Beagle barking a lot! (How to Stop) - My Dogs Info (2023)

As hunters, Beagles barkat new sights, sounds and scents. Prey such as a squirrel or bird could trigger a Beagle to bark and chase.

Beagles also bark forattention, at strangers, other dogs,fear, happiness, etc. Since barking is self-rewarding, it becomes incessant and hard to break.

It’s unrealistic to expect a silent Beagle. But,you can reduce it through consistent training,and management. Do not yell at the dog as he will interpret it as you joining in and worsening it.

Types of Beagle barks

Beagles havethree types of vocalizations;

  • Barking
  • Baying
  • Howling

1. Barking;

This is the usual “woof” “woof” bark. The bark may be at prey, an intruder, for attention, due to fear, happiness, and so on.

Most Beagles under 12months will bark and rely more on the Beagle bay with age. It takes quite a while foran older Beagle tobark.

2. Baying;

A Beagle bayis a cross between a bark and a howl. It’s long and drawn out with splits- like yodeling.

Beagles use the bay (half-bayed howl) to alert of prey. It gets moreintense and enthusiastic the closer the prey as they prepare to chase. It can also be for attention or when he is lonely, happy,or in response to otherBeagles.

3. Howling;

Howls are deep, long, loud wailings that occur with the dog’s snout facing up.

Beagles learn to howl as early as 8 weeks old due to their hunting instincts. But, others can take a while to learn it. They use it to gather the pack to hunt, andto elicit social contact with other dogs at night.

At home, a lonely andbored Beagle will bark in an attempt to call you back. Close sounds such as flutes, sirens, and so on may also trigger the howling. Prey to a Beagle may also be a tennis ball or anything he finds interesting such as a flapping plastic bag.

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Why do Beagles bark so much?

Determine the reason for Beagle barking for a management and training plan.

Beagles will bark for various reasons some of which may not make sense to us. They will bark at anything that interrupts their emotional state. They may barkto manipulate resources such as food or attention, orat an intruder or to scare a threat.

If barking gets the dog what he wants, reinforcing the behavior and making it harder to break.

If you suspect your Beagle is barking because he is ill, get him diagnosed and treated by a vet.

1. Boredom/Loneliness

A bored Beagle will bark due to a lack of enoughexercise and can be quite destructive. He may also seem like he is barking at nothing or at nightto entertain himself.

A lonely bark will occur in isolation or when alone. The pooch may also show signs of separation anxiety such as;

  • Frantic movement
  • Excessive barking
  • Inappropriate elimination
  • Drooling
  • Scratching
  • Escape attempts

What to do

First, exercise your dog more to burn up pent-up energy.

You should also calm your idea intorelaxingin his den alone. His den could be a crate, ex-pen, playpen, or a room closed off by a pet barrier. Teach him that you will always be back as and it’s a big dealyou left. Start by leaving him alone for a couple of minutes (about 5 minutes)and increase his time alone as you progress.Have him relax in space for someminutes before you leave and meet his need before leaving.

Do not send the wrong message by comforting him each time your leave and arrive. This only worsens his anxiety. Instead, leave and come back without making a fuss.

Wear your coat and pick up your keys at random times at hometo desensitize to these cues of your leaving.

Limit his access to outside triggersand provide interactive toys when you are away.Place some of your cloth items in the area and have some background noise such as soft music on your speakers or TV.

You can also hire a dog walker during the day or drop the dog off at a training class.

2. Warning/alert/alarm barking

Beagle will notify and warn off intruders in his territory. This includes joggers, birds, squirrels, delivery guys, cats, visitors, and so on. As such, don’t leave your Beagle unsupervised in the garden.

How to Stop

First, limit the dog’s view to the trigger untilyou are ready for training. Your Beagle is less likely to bark at what he cannot hear or see. For example, if you areoutside, stand between the dog and the triggeras youbring him indoors.

If he is barking while looking out the window or door, draw the drapes and lead him away. Acknowledge theintruder by facing it as you lead him away to show you havea handle on the situation.You can also play soft background music to block outside noises.

This is only temporary. You need to change the dog’s response to the trigger in the long term through desensitization. Desensitization or counter conditioning is behavior change training to build a positive association.

