I’ve received many emails that tell of beagle puppies being in charge of different disasters, showing seemingly unnatural behaviors, or having a curious attitude that can bring management issues. These management problems and situations are more “tragic” than others. Some owners get upset because their beagle puppy is not considering them. Others fail to contain their dog’s obsession with shedding and going to the bathroom in the house.
It is important to note: It is normal to experience difficulties in the early days of living with your puppy. In most cases, everything can be resolved with the right information and the right attitude. In the end, these disasters turn into fun memories.
Other times, puppy management seems to be more problematic.
At the bottom of each story, almost every time you will find the same common cause: the puppy is too little.
There are three primary reasons to bring home a beagle puppy at least 60 days old (70 would be even better!).
- 1. Because it learns the “canine language.”
During this period, your puppy learns from mom and company what we call, “canine language.”
The beagle puppy will learn to measure their bite force, to leave particular objects not meant for them, and countless details that make him/her a trained dog.
By not learning, it’s easy for the puppy to become inexplicably aggressive, quarrelsome or fearful toward other dogs that he/she “does not understand,” or barking hysterically at any object that moves. This is just to name a few examples.
- 2. Because they will learn the rules of socialization.
During this period, your puppy also learns to respect distances with other dogs. With this, they will understand the correct behavioral patterns to use to interact with other dogs in a positive manner.
A dog that is not properly sociable makes it easy to (and here we go again) become aggressive, bite people, or become too fearful of other dogs. This anxiety can also be associated with other animals that the dog will come into contact with.
- 3. Because he/she recognizes the man as an integral part of his life.
Being a domestic dog, interaction with humans leaves deep marks in his/her genes. However, if you do not learn from the start to see this as a reference point (which it is, as its owners will be human), the puppy is likely to develop undesirable reactions toward humans.
Here is where aggression, quarreling, or unwarranted fears can reappear. This time, though, it’s aimed at people.
Apparently, we are referring to puppies that have been regularly raised by competent owners and have spent their first two months in contact with their mother, brothers, and sisters, father, and the “rest of the heard.”
If a baby were snatched from his/her mother after being just a few days old and placed in a cage (which happens in some locations, just search “puppy factories” on the Internet), the problems would be severe, even at two months.
Indeed, it could be worse, but that is a whole separate topic.[:]