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Hi everyone! I'm hoping someone could give me some advice...
Our Monty, 10 months old, is still having problems with potty training. He is great when we are home with him, and at night he sleeps in his crate and he can last all night without making a mess. However, during the day when my boyfriend and I are at work it's a different story! When we're at work, he has free reign on the main floor. This is the living room, dining room, and kitchen...all hardwood floors. We have tried crating him while we're gone, but he howled and howled for weeks, and would destroy blankets in his crate. The neighbors complained. Then we tried keeping him in just one room. He had the spare bedroom to himself, nothing was in there but the computer, his crate, and a dresser. Plus numerous toys to keep him occupied. However, he would scratch like crazy at the door and relieve himself everywhere! We now have to replace the door, and possibly the floors. We know he can hold it till he can go outside, he just seems to not want to when he's locked up! When he has the rest of the main floor, he still leaves messes, but doesn't wreck anything. He just sleeps on the couch and watches out the window. I don't know what to do! Am I pushing him to hard?
 

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Hi Letty /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif From my experience with two litte evil beagles I can say you that my Luce peed in our house for one year since we got her, and suffered so much the fact that we were at work that chewed everything in the house. I don't really know how to solve your problem, I just wanted to tell you it's kinda normal since beagles do suffer a lot when left alone. But I'm sure someone here will give you a more concrete help, don't worry. And you're not alone /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/wink.gif
 

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Thanks, it helps to know that i'm not a bad mommy and this is somewhat normal. it's hard too because Monty has me wrapped around his lil' paw, and the second he starts crying it breaks my heart and i give in!! I just want him to be happy while i'm not there to be with him. And to maybe come home and not find dog mess on my poor hardwood floors.
 

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I just remembered a thing: I read that some of us use to give a kong filled with peanut butter/cheese and freezed to their beags to distract them when they are at work. It seems to help a lot since being the kong freezed it takes a lot of time to make the filling go out. And we all know that most of our beags are big chewers :hi: Hope it helps a bit!
 

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It's anxiety seperation. I had the same problem. Harley would hold it all night but left an hour on his own and guranteed he would have an ancident.

Someone here gave me the best advice ever and I would kiss his feet if I could remember who it was but it saved our butt and lessened the stress in our home.

He suggested crate training but to put a blanket over the crate leaving your Beagle just the front of the cage to look out of. It makes the crate look and feel more like a den and they would feel more comfortable.

It took Harley just 2 days with the above method to stop having accidents and to understand when the blanket was put over the cage we would be gone for a few hours...

Good luck
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That's how we have his crate at night, and he loves it. I'm just concerned that having him in his crate all night, then again when we're at work might be too long for him. He goes for runs outside and plays a lot when we're home in the evening, but still, that's a long time to be crated...isn't it?
 

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It is long to be crated day and night but keep in mind at night he is more relaxed if he is in the room with you. So very soon you can take him out of his crate at night.

I had Harley sleeping on the floor beside me after just two months. I crate him only during the day and i'm hoping eventually I can stop doing that.

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Hello in Winnipeg! I've been there many times, it's a great city.
Caesar is also 10 months old and we used to keep him gated in the kitchen. We always came home to his accidents all over the floor. Plus he would open the cupboards (we even have baby locks on them) and pantry and have a great time leaving us to clean up his fun. We realized that something needed to be done and I wasn't sure about kenneling him all day. (I know most people do it and the beags are just fine) I went to PetSmart and bought a 4'x4' exercise pen. We moved the table to the side and set it up in the kitchen. He spends the day in there with his bed, blanket, toys, food and water. He has room to move around but not too much room. And his accidents are happening less and less all the time! But if he does have an accident it's not all over the place now.
Good luck!
 

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His crate is in our bedroom, right by the bed. I've tried letting him sleep with me on the bed, but after a few accidents on the bed and him taking off after the cat and thinking it's play time, AND messes on the floor, it was back to the crate for him.
 

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thank you Caeser's Mom! I'm going to go to the pet store this weekend and see how much the exercise pens cost. If it's too much, i might just get baby gates and block him back in his room, but with the door open. I think he just didn't like being completly closed off. Hopefully that will help.
 

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Separation Anxiety is a challenge. Calvin was destructive when locked in a room; so I placed a childproof gate at the door so he could look out and he was fine. When I adopted Maggie, that took care of any separation issues.....good luck! Don't give up.....
 

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Do you have any thrift store for pets in your area? I bought my crate and baby gate at the Animal Rescue Foundation store, money donate to the center. People would drop off used pets items for donation. You might end up spending a lot less. Just make sure to clean the item.


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