Beagle Questions

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Beagle Questions

A Visitor asked the following question on 4/23/2007
I'm a recent college graduate with a sizeable income, but am obviously busy given my schedule as a relatively new worker. I'm a responsible person and have had dogs in my family my entire life, and am seriously considering buying a Beagle. I've done extensive research and it definitely seems to be the breed for me. My only concern is that I heard they have "separation anxiety", meaning that if you are absent more than 5 hours at a time, they will panic, howl, and tear the house apart. Is this true? How much of a concern is a Beagle's separation anxiety? Thanks in advance!

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11/25/07 Well I wish i Had seen this question earlier. Maybe you've already found out. Id suggest that you check out my sisters website, If youre wanting a beagle as a pet, hers are the best kind. They dont have any more separation anxiety than any other breed of dog. (They also dont shed as bad as hunting lines.) We have several dog breeds here at our horse farm, and none are particularly anxious. Best wishes, Lisa Lisa
Carter Beagles
12/1/07 I would tend to disagree that beagles don't have separation anxiety any more than other dogs. Yes, beagles are more likely to have separation anxiety, in my opinion and from my experience both as a breeder and from working in a veterinary office. One of the reasons that this is likely the case is because beagles are very much pack oriented dogs. They crave attention and company. However, it is NOT true that all beagles will develop separation anxiety, nor is it true that 5 hours is the magic cut-off number. The best way to avoid problems associated with separation anxiety is to crate train a puppy from the time they are young. If done properly, a beagle will come to feel that the crate is a safe comfortable place to be in while you are away from home, will not panic, and cannot tear the house apart. (FYI, has a very nice article on crate training.) I have had several indoor beagles, and 2 out of 3 had separation anxiety that was alleviated by crate training. If crat Barb
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