Posted by: Anonymous | 2009/05/12

overbearing beagle

Our 3 month old male beagle pup is very dominant with our kids, getting quite rough when he plays. It starts out fine and then he starts to chase them, growl and grab hold of them. (He doesn' t try his luck with us, and our other dogs have put him in his place).
He is well socialised but was the biggest pup in his litter. I told the kids to turn away and block him, ignoring his behaviour when he is to rough but they aren' t getting the message through ( we just have to say NO and he calms down).. They are to small to be assertive enough.
Please advise us, as our other beagle wasn' t like this.
PS: he also growls if you do something he doesn' t like ie. pick him up when he doesn' t want to leave something or rub his head with sampoo when we bath him.

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Dear Anon

I would take him to classes with lots of dominant big dogs and hopefully the trainer can work with you to show you have to be more dominant.

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Posted by: Chill | 2009/05/13

Beagles can be very stubborn and bossy and hard to train - they' re cute, but a handful. You have exactly identified the cause of the problem - your DOGS have put the pup in his place, but the kids haven' t - and if he' s growling at you, neither have you.

NEVER allow a dog to growl at you for any reason - this must be nipped in the bud - give him a loud and very assertive NO, while making eye contact, and wait until he looks away.

You' ll probably have to be around when the pup plays with the kids, so that you can intervene and ' boss'  the pup into not playing roughly - this will also help teach the kids.

Puppy school is the way to go, as the cvet has already said. They will be able to help you sort out this undesirable behaviour.

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