My partner and I are strongly considering getting a beagle in the New Year, and have been doing our research in order to prepare for the new arrival! From what I've read, it seems that beagles have problems being left alone, We have a medium sized house and a back garden, i work shifts and tend to have days off in the week whereas my partner has weekends off and works days. On rare occasions the dog could be left alone for 8 hours, but would mainly be 4 hours. Is this something that can be helped with training sessions and most importantly is it fair to the dog? We would be able to walk him or her at least once a day and have parents near by who are willing to help out, but would rather not depend on them. Please help as we would love one of these gorgeous hounds!