Why are beagles so naughty?

Beagles have a well-earned reputation for being rowdy, destructive, and disobedient.

This innate disobedience stems from the breed’s origin as a scent hound used for hunting rabbits. Beagles were selectively bred for characteristics that would make them excellent hunters – specifically persistence and endurance. It’s their single-minded determination for completing the task at hand (i.e. catching a rabbit) that makes them so difficult to control. Once a beagle has picked up a scent, recalling it is very challenging.

Beagles were bred for stamina to allow them to chase prey for hours at a time. In a domestic environment where they can’t get sufficient exercise, this stamina makes them susceptible to boredom. Like all dogs, they like to dig, chew and run to burn off energy. Similarly, their history as a pack animal makes them especially prone to separation anxiety; which tends to result in destructive behavior.

So, to recap, Beagles are a breed with a lot of energy, a propensity to boredom and tendency to ignore commands from their owner. All of these factors make an untrained Beagle an absolute nightmare to deal with.

Beagles are a breed that demand an owner willing to put lots of time and effort into training and behavior management. Lots of play time, frequent walks and training exercises (with treats!) can be used to tire them out and alleviate boredom. If you don’t have a lot of time and energy to invest in your dog, you should probably consider adopting a more placid breed.

22 thoughts on “Why are beagles so naughty?

  1. Agreed Beagle is a very naughty dog, but they’re so smart! I have 11 weeks old Beagle puppy and she already does her potty so well inside and outside my house, obeying my commands for sit, stay, stop, lay, paws, and snout. Of course she pulled the leash often and hard for her to keep her focus on me when we’re walking, but i understand she still a puppy with high curiousity and her nose is her ultimate guidline. She’s walking better and better everyday, and yes i do socialization since her 7 weeks old (she only had her 1st vaccination that time) because she must know the world since early age.

  2. Naughty idiot a*****e beagles. I love my 5months puppy to death. He is perfect in any ways. Well trained, know tricks, food driven,welling to help with chores 🙂, fearfull, playfull, social, crate trained but but there is always a but with beagles. He keeps chasing and eatin dead birds pigeons, mouse, i don’t knwo why but he is always able to find them before i do in our walks. As i am writinh now he is resting from induce vomiting because he ran off me and found something dead or alive and igored all my comands and ate that thing. Ho yeah without mentioning that he already ate a sock. I removed from his mouth glass, balloons, hair bands, a ring…. So if you want a beagle, people have a pet insurance because i know one day he is gonna end up at an ER. I am very carfull but cannot control every single inch of the ground outside especially when his nose is always on the ground.

  3. HELP!!! We have a 3 month old beagle girl named Ellie. We just love her to pieces but she has a huge problem with biting. She bites our arms legs and hands. It looks like we’ve been through a war! When she plays she bites. When we walk by her she attaches herself to our pant leg biting. She is biting constantly! We’ve tried saying NO sternly, doesn’t work, we’ve tried turning around and ignoring her, doesn’t work, we’ve tried spraying water on her face, she loves it and runs around like a lunatic! We just don’t know what to do and we are losing our minds. Please could someone give us some suggestions? Thanks

    1. All puppies like to bite when teething. I’ve had 3 Beagles, and when they bite I give them a substitute—a toy or rawhide, after a firm NO!

    2. Buy them toys to chew or nip. 3 months is still “teething” period and afterall, ur furbaby is still a baby. I have had a family of 5 beagles (and my last one just passed away, exactly 3 weeks ago; he was 20 yrs old.. *sigh*) and I noticed that my male beagles was more “playful” and curious than my female pooches. Beagles are very very sweet natured, though they can be rascals, if not trained properly when young. Young I don’t mean babies, but above 6 or 8 mths old. Enjoy your paw-renthood while u can.. Because I missed mine so badly.. And life for me (without my 5 kiddos) will never ever be the same again.

    3. Walk her every day. Do the long walks 2 miles or more. Do not let her walk in front of you. When she bites. Put her in submission.