Break his focus from the trigger before he reacts, draw eye contact, and mark and reward. Use a high-value treat to lure eye contact and reward.

Lure eye contact, YES, treat, treat, treat. Repeat before you name the cue. WATCH, draw eye contact, YES, treat, treat. The verbal cue should always precede your hand movements.As such you tell the dog what not and what to do when he spots barking stimuli. The dog learns to associate the trigger with something good and will focus on you more. Forinstance, Stranger= Yummy treat.

3. Alarm or Fear-based barking

The barking may be due to fear of an unfamiliar situation he does not trust. It can happen at home or outdoorson walks in an attempt to scarethe threat.The fearmaydevelopfrom a previous traumatic experience or as the dog ages. If the barking works, it reinforces it making itlikely to repeat.

The dog is likely to adopt an aggressive posture as the intruder gets close. Signs of fear or aggression include;

  • Raised hackles
  • Tail tucked between his legs
  • Perked up ear
  • Intensified growl
  • Lunging and leash reactivityas he feels trapped by the leash
  • Fixationon the threat
  • May attempt to back away

How to stop

Asking ascared Beagleto sit or wait will not work. Do not yell or use leash jerking as it willworsen his fear. The more aroused he is, the less likely he is to listen.

Management is everything in the beginning. Block the dog’s ability to see or hearstimuli. Walk him on quieter routes at quieter times of the day to avoid any confrontations with other dogs and people. Work withinyour dog’s comfort zone and let him interact with others at his pace. Have him on a leash and use a head halter such as a Gentle Leader for better control during walks.

Don’t force him to approach other dogs head-on with a leash as this will worsen his arousal. If he eyeballsanother dog, break his line of sight by going around him in an arc to disengage him.Reward for calm behavior.

Only allow off-leash play in quieter places and keep him engaged with a treat as people and dogs pass by.

If your Beagle is aggressive or lunges at people, muzzle training may be necessary for the public. Use a fitting muzzle that he can pant and drink through. Smear peanut butter on the inside and let him lick it as you hold it to get him wearing it. Accustom him to touch and handling.

Barking at Visitors;

Shut the dog in the back room before letting them in. Only allow him to meet other dogs when is calm and relaxed.

You can also have the dog meet the outdoors and walk together if he is not too reactive.Ask the visitors to be dog neutral and should ignore theBeagle as non-existent. They should not pet or give the pooch treats as he may find himself too close for comfort. Instead, offer treats yourself and lock the dog away as the visitors leave.

In extreme cases of fear or aggression, lock your dog away and leave him with an interactive toy.

Counter conditioning;

Counter condition the dog to build a positive association of the stimuli with the dog.

This involves training from a distance the dog is comfortable. He should be able to spot the stimuli without eliciting aresponse or only a mild one. You can tell each time he eyeballs a threat. Ask him to watch you, mark, and reward. Then, walk away in the opposite direction as you reward more for being calm. If your dog reacts, you are too close-increase the distance and repeat the procedure. It’s hard to get an overstimulated Beagle to focus. With timeand repetition, the distance will resolve itself.

Teach the watch me command separate fromcounter conditioning.With ayummy treat,lure eye contact, YES, reward. Wait, the dog looks away, wait, the dog looks at you, YES, reward. Repeat this until the dog offers to look at you more and more.

4. Demand barking

This is where your Beagle barks at your to manipulate for resources. Resourcescould be food, attention, play, a belly rub, going outside, and so on.

Some beagles can be quite pushy with their demands.

How to stop

If you give in to your dog’s bidding, he learns that it is the right thing to do. The trick is to respond in a way that does not reinforce the behavior by ignoring him. No treats, no belly rubs, no eye contact, no yelling, no attention. Even negative attention will be good attention to the pooch.Make a coffee, move to another room,pretend to read a book, watch the TV, and so on.

This is much easier said than done as the dog may go into an extinction burst where he barks as much as possible. Only giveattention the instant hestops barking or baying even if it’s to catch a breath.

Also, teach the dog an alternative behavior such as ringing the bell to go out or bringing a toy for play.

