When your Beagle becomes crazy!
Many people write, alarmed, describing moments of “madness” of their dog, which suddenly and without warning (apparently …) turns into a demon unleashed that will amaze those who see it.
In these moments, which last almost always a few minutes, the dog often starts to run rampant through the house, dodging tables and chairs.
We call them “the five minutes of madness” of the beagle! 🙂
And if these are just the most frequent behaviors, they are the most common.
Should we be concerned?
First, this behavior is nothing pathological.
Those who believe that their dog is crazy (and there are, belief us), take a deep breath and calm down. The real madness gives many other symptoms, severe and clinically demonstrable, and is especially noticeable by the vet!
In fact, the main reason for these outbursts of euphoria is a mixture of:
- The character of the dog. There are trends in the race that occur in every individual.
- The age of the dog.
The state of excitement and, above all, how you react when the dog is overexcited.
We already know that the Beagle is a breed that has been selected to follow the tracks of the game, and a crackling character combined with a stamina huge help in this regard.
It goes without saying that a dog puppy when it is emotionally excited, is the ideal example of these “five minutes of madness.”
In fact, it is a typical feature of the puppies to make a lot of noise and then suddenly fall asleep, and then shoot up again, standing for other raids and suddenly fall in rest, and so on.
This behavior reduces the growth to levels that are usually tolerable.
I say, “usually,” because it depends very much on the character of the owners. Some people are happy to see their beagle exuberant, and some put their hands in the air with a “wow,” thinking that they’ll be living with an uncontrollable beast.
So, what can we do?
First, there are times when it is easier for your dog to wear the colors of the “Beagle crazy.” And we can predict them.
Let’s start from a typical situation, that is when the dog is engaged in excellent play with his/her friends and indulges in bursts of excitement (positive!). They run, jump, and bark in pursuit of their companions.
Then we arrive at different times of life with the other members of the pack after the walk (especially when it is “free” from collar / harness and leash) and after eating.
During such times, it is easier for over-excitement to occur and, as we said before, it’s simpler to see your dog running around the house like mad, chewing everything and everyone, barking and having fits (by the way, in these cases, their sex makes no difference!).
So here’s the bottom line that can help you live better, to predict the time of the explosion of madness and channel this energy into constructive activities that are more, or less harmful, or more tolerated, as long as the over-excitement ends in a few minutes.
Make sure your beagle participates in the right amount of movement every day. Of course, the amount of change is always adjusted consistent with its age.
When we expect one of these “attacks,” we try to engage the dog in activities, which may dilute the excitement. For example, we hide nibbles to be able to search for, or work on a mental game activation, or even on a simple Kong full of food that he should commit to extract, or on a bone of the skin gum, etc.
Or, if you’d like, and if you can get crazy with your little friend without offending anyone, you can become his or her playmate for a few minutes. You will not be as agile and fast as their buddies, but they will see us as someone who gives them the rope, and we will be the center of attention to vent running and barking for a few minutes until you achieve calmness again.
Here’s how, over time, you can curb these bursts of the exuberance of your beagle, without having anxiety and without thinking that you have an abnormal dog!