Dealing with Beagle Separation Anxiety
For many owners, beagle separation anxiety becomes a real concern when their beagle turns from a loving and sweet dog that is rarely excitable to a shrieking and screaming dog as soon as they are left home alone. There are several methods of handling problems with your beagles separation anxiety and controlling the destruction that can very often be a result of it.
Determining The Causes
Before you can start to work on fixing the issues with your beagle’s separation anxiety, you need to determine where the negative behavior stems from.
- Do you suspect that your dog abused prior to joining your family? Very often older rescued dogs suffer from high levels of separation anxiety as they have not yet formed a trusting bond with one person that they believe will come back for them. You may find that your rescued dog requires a bit more attention than a younger dog needs in order to ease his separation anxiety.
- Has there been a recent change or pet loss in your household? Dogs are pack animals, if there is a change in their pack then they are likely to be impacted by this in a negative manner – especially in the event that they have lost one of their pack member. While you shouldn’t rush out and bring home another dog into the household, you should spend the time with your dog in an effort to recognize that he could also be feeling the loss of a member of his pack.
Curbing The Negative Behavior
There are many ways that you can ease your beagles separation anxiety in an effort to not just reduce his anxiety but also to see a marked reduction in the destructive behavior that he may be exhibiting.
- Crate Training
While crate training can be difficult to introduce to an older adoptive dog that has never been crate trained, it can prove to be incredibly beneficial to ease separation anxiety in beagles by way of providing them with a safe place of their own. Your beagle’s anxiety could be dramatically reduced if he knows that he has his own safe place to retreat to when he feels insecure during the day. Consider covering the sides and the top of his crate with a dark sheet so that he can get the feeling of a secure den.
- Dog Sitter
If you find that your beagle’s separation anxiety is simply not easing up no matter what you try then you may need to looking into the option of a dog sitter during the day; additionally, there are many doggie daycare services that will allow you to drop off your beagle in the morning for a fun-filled day of games and copious amounts of attention. Your beagle’s separation anxiety may be able to be resolved with the addition of another pet into your home; however, be sure that you have the time to devote to another pet! It wouldn’t serve your beagle’s separation anxiety well if he lost even more attention from you!
Remember that with large amount of patience and an understanding hand you will be able to find the best method of resolving your beagle’s separation issues.