1. They are extremely noisy
Following up on this, you must be prepared for the second given for a beagle owner – loud and often non-stop howling, or baying, when on a scent, any scent. My doggie tends to bark at everything he sees: leaves, nearby dogs, children and toys he can’t reach. Many dog owners avoid buying and adopting beagles because of their excessive howling. However, regular trainings can help control excessive howling and barking.
Walking a beagle is an exercise in futility sometimes; you must simply follow their lead as they track whatever they smell on the ground. For a smaller dog, they can definitely dig in their heels if they have not finished checking out whatever scent has caught their nose.
2. They need a hobby to keep them occupied
The third thing to know about this breed is that they definitely need a hobby to keep them occupied. Otherwise, leave them alone at home for several hours and you will return to find that they have knocked over trash cans, pulled the dirty laundry out of the basket, and shredded the paper towel left on the kitchen floor. Tracking games are a good way to entertain your dog and use up his excess energy. When I need to leave my pet alone for an hour or so, I just hide treats around the house. It takes him a considerable amount of time to sniff everything around!
3. Beagles shouldn’t be left alone
From time to time I’m forced to leave my pet alone, but I try to do it rarely. Beagles can cause a lot of troubles when left unattended or unchanged, especially outside; they are wily escape artists who can make a getaway out of almost any fenced enclosure, either by digging under or finding that one small gap missed by everyone else. Beagles need social interaction more than other breeds. That’s why long separation can cause big anxiety and suffering. Beagles do better with company, either human or another canine.
4. Beagles are super smellers
The first thing to understand about a beagle is that every brain cell in its head is attached to its nose. That is not an understatement – all information that a beagle takes in is done so through its olfactory senses. Their actions and behavior is literally controlled by smells. While any other breed of dog may have a sense of smell ten times keener than a human, a beagle can top that ten times over again. When my dog catches an interesting smell, the world just ceases to exist for him!
5. Behavior problems and training
Like any other breed, beagles require creative, regular and patient trainings. Although they are recognized as utterly intelligent, sociable and friendly dogs, sometimes they can display a stubborn streak. Due to lack of attention or leadership from their owners, beagles can display atypical behavior such as biting, snapping and destructive behavior. That’s why be ready to work hard with your pet. Tasty rewards will make your fluffy friend more obedient and quick-witted. Beagles feel fine with other dogs, but due to their hunting instinct they should be kept away from other domestic pets.