How Long Do You Leave Your Beagle in the House Alone?

I adopted a 3 yr old beagle a month ago. I have to leave her in the house alone for about 8 hrs tomorrow. Of course, I’ll turn on the air conditioner and leave her water and food, but I’m worried about her being lonely! She’s not the type of dog who will tear the house apart.
Words of reassurance will be appreciated!

When we first got my beagle, my brother and I were in school, and my mother and step father worked. she was alone for vabout 7 hours every weekday, not counting when we went out on the weekend. Your dog should be fine. My beagle was. sometimes we left the radio on a talk stationg so she would have voices to listen to. Here are some tips.

”Create an indoor den

Leaving a dog alone outdoors all day is a terrible idea. It guarantees problems with the neighbors and behavior problems from your dog. Further, you can’t protect your dog from sudden, bad weather.

Use a crate if you or a surrogate come in during the day to let him out for a break. The rule of thumb is don’t keep a dog in a crate longer than 4-hours at a stretch.

If no one is home, use a gate, that he can see out of, to create a den in a room such as the kitchen or laundry room.

Arrange a toilet area in the farthest part of the room using a doggy door to the outside or newspapers, pads or dog litter tray.

Create a haven

Don’t let him have the run of the house especially if he’s a puppy. A bored dog is a destructive dog and one that can harm himself by chewing or swallowing dangerous objects.

Have a favorite blanket, toy and comfortable bed in his crate or the room where you leave him during the day. He needs a comfortable place to nap during the day.

Create mental stimulation

I like to leave a Kong toy filled with peanut butter or other gooey treat. My dog happily spends the afternoon trying to get the treat. Another good toy is the Buster Cubes which can be filled with dry food.

Create pleasant sounds

Do you like to be a quiet house for hours on end? Leave the radio, TV or CD player on. Some owners tape their own voices and leave that playing all day. My dog loves classical music. Just make sure it’s soothing music, no heavy metal bands, please.

Create sustenance

I don’t like to leave food out. Bored dogs can overeat just as bored humans do. However, I do think dogs should have drinking water available any time they want it. Try leaving a bowl or two of water for him. If you can afford it, use a water dispensing product.

Create a soothing environment

One of the newest products available is an electric diffuser that releases Dog Appeasing Pheromones (DAP). These mimic the natural pheromones produced by lactating bitches to reassure puppies.

One study showed a 70% reduction in barking and whining when the DAP was used. Sounds weird may be a scent-sible solution for whining puppies.

Create unemotional leaving and return

Don’t make a production when you leave and come home. Spend time with your dog (playing to tire him out and taking him to the potty) before you leave in the morning.

When you get home at night, try to wait 5 or 10 minutes before acknowledging him when you get home.

Consider – as a last resort – mood stabilizers

The drug clomipramine is sometimes prescribed for dogs that exhibit extreme hyperactivity or destructive behaviors when their owners are absent and when other treatments haven’t been effective.

Think of it as Prozac for dogs. It’s not addictive, but it’s a last resort that should only be used under veterinarian control.”

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  • Ekaterin

    It is so wonderful that you adopted a dog instead of going to a breeder! Thank you so much for being part of the solution and not the problem! She should be fine being left alone. She is an adult dog and will adjust fine. Just make sure you give her a few toys, like a kong stuffed with peanut butter.
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  • Meg J

    my would leave the TV on for her cat? That made him feel like he wasnt alone
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  • Doris H

    I Have a puggles (half pug and beagle) and I Leave at home for at least 6hours with the door opened and food/water ready. Cause I Have school and my parents are at work.. But he now has a dog to play with :D
    But everday I give both a 40 minute walk.
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  • Launi *BYGrs* AR 15 ready

    She will probably sleep most of the day.

