Beagles are a popular choice among people for being one of the “ideal family dog breeds.” Their warm and friendly behavior makes them excellent companions to your family. Beagles were initially bred as hunting dogs, which makes them perfect for the outdoors. Now, the question arises: are Beagles suitable for staying inside?
The answer is yes. There are a variety of reasons why Beagles can be great inside dogs. This small and friendly dog loves attention. So, if you are giving it sufficient attention and the proper training, your Beagle will be happy staying indoors.
Now, let us talk more about what factors can make your Beagle an excellent inside dog.
What Makes Beagle a Great Inside Dog?
There are multiple reasons why a Beagle can be an excellent inside dog. With their small size, they are easy to maintain inside the house. Let us have a look at the various factors that make your Beagle a great inside dog.
1. Small and easy to maintain
If you are new to pets and have no idea about handling dogs, you should go for a small dog. Since Beagles are considered super-friendly and affectionate, they will not give you a hard time.
Keeping a small dog inside the house is more manageable than keeping bigger ones like Golden Retriever or German Shepard.
Beagles adjust to indoor lifestyles and do not create a mess. Unlike bigger dogs, they do not require a lot of space. Thus, they can even fit into smaller homes or apartments.
2. Less Shedding
Breeds like Labrador, Shiba Inu, Golden Retriever, and Siberian Husky are notorious for shedding a lot. Raising a dog inside your home would become a workout if you kept finding dog hair stuck to every surface of your home.
Therefore, dogs like Beagles are the perfect choice for indoors. Beagles do shed lightly, but it’s relatively manageable as they have shorter hair.
3. Need love and affection
As affectionate as they are, Beagles require an equal level of affection from their owners. They need company around them.
When they get constant attention from everyone in the home, they stay happy and energetic. Otherwise, they may develop anxiety or behavior issues.
How to Raise a Beagle Indoors?
Keeping a Beagle indoors will require you to follow specific steps to keep them healthy and happy. You must follow the following steps to ensure that your Beagle does not develop and issues while staying indoors.
Even while staying indoors, your Beagle will require a regular amount of training to thrive. As all dogs have to learn some basic commands and exercises, you must teach your Beagle the same things.
Some of those commands are:
- Stay and Sit
- Leave it
- Spin and Twirl
Following these commands becomes challenging for your dog, and it does not get bored indoors. It also proves to be a great mental exercise.
Other than that, there is some basic training you can give to your Beagle.
- Potty Training: Staying indoors can make your Beagle adapt to the indoor environment. However, you must ensure that you take it outside for regular walks. Otherwise, the dog will believe that it’s okay to excrete inside the house.
- Crate Training: Crate training is just as important as any other training. Especially while staying indoors, you must ensure a safe space for your Beagle. With crate training, your Beagle will create a spot for itself, and develop patient behavior
- Set boundaries: Setting boundaries is another very important way to train your Beagle. For instance, you must teach the dog to stay out of the kitchen. You should also try to teach them to sleep in their own beds and not in yours.
Not just Beagles, but any dog requires regular exercise and training sessions to stay healthy and active.
Beagles are highly active, hunting dogs. Thus, they need to utilize their energy. An average adult Beagle requires approximately 50-60 minutes of physical activity.
While staying indoors, you will have to set up a routine for your Beagle.
If left alone, Beagles can develop depression or anxiety issues. They can also develop anger issues and excessive barking problems.
Exercise is vital in a Beagle’s life as Beagles are prone to gaining weight. If they stay indoors all the time without any physical activity, they might have to deal with obesity.
Beagles are affectionate and energetic dogs. You need to give them the right amount of love and attention, especially since they are staying indoors. Once you get the hang of how their indoor routine works, it will be easy to manage. Beagles have a very adjustable personality.
You should approach them with patience and affection. A routine of regular exercise along with some amount of mental stimulation is the best way to raise a Beagle indoors.
We hope this article helped you understand the tips and tricks. Do share it with other potential Beagle owners to increase their knowledge about how they can raise Beagles indoors.
Dr. Aram Baker has been with Santa Clarita Animal Hospital since 1995 and his special interests include behaviour medicine and dermatology. He graduated from the Cleveland Humanities Magnet Program in Reseda, CA and attended California State University at Northridge where he received a Bachelor’s degree in biology. He went on to pursue his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at the University of California at Davis. He also spent time in the zoological medicine department at U.C. Davis during his Junior and Senior years. He is dedicated to caring for all pets big or small, young or old with compassion, patience, kindness, and love.