5. Excitement barking

Your Beagle may bark when excited or when he wants to say hi. This includes moving objects, other dogs, birds, skateboarders, and so on.If not allowed to say hi, the reaction can turn into frustration barking. Don’t allow him to say hello to others in an aroused state as this reinforces the barking.

When dealing with such a barker, use timeouts. Teach the dog impulse control tohavehim look at you each time he spots something exciting. Teach your dog to watch you as explained earlier and use it to disengage him from stimuli. Repeat this with different triggers that stimulate the Beagle and increase distractions. If he is calm and not interested in the stimuli, mark, and reward.

Also, use leash pressure to correct the dog for willful disobedience. The instant he looks at you mark (YES) and reward. Things will progress at the dog’s pace, so be patient and consistent.

6. Social barking/howling

Beagles are pack animals that respond to other dogs barking, baying,orhowling. They may also be responding to similar sounds such as flute, piano, horn, siren, and so on.

Expose the dog to noise elements at a low volumefor counter conditioning. Mark and reward for calm behavior. Show and withholdfood reward for barking to break his focus. The instant he stops barking, look at him, mark (YES),and reward.

Repeat this will different noise elements as you build good habits.Reward each time he exercises impulse control as your raise the volume level with time.

7. Compulsive barking

Compulsive barking is for self-amusement without context. The barking can be stimulated byrustling leaves, light, wind, and so on.

You should not ignore compulsive barking as the barking itself is rewarding. Instead, ask him to do something incompatible with barking such as fetch. Apply correction withleash pressure, a sharp noise, a squirt of water, or NOPE. Only apply a correction for disobedience, mark and reward the instant he is quiet.

How to stop Beagle from barking

Without proper leadership, the dog will assume the role and bark a lot. Thus for the best results, build a better relationshipwith the Beagle as a good leader.

Have a proper reward system (yummy treats, toys, praise, play) for building positive associations. Only reward for desired habits and impulse control.

Socialize the pooch more with all manner of people, sounds, sights, smells,andanimals. Build more positive associations so he is less likely to bark. Also, exercise him more as he is less likely to bark when tired.

Trainthe Bark and Quiet command

First,train your dog to bark on command. Findwhat gets him to bark such as a knock on the door or any trigger you can control. You cantrigger frustrationbarking by withholding a reward. Only offer a reward if hebarks.

Dog barks, YES, treat, treat. The dog is silent,wait,the dog barks,YES, treat, treat, treat. As you progress, add a verbal cue (SPEAK, BARK…)before you trigger the bark. Soon the dog will form an association with the cue to the barking.

From here,teach him to shush on command. Get him to bark then let him sniff a yummy treat on your hand and wait for him to be silent. The treat is likely to stop the barking.The instant he goes silent, YES, reward, reward. If he barks, withhold the treat and wait for him to go quiet.Repeat this a coupleof times as you build duration on the silence. Soonaddaverbal cue (QUIET, SHUSH…). Verbal cues should always precede any body movement or hand signals.

Alternate between BARK and QUITE as the dog improves as you use fewer treats.

Add distractions to imprintthe commands and be firm, patient, and consistent.

Barking correctors

Barking correctors interrupt a Beaglestuck in the barking loop or for disobedience. Clapping,a sharp noise, leash pressure, or a squirt of watercan draw his attention.

When he barks or is about to, interrupt him,sayQUIETin a calm but firm voice as you draweye contact. If he is too aroused, a head halter (gentle leader)for disengagement. The instant he stops barking, mark and reward.

There are also bark collars for automatic correction each time the dog barks.Bark collars either use a loud beep (ultrasonic collar), citronella spray, or electric shock. Electric collars do more harm than good, especially with a fearful Beagle. Citronella collars appear to be the most humane and effective.

Some dogs also learn to bark at a lower intensity without triggering the collar. Only use a bark collar with a professional’s recommendation.

Final thoughts

Most Beagles will have a reason to bark, bay, or howl. Identify the reason for barking fora management, behavior change,and training plan.

Manage the environment, read hisbody language and learn to communicate better.

Training takes time but if you struggle, consult a vet or animal behaviorist.It’s also unrealistic to expect a Beagle to be completely silent.

So, was this guide helpful? Let us know in the comment section below.

There you go, WOOF!


