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Molly is a bit over three months now and she doesn't bark. I know beagles are supposed to be vocal, but she seems totally disinterested in barking or howling. I have only heard her growl a handful of times, mostly at the local squirrels. I don't want to get really vocal, but I was wondering if this is normal for a puppy her age or if she is just a bit more shy using her voice?

Also, she is really biting a lot. I haven't had a puppy in a long time, but I remember that the biting is just normal puppy behaivor, I just can't remember when it is supposed to dwindle. We are very good about consistency in saying no, and now allowing chewing on our hands/fingers/ankles/feet/legs/arms/etc. - at least as much as we can. I am just really worried she will bite someone on a walk. We have a lot of young kids around us who love to run up to her and pet her, which she loves too, but she hasn't gotten the concept that she can't chomp on a person like she would another puppy. When can we expect this to end?
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I think Eve is right - some beagles are just more vocal than others. I'd just be grateful if you have a quiet one. My Tanna's nickname is Sir Barks-a-Lot, and his daughter Angel is VERY vocal. She's got a double whammy of barking genes because her mom is quite vocal, as well.
As far as the biting is concerned, puppies DO bite. I think Angel was one of the worst I've had about biting. We were just very consistent with telling her no bite - and giving her something that is appropriate to chew on or distracting her with a toy. She is now a very grown up young lady beagle of 15 months - and while she still chews on things - she leaves people parts alone. Some of the things that have been recommended is to freeze a wet washcloth - and give them that to chew on when they're teething. That seems to be when the majority of the chewing occurs. Many people recommend Kongs, but I've never been able to keep them from demolishing a kong. You'd think hey were rotties the way they chew. I've even bought those hard rubber toys made out of tires that are supposedly industructible - yeah, right - I have a half a ball here now. When I have pups in chewing stages, I usually do keep rawhide chewies around - but now that my kids are grown up, I'm not doing that - none of them need the extra calories - and I can't give a chewy to one without handing them out to everyone. They're very special treats now. When possible now, I use real bones - they last longer and don't make them fat. I'm going to the store in a few minutes and hope to come home with some nice marrow bones for them.
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