Why does my Beagle bark at everything? – Reader Emails

Beagles are known for their distinctive howling and barking. Unfortunately though, not everyone appreciates the barking and howling.

So here is an email I received from a Beagle owners that are fed up with their dog’s vocal personality.

Hey Sharon,

We have a six month old Beagle that we love very much when she is playing nice, but other times she can be a real pain and we don’t know what to do with her. Her latest “habit” is now barking at everyone and everything she sees. She even started barking at loud car noises outside. My boyfriend and I try to distract her with some toys or treats and it works for the most part. She forgets about why she was barking and carries on with whatever she was doing.

However what concerns me is the barking that must be happening while we’re gone. I haven’t had any neighbors complain as of yet but I’m worried that if she continues on with this behavior it will get us in trouble with our landlord. We really love our cute little Beagle, but if she doesn’t learn to keep quiet we might be forced to give her up.

From: Susan & Matthew

 

Hey Susan and Matthew,

Barking and howling at new people and things for dogs is actually pretty common and normal, even though it can be very annoying. It’s your dog’s way of alarming you of a new threat or danger that’s approaching. It can also be a way for the dog to warn whatever it is to back off.

I have already written an article on how to stop a Beagle from Barking that you can read here:

http://beaglehappy.com/barking-and-howling.html

It sounds like your Beagle is barking mostly because she is scared of whatever it is that she is barking at. How often do you take her outside around the block? Does she still bark at the cars or acts nervous around new people that she meets? If she does then you need to socialize her more. Get her used to the noises and people that scare her. It’s your job as her caretaker to help her achieve positive experiences to help her overcome her fears, so never force on her anything. Treats can also help her feel better and more at ease so don’t hesitate to bring those along.

Now you mentioned about her barking while both of you are gone, unfortunately there really isn’t much you can do while you’re away. You will have to tackle the socializing first and then once the loud noises outside stop bothering her, she will have no reason to bark at them.

The only thing I can suggest is that while you guys try to socialize her, leave the radio or TV on for her while you’re gone. The constant talking and voices can sooth an anxious dog that’s left alone at home and could possibly help your dog feel safer while you’re gone.


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


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