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We have had our baby daisy for about 7 months now. (Our story is in the new members section, post named Hello All!)

We have a few issues with our Daisy though. She is the most amazing dog- and I can't imagine my life without her now! But she seems to have some bladder issues. These issues always seem to work their way out on my living room carpet. No matter how many times you let her out, or how many walks you take her on she pees on my carpet. Always in the same area too! I have tried just about every type of pet cleaner on the market, but she still continues to pee! I asked the vet about it, thinking that perhaps she has a bladder control issue but they kind of blew it off like we needed to let her out more. If I let her out right before I leave for the store, and I am gone for no more than an hour- she pee's. She also pee's in her "spot" every single night. My carpet cleaner can't take much more! Nor can my nose. I realize she probably has some abandonment issues due to her life previous to us, but could it be something more? Is there anything we can do to control this bladder issue???

I am also learning that it is not just our Daisy that is an escape artist, but that it is apparently a Beagle thing!

She gets out of everything!! She got out of her collar when on her tie-out, so we got her a harness- which she also seems to somehow snake her way out of! She gets out of the dog pen (designed for her big sister Bella, a Great Dane). She dug under the fence and got out, so we put large flat rocks around the pen. She dug her way under the pen, and under the rocks and got out. We are at a loss! She got out of her harness again tonight and nearly gave me a heart attack! She runs stragight for the road and I am so afraid she is going to get hit!

I did some research on-line tonight and found the PetSafe instant wireless Dog Fence. I was wondering if anyone else has had any luck with this type of system with their Beagles? She is a 10" Beagle, and weighs about 30lbs (Yes, she is a bit chubby!) Any tips or advice on this issue would be great! We are getting ready to move to our 150 acre lot, and with all the animals in the woods there I am afraid she will run and we will never see her again! I can't even think about it!

I was also wondering if all beagles are as sweet as her? She love to cuddle up under the blankets with us, she dances like a fool when she sees people and loves to give hugs! If this is the way all beagles are, then we are soo going to get more! She is soo good with kids too! So is this what every Beagle is like?
 

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first, yes all beagles are that way. they are a very loving sort.
2nd try kennel training.
be careful with the beagle out on your lot. coyotes are a big issue in many places right now, and theres no signs of it getting better.
now about your vet. if your vet doesnt respect your feelings about the beagle, switch vets right now. if my vet blew me off 1 time, hes done.
its that simple. bernie beagle is my family, my child. if he cant respect my thoughts/fears/question, im done with him that very second.
be careful how much water your giving your beagle. beagles consume. they will eat 40 lbs of food per setting if you let them. water for a puppy isnt much different.
im gonna let the rest of the folks reply to this now.
 

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We have the same problem. I posted a topic "Potty Training round 2". I take him out before going to store and I come home to a wet spot on his fresh clean towel. He was doing so good for 2 weeks then he went back to peeing in his crate. So I am starting over w/ him. Taking him out every 1-2 hours until he can get used to holding it again. So we will see...but I am open to any suggestions-
 

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ditto on the crate training as well as adding mental stimulation (puzzle balls and kongs) to keep her occupied while you are away. It could be stress that makes her pee as soon as you leave and she could need a bit of desensetizing in that area. Pick up your keys and put on your shoes about 20 times per day. Next week get as far as opening the door. Make sure you don't say anything to her as you are leaving or coming back. Put your keys away, put your groceries away and wait till she is calm before you greet her. And yes, most beagles are very warm and loving creatures. Make sure when you get a second (which will also reduce stress while you are away which is why you usually see them in two's) that you take her to meet them and make it a good match.
 

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JBMiller, sorry to hear of your problems. I would be tempted to remove the carpet altogether. Crate training might just work and the advice about going out several times a day just for a short time, might work. I know the first time we took Susi and Snoopy in our camper car, Susi soiled every bit of bedding we had in the car within two days. On our latest trip she didnt have a single accident. So in her case it was stress related. By the time we went on the second trip she had accepted that the camper didnt mean leaving home for ever or being left alone.

