Although it’s not exceptionally common, Beagle biting can be a serious problem if not addressed quickly. Beagles are generally very friendly dogs and not prone to unnatural aggression. Under certain circumstances, however, Beagles may develop biting problems so you should know what warning signs to look for and what to do if you spot them.
Why Beagles Bite
Beagles, like most dogs, will bite under a variety of situations. For instance, if your Beagle is frightened or feels threatened, he is likely to bite because he doesn’t have any other way of defending himself. This type of Beagle biting is only a problem if it occurs in situations where your Beagle is not actually being threatened.
This type of Beagle biting usually results from improper socialization as a puppy. When Beagles are young, they will usually learn when it is and isn’t appropriate to bite, and how hard it’s okay to bite, from their littermates and their mother. If a puppy is removed from the litter too soon, however, they may not have had the opportunity to fully absorb these lessons.
The best thing you can do to make sure Beagle biting doesn’t become a problem for you or your dog is to expose your puppy to as many different situations, dogs and people as possible at a young age. This type of socializing will make it possible for your Beagle to be at ease in new situations rather than immediately getting defensive.
Particularly if your Beagle puppy is very young when you bring him home, exposing him to other dogs early and often will help to make sure that he has learned when and how hard it’s okay to bite while playing. You can also take over some of this training yourself by making a yelping sound if your Beagle puppy bites you too hard while you’re playing.
You should also immediately leave the room for a couple of minutes after this type of playful bite so that your puppy understands the consequences of his actions. Yelling or other types of harsh corrections in this type of situation are neither necessary nor especially productive as your Beagle was not trying to hurt you. You only need to make sure that your puppy learns what is and is not appropriate.
Other Situational Beagle Biting
There are also some other situations in which Beagle biting may come into play. If your dog is hurt or sick, he may sometimes react by biting because he fears that you or whoever is handling him may increase his pain. Weakness is not tolerated in the wild, and so hurt Beagles may also bite because it’s the only way they know to protect themselves.
A Beagle biting problem can also arise as a result of your inability to establish yourself as the pack leader. Just like other dogs, Beagles are pack animals and need to understand their place in the pack hierarchy. Because your Beagle’s pack is your household, you will need to be the clear pack leader or your Beagle may try to assume that role instead.