Do Beagles ever stop barking? ›

While constant barking should be controlled, it is important to understand that most Beagles will not be silent, quiet dogs. Those under the age of 2 can get a bit hyped up and in time they will calm down as they learn to settle in with the family and the vibe of the household.

What is the dog command to stop barking? ›

A popular method of curtailing excessive barking is teaching the “quiet” command. Use a calm, firm voice to tell your dog to be “quiet” and positively reinforce correct behavior with treats and affection.

How do I get my Beagle to stop barking when left alone? ›

Leave “activities” to keep your dog occupied. Examples include a safe chew toy, or an interactive game where your dog works to get a treat out of a puzzle. Provide training while you're home. Leave the dog for a few seconds, come back into the house, and reward him for quiet, calm behavior.

Can Beagles be trained to be quiet? ›

In addition, you can train the dog to be quiet, and then reward the silence. This way, being silent is a positive decision on the part of the Beagle pup, but one that he understands earns a reward. This takes not barking from being a passive activity, into the action of not-barking--which is then rewarded.

Do Beagles calm down with age? ›

There are 2 pieces of good news: 1) Most Beagles will indeed calm down as they mature and 2) There are steps you can take to help a hyper Beagle mellow out a bit, no matter his age.

Why is my Beagle so noisy? ›

When these dogs are used for hunting, they will track scents with their impeccable scenting skills and they will use their speed to catch their prey. The howl or large bark is to communicate to their hunting owner that they have succeeded in their hunt or to communicate to their wild pack to gather in a certain area.

What is the 3 bark rule? ›

Teach your dog that when someone comes to the door or passes by your property, he's permitted to bark until you say “Quiet.” Allow your dog to bark three to four times. Then say “Quiet.” Avoid shouting. Just say the command clearly and calmly.

How do I teach my dog to stay silent? ›

You can teach “quiet” by rewarding the dog with a treat between barks. You want to be clear that you are rewarding the quiet, not a bark, so use a marker — a clicker or your voice saying “yes” — at the quiet moment. Start by rewarding a quiet moment, then reward for longer and longer periods of quiet.

How do I get my dog to stop barking without yelling? ›

Your dog can be taught to be quiet by teaching the bark command then reinforcing quiet. You can effectively stop barking by using a food or toy lure or a head halter and then reinforcing quiet behavior. A quiet command should be paired with each session where the dog can be successfully taught to quiet.

Why won't my Beagle stop barking? ›

Why Does My Beagle Puppy Bark So Much? Beagle puppies bark to alert you to possible threats or prey. As hunting dogs, it is a natural trait of their breed to bark. Other reasons why a Beagle puppy barks include: hunger, playfulness, fear, boredom, displaying dominance.

Will a dog eventually stop barking? ›

Barking is normal dog behavior and puppies won't grow out of it, but you can take positive steps to reduce it and teach your dog alternative ways to communicate. Barking can be a really important tool to learn what scares your dog or makes them uncomfortable.

Do bark collars work for Beagles? ›

Due to the Beagle's headstrong personality, we recommend using a static electric bark collar. Static electric bark collars are the most effective form of bark control with a 98-99% success rate. They deliver a quick, safe static stimulation that quickly controls your dog's barking.

Are Beagles the hardest dog to train? ›

Are Beagles Easy to Train? Beagles are among the most difficult canines to train because they are hunting dogs with high energy levels. Beagles belong to a dog breed known as scent hounds—they hunt by their sense of smell, not sight.

Are Beagles high anxiety? ›

Beagles can be a bit jumpy, fearful of many things, and even have anxiety issues such as becoming afraid as soon as an owner leaves the room.

What are Beagles scared of? ›

Fireworks and thunderstorms are two of the biggest stressors for dogs. The loud, unexpected noises startle your dog and may even hurt their ears. Beagles are especially prone to separation anxiety, as they were bred to live amicably in a large pack.

What makes a Beagle happy? ›

In addition to playing fetch and going for walks, runs, and hikes, Beagles enjoy staying mentally stimulated. Because they are scent hounds, Beagles have a keen sense of smell and superior tracking instincts. These dogs make excellent hunting companions but can also benefit from other scent-oriented activities.