    Wonderful for you for adoptring!!!!!
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  • nanny7

    she should be fine. just make sure you have choe toys out. oh and when you get home, she might bark at ya for no apparent reason. if she does or when you ge thome spend ALOT of time with her or she might go "wild" on ya. that happened to ours in a night because my parents were gone and we had a sitter so uh yeah i won’t get into but he wouldn’t stop barking so uh spend time with her beefore you go.
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  • Wood

    Wait, your supposed to spend time with them?
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  • DooganL

    leave the tv on or radio, something to keep her occupied. a 3 y.o. beagle will be fine, but my advice just in case lift up any garbage or anything you don’t want destroyed…dogs get lonely…but yes make sure she’s got plenty to do, her bladder will withstand 8 hours. Don’t leave 2 much water though…she may use the restroom inside…just because!! I’d put her in a room where she can’t hurt much, laundry room or spare bedroom and give her a blanket or something
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  • LoverX3

    You shouldn’t leave your dog in the house alone. Especially if it’s a pup or a new dog and hasn’t been left alone before. but I leave my oldie dog at home for a max of four hours. no more. Hope this helped! Good luck:)
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  • lesliev

    just make sure she goes a potty (so she does not go in the house when she really has to )and leave her a toy but she will be fine
    she will be very happy when you come back
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  • Ivory

    are you sure because when some
    dogs get bored they get into stuff. . .

    plus 8 hrs. . .pee and poop everywhere. . .
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  • It’s not fair

    When we first got my beagle, my brother and I were in school, and my mother and step father worked. she was alone for vabout 7 hours every weekday, not counting when we went out on the weekend. Your dog should be fine. My beagle was. sometimes we left the radio on a talk stationg so she would have voices to listen to. Here are some tips.

    ”Create an indoor den

    Leaving a dog alone outdoors all day is a terrible idea. It guarantees problems with the neighbors and behavior problems from your dog. Further, you can’t protect your dog from sudden, bad weather.

    Use a crate if you or a surrogate come in during the day to let him out for a break. The rule of thumb is don’t keep a dog in a crate longer than 4-hours at a stretch.

    If no one is home, use a gate, that he can see out of, to create a den in a room such as the kitchen or laundry room.

    Arrange a toilet area in the farthest part of the room using a doggy door to the outside or newspapers, pads or dog litter tray.

    Create a haven

    Don’t let him have the run of the house especially if he’s a puppy. A bored dog is a destructive dog and one that can harm himself by chewing or swallowing dangerous objects.

    Have a favorite blanket, toy and comfortable bed in his crate or the room where you leave him during the day. He needs a comfortable place to nap during the day.

    Create mental stimulation

    I like to leave a Kong toy filled with peanut butter or other gooey treat. My dog happily spends the afternoon trying to get the treat. Another good toy is the Buster Cubes which can be filled with dry food.

    Create pleasant sounds

    Do you like to be a quiet house for hours on end? Leave the radio, TV or CD player on. Some owners tape their own voices and leave that playing all day. My dog loves classical music. Just make sure it’s soothing music, no heavy metal bands, please.

    Create sustenance

    I don’t like to leave food out. Bored dogs can overeat just as bored humans do. However, I do think dogs should have drinking water available any time they want it. Try leaving a bowl or two of water for him. If you can afford it, use a water dispensing product.

    Create a soothing environment

    One of the newest products available is an electric diffuser that releases Dog Appeasing Pheromones (DAP). These mimic the natural pheromones produced by lactating bitches to reassure puppies.

    One study showed a 70% reduction in barking and whining when the DAP was used. Sounds weird may be a scent-sible solution for whining puppies.

    Create unemotional leaving and return

    Don’t make a production when you leave and come home. Spend time with your dog (playing to tire him out and taking him to the potty) before you leave in the morning.

    When you get home at night, try to wait 5 or 10 minutes before acknowledging him when you get home.

    Consider – as a last resort – mood stabilizers

    The drug clomipramine is sometimes prescribed for dogs that exhibit extreme hyperactivity or destructive behaviors when their owners are absent and when other treatments haven’t been effective.

    Think of it as Prozac for dogs. It’s not addictive, but it’s a last resort that should only be used under veterinarian control.”
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    http://www.petsalley.com/newstipsforleavingyourdoghomealone.html

  • Gabe Dean

    It should be fine, I know cats & dogs aren’t alike but I left my new baby kitten (newborn) alone for 2 days, and (he/she) was fine!
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