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Beagle Separation anxiety

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Berniebeagle, Oct 9, 2013.


  1. Berniebeagle

    Berniebeagle PetForums Newbie

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    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!
     
  2. BoredomBusters

    BoredomBusters PetForums VIP

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    I do dog walking and we walk a lot of Beagles - they are dogs bred to be in a pack of hounds, but can adapt to being alone just like any dog. The ones who have had separation problems are usually destructive. Some have grown out of it, some have been crated, and some really suffer from being left.

    Just make sure that if you have to leave a Beagle 8 hours you get someone in to let them out to the loo or take them for a walk halfway through. They are very lazy dogs around the house, but they are saving their energy for the 2 hours of walking (minimum) they like every day.
     
  3. Helbo

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    It took me over a year to deal with my Beagles separation problem - now I've built him up to being left 4 hours, but I wouldn't leave him longer. This is a mix of his natural beagle instinct to not be alone, and my particular dogs personality.

    You can't predict how your dog will react, no matter how much research you do on the breed. They all have their own quirks when you get them home.

    Charlie used to physically be sick when left alone, as well as toileting in the house, and mild destruction (I say mild because luckily he never attacked our furniture - just two rugs and his own toys).

    If you have time off to train the dog to be left alone, and have back up plans of daycare or the dog going to family if you do end up with a dog that reacts badly, then go for it.

    It's best to prepare for the worst, rather than hope for the best.

    Also keep in mind that any puppy will be rather clingy - separated from their litter and in a new environment and routine - and will need time to settle in properly before being trained to be left. And then it's best to start slow - leaving them alone in another room for only minutes at a time to start with.

    Beagle Welfare has some excellent advice on their website, and maybe you'd consider adopting an adult Beagle whose temprement you can find out in advance. Also, I found Gwen Baileys 'The Perfect Puppy' book an excellent read in preparation for getting my dog.

    Hope this helps
     
  4. Owned By A Yellow Lab

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    Beagles are adorable. However I would not leave any dog alone for eight hours. You would have to arrange for someone to pop in two or even three times to let the dog out for a toilet break and maybe also to walk him.

    Also you wouldn't be able to leave a puppy alone for hours on end, not even four hours. Pups need constant supervision :)

    Have you considered rehoming a slightly older Beagle, via rescue? That way you could be more sure that separation anxiety won't be an issue and also you would be able to leave the dog alone for a few hours.
     
  5. Pointermum

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    I have a 5 year old beagle , she can just about be left for 8hrs now but i only do it once or twice a year. As a pup i did all the right things leaving her for short periods of time etc , she doesn't bark when i leave but she would get bored and look for her own amusement.

    Even as a pup who wasn't left for hours she was very destructive, destroying fence panels , digging holes, chewing kids toys, putting holes in my clothes , destroying dog beds and so on. They're not the easiest of breeds ;)
     
  6. Canarie

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    Hi,
    I have a Beagle cross Jack Russell and have had her for 2 months.She is a rescue Beagle cross and was one years of age when I got her.
    She can be left for 4 hours approx alright as long as she has had a walk first....Beagles are very people oriented and mine laps up affection.....have been taking her to training classes where she absorbs info quite quickly with the exception of "heel".This type of dog does need approx 2 hours of walking per day.....
    Don't think you can stick to what "type" Beagles should be like,no two dogs of the same breed are the same.
    If you are going to have a family Ithink a Beagle would be ideal as long as she/ him gets your time too...
    Gill
     
  7. jennyj

    jennyj PetForums Newbie

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    Hi there this problem is not just isolated to beagles this can happen to any dog if the situation is handled incorrectly . All dogs need gradual acclimatization to being left alone. Being left for only a few minutes on the first occasion then gradually increasing the time over a period of a few weeks . I feel leaving a dog for 8 hours would possibly be to long for any dog.
     
  8. moonviolet

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    I'm going to pick up on another point you mentioned. You would be able to do one walk a day? when would this walk be? would it be alongside other mental stimulation?

    While separation anxiety can be an issue like in Helbo's Charlie's case. Many beagles just simply get bored and make their own amusement and a bored beagle can be incredibly noisy and extremely destructive. I met another beagle owner whose darling reduced a sofa to a frame, rags and snow in a couple of hours!!
     
  9. Berniebeagle

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    Thank-you all so much for your replies, lots of points to consider. And all the responses were so helpful! :thumbup:
     
  10. Eloise86

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    We have a 2 year old male beagle who we rehomed from a family with kids. Myself and partner work similar hours and find we can leave him for up to 8 hours some days not every day as some days we work from home. Aslong as you walk him/her twice a day for half an hour or aslong as you can they seem to be fine although all dogs are different regardless of breed. I find Beagles not a lot of socialism from an early age as with our beagle, they tend to be quite naughty and nip people if not well socialised as we have unfortunately discovered.
     
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