What are the three types of Beagle barks? ›

The Beagle is one of the most vocal dog breeds, and he can make three different sounds: a standard bark, a yodel-like sound called a bay (which he uses when hunting), and a howl.

Are Beagles known to be barkers? ›

Beagles can be loud and bark more than some other breeds. If you live in a city or have neighbors close by this is something to consider. You also just might prefer a quieter breed of dog.

What causes a dog to bark constantly? ›

Excessive barking is usually an indicator of underlying issue(s) such as pain, fear or distress, the presence of trigger(s) (e.g., passers-by, other dogs barking) and/or failure to meet the dogs' mental and physical needs (e.g., insufficient exercise, mental stimulation and/or social interaction).

Do Beagles have behavior problems? ›

Independent Beagle Behavior. This breed is known for being independent in general as long as others are nearby, but are also susceptible to Separation Anxiety when left home alone. Due to his deep breed characteristic of being a pack dog; he can struggle to be by himself.

Will my Beagle run away? ›

This breed is prone to escaping and then wandering. Being a scent hound dog, the Beagle has been bred for centuries to follow his nose. This instinct is extremely strong. Most often, a Beagle will run away to follow a scent.

Do Beagles like to cuddle? ›

Do Beagles like to cuddle? Like many other dogs, Beagles also love lots of cuddles with their owners. Don't be surprised if they try to hop into your bed for morning hugs. In fact, Beagles are known to have separation anxiety because they love being around their owners so much.

Why won't my Beagle stop barking at night? ›

Often it's because they see or hear an animal in the yard, or because they hear other dogs barking in the neighborhood. Other reasons they bark include loneliness, lack of supervision, or inadequate exercise and play. To get them to stop barking at night, you need to give them a more rewarding option.

What breed is the quiet Beagle? ›

Both parent breeds belong to the Hound family and were originally bred as hunting companions. Today, the Baseagle is considered a companion dog most liken to a quiet, calmer Beagle dog. Baseagle | Wag!

What words to use for bark command? ›

Choose one simple word for the bark command. The word should also be easy to remember and used consistently, such as "speak," "bark," or "talk." You can make up your own word or short phrase, but make sure it doesn't sound too much like another cue word or your dog's name. Once again, get your dog to bark naturally.

Is barking inherited or learned? ›

Inherited trait – Certain breeds are more likely to bark because that is the job for which they were bred. If barking is an inherited trait it is very difficult to change. Learning – Dogs learn that barking will get them something. They quickly learn that barking earns attention from their owners.

How much is excessive barking? ›

Examples of excessive barking can include: frequent intermittent barking over lengthy periods; sustained barking over more than a minute or two; barking early in the morning or late at night.

What do dogs hate the sound of? ›

Fireworks, gunshots and vacuum cleaners are common causes of noise phobia, according to Dr. Borns-Weil. “Dogs may also become phobic of fire alarms and even cooking because they associate it with accidental triggering of the alarm,” Dr. Borns-Weil adds.

How do you train a dog to shut down? ›

“We find the best way to approach shy and shut down dogs is to simply give them time and space,” says Emily Goodman, Marin Humane behavior and training manager. “If we can get those dogs into a quiet foster home — or even a quiet office — it can make all the difference.”

What breed of dog barks the most? ›

As People Magazine reports: Based on the numbers gathered from Furbo users, Samoyed dogs bark the most, often up 52.8 times every day. The second chattiest canine, the Yorkshire Terrier, doesn't come close to the Samoyed's record… the little dogs bark about 23.6 times a day.

How do I stop stubborn barking? ›

7 Most Recommended Training Tips to Get Your Dog to Stop Barking
  1. Desensitization. Take a look at what your dog is barking at. ...
  2. Use of Commands. Most dogs are very trainable to commands. ...
  3. Removal of the Offending Object. ...
  4. Anti-Stress Devices. ...
  5. Alleviate the Boredom. ...
  6. Dog Bark Spray Collar. ...
  7. Hire a Professional.
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Why do Beagles not listen? ›

They are born to hunt and use their skills to follow their prey as they pick up the scent of the animal they are tracking. Beagles are true hounds and their noses and the scent they may be following will keep their attention focused on something else. They may not feel they should listen to you.