    4. She’s possibly teething at this age remember it takes years to fully train your puppy. She’s still very much a baby. Be firm but consistent. Make sure she has lots of toys and stimulation. Good luck with it all 😊

    5. I give my puppy a chew or a toy when she starts biting and it has been working.

  4. I’ve crate trained and been very persistent with my beagles training since she was allowed to be away from her mother.

    Time, love and persistence. My beagle never howls or barks or destroys. I can leave her out all day in my house when I’m at work. Shes calm and happy.

    1. Wonderful!!
      My sister had two. 1 male & 1 female. Bro and Sister. OMG the male barked ALL the time. She only barked at him to tell him to shut the hell up. Unfortunately she passed this past year (13 yrs). I think she died to get away from him. Lol. They were adorable together tho. ❤ I had one I got at 6 weeks old. 1st day at my home he scratched to get outa the big box we had him in. He went straight to the back door where he had never been before we let him out he did his job and came back to the door. He never once went in the house. And he was such a beautiful good vehicle. I had the baby shortly after getting him and he would stand at the baby carriage and get on his hind legs and peek at the baby. I’m getting a 7 week old Beagle puppy next week. Scared and excited.

      1. Yeah sure….he’s a “vehicle” forgive the error. Phone text does what IT wants to do. The Wonderful…was to Michael above. Hope I can be half as successful.

  5. We just purchased a baby beagle puppy what are the first things we have to do right now he is 11 and a half weeks old

    1. A lot of play time and walks to burn off that puppy energy, and get into a training school as soon as possible.

    2. Socialize Socialize Socialize. This breed is fearful and proper socializing is must.

      Enroll him in puppy training classes as well. They love Cheese and Freeze dried treats.

      All the best!

  6. Naughty Beagle , a clue right there. Do not set your Beagle up to do wrong. If you leave your Beagle alone he will chew, if you leave a bin unattended he will be in it, if you let him off the lead he will run. The list goes on. 95 percent of the time it’s down to the owner. Simple answers: crate train your Beagle, keep rubbish bags out of his way, use a tracker lead on walks, do not leave food unattended . It’s not rocket science. Enjoy your Beagle because they are the best breed out there. Sort your training out before the dogs.

    1. I agree as long as the human knows how to behave , love and understand your dog, then you have a good one. Time and consistency is key.
      I am blessed with an inquisitive angel, 5 months old, knows what’s mummy’s and doesn’t touch, just lays on my shoes to sleep while I’m out. Love them for what they are, not what you want them to be. I’m glad you say the same. Humans deffo need the training first.

      1. Hi Ajordan,
        It looks like I may be adopting a 5 month old Beagle pup who hasn’t really been trained properly and they’ve given up on her.

        How did you train your angel? Is a 5 month old too late to start training?

        Many thanks

  7. Crate train! Has worked wonders for me after mine destroyed my carpet then my wood flooring after that was replaced and also a full sofa which needed to be replaced

    1. don’t go too above and beyond with that, though. My pupper (7-year-old pupper) was raised in her crate because she was destructive and unruly, but in her defense, she wasn’t walked, played with, or really cared for, so it’s no surprise that almost as soon as she got used to my family, she became an absolute angel, though she still barks when we’re gone. She thinks we’re gonna leave her forever 🙁 anyway, as long as you don’t leave them in there for too long, it works just fine. As earlier mentioned, don’t go too above with that, tight spaces make dogs anxious

  8. My beagle is so naughty that he cannot be left alone in the house for 5 minutes. He will surely destroy something. What can I do?

    1. This is a high energy breed. You need to tire him out. Train him for fetch, if he is older than 1 year then enroll him in agility training, run with him, take him to the dogpark and let him run around with other dogs. If possible drop him at Dog day care alternate days.

    2. hey just so you know you do not need “puppy school” or expensive training classes if you have the time to properly take care of them. get him dog gates or make him a play pin with a bunch of toys and he can learn that he has a place to play where he can be energetic. you can also crate train him and when you do that have him eat in his crate too to get them comfortable with the crate and they will learn that it is a safe place. you can get them special teething toys to prevent chewing. just keep a close eye on him and keep him busy. i hope this helped.

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