They’re not quiet – that’s for sure. Like many breeds, beagles communicate through barking. Unlike many breeds, beagles like to communicate… a lot. Although they don’t bark all day and all night, excess barking often comes with the beagle package.

Why do they bark?
Well, they bark when they have something to say. They bark when they want to eat. Beagles have great timing. If you give them meals at the same time every day, which is the recommended approach, then they have a good sense of when their meal is coming. They may bark excessively to remind you that you need to feed them.

They bark when they want to go outside and when they want to be let in.

They are loyal pack dogs and will most definitely bark if they think there’s an intruder nearby.

Like humans, some beagles bark more than others. Some enjoy the sound of their own voice and want to be heard. Others choose their moments carefully, only barking when they have something important on their minds (perhaps a desire to eat your scraps or get a treat).

And sometimes they bark for no reason at all. When your beagle is barking for no reason, ignore him. This one is tough. You might want to console him or yell at him or put him in another room. Just ignore him. Teach him that barking does not lead to getting attention.

If your beagle is barking a lot, make sure he is not experiencing pain or distress.

Separation anxiety.
One form of distress is separation anxiety. Beagles are pack animals and need to be with their pack. Do not leave your beagle home alone for more than a couple hours a day. If you work all day and plan to leave your beagle in a crate or at home alone, then consider sending him to doggy daycare instead where he can socialize. If you plan on leaving your beagle alone at home while you go to work for seven to eight hours a day, then do not get a beagle.

The howl.
Ahh, the bellowing howl.
Beagles are a hunting breed and howling is their form of communicating to their hunter that there’s prey nearby or that it’s been caught. They learn to howl as puppies and carry this form of communication into adulthood.

Owners might find their beagles howling as a reaction to loud sounds like sirens or thunderstorms. Some beagles love to howl and seem to do it for fun – for no reason at all. (But they likely have a reason that us humans don’t know about).

Keep your beagle busy.
Sometimes excess barking and howling is a sign that your beagle is feeling antsy and needs something to do. Beagles have lots of energy and they like to keep busy. Play with your beagle, exercise him for at least one hour a day, sign him up for agility training or teach your beagle some tricks at home.
And remember that your beagle is incredibly social and wants to be around you as much as possible. Spend lots of time with your pup and give him lots of love and attention.

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