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My beagle Baxter is almost two and he is potty trained but for the entire time we've had him we've had to take him out (in our fenced in yard) on a leash because we had a much older dog and Baxter (not to be gross) had a thing for Otto's poop. Now sadly Otto isn't with us anymore :( but I would like to let Bax out on his own, but I having a hard time trusting him in the yard. I'm afraid he is going to eat mulch, plants, basically anything he is a beagle after all, and then be really sick. We don't have any poisonous plants or anything but I'm still nervous. I've also heard that Beagles tend to dig if left alone outside (not that he would be out there for hours but I'd like to let him and walk away for 10 min or so) and I'm paranoid about him digging his way out of the yard. Anyone have any advice? Am I just being a too nervous mom? I know my parents always let their beagle out alone in a fenced yard and never had any issues but still...

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Izzy is 2yrs old and has always gone out by herself thru the doggy door. She's not a fenceline digger which is a huge plus though. She will dig holes in the flower bed(we don't keep anything in it but dirt since we've had her) to bury her treats. She has the run of the house when we are gone but confined to only downstairs and is passed the chewing stage(she only had a thing for my husband's ballcaps & shoe strings). I guess you could start by letting him out and watching him thru a window or something to make sure he's not getting into trouble. Best of luck to you!
 

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Let Him off leash and stay in the yard with Him, see what type of things he gets into, if he has a knack for trying to dig out of the yard, *We did this with Our Charlie and the spots where we thought he was sniffing to hard and it looked like he may be able to get out, we just re-enforced that area, where there was no way he could get out, it worked out great*.........
if nothing is deadly in the yard for his chewing, then don't worry about it few sticks are not going to get him really sick, it's fun for chewing for them.:)
 
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