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I have a 2 year old fun loving, sweet male beagle.  Over the past few months he has gotten more aggressive and territorial when it comes to  relaxing/sleeping.  He has bitten my husband, in-laws, and myself.  These bites have all drawn blood, my bite required stitches.

When he sleeps, if woken or scared he growls, attacks, and at times bites.  This also occurs if he is just relaxing on the couch, and feels that you are going to bother him. The four of us are the only ones usually around, he is great with other family and friends, and well behaved with other animals.


I do not have the heart to give him up, I looking  for advice as to how to curb this behavior.

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Glad that you are writing to me instead of giving him up, however this requires one on one training and you need to call someone immediately to come and help with this. It is apparent that he doesnt feel you 4 legged ones are the ones in charge and that he is! This behavior can be fixed but it will require someone working with not just him but the rest of you. You can google trainers or ask your vet for a recommendation. Trying to fix this via email will not work but I am glad at least you have reached out. It will only get worse so please don't wait, he doesnt really want to be the one in charge.

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I am happy to answer BEAGLE BREED SPECIFIC behavioral questions. Please DO NOT ask MEDICAL questions! I am not a vet .

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I currently have one adorable beagle, a male age 6.5, a sweet and loving 3 year old female Pit Bull, a cute fluff ball 10 year old male min. poodle and my newest addition a 6 month old male pit who already 50# and is going to probably be twice that when done growing. I have unfortunately lost in the last years 2 beagles and 1 whippet/rat terrier mix. The two beagles lived to 15 and the whippet mix to 13.5, it was so hard to say goodbye to them. I have done rescue work on and off for many, many years as well as fund-raising for the local animal shelter. I worked for a dog magazine in the past (Southern California Dog Magazine). Being a psychotherapist has encouraged me to do in depth studying of animal behavior as well. I have worked with many people to help curb undesirable behaviors in their dogs (or them!) or to form good behaviors. My life is devoted to and surrounded by my dogs........The picture you see here is Zeppelin but we also call him the "miracle dog". He was hit by a car April 2010 while out with the dog walker and had very serious injuries... 4 surgeries and $17,000 later my boy is whole again and back to loving life. He is so special to me and he weathered a lot of pain and trauma yet is still the sweet boy he always was! I also work to stop Breed Specific Legislation and help to get pit bulls adopted.

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HSUS, PETA, SPCA DONT SHOP...ADOPT!! Ban the deed, not the Breed!!

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Dog Fancy

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I am a Marriage and Family Therapist licensed in the state of CA and am also credentialed as a Certified Addiction Treatment Specialist

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Honored by the Agoura Animal Shelter for my volunteer work.

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