not work, you can take your dog to the veterinarian or hire a behaviorist to help you train your Beagle.
Beagles are amazingly smart in all that they do. Their barking and digging tendencies are always to notify their owner of something important, even if it does not seem like it at the time. Through their adjustment to living at home instead of in the wild, your dog will soon realize that barking is not always necessary. Yet, sometimes you just cannot stop a Beagle from barking when they are excited.