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Hi my 5 month old male Toby really shows what a well behaved dog he can be whenever he has been to the dog park and socialized with other dogs for a few hours, after this he is calm and moderately obedient. at other times he is a possessed demon running circles around our apartment all puffed up. i know it's because he is in his crate a lot during the day and is just acting out his frustration and needs to play. would another beagle be a good idea? i know beagle's are pack dogs and no doubt would love company. anyone else been through this situation and got another beagle? how did it work out?
 

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Hi and welcome! Big day in Miami today, isn't it?

I'm not the expert on this but if Toby is routinely alone for a good part of the day, I think a buddy is a good idea.

I have one beag and two other (mixed brd) dogs and if it weren't for my other two, and knowing Henry the way I do, I think he would be very lonely.

Other suggestions for lonely beagles that have been made are: music or television left on for them to listen to, one of those Kong toys stuffed with yummy stuff to keep them busy and last but not least, doggie day-care (if it's feasible). A not-good thing to do is leave the dog with rawhide chews since choking is a risk with some of them.

Beagles do truly enjoy socializing.

Good luck.
 

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For your own sake, and your dog sake, I would say hold off getting another dog until Toby is well obedient trained. at least until his 1st birthday. Dogs can be well behave outside the home just like our children are always so good in other people's house. The circle runs, known as zoomies, you have in the house is likely to be multiplied by 2 with another young dog. Furthermore, # 2 could very well be enven more energetic than Toby...
 

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thanks all, yes exciting day down here in miami, im sure there will be no one at the dog park this afternoon! im thinking we will hold off on the new pup for a few more months till toby gets better trained. thanks for the advice
 

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Maybe I was just lucky but I brought my male beags home when my female was only 6 months. She mothered and nurtured and taught and loved on that little boy as though he was her very own. Five years later they are still the best source of each other's companionship.
 

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Another option to consider might also be to get an older adult rescue beagle as a companion for Toby - rather than another wild and energetic puppy... That way he would have the companionship and maybe be able to learn by the example set by the older (and hopefully calmer) other dog.
 

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I just got a second beagle after having only one for 4 years. Buckley, our first, is going on 5 and Jewelie, the one we recently adopted, is going on 6. I definitely think it was a good move. While he is still jealous at times when it comes to us being affectionate with her, they get along wonderfully and he seems happy to have a buddy during the day when we are at work.

Yes, it's a bit more work and definitely more expense (vaccinations, vet bills, food), but well worth it in the way they can keep each other exercised and busy. It has been 6 weeks now, and we are really happy we made the decision to get another.
 
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