So you have been planning to get a pet dog to be included as a member of the family. However, you are looking for a breed that can Beatles bark easily get along with your kids and other pet (cats) you already have, and one that wouldn’t start barking unnecessarily in the night just for attention.
After series of research, you are convinced that the Beagle dog is the one for you but you remain rather unsatisfied by the result of a certain question – “Do Beagle dogs bark a lot? ” that leaves you confused. This is quite understandable as lots of writers have expressed disparaging opinions about this concept in the past.
This article aims to achieve common ground between these conflicting opinions. So if you are ready, let’s begin!
Do all Beagles bark a lot
Yes, all Beagles bark a lot if we are to do away with the conceptualized idea sold to us about a particularly quiet Beagle dog breed called Snoopy in the movie, “Peanut” and take our time to study the personality traits and history that shapes the behavior of Beagle dogs in general.
Although Beagle’s barking is not in any way more annoying than those of every other dog breed. But because Beagles are scent hounds and have a natural hunting instinct, they have both strong sense of smell and are also more alert and quick to notice any unusual movement or noise within their premises. So anytime they notice any strange movement or smell in their environment, they bark in response to notify their owners.
However, you should not be put off by this remark because just as they can be trained to swim, they can also be trained to know when to bark and when not to.
Do Beagles bark more than any other dog
Yes, Beagles are considered the most vocalized dog breeds. This shouldn’t come as a surprise because Beagles see more and hear more, so they are going to have more to say. The most interesting part about the Beagles breed is that their bark is of 3 types; standard bark, Beagle baying, and the Beagle howl.
Types of Bark explained
1. Standard bark
This is the form of sound common with every other dog breed. Beagle dogs let out this bark when a stranger approaches the door. Although the person might be just a visitor or a delivery man whatever the person’s intentions in your house may be, he’s just gonna vocal anyways. This sound is merely a communication mechanism to humans.
2. Beagle Baying
Beagles usually make this sound anytime they want to alert other dogs or animals in the hunting packs they had found the scent they are searching for. This bark sounds like a Yodel. This form of barking has a break between pitches and sounds much like barking in form of howling. They do this mostly for attention.
3. Beagle’s howl
This is a mournful or somber cry they make any time they are left alone for a long time. Anytime they make this sound, there wouldn’t be any break between pitches. Although not all Beagles make this sound most of them do and it is easy to know the sound. This sound is generally meant to raise alarm.
As a result of the aforementioned, it helps to study your Beagle dogs so that you can understand and interpret the reason for each barking. Doing this will help with their training and also assist you in catering to their immediate needs.
Why do Beagles bark so much
Beagle dogs are notorious for barking so much and various reasons may cause their incessant barking. These reasons may include;
1. The essence of their breed
Naturally, Beagle dog breeds are used for hunting because of their powerful sense of smell. During this time, they make a lot of sounds while running after scents in the forest so that their handler will not lose track of them. Even whenever they catch any prey, they ensure they stay with such prey and continue to bark continuously so that their handler can easily track their location. So barking is an innate attribute of a Beagle dog and it is not something that can be easily taken away from them.
When Beagles are stressed or are in a situation where their comfort is threatened, they tend to express their discomforts through barking because to them, that is the only way they can make their voice heard. Beagles are stressed when they are put in situations/conditions like; New environments, Fear, Noise, Trauma, confusion e.t.c.
Just like many other breeds, Beagles will bark just to tell you that they are hungry. Here’s the part where theirs could be a little bit annoying, they can smell their favorite food from miles away and will keep expressing to you that they want it by barking continuously until you bring something for them to eat.
4. To express excitement
Just as they use barking to express their discomfort, they also bark to express their pleasure or happiness. They will bark anytime you give them treats/food, or you remove the leash you put on them.
Do Beagles bark at night
Yes, Beagles bark at night. Beagles’ barking is not limited to daytime only, and are more likely to bark at night than during the day. Beagles don’t have good ears, but because of the serene atmosphere during the night, they can hear more clearly. This coupled with their good sense of smell will help activate their mental alertness during the night.
Do Beagles bark when left alone
Yes, Beagles bark when left on their own. Beagles love to be engaged in something, and that is why they always find something to chew most of the time. When they don’t have anything to do or chew and they are left alone in their little space, they become bored and stressed out. The only way they can make you understand their plight is by barking.
Do Beagles get tired of barking
No, they don’t get tired of barking, they can bark all night long. The only way a Beagle dog can be tired of barking is if he has been put through a stressful activity like going for a long walk. This can cause him to lose lots of energy and may have little strength to bark on getting home.
Do Beagles puppy bark a lot too
Yes, Beagles puppy bark a lot. They bark most times because of separation anxiety. They don’t like being separated from their mother so they bark call for their mom or let you know their mom has disappeared.
How to get Beagles to stop barking
Beagles bark or howl out of instinct. So the best way to control their barking is to get them to listen to you and not their instinct. You can train your dogs to stop barking unnecessarily by following these steps.
- The first thing you need to do is to ignore his barking. Do not react in any if he barks no matter how you feel about him. Most times they bark just to gain your attention, and ignoring them completely will tell them their barking doesn’t matter to you.
- Get your dog to bark only by instruction. You can do this by interrupting with a treat anytime he tries to bark when someone is about to walk in through the door. When you rub a treat on his face amidst barking, he would try to sniff it thereby causing him to stop barking at that very moment. Then give him the treat and instruct him to “speak” afterward. Continue this over time until he can follow your instructions without a treat.
- Get him to understand the word “Quiet”. This is a perfect complement to the earlier instruction ” speak”. Anytime your Beagle dog is barking, instruct him to stop barking by uttering the word “quiet”. When doing this, make sure you maintain eye contact and don’t tell him. Reward every compliant with a treat and repeat the process until he can comply even without any form of reward.