Why is it so hard to train Beagles? ›

The Beagle's independent spirit makes him challenging to train because he often will ask, “What do I get out of this?” Unlike other dogs like Labs, Beagles are not interested in pleasing their humans and will not vie for your attention or affection if it requires something he doesn't want to do.

Should I hit my dog for barking? ›

You should never use punishment for dog barking. Examples of punishment would be yelling, throwing objects, or trying to interrupt the barking by spraying water at your dog, making loud noises, or using citronella-spraying collars or shock collars.

How long is too long for a dog to be barking? ›

Barking all day long

First of all – it is not a natural or healthy behavior for a dog to bark for prolonged periods of time. Barking is an expression of excitement or stress. While short bursts of excitement and stress are normal and not a concern, this state should not continue for hours.

Does ignoring barking make it stop? ›

This is well-intended but incomplete advice – if you only ignore the behavior, your dog will probably never learn to stop barking, jumping, or pulling. Just ignoring unwanted dog behaviors misses an important piece of teaching your dog what TO do instead. Dogs learn by association.

Do dogs feel sad when you yell at them? ›

In fact, not only is it likely to make them naughtier, it can even lead to even stress and depression. Research conducted by the University of Porto demonstrated that shouting at your dog and using 'punishment-based training' could make them depressed in the long-term.

Do Beagles feel lonely? ›

Because Beagles are so friendly, it comes as no surprise that they adore being around others, whether that is other dogs or people. This breed is not one that does well with being left alone for long hours every day. An isolated Beagle can become destructive or bored, and a bored Beagle often means a loud Beagle.

Why does my Beagle bark when left alone? ›

Separation anxiety is rare but very distressing for the dog and owner. Symptoms include whining and pacing as you prepare to leave, dilated pupils, panting and drooling, house soiling, howling and barking once you've left and the destruction of door and window frames.

Why do Beagles constantly bark? ›

So, why do Beagles bark so much? Because it is instinctive of the breed to vocally express themselves. Originally bred for hunting purposes, Beagles are expressive hounds that bark, bay, and howl depending on their needs.

Why do Beagles bark so loud? ›

When these dogs are used for hunting, they will track scents with their impeccable scenting skills and they will use their speed to catch their prey. The howl or large bark is to communicate to their hunting owner that they have succeeded in their hunt or to communicate to their wild pack to gather in a certain area.

Is it normal for my dog to excessively bark everyday? ›

Barking is a form of communication and is a completely normal dog behaviour. However, if the amount your dog barks increases or becomes excessive, it can be a sign that something isn't right and it may also cause problems for other people.

Is Beagle a noisy dog? ›

Beagles can be loud and bark more than some other breeds. If you live in a city or have neighbors close by this is something to consider. You also just might prefer a quieter breed of dog.

Which dog breed barks the loudest? ›

Golden retrievers ranked at No. 1 for having the loudest bark in the world at 113 decibels, according to Guinness World Records.

Why does my Beagle not listen? ›

They are born to hunt and use their skills to follow their prey as they pick up the scent of the animal they are tracking. Beagles are true hounds and their noses and the scent they may be following will keep their attention focused on something else. They may not feel they should listen to you.

Are Beagles hard to housebreak? ›

Overview. Housebreaking your Beagle will be one of the most challenging, yet rewarding, types of training that you and your Beagle will work on together. Beagles are a breed that love to please their owners, so this trait only serves to make things easier.

How intelligent is a Beagle? ›

The beagle is intelligent and is a popular pet due to its size, good temper, and a lack of inherited health problems. The modern breed was developed in Great Britain around the 1830s from several breeds, including the Talbot Hound, the North Country Beagle, the Southern Hound, and possibly the Harrier.

Can Beagles be trusted off leash? ›

Some say yes, others say no. Beagles are smart, just somewhat stubborn and challenging. They can learn to be off-leash just like any other dog; however, there is a catch that cannot be ignored. Beagles are scent hounds, and they possess the most acute sense of smell of probably any creature on this planet.

Is a collar or harness better for a Beagle? ›

Harnesses are simply the safest, most secure, and most comfortable way to hook your dog up to his leash. A good harness will reduce pulling, increase your control over your pup, and decrease stress on his neck and joints.


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