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Sorry for creating another thread, but I am a newbie to Beagles, and need to find out a lot if we do decide to get one

As I have said before, I do have experience with hounds, just not Beagles so I do know what I'd be putting myself in for (owned a basset for 15 years) and am not completely clueless, just need a couple of things straight


Do your beagles howl a lot? If they do, what is it that they bark at? Can they be trained not to back unnecessarily (obviously it's fine in some situations, but have read that they bark non stop which may upset neighbors!) Do you ever leave yours at home for a couple of hours on there own? (this one is not absolutely necessary, but I read that if you have to leave them for a bit they're better with another dog, and I have another dog so thought I'd ask if it actually makes a difference. Not that we'd leave the dog at home all the time obviously!)

Thanks once again, you have all been so helpful.
 

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The ones I have had are not particularly noisy.
Mine have also been fine to leave but I have always had at least two dogs.
But It does depend on the individual hound.
 

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Shiloh howls when he's playing or wants attention. He's not particularly loud though.

He only barks if a stranger comes up to the door or if he seeks the garbage truck!

I love the aroo of a beagle; but a lot of people don't.

My neighbors all have dogs and most of them think it's funny when Shiloh howls if we're out playing.
 

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My Shiloh (different Shiloh) used to bark a lot. She barked especially at mailmen, paper carriers and delivery people, but also barked at people walking down the street, other dogs invading her yard,squirrels, etc. I believe they can be trained not to bark so much--I would usually try to distract Shiloh away from the window. It also helped when we moved the sofa so that she couldn't sit on it and watch the world passing by!! But I'm sorry to report that nothing has stopped her from barking at mailmen and paper carriers. It has been sort of a blessing in disguise that she is now hard of hearing--if she doesn't hear them, she doesn't bark!! But don't be discouraged--others in Beagle World have reported that their babes don't bark much at all. I think it depends on the dog.
As far as howling, or arrooing, Miss Shiloh has been known to let out some pretty good arroos when she's tracking an intruder into her yard--usually a cat. I think it's cute, but doubt my neighbors are quite so amused--especially at 6 a.m. on a Sunday morning!! (At my winter home, in Alabama, those neighbors enjoyed listening to her howl too--maybe it depends on the neighbors!)
Miss Shiloh is my first beagle, or hound of any kind. I've had dogs all my life, but this little girl has me wound tightly around her little paw. She is almost 13 now, and has bladder cancer, so I am treasuring whatever time I have left with her.
Good luck with your new beagle, if you decide to get one.
 

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I have 4 adult beagles (1 is a lab/beagle mix). Even with four I do not have a problem with excessive barking, baying or howling. One advantage I have though is that I am home 24 hours a day/7 days a week and the dogs come in and out as they please (dog door). If they are outside and start getting too excited due to other dogs in neighboring yards or something, I make them come inside. I think that makes a huge difference. One of our pups was purchased by a neighbor two doors up from us and that dog is an outside dog (90% of the time) and he barks incessantly. This is a theory of mine, but the closer a dog's ancestry is to the hunting lines, the more they bay and howl also. Our dogs have been bred from pet lines. We don't even have rabbits in Utah. lol I have had a few beagles that have come through our home that have been from lines that the ancestors were used for hunting and lo and behold those dogs howled. I could be crazy, but stay away from the hunting lines if you want to love thy neighbors. lol Good luck to you.
 

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Our beagle is from a rescue so it's unclear if he is full hound. He certainly looks it, but we have never heard him howl and he is not an incessant barker. During our obedience classes I remember the instructor being shocked that the beagle was the quietest dog in the room. There have been other threads on here about this topic and it seems to be a split.

He does bark at the window if an unfamiliar dog walks by.

There is a house relatively close to ours with two beagles and every time I hear them bay I think, hold on, he's going to join in. But he doesn't. We have a fenced in yard, he does not bark at neighbors on either side, but the one in the back sets him off! We're currently working on that and sometimes put him inside to stop the barking.

He is home alone most of the day. From the couple of times we've recorded him, he hardly barks.
 

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The only time Maggie howls is if a raccoon is in our yard. She barks if a stranger walks by or comes to the door. Outside she will bark if she sees or hears someone she doesn't know. She used to go crazy when my daughter and other kids would jump on the trampoline next door and all she could see was top of their heads above the fence, but she is finally used to that.
We do leave Maggie home alone. When she was younger she was in a crate but now she just sleeps on her blanket on the couch. My neighbor says sometimes they drive by and see her with her head on the window sill but when I come home she is sleeping.
 

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Winston is an only dog. Rarely barks. When he does it's usually just one bark then he's done. As far as the old aroooo, I don't think we've ever heard a complete one because it's so rare we can't hear it over our laughing.
 

