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The past couple times i've taken lola to the dog park she's picked one dog to follow around & bark in their ear... litterally up in their ear! they're all big dogs too, so she works for it.

anyone else's doing anything like this?
its making it hard to take her because the owners don't like it... nor do the dogs.
 

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I've never had to deal with that kind of an issue before. My first thought is to remove her from the park immediately as soon as the barking starts. It shouldn't take Lola long to realize that the barking means her trip to the park ends.
 

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Originally Posted By: Sephlythat's an odd one, i haven't heard of that behaviour, but beagles are notorious for doing weird things. I dont know how you should handle it... Maybe smeagle will chime in...their the go-to person for serious training tips.
LOL Sephly I don't know about the go-to person!!

LolaB, does she do anything else apart from barking? Does she play bow, or want them to play with her? Does she look confident or serious when she does it (i.e. tail up, fixed stare, upright body posture etc) or is she more fearful?

It has hard to say why she does it without seeing her, but I would definitely take action to preempt her from doing it. She might do it to a dog who is quite reactive and you could have a vet trip on your hands. I would read her carefully and learn what signals she gives before she does it, so that you can recall or her or put her on the leash before she has the opportunity to bark.
 

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Originally Posted By: Smeagle
Originally Posted By: Sephlythat's an odd one, i haven't heard of that behaviour, but beagles are notorious for doing weird things. I dont know how you should handle it... Maybe smeagle will chime in...their the go-to person for serious training tips.
LOL Sephly I don't know about the go-to person!!

LolaB, does she do anything else apart from barking? Does she play bow, or want them to play with her? Does she look confident or serious when she does it (i.e. tail up, fixed stare, upright body posture etc) or is she more fearful?

It has hard to say why she does it without seeing her, but I would definitely take action to preempt her from doing it. She might do it to a dog who is quite reactive and you could have a vet trip on your hands. I would read her carefully and learn what signals she gives before she does it, so that you can recall or her or put her on the leash before she has the opportunity to bark.
nope, she stays at their side and just barks. she smiles between barks... does her normal chase the pack of dogs & make as much noise as possible but then when the dogs all stop, she goes back to that dog and keeps barking.
 

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Originally Posted By: LolaB!'s Mum
nope, she stays at their side and just barks. she smiles between barks... does her normal chase the pack of dogs & make as much noise as possible but then when the dogs all stop, she goes back to that dog and keeps barking.
It could be over excitement, that built up from chasing and barking the other dogs.

But like I said, it is hard to comment on it without seeing the behaviour. I would definitely do all you can to prevent her from doing it, after she has a run around with the other dogs call her back to you and pop her on the leash until she's calmed down from the adrenaline rush.
 

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My dog does something similar! (She's not a beagle, but coincidentally, her name is Lola
She doesn't bark in their ear, but does get right in front of them or to the side of them and barks barks barks.

She seems to be trying to get them to play more. It's quite annoying though, because her bark has a certain pitch that hurts my ears. I am going to enroll in another obedience class...she graduated puppy school, but she needs more work, and this is one of the things I need to break her of.

BTW, I don't agree with putting her on a leash in the park. A leashed dog amongst a bunch of unleashed dogs isn't good. The leashed dog can become aggressive, either out of defensive or protective instincts. This can happen with ANY dog, no matter how sweet or submissive they normally are.

Good luck!
 

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Originally Posted By: DaisyTheDevilDog
BTW, I don't agree with putting her on a leash in the park. A leashed dog amongst a bunch of unleashed dogs isn't good. The leashed dog can become aggressive, either out of defensive or protective instincts. This can happen with ANY dog, no matter how sweet or submissive they normally are.
I have to disagree here.

I will often leash my dog when we are around other dogs, and I don't and never have had a problem. I find that problems often occur if the dog is possessive around the owner, and being closer to the owner brings out this possessiveness - this can happen regardless of if the dog is leashed or not. Some owners make the dog feel stressed by holding them on a short/tight leash which can cause the dog to feel defensive. Some dogs have no or little respect for their handler, and view being on a leash as punishment. Often, their owners allow them to focus on what is causing them to become over stimulated (i.e. the other dogs) and the dog becomes frustrated, full of adrenalin and that can sometimes result in snappiness.

I don't make excuses if my dog exhibits aggressive behaviour, I look at why and take steps to cure or manage the behaviour. It is important that dogs can handle being leashed around other dogs, for a variety of reasons, as you never know when you might need to do it (i.e. in an emergency).

In the instance of the OP, I see far more danger in allowing the behaviour to continue than I do in leashing the dog in order to let her calm down. It will take just one short-fused dog to respond aggressively to Lola's barking, which is probably irritating and annoying for the other dogs. And the more you allow her to do it, without trying to prevent it, the more likely the behaviour will escalate.

I would leash her before she has the chance to bark at the other dogs, after she has had her run around, and walk her away from the other dogs to allow her to calm down. Work on getting her focused on you, and not the other dogs, so that you are able to put the control back in. And definitely work on recalling her when she is around other dogs, so that if a situation escalates, you can call her away and prevent her from exhibiting the bad behaviour.
 

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We wouldn't put Bodie on a lead inside a dog park either. If he acted up we'd remove him and go for a walk instead. Fortunately for us, we've never come close to doing that. I also think it's poor doggie edict so-to-speak to put a leash on a dog inside the park. There have been instances where I've seen someone lead-up their dog inside and heard grumblings from those around me.

Anyway, to your question, perhaps your dog's heightened sense of smell has found something she likes with that particular dog. Is she a beagler/bayer?
 
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