Stop Beagle Barking and Howling

Beagles are natural hunters. Their natural dog instincts are always looking out for something to hunt or track. And when they do find something interesting, their brains are wired to alert the hunter/owner of what they found, which usually means a loud howl!

This is the reason as to why Beagles are known for their barking and that distinct howl. It’s actually quite surprising to hear such loud noise come out of such a small dog, but vocals have evolved to allowed them bark at some pretty impressive volumes.

Why Beagles Won’t Stop Barking

Back when hunting was more popular and was one of the most popular sports of the wealthy, hunters would take with them a pack of specially bred dogs to hunt, chase and spot the prey. Those dogs were called “hound dogs” and our little Beagle is actually falls into that category.

Beagles were bred for their small size which allowed them to get into places other bigger hounds could not fit into. Of course not only were these dogs required to chase prey, but they would also have to alert the rest of the pack where the prey was. This is exactly what your Beagle is doing most of the time he barks and howls.

Every time he picks up a new scent, spots a bird, some small critter or senses a stranger at the door, he barks and howls to alert you of someone being there. It’s simply an instinctual reaction.

Of course barking is not limited to just them hunting, there are other causes for howling and/or barking:

  • He wants something
  • Trying to show you something
  • Warning you or someone to stay back
  • Playing a game
  • Tries to display dominance

How to Stop Beagle Barking

Barking and howling is just one of the traits of this particular dog breed. You can’t expect to stop your Beagles barking completely because it’s what they do. It helps the Beagle communicate with his owner, relieve some stress and it’s something he can do when bored.

However if your Beagle is constantly barking at cars, birds, people, dogs and basically everything in his sight then you can do something to limit that barking.

The first step of course is to find out why exactly he is barking. Is the pup barking because he is scared or worried? Is the dog stressing out about anything? Is he trying to warn you about a stranger or some danger? Or is he just barking because he is bored.

Once you know why he is barking, try to solve the problem to stop the barking. For example if your Beagle is barking when you leave him home alone, give him something to do while you are gone to keep him busy. Leaving some chew toys or music playing will probably keep him busy where he won’t even notice you’re gone.

Same goes for any other cause for your Beagles barking. Discover the reason for his barking and then find a solution to cure the problem. A stressed Beagle needs help getting over his fear. If he is barking out of boredom, try to find some activity for him to do that will keep his attention.

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About the Author

Sharon Becker is known for her love of the Beagle dog breed. She has been training her dogs for over 4 years and continues to help dog owners with behavior and trick training. Over the years her experience and dedication to her dogs has motivated her to participate in dog show and training competitions and even win several podium places. You can learn more about Sharon Becker by visiting her website BeagleHappy.com


3 Responses to Stop Beagle Barking and Howling

  1. Mark says:

    My beagle pup is left in the day and will not stop barking. Please help as neighbours are seeking legal action.

  2. Sarah says:

    Hello, I adopted a beagle after it had been dumped, we do not know much about its background. For the first few weeks she was well behaved on walks, she did mess in the house but after training her that stopped. Unfortunately after a few weeks she started aggressively barking at EVERYTHING, she lunges for other dogs, people, cats, cars, anything and seems very stressed and anxious, please help, we have two other dogs and they’re not having the enjoyable walk they should. She is walked for around an hour a day and is in the garden playing with our other dogs through out the day. How can we stop this barking, we have tried everything we can think of!! Thank you!

  3. Leanne says:

    My beagle barks whenever the neighbors go on their backyard. They are seeking legal action. What do we do?

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