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Handling An Aggressive Beagle
In all dogs, Beagles included, there are two major types of aggression: aggression towards humans, and aggression towards animals. These are completely different, and stem from completely different causes. This article deals with Beagles that act aggressively towards humans.
Who's the Alpha?
Fortunately, Beagles are not particularly aggressive dogs. Of course, given the necessary circumstances, every dog will act aggressively; the good news is that it shouldn't be overly hard to teach your Beagle that aggressive behavior is not acceptable.
Make sure you haven't 'humanized' your dog. Your dog is a dog. Some owners have a real tendency to think of their dog as a little human, dressed in a furry suit: "Oh, he just doesn't like sharing the couch" or "He only acts that way when he's tired" or "He's just got a big personality" and so on. Aggression is never acceptable and it only stems from ONE cause: your dog thinks he's the boss. From your Beagle's point of view, he's been given ample opportunity to confirm his self-perceived position as the leader of the pack (read: house) and won't back down until you prove that you're the leader, not him.
Aggressive behavior is a sure sign of dominance: whoever your Beagle is acting aggressively to, he considers himself above them in the ranked social structure of the 'pack' (house). If he is acting dominantly towards all members of the family, this means that he considers himself to be the 'alpha' of the entire house.
All dogs are pack animals. In every pack, there is one leader; everyone else is a follower. This leader is called the alpha, and everyone obeys the alpha - no questions asked. If your Beagle is acting aggressively to you, this is dominance: that is, he's acting like you're the follower and he's the leader. No follower would EVER show aggression towards the leader.
Your Beagle doesn't 'want' to be number one, but every pack must have a leader to survive. Evidently nobody else in the house is filling that role, so instinct has compelled him to take over, for the good of the pack.
How Aggression Relates to Dominance
No dog will ever show aggression towards a dog that is above him in the pack hierarchy. Dogs will only ever attempt to control or correct other dogs who are below them in the chain of command. By showing aggression to you, your dog is attempting to 'correct' your behavior to what he (as the leader) deems acceptable. Typical aggressive/dominant behavior includes:
Ways to Deal With Aggression
Here are some basic tips for dealing with dominance/aggression in your Beagle.
Aggression is a serious matter. Remember, this behavior is not his fault - if you had proved your leadership in a way that your Beagle recognizes, this situation would not have come about. Your Beagle is effectively acting as you have entitled him to: his position as the dominant or alpha dog has been confirmed, since his dominant behavior has not been corrected, and correcting other members of the pack (which is what he's doing when he acts aggressively) is a natural behavior for an alpha.
Never be afraid or ashamed to ask for help. Most people are unable to cope with aggressive behavior on their own. For the sake of yourself and your dog, it's best to err on the side of caution; speak to your vet about a referral to an experienced dog trainer in the area who specializes in aggressive behavior.
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