How to Stop Beagle Biting Problems
A beagle with a biting problem can be more than a safety concern for your family and friends; he could also potentially become an issue with the law should he seriously bite another dog or a child. If you learn how to stop beagle biting problems as soon as they start to become a cause for concern, you will be able to rapidly “nip this in the bud” and will find yourself with a family friendly pet who can be trusted and is an absolute joy to have around.
When puppies play and interact with one another they bite and nip at each other as a normal part of their activity. This mostly harmless activity is fine when puppies are interacting with their siblings; however, a playful nipping puppy can rapidly turn into a mouthy dog who thinks that it is acceptable to put his mouth around your hands or the arm of a child. It may not be meant with any type of malice or aggression but it is certainly not acceptable behavior. In the litter environment, the bitch will likely growl at her puppy if his playful nipping gets out of hand – while you are unlikely to get a response from him if you growl at him, you should still take the steps to stop beagle biting in your home.
Try to avoid playing games with your puppy that will encourage nipping; puppy teeth are incredibly sharp and can very easily pierce your skin. Focus, instead, on games that involve fetching ball or Frisbee, or playing tug with an appropriate tug-rope. Games that encourage your beagles biting habits are simply unacceptable and should be avoided; even if the game appears to be as benign as encouraging him to bite your hands as you wiggle them under a towel or a blanket. If you have children in your home then you should ensure that they realize, also, that games involving encouraging your beagle to bite are simply not acceptable or approved behaviors.
If your puppy does happen to nip you, either in the course of playing or as a complete accident you should immediately address the action. Do not hit your puppy and definitely do not bite him back; while other dogs may retaliate to a nippy puppy with a bite, it is not in your dog’s best interests for you to do so. Instead, hold his snout gently to get his attention and tell him in a firm voice “No biting!”
It is important to realize that it may take some time for your puppy to realize that even the most playing nipping is not acceptable behavior, but he will understand it if you are persistent with your corrective actions.
An Existing Problem
If you find yourself with a beagle biting problem that has rapidly escalated out of hand it is vital that you take immediate action in order to avoid further injury. A firm and confident hand will help to guide your beagle towards an understanding that biting is simply not the answer to his frustrations or fears.
If all of your attempts at preventing and reducing beagle biting have failed then you should seek advice from your veterinarian to rule out any injury or illness. There are several neurological conditions that may contribute towards an increase in beagle biting.