How easy are beagles to train? Can you teach a beagle to stop barking or to bark on command? Do beagles shed a lot? This guide to beagle dogs answers questions about beagles and their barking, trainability, grooming and more.
Do Beagles Bark a Lot?
Beagles are pack animals, so when they’re left alone, they tend to bark a lot, and they have been known to destroy furniture when they’re left unattended. They top the AKC’s and several other experts’ lists of high-barking dogs.
If you’re looking for a couch-potato canine companion, the beagle is not for you. Beagles need a lot of activity, and they need it with you. AKC recommends at least an hour of exercise a day, playing fetch, visiting the dog park, or leash walking. Exercise will help tire out your beagle, which will help alleviate his stress, which will lead to less barking and baying for attention.
Beagle baying vs. howling vs. barking: What is the difference? `
Baying is a term used to describe a certain sound from dogs in the hound group (which beagles are). The baying sound is used especially when beagles are in a pack and hunting. It is a low, continuous bark that sounds very much like a sing-songy howl. As the beagle gets closer to his catch, the sound gets more intense, and which is a signal to other dogs and hunters to gather.
This video from BeagleDaily demonstrates a beagle dog baying while leading his owner through a field (approximately 1:33 to 1:43).
Howling, on the other hand, harkens to beagles’ and other dogs’ ancestors in the wild. Howling was used as a social signal to rouse sleeping dogs and corral each other together, or when a dog is separated from its pack. Today, when dogs howl, it’s to let you know they are lonely and want attention.
How to stop beagles from barking
Training any dog to stop barking requires time, patience, and consistent corrections.
First, identify what triggers your beagle to bark. Can you remove or cloak the sights and sounds that make her bark?
Next, use training techniques laid out in our barking guide. We recommend a combination of voice commands with the BarxBuddy ultrasonic training tool.
Finally, make sure everyone in your home is on board with correcting your dog’s behavior. Otherwise, if you’re the only one training her, she’ll know not to bark around you; however, when you’re away, she might enjoy a free for all barkfest!
Facts About Beagles
It’s no mystery why beagles are one of the most popular dog breeds. They are the sixth most popular breed on AKC’s list of popular breeds.
Beagles make wonderful pets for families because they are good with children and they love people. Because of their people-friendly nature, they don’t make good protectors against intruders and strangers. They might bark when they first meet someone they don’t know, but they easily convert strangers into friends.
- Size: Beagles are mid-sized dogs that range 13 to 15 inches in height and weigh 18 to 30 pounds.
- Life expectancy: Beagles tend to live 12 to 15 years.
- Coat: Beagles have short hair, are low shedders, and don’t require a lot of grooming.
- AKC group: Beagles are part of the AKC hound group.
Are Beagles Easy to Train?
Beagles are often used as hunting companions because they’re trainable and eager to please. They’re pack animals, so they do well in puppy training classes with other dogs. However, because they are keen hunting companions, AKC recommends not walking your beagle off-leash for exercise, because they’re known for chasing squirrels, cats, and other animals.
Treats and rewards are good incentives for reinforcing positive behaviors in beagles, and the Barx Buddy ultrasonic training device works well for correcting unwanted behaviors such as attention-seeking barks, jumping on guests, and howling and baying for attention.
Do Beagles Need Grooming?
Beagles are seasonal shedders, so in a four-season climate, their coats tend to be heavier, and in the spring they shed. Because they’re mid-sized dogs, they produce a lot of shedded hair, so if you regularly brush or use a grooming tool to remove loose hair, you’ll reduce shedding in your home.
The AKC says beagles don’t need to be bathed often unless they get into something nasty (which hound dogs are known to do!), so they make for very good DIY-grooming pets.
Their nails may need to be trimmed, especially if they spend time outdoors on grassy lawns. You can do this yourself, with proper training. While regular walks on concrete or hard surfaces naturally file your beagle’s nails, we recommend using nail clippers specially designed for dogs. When dogs’ nails are left untrimmed, they can be painful and lead to joint and mobility problems.
What If My Breed Is a Beagle Mix?
Because of their friendly temperaments, beagles are often mixed with other breeds to create some of the most adorable and well-trained dogs. Beagles have a high-energy nature, so when they’re bred with breeds that tend to be more low-key, the mix can make for a wonderful pet.
If your dog is a mix of beagle and another breed, we recommend that you study both breeds to understand their strengths and weaknesses. Thinking of adopting a beagle? Look at the AKC’s beagle rescue network.
Here are some popular beagle breed mixes:
- Bagel — beagle + basset hound
- Beabull — beagle + bulldog
- Beaglematian — beagle + dalmatian
- Beaski — beagle + husky
- Borki — beagle + yorki
- Cheagle — beagle + Chihuahua
- Coagle — beagle + cocker spaniel
- Doxle — beagle + dachshund
- Malteagle — beagle + maltese
- Poogle — beagle + poodle
- Puggle — beagle + pug
- Teagle — beagle + terrier