Though the Beagle is primarily a hunting and tracking breed, these dogs also make wonderful family pets. Before you bring home a new Beagle, however, you need to make sure that your home and your lifestyle are a good match. You also need to think about any other dogs or pets that you have in the house – some breeds simply aren’t very dog-friendly. Keep reading to learn more about Beagles and other dogs and to receive tips for a peaceful multidog house.
Are Beagles Good with Other Dogs?
The Beagle is a scent hound, a type of dog that hunts by scent instead of sight. Many scent hounds do best in packs, a trait that is definitely characteristic of the Beagle breed. These dogs are very people-oriented and affectionate with family, but they also tend to get along well with other dogs – even dogs of different breeds. Aggression is not a trait characteristic of the Beagle breed in any way, though some Beagle owners report that their Beagles can become a little possessive of their owners in the presence of other dogs. If you’re thinking about adding a Beagle to your multidog house, however, you shouldn’t have to worry about him getting along with the other dogs.
Tips for Keeping the Peace in Multidog Households
Even if all of your dogs are generally friendly and mild-mannered, having multiple dogs in a household can sometimes lead to conflict. Here are some tips for keeping the peace in your multidog house:
- Maintain a position of strong leadership over your dogs – you need to be firm and consistent in training so your dogs always know what is expected of them. Be consistent in enforcing house rules but generous with praise and rewards when your dogs behave well.
- Learn the basics about dog body language as well as the signs of aggression so, if there is a conflict, you can step in and resolve the situation before it escalates.
- Do your best to stick to a routine for feeding times, exercise and bedtime – dogs thrive on routine and if you have a set schedule without much fluctuation your dogs will be less stressed and less likely to get into trouble.
- Give all of your dogs equal attention, both as a group and individually – pick a day of the week to spend a little extra one-on-one time with each dog and try to keep things like treats and training sessions equitable.
- If one or more of your dogs tends to get into trouble, consider separating your dogs when you leave the house – each dog should have his own crate or bed that he can retreat to when you’re away so he feels comfortable and safe.
Beagles make wonderful family pets because they are friendly, good-natured, and great with kids. This breed also tends to get along well with other dogs! If you’re thinking about adding another dog to your family you shouldn’t have to worry about your Beagle, but you should make sure that your other dogs are going to be tolerant.
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