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Hello, I have recently acquired a beagle puppy.  He is biting everything, which I am not too concerned about because I've heard that puppies that are teething bite.  However I am concerned that he is biting when he gets upset, for instance when we have to take something away from him.  Is this usual for puppies, or is this more personality?  I'm concerned because of small children that play with him.  I've had a dog before but never a beagle pup.  Thanks for your help!

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I cannot say for certain without seeing the dogs demeanor when he is biting something. Only certain items should be given to dogs to chew on and they have to understand that you are the pack leader and you are in charge. The main reason dogs accidentally bite children is either because they are running with something in their hand that may resemble for instance a news paper which you NEVER hit a dog with when you scold them. The other reason may be that they think the child has something like a toy or food and they want it and bite the child by mistake trying to get it. There are instances where the dog is trying to prove he is the alpha. This is where you must make sure that they understand that people are alphas not them.  

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Chris Cantrell

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Typically answer questions about basic obedience and search and rescue training for any types/breeds of dogs. I DO NOT answer questions regarding any health related issues. I DO NOT PROMISE TO ANSWER QUESTIONS OTHER THAN THE AREAS I HAVE LISTED. If you are going to ask a question I do expect to get sufficient information. I cannot make any promises that I can answer your question if it is a behavioral issue because you have to be around the animal to properly evaluate what the animal is or is not doing so do not expect a miracle through email.

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Chief of local rescue squad. I have 2 trained K-9's. One is trained for live, cadaver and HRD. The second is trained for live search and in training currently for cadaver and HRD. Formerly trained Police K-9's for Patrol, protection and Narcotics.

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Alabama Association of Rescue Squads, North American Search Dog Alliance

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NASAR, AARS, Alabama Fire College

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