Time and time again I’ve heard people voice concerns about how their Beagle(s) does this or that.  To humans the behaviors are confusing, but if we put ourselves in our dog’s place the behavior would be completely understood. As humans we make the mistake of projecting our social morays onto our pets. We assume because we are the humans our dogs automatically understand we are their superiors. This simply isn’t so. If we are truly the “superior” species then it is up to us to understand our Beagles perspective, and help them fit their Dog World into our world.

RESPECT: Who’s the “big dog” in your house? You think it’s you, right? Not if you haven’t made it clear to your Beagle. Just because you control the food time, play time, and sleep time doesn’t mean you will have your Beagles respect.  The concept of you controlling these things is lost on your Beagle. It’s up to you to train your beagle and, frankly, I have very little patience for people who whine about their pets doing this or that if they haven’t spent any time training the animal and helping them to understand who is “boss”. So get a good training book, get up off your butt, turn the TV off, and work with your Beagle or find a trainer who understands hounds and work with them on training. Respect is not free…it’s earned, especially in your Dog’s World.

POSSESSIVENESS: Desensitizing your Beagle is a very important part …