Aggressive Beagle: How to Handle One
Dogs that are aggressive, and Beagles are no exception, have learned over time that they can get away with anything.
They know that if they don’t want to do something, they just have to stand their ground or growl. If that doesn’t work many dogs will resort to biting.
This is when most owners seek help if they haven’t noticed, or taken seriously, other signs of aggressive behavior.
The solution is to establish yourself as the alpha dog. You must stop your Beagle dominating you and show it that you are now the leader of the “pack”.
In the dog pack, there’s a hierarchy. The alpha dog is the leader of the pack. Every dog in the pack knows his place. No dog would ever challenge another dog who is higher on the rung than he, otherwise, he’d get a correction or a nip to keep him in his place.
Signs To Look For In A Dominating Dog
Snarling, barking, growling and posing or glaring are all signs of a dog being dominant. A few others are, refusing to get off the couch when you “ask” them to, jumping up on you, and barking incessantly at you while you’re getting his dinner ready.
Dealing With A Dominating, Aggressive Beagle
The first thing you need to do is show your aggressive Beagle that you are the alpha dog. Other family members need to do this as well so that he learns he is lowest on the pecking order. Your Beagle has to learn that all humans are to be treated with respect, not just you.
When your Beagle behaves aggressively, i.e., snarls at you, in a firm voice say, “No!” Then immediately give him a time out. He should be able to associate his time out with his bad behavior.
For instance, my dog loves to go in his crate as long as it’s his idea. However, when he misbehaves, I say, “Go crate” he immediately knows that I’m going to lock him in his crate, which he does not like.
So your correction in response to your Beagle’s behavior must have meaning. It must be motivational.
Be A Confident Pack Leader
Before you begin any training, you must be in the right frame of mind. You will need to show your dog that you are a confident leader, one that he will want to trust and respect. If you feel nervous your dog will pick up on this and react negatively.
Be consistent! Don’t correct your dog one day for growling, then let him get away with it the next. Also, you might see great results at first and think all is well, only to have him trying to dominate you again several weeks later. This wont happen if you are consistent in your training, and of course make sure family members are not “slipping up”.
Be patient! Never hit your dog. Hitting a dog, especially one with issues of aggression, could make it more aggressive in the long run. You also risk it retaliating by biting you.
Your Beagle may be helped by the information given in this article. I hope so, but dog aggression is a serious issue. If you need more help, get it now, before your dog hurts someone.
Online Dog Training Guides
There are several dog training guides online offering expert advice, but you want one that offers step by step guidance and ongoing help to ensure your aggressive Beagle becomes, and remains, a trusted member of the family. One such guide Dog Training Secrets offers this and much more!