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Hi all,

I'm fostering (possibly adopting) a 4-5 year old beagle boy, named Bailey. He pees at the slightest anxiety. We've had to learn not to pick him up, approach him too quickly, or forcibly move him anywhere (e.g. nudge him or even gently pull on his collar), except with a leash (an even that doesn't always work), or else be ready to clean up some dribbles of pee (or more), and expect him to go run and hide in his crate or other secluded place for a few hours until he's out of his you scared me mood. It's a shame because he's such a nice, gentle beagle, not even that typical of most beagles. We've had to learn to work around it, by just talking as sweetly as possible, and using treats to entice him to get him from point A to point B. (e.g. when it's time for night night bathroom and bed, and he won't get off the couch) I think I figured out why he came to the shelter overweight!

I've never seen a dog that can be this nervous by humans. Ruby plays and sometimes bullies him, and that never makes him pee, which leads me to believe that his anxiety is just with people. Of course, I don't know his past. He's been tested for UTI, and is fine. We've had him for almost 4 months, and it's improved slightly, but I wonder if he'll always be like this.

I'd love to hear if anyone else had a nervous beagle like Bailey, and any successful tips to get him past his anxiety (and peeing!).
 

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Bailey has his safe spaces, too. We have two wire kennels on two floors, and he retreats to them often. He also has no issue being locked in, as long as one of us are within eye sight of him. I keep him locked in during the day while I work in my office. He gets out every few hours for a while (my lunch, walks, etc). Hopefully I'll be able to trust him without having to lock the door eventually, if I keep him. He still lifts his leg in the hallway if not crated when I'm working, no matter how much outside time he gets.

He also has found other sanctuaries in the house - the dining room table, the kitchen table, the stairs landing, my desk (sometimes if I don't crate him) and the foyer. He definitely likes his alone time sometimes.
 
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