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Howling/Baying: Gunnar and Daisy howl face to face sometimes when I leave but it doesn't last long because I run back in the house a minute and tell them to shush


Barking: They bark when someone comes to the door, walks past the house or when running up and down the fence with the dogs next door but that is solved with just bring them inside or telling them to be quiet. Our children's rooms are in the front of the house so the dogs sit on their beds and look out the windows, I close the doors when we leave and that solves the problem of barking while we are gone.

They let out a few aroo's here and there but nothing that can't be handled. I like to hear it.
 

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sophie and twitchy almost never bark. twitchy will sometimes bark or bay at another dog if she gets overly excited. it's rare though. if i crate her and take sophie out though, the separation anxiety sets in, and she makes enough noise to call in emergency rescue responders hahaha
 

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Spock is quiet and has only ever barked at his puppy friend Molly. I think he howled once, when he was a puppy. I would love to hear him do it once again, but I fear him becoming as vocal as his sister.

Miss Bones howls at the tornado siren testing that happens every Wednesday at noon. She lets out one or two howls when she wants inside. She howls when she gets really upset and just kind of keeps howling no matter how much you try to comfort her. She barks at people passing by the back yard fence (which happens a lot, since we live on the corner of a suburb with a lot of walkers, dog owners, and kids), though with the weather finally settling into a Texas summer, she doesn't spend as much time outside. She whines and barks if she sees people approaching the house (very rare, as we usually keep the solid wooden front door closed). She barks at the now TWO bunnies that hang out in our front yard in the evenings right in front of the window in our study. She's very chatty most of the time; my boyfriend and I think she sometimes sounds like a baby Chewbacca.

Bones was more a problem barker/howler when she was younger, and having two dogs lessened both dogs' separation anxiety, making them quieter. We also used a citronella bark collar on her with some limited success.
 

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Originally Posted By: GenieMy Shiloh (different Shiloh) used to bark a lot. She barked especially at mailmen, paper carriers and delivery people, but also barked at people walking down the street, other dogs invading her yard,squirrels, etc. I believe they can be trained not to bark so much--I would usually try to distract Shiloh away from the window. It also helped when we moved the sofa so that she couldn't sit on it and watch the world passing by!! But I'm sorry to report that nothing has stopped her from barking at mailmen and paper carriers. It has been sort of a blessing in disguise that she is now hard of hearing--if she doesn't hear them, she doesn't bark!! But don't be discouraged--others in Beagle World have reported that their babes don't bark much at all. I think it depends on the dog.
As far as howling, or arrooing, Miss Shiloh has been known to let out some pretty good arroos when she's tracking an intruder into her yard--usually a cat. I think it's cute, but doubt my neighbors are quite so amused--especially at 6 a.m. on a Sunday morning!! (At my winter home, in Alabama, those neighbors enjoyed listening to her howl too--maybe it depends on the neighbors!)
Miss Shiloh is my first beagle, or hound of any kind. I've had dogs all my life, but this little girl has me wound tightly around her little paw. She is almost 13 now, and has bladder cancer, so I am treasuring whatever time I have left with her.
Good luck with your new beagle, if you decide to get one.

Yes, treasure every minute. 20 years is not enough. I've had many dogs in my lifetime and loved every one but there's something about a beagle, once one owns you, you're done!
 

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Mine does it only when he sees something that's strange to him...e.g. He howls at the ceiling fan's hanging cord (to turn it off or on) when it's on and it's moving
and when he sees/hears people walking by our house. For the most part, he doesn't really howl too much.
 

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Kenya only howls when she is left alone. But just recently, she started howling whenever she gets in a playful mood. She was trying to get her tennis ball from underneath our couch. Since she's getting bigger, she can no longer fit underneath there, so she started to howl. It's quite amusing...... lol
 

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JoJo howled A LOT when we first got her. She'd been bounced around quite a bit before we adopted her and she just needed to adjust.

Now, she aroos when she's playing or thinks something/someone is outside. She does bark, but mostly for attention. And she IS loud. We've had neighbor complaints (right after we adopted her), but she's calmed down a lot and the complaints stopped.

Actually, she arrooed yesterday when she picked up a scent - and that was new to us. VERY cute. I love a good arooooooooo!
 

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Ben has recently taken up the bad habit of barking in the middle of the night. It is really irritating to say the least. We will all be in a dead sleep and then he is off like a bolt downstairs to the front window. It must have something to do with the windows being open. It is particularily bad on garbage nights...an increased number of critters I suspect.

Other than that he gives the occasional bark if he wants to play or be let inside from the backyard.

He makes kind of a weird singing/moaning noise when he is wrestling with daddy too.

He is also a huge whiner especially when it comes to wanting to be let in to a room with a closed door or when he gets a whiff of the cat food behind the baby gate.
 

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Maggie barks incessantly, and like Bodie, is a known beagler/bayer, and also a howler. The howling I can actually handle, but the beagling, baying, and barking drives me crazy. My previous beagle Molly was a rather quiet beagle, and only barked when food was involved. They're all so different!
 
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