As for escaping, this is important. One needs a deep concrete base and firm fence on top. If the base is deep enough Daisie wont be able to dig her way out. I dont like the electric fence idea. If a beagle smells a rabbit it will dash through flames to get to it!
Jenny C the same advice applies to you as well.
 

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JB -- I haven't had a chance to welcome you to BW so, first things first, welcome!! You ask if all beagles are as loving as your Daisy is. My response would be, just like all humans are different from each other, so are beagles. My Maggie has never been a cuddler -- if I give her a kiss or a hug, she shakes her head afterwards as if to say "Mom -- leave me alone!" That said, she would have me rub her belly all day. If you go forward with your plan to add more beagles to your pack, you need to realize that each one will be unique with its own precious, wonderful traits.
 

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My Maggie is a wonderful beagle but also is not a cuddler. She likes to lay beside me on the couch and loves her ears scratched and belly rubbed but if anyone tries to hug her she growls a little in protest and then jumps down at the first opportunity. She does sometimes climb on my lap and put her paws on my shoulder and stand with her cheek to mine while I scratch her back. That is the closest we come to a hug or cuddle.
 

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Hi!

We had an invisible fence in place already before we got our Henry. Henry is very timid and he trained to it right away. But as well as these fences keep our dogs in, it doesn't keep other animals out so you still have to be careful of coyotes and such...at night we turn on all of the outside lights and go out with them. But the fence itself is very effective with our dogs.

Our Henry is a cuddler...one of the best. Very docile and even though he may be tempted to follow his nose on a scent off leash, he won't run from us. He's a bit too pudgy to run too fast for too long so once he knows he's being chased, he just crouches down and waits for us.

And Henry was very sick when we first rescued him so it seemed that housebreaking would take forever but one day it just clicked! As I guess most beagles do, Henry responded to postive reinforcement instead of "bad dog" reinforcement.

Henry is our first beetle and like you, we are very happy with him! /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif
 

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/forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif After changing the towels 5 times I stopped putting towels in the crate and NO PEE!!!!!!!
He did not pee from 1230 to 645 am & he did so good this whole day! I went to work, ran errands. I let him out about every 3-4 hours. Hopefully he does well this week. I'd like to put him in his bed again.
 

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I posted some advice on housebreaking, but apparently it was not politically correct enough for some people, so it was deleted.

I guess things haven't changed all that much in the past 200+ years. Certain people are apparently still much more comfortable with censorship than we are in the colonies. Thank God for our Bill of Rights, and the First Amendment in particular.
 

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We have considered an invisible fence for our back yard too. We have fenced the (much smaller) front yard in with a physical fence, but due to the property layout and neighbours we can not do the same for the back yard. I would love to give Bailey the extra freedom, but I have read a few places that they do not work so well for Beagles. It is a lot of money to spend for something that may not work, not to mention the worry if he did get out. But the benefits for him if it did work would be great.
 

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Hi jb, first let me say welcome to Beagle World!! I'll be sure to go to the introductions section and read your story about your little Daisy.
How are things going with her pottying issues? If you aren't doing crate training, you might consider that. When Shiloh was a puppy, I resisted crate training for a long time because I had 2 other dogs at the time and I hated to shut the baby up while the adults had the run of the house--it didn't seem fair! Finally I wised up, bought a crate, and potty training went much better!! Or you could get a baby gate and leave her in the kitchen or someplace without a carpet while you're gone. She probably goes back to the same spot because in spite of your best effort she can still smell the pee. Beagle noses are legendary for good reason!! Someone not too long ago mentioned a pet urine cleaner that she said was very effective. (At least I think it was this group!) If you go to Search and type in Carpet Cleaner, you might find it. Or maybe someone with not so many Senior Moments can remember what I'm talking about. :conf6:
Shiloh is not a big cuddler either--I wish she was. But she is so sweet. And happy. And loving. Although I've had dogs all my life, and loved each of them to pieces, she has my heart wrapped around her little paw in a way none of the others did. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif Give your Daisy a big hug for me!
 
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