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Hello all Just wondering about your thoughts. I got bandit at 8 weeks old back in may . He just turned 1 year old. That whole time i was out of work and with him all the time like my wife says he is my side kick. Well this Monday i will be starting a new job (15th) of march. I left him alone for 4 hours at a time but not all day. He will be free to Rome in the kitchen I know about a radio, lots of toys, water , I feel so bad to leave him now . My question is how will he handle this ? He wants to be by my side all the time if i sit down he has to sit with me. When the wife comes home he will take to her also........I cant believe that i am so attached to a dog :)... Thanks for any in put
 

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i know how you feel i am thr same with my shiloh i never leave her alone i even have a sitter for her mostly cause i have nieghbors and she is so loud when i leave and dont stop untill i come home
 

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He will be fine. Just leave kongs and toys that can keep him busy. I believe that dogs really have no concept of time, so of course, he will be happy to see you! But it's like kids, they have to learn eventually that they can't always be picked up! :) I am sure everything will be fine!
 

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I believe that dogs really have no concept of time, so of course, he will be happy to see you!
That is so true.

I saw a Peanuts cartoon a while back that had Snoopy staing at the house with Lucy and Linus beacuse Charlie Brown was on vacation. Snoopy was saying that he had heard that dogs have no concept of time so he couldn't tell if the bald headed kid had been gone for 5 minutes or 5 years. Lucy walks by saying "Get out of my way you stupid beagle" Snoopy says (thinks) "5 years".

Most dogs just go to sleep until you get back once they get used to it.
 

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He will be fine. Just leave kongs and toys that can keep him busy. I believe that dogs really have no concept of time, so of course, he will be happy to see you! But it's like kids, they have to learn eventually that they can't always be picked up! :) I am sure everything will be fine!
This is true, Bianca is in the crate when we're at work and she has her talk radio and water dispenser at her side. She sleeps it all away.

Heck, even when I'm working from home for the day she sleeps :)
 

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Sounds like you have some good ideas already. Maybe you can practice some alone time before you start your job. Start with an hour, etc. TV or radio helps too. One thing I found was that if you make your departure calm but fun, and your arrival quiet and uneventful, it makes a big difference. Molly and Andy are gated in my kitchen and when I leave I hand them Kong toys and just say "see ya in a bit".
 

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If you are really concerned, enroll your Beagle in a local "dog daycare." I did it with my first two dogs - they went to daycare two times a week for many months, and then I weaned them down to once a week for a long time, and now they just stay home. If you can afford the daycare, I'd recommend 1 or 2 days a week just because the socialization is so important AND your dog will be completely worn out at the end of the day (very important for Date Night). I have friends who send their dogs to Friday daycare just so they can enjoy a night out without worrying about Fido! :D
 

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Oh, I forgot something ... my girls LOVE when I rush in the door after work and pack them into the car and go to the dog park! They LOVE the dog park. If you can do it every day, you'll be set in gold! Now, our dog parks have a "small/old dog" section that I prefer, just to keep them safe from the large dogs that pack up. Also, go to "Meetups.com" and find or start a Beagle group in your area - it's a lot of fun.
 

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Ok i have looked at all the replies for this problem and if you seen my reply i have the same problem but as far as the kong treats go they dont work for me she wont take them or any treat for that matter if she knows im leaving so i need any other ways you can think of to help me out i hate paying a sitter and i cant go nowhere its like have a newborn i hate being restricted. help me:cry:
 

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We didn't really have a problem with this. My schedule is terribly inconsistent and at first I feared the dogs would not adjust well. However, I leave safe toys with them and dont' make a big production when I leave and come home. They now know when I am getting ready to leave and go right into their room with no problem. I give them one treat each, leave the tv or radio on for them, and in a calm voice say "Ok be good, see ya later!" and close the door. Sometimes they bark for a minute or two but when they realize I am gone for the day they settle down.
I have found they adapt pretty well.
Good luck to you!
 

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Hope day #1 goes okay!!


Kong toys rule in our house. Molly loves hers so much that she actually brings it to me for refills.
 
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