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Has anyone dealt with SA with their beagle? I thought I was doing a great thing by bringing him to work with me in his early days but I may have created issues! His obedience instructor thinks it may be the cause of peeing in his crate.

I notice it the most in the morning. When he wakes up 6:30-ish, we take him outside for his business and a short stint for beagling in the yard. Inside for breakfast, then he stays in the babygated kitchen while we're upstairs getting ready. He makes noise the whole time we're upstairs, shaking the gate sometimes scrpaing at the wall. As soon as he hears us coming down he sits patiently in front of the gate with his adorable beagle look on (you all know the one).

When we put him in his crate before we leave, it's pretty uneventful. He walks in on his own to find his treat, door is closed and I hang out for a few minutes before leaving - and he seems pretty content.

This morning I started trying to ease his anxiety - put him in kitchen, walked away saying Be right back, came back after a minute said I'm here and repeated this, building to two minutes, three, up to 5. I threw in a couple of treats too.

I know we've got a long road ahead, but I'm going to keep up this routine and see how long he can go. Is there anything else I should be doing???
 

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That's a good idea telling him the same thing everytime you leave; it creates a routine he can depend on. I say Mommy's gotta go to work no matter where I'm going. As soon as I say that to Henry, he usually goes to his crate. But I have not personally dealt with any true SA, just some mild whining in the crate after his adoption. I corrected that with a sharp sound then ignored.
 
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