Help, My Beagle’s Shadow Chasing Has Become An Irritating Habit

beagle's shadow chasing

Beagles Chasing His Tail

Welcome and thanks for visiting.Let's look at how you can help overcome your Beagle's Shadow Chasing Habit.

If you've had a dog that chases his tail, you will know have noticed that he goes in circles for quite a while until he realizes it's impossible for him to actually reach his tail.

In the same way they like to chase their tails, dogs sometimes like to chase their own shadows.

A Beagle will continue to chase his shadow before he realizes that every time he moves, the shadow moves even further away from him!

If your Beagle's shadow chasing it's nothing to worry about, it's normally just the dog playing around and enjoying himself.

It's normally a good sign that shows that your puppy is aware of his surroundings, and ready to guard the property at night!

Some Beagles chase their own shadows from time to time for their entire life, others grow out of it, either way – it's is quite normal.

Shadow chasing, is totally normal—UNLESS your Beagle starts to developed the irritating habit of going dilly at the sight of his own shadow and turning around until he's so exhausted he isn't able to fall asleep normally. 

When Does A Beagle's Shadow Chasing Become Compulsive Behavior?

beagle's shadow chasing

At first, it might have seemed funny, but a dog that is excessively chasing shadows could be showing warning signs. Don't dismiss compulsive shadow chasing as a harmless quirk.

Some Beagles will spend hours chasing his tail, repetitively and in extreme cases, these dogs can: suffer from exhaustion, lose weight, and sometimes even injure themselves.

Chasing and pursuing shadows can be happening as a result of frustration, anxiety or stress. What may have started as a fun game, if not dealt with in time, could prove to be harmful to your Beagle's mental stability and general well-being.

Apart from shadow chasing, your dog could develop one or more of these other compulsive patterns.: running after lights, spinning, non-stop licking, pacing, barking or digging.

Beagle's shadow chasing usually indicates one of two things:

  1. Insecurity of some description
  2. Unreleased energy due to insufficient exercise

Dealing With Your Beagle's Shadow Chasing Habit

When your Beagle sees the shadow she has to have, of course, he can never really get it, so he keeps at it.

If your Beagle's shadow chasing is left to develop, the habit will only become worse, so try and adjust your dog's surroundings to limit the problem.

One of the first things you can do is to spend time in a room in the evenings with fewer lights. Keep your windows shut so that the curtains don’t move and create moving shadows.

A dog that's afraid of shadows may be suffering from some past trauma or experience. This dog may have been insufficiently socialized or genetically scared.

Adolescent puppies often experience "periods of fear". If your little dog is backing off and barking do not force him to face his fear. This will only heighten your puppy's anxiety.

When you see afternoon shadows distract your dog with a treat dispensing toy or something that catches his attention. Get him excited by playing a game of tug of war. If you can tire him out a little with the play he’ll have less energy to go chasing shadows.

When he has calmed down, reward him for good behavior. Give him the odd treat to reinforce his good conduct. He will begin to associate being calm with tasty rewards.

If he does start going bananas chasing shadows, tell him SIT. Try channeling his energy into something productive to distract him from the shadows.

Don’t admonish him If you shout at him or put him in another room this will add to the problem. He’s already afraid, so needs your support.

Exercise Your Dog

Increase the amount of exercise your dog gets daily. It’s really important that your dog follows a daily exercise routine. Give him a long walk or, play a little fetch on the walk. This is likely to have him snoozing for the rest of the day rather than chasing after shadows.

Hold a treat just above his head height so that he will have to look up to focus on it properly. Make sure the treat is just out of his reach. Now tell your dog EYES UP at the same time you hold the treat up. He will start to associate this command with looking away from shadows.

Have you had to develop any tactics to deal with Beagle's shadow chasing? Would you like to share with us in the comment section below this post?

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