Beagle Behavior Stages Guide: When Do They Calm Down?


Beagles can make great family pets and are known for being quite active. If you have a Beagle puppy, you may be wondering if he or she will ever calm down.

We can assure you that your little furry friend will find his place in your life routine within the first year and give you plenty of good times.

Beagles are usually most hyper up to one year old; you will start to see a noticeable difference in their hyperactivity between one and two years old. However, based on how they are trained, there is no exact timeframe. Beagles were bred as hunting dogs so they do naturally require mental and physical stimulation daily.

When Beagles are bored or feel neglected, they are prone to being mischievous, so be sure to spend some quality time each day with your Beagle.

Since this breed is active, they are not going to be couch potatoes all day long. They need their outdoor time and plenty of playtime.   

Do Beagles Stay Hyper Their Entire Lives?

Most Beagles will continue to calm down after they are two years old. Once Beagles start to get older, they can really become calm dogs. A lot of their hyperactivity depends on their environment.

If they have to fight for your attention daily, then this habit will continue into their senior years. 

But if you have trained them accordingly and spent quality time playing with them, then it is very probable that your Beagle will adapt to your lifestyle. They are known to adjust quite well and can easily be trained to rest in the evenings and spend most of their built-up energy during the day.  

At What Age Do Beagles Stop Biting and Chewing as Puppies? 

Almost every dog breed will go through a biting and chewing phase due to the teething stage. Beagles are no exception, and once they reach about eight months old, they will stop biting and chewing on things. 

However, it’s important to train them as to what is acceptable to chew or bite on and correct them every time they start to chew on something that should not be chewed!

You will want to have an ample selection of toys for them to chew on and play with, including one or two that are specifically designed for teething. 

Note: If you have other animals, it is very normal for your Beagle puppy to use his teeth while playing with other animals. 

What Are The Behavior Stages of Beagles As Puppies?

Watching a Beagle puppy go through the growth and behavior stages can be very entertaining. You will begin to notice what type of personality your furry friend will have and how he or she reacts to different things, such as new people, strange noises, and even various foods. 

Here is what you can expect to see:

  • Up to 8 Weeks (2 months)Your Beagle puppy should remain close to its mother up until approximately eight weeks. This is how they get adapted to the life they were just born into and will rely heavily on their Mom’s guidance. 
  • 9 to 12 Weeks (2 to 3 months) – Your new puppy will be ready to bring home at around nine weeks. In the beginning, they will be very shy and trying to adjust to their new home and surroundings. He or she will begin to know its name and some simple commands. You will notice their character beginning to shine through in the way that they move or play. 
  • 12 to 16 Weeks (3 to 4 months) – This is when socialization plays a significant role. You should take your Beagle to some parks or places with other animals and get them acquainted with people and other dogs. It’s also a great time to teach them how to walk with a leash. You will notice that they have more energy during this time and are getting more curious. 
  • 16 Weeks – 24 Weeks (4 to 6 months) – This is considered the juvenile stage, and Beagle puppies are eager to learn and please their owners. Take this opportunity to teach and train them whatever is essential to your lifestyle. Beagles adapt pretty quickly, so teaching them the ropes won’t be difficult. This is also when your puppy will begin to be very hyper! 
  • 6 to 12 Months – Your Beagle will be in the prime stages of testing the waters and getting into everything it can. It’s imperative to remain strict with your rules if you want to keep your Beagle under control. The more restless they become, the more hyperactivity you will see. Allow them to release all their energy each day and spend time playing with them. 

Once your Beagle reaches one year old, you should begin to see a decline in his or her hyperactivity. This will continue to happen steadily over the next year. Some dogs have been known to calm down during this period drastically.

However, it will depend on how you trained your Beagle and if they are fulfilled with their energy releasing time each day. 

Even Beagles that are trained and get to spend quality time outdoors every day will show some hyperactivity in spurts when the weather does not cooperate, and they are stuck indoors for more extended periods. This is perfectly normal! 

How Important is Obedience Training to Help Calm Beagles Down and to Get Them to Listen to You?

Training is an essential part of any dog breed’s personality and characteristics. If you don’t take the time to train them yourself or attend obedience training classes, you will have a more hyper Beagle on your hands. 

Beagles are stubborn by nature and can sometimes be challenging to train. However, you should not give up and continue to show them who’s the boss. If not, you might have a Beagle who rules the house and can get into all kinds of mischief. 

One thing to keep in mind is that bad behavior should be corrected immediately, and good behavior should be praised accordingly. Beagles love to be recognized for doing something right, but they will resort to doing something wrong just to get attention if you ignore them. 

NEVER hit your Beagle; simply use a firm tone when saying ‘No’ and then always follow up by showing them the correct way. Taking your Beagle to obedience classes can be very beneficial for his or her training. Plus, it will also help with their socialization skills. 

Beagles want to do what makes their owners happy; they just need to be trained on what and where those tasks should take place. If you want your pup to go to the potty in a specific area of your backyard, show them and continue to take them there until they start to head there on their own automatically. 

5 Tips to Get Your Beagle to Calm Down 

If your Beagle is high strung and you want to be able to calm them down without losing your cool, then these 5 tips and tricks will help build a healthy relationship between you and your best friend. 

  1. Take time to teach your Beagle some basic commands, like sit or lay down. You can even teach them to be quiet.
  2. Give them plenty of time each day to release their energy outdoors or in a wide-open space. 
  3. Take him or her for a walk each day at the same time; mornings are best if you want them to calmer in the afternoon while you work. 
  4. Teach your Beagle tasks that keep them stimulated and that allow them to occupy their time without driving you crazy.
  5. Give him or her some toys to play with that they can easily spend hours chasing or chewing on. 

Do Beagles Settle Down When Spayed or Neutered?

There has been a long controversial discussion over whether or not dogs really do calm down after being spayed or neutered.

There are some experts who agree that it all depends on how the dog was trained before being fixed, while others simply suggest that it is a guessing game and your dog may or may not calm down after being fixed. 

You should speak to your Beagle’s vet to see if they recommend fixing your dog and if it will help calm them down. Again, many experts disagree about this topic, so make sure you have all the details about what happens during this process before making your decision.  

What’s the Best Age to Have Your Beagle Fixed?

If you choose to spay or neuter your Beagle, according to the AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association), any male dog under 45 lbs should be neutered at six months old.

However, female Beagles should be spayed before their first heat, typically between five and six months of age. 

Many veterinarians recommend getting your dog spayed or neutered if you do not plan on breeding your pet. This helps control the population of unwanted dogs that are conceived out of pet owner negligence, meaning dogs that are free to roam streets and neighborhoods.  

Conclusion 

Beagles make great companions and are loyal to their owners. They are an active breed, so you must take time to entertain their extra energy and give them plenty of lovin’! 

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