Hello all, I was actually hoping someone out there could help. I have a 2 year old beagle that has just recently stated snapping anf growling at my son. I know the last time he done this he made contact with his cheek, but didnt break the skin. We have had him since he was 12 weeks old and this has never been a problem, so I am at wits end trying to figure out what to do.. Thanks Gwen
A trip to the vet would be the first thing I would do. Any number of medical problems could be causing this behavior (thyroid problems is one thing that comes to mind). You need to rule that out before trying any behavior modifications.
How old is your son? Is it possible that your son my have accidently hurt your Beagle? Not saying he has but it could be a possibility. Another thing is how much attention did you show your Beagle in the past? The Beagle could be trying to set itself as being higher in the pack than your son. So to speak. If nothing has changed since the day you brought your beagle home, then the vet would be a good place to start.
Definitely need more info on things such as age of your son, the events surrounding the events....were they alone in the room at the time, are you there when it happens, are you holding your son or playing with him when it happens, is your son playing with the dog, do you have any other dogs in the home?
Definitely not your typical Beagle behavior. A vet is your first step.
Have blood work done especially to check for whip worms. They give off a toxin that can completely change behavior. The toxin affects the brain cells.Also some Beagles have spinal problems which can cause pain so a trip to the vet is needed. Good luck I hope the problems can be easily solved.