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Hi all. First time posting anything on here. Just want to know if anybody has any tips on leaving my beagle alone. Madaí (see adorable picture below) is a brilliant 5 month old dog who has came on leaps and bounds. So good on walks and has learnt so many tricks.
sheis fine in her crate and sleeps through the night. Potty accidents are a rare occurrence. She loves her food and is well socialised.
the only issue is that if I have to leave the room to go get changed or go to the bathroom she goes nuts. Any advice would be much appreciated!
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Welcome..so cute!!
Beagles are pack dogs so leaving them alone is a challenge. My dog is now 10.5 years old now and she has come a long way. Since your dog is a puppy hopefully you're using a crate..thats where to put the dog while out..how long an absence? Leave some toys and perhaps some clothing item in her crate you have worn so she smells it.
You can leave a tv or radio on..
Dont make a big deal about leaving..give her a treat when she goes in the crate.
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She's adorable. You've taken the place of Mom and she's still a baby.

SInce she's accustomed to her crate, leaving her there for little periods of time starting out and rewarding her for not making a lot of noise. (The other option is to let her come with you when you go to another room unless you can't keep an eye on her, then crate is a safer bet).
 

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Well I have an older cat you see and I’m talking about simple things like going to the toilet or grabbing something from upstairs. I would rather not have the dog upstairs you see. So is it viable to crate her for like 5 minutes at a time?
 

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Well I have an older cat you see and I’m talking about simple things like going to the toilet or grabbing something from upstairs. I would rather not have the dog upstairs you see. So is it viable to crate her for like 5 minutes at a time?
I understand not wanting a dog in certain places for whatever reasons. In the original post you mentioned she goes "nuts". Can you describe the behavior she exhibits (that is, barking, jumping, scratching at things, crying, etc)? You also mention she is fine in her crate. When she is in her crate does she get upset (barking, scratching to get out, whinning etc)? And how long is she normally in her crate when you put her in? Going "nuts" sounds like separation anxiety (afraid you leaving when you out of her sight and not coming back) and best to condition her not to get anxious rather that a quick solve of 5 min in a crate.

If she is fine in her crate for any amount of time and doesn't get upset, then it's fine to crate her for 5 min or however long. If she acts up in her crate, it can worsen her behavior and you need to get her used to short times in the crate. Typical crate training starts with putting a dog in a crate while you are present, rewarding for good behavior, and letting her out. Little by little you leave her longer and then start leaving the room and coming back so she sees you didn't abandon her; plus, you are conditioning her to not associate the crate with bad things (like leaving her forever - she knows she has to be patient until you come back). Some people go directly to crate at night without the conditioning of a little bit at a time and so if it's not bedtime (she may associate dark with bedtime and crate so in daylight hours may act diferently), it confuses the dog.
 

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Cassie goes to her crate on her own for naps during the day and sleeps in it at night...i never close the door to it. at this point all i have to say is..."go in your crate"..and if she sees me going for a treat she hustles...lol. at night she has free access to the kitchen and dining room which is a good amount of space. I just walk out and close the kitchen door and she goes to the crate on her own.
 

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My Marley is a year and a half now, and my being on a fixed income has caused me to have to return to work. Though very PT (10-15 hours/wkly). I got a large crate when I got him. As he got bigger and bigger, he began tearing the darn metal crate to picks. I, literally, had to add pieces of wire all around it just to hold it together!!! Now, mind you, I have not been away from him longer than 5 hours at a time.

Well. Talk about separation anxiety! When I arrive home he doesn't just cry. He howls for 10-15 minutes after arriving home. Well. He weighs a good 40 lbs now and can be difficult to handle sometimes. But the howling!! You'd think I'd shot him or something. I no longer keep him in his crate because the other dogs (I have 3) are allowed access to the house when I'm away. For a few weeks it was always something different I'd have to deal with. My front door is really scratched up from him trying to get out and to me. Then it was him tearing up my carpet by the front door. Then it was my beautiful large ponytail palm! Now I deal with pee - at the front door. (Very considerate as it's on the part that is not carpet). But I have been finding him getting better & better with tearing things up. Just continue to deal with his howling!!

Marley (Older) I will get a current pic of him to post.....

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Does anyone think I need to put him on a diet? That would be a chore as he eats anything he can get his nose & paws on.....
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He's really cute! If he's 40lbs i would say yes he needs to lose some weight.. what are you feeding and how much?
You can add some low sodium canned green beans to replace some of the dog food. It adds volume without calories. How many treats does he get? Those have calories too..i break Cassie's treats into small pieces..its not the amount she wants ..its just a reward that works...
You're the one providing the food so it has to be you to reduce it...dont fall for the pity face..
Cassie is 10.7 yrs and steady at 27lbs.

Between the eating and howling it sounds like he controls YOU instead of the other way around.
If you want to stop the howling and barking get a bark collar..i assure you he will be quiet...then he will stop the howling.
If he's misbehaving try an obedience class or watch YouTube videos on training..it will take some work but you both will be happier.
 

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He's adorable and overweight. But those eyes are gorgeous! If he's a 15" (taller) beagle (measure from ground to shoulder), he shouldn't weigh more than 30-35 pounds. If he's shorter, even less, under 30. Ally gained up to 26 lbs and vet said her ideal weight was 23, so we had to cut out "table treats" - while cooking dinner, my husband gave her a taste of everything, she especially loved fruit (full of calories). Store bought treats are loaded with carbs/calories. My vet said to subtract out treats from the daily food allotment. Of course, that isn't healthy so best to cut back and be prepared for the "you are starving me" look. He also advised cutting her food in half and feeding her 2 times a day (or in thirds and 3 times a day).

Agree with everything Cassie's Mom said (I seem to always say this, lol). Try positive training (not punishment) with the peeing. Clean up using an enzyme cleaner that will also take away the smell (or look on internet and you may have something around the house you can mix up). Beagles have 225 million scent receptors (compared to our measly 5 million) and you don't want him to get used to using the area as a toilet.

Don't give him attention when he is howling. Just say no and walk away. Ally started do to screech a very high pitch scream out of no where one day. At first I thought it was cute so I was petting her then I found I was enabling the behavior. I told her to sit and walked away. For a while she just followed me with the screaming and trying to jump on me. I gently pushed her down and said sit. If she sat quietly, she got a tiny treat just to reinforce she was doing the right thing. It took months, so be in it for the long haul. We got to the state where when I came in, she would sit - then I would acknowledge and love on her. If it doesn't work, there's the bark collar Cassie's Mom mentions (I haven't used one but she's an expert).
 
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