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Hello Beagleworld!
Our dog, Maggie, is 10 months old now. She is terrific and a loved member of our family. I couldn't have chosen a better dog.



Now our concern.....we are really scared that she is going to escape from our yard some day. We have one and half acres of property, that is enclosed with chain link fencing. Every once in a while, she digs a hole and escapes under the fence to go see my sister next door. This morning, she went out the front gate when my husband left for work, and by mistake he didn't see her. Luckily, my sister saw her running down the cul-de-sac at about 100 mph. Yikes that was too close!!!

So, I'm curious what others do with their dogs while they are away? Maggie is alone about 4 hours a day, and I would be devastated if she were to beat feet out of here!

I should add...she is not crate trained. She came from a pet store as a puppy, and just couldn't handle it. So, she sleeps on our bed at night and does just great.

Would a dog run be the best thing do you think?

Thanks in advance for any advice to keep our precious beagle safe and sound.
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bury chicken wire under the fence about a foot deep and tie it to the fence so she can't dig out too fast.

Or you can do a cement border along the bottom of the fence about a foot deep.

But when she is by herself the dog run would be ideal, make sure it has something buried deep about a foot atleast so she can't dig under the fence, and make the fence tall as beagles are known to climb.

Dixie can scale 4 ft already and she is only 5 months old.
 

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Maggie is a beautiful girl. I love the markings around her eyes. It looks almost like a mask. At 10 months old, she should be OK (potty wise)to stay alone in the house for 4 hours. If it's beagle destruction you're worried about, is there somewhere inside you could keep her? A kitchen, laundry room or bathroom where you could put up a baby gate to keep her confined? Beagle's are notorious escape artists, so I would be concerned leaving her outside without supervision. They can dig, climb, scale, jump...you name it. Jersey escaped from the patio at my aunt's house when she was only about 5 months old. She somehow scaled a three foot brick wall to get out to us. We were hanging Christmas lights and next thing I know, Jersey's there next to us. I nice dog run would be good long as it's Beagle proof. Like madison069 already said, bury the fence deep and maybe even put the chain link over the top to keep her from climbing over.
 

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I am only scanning quickly at all the new posts but if I understand, you leave her outside for 4 hours right?

I have no experience with this but lik what Madison has said. Or how about those outdoor pens tht go high up and some have a top as well.
 

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Maggie is beautiful!!

I can't really help you as we have a back yard thats fully fenced and Glover (almost 5 months) cant escape (although he'd like to!)

you got some great ideas there though!!

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I'd go along with the inside room that is doggie proof, if that is possible with these little howlers....we leave our two older pups alone for only three to four hours, you never know what's going to happen...but so far so good. We have an open yard and they are tethered when outside, but there have been cases where they've slipped their collars and we've had to run. Our neighbors have a 6 ft fence and one of their 1/2 breeds scales it daily, so even though it's high, if you put a lid on top, it might keep her inside the fenced area. Good luck.... she is a cutie.
 
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