<—– Did the FBI search your place? Or did you just leave your beagle home alone for too long?
Separation Anxiety is very common with Beagles.
Our beagle had a severe problem with this. We tried taking shorter trips and coming back.
Nothing seemed to work.
Wish I had read this article on separation anxiety from WeLoveBeagles.com.
We did try to change our routine, and reward our little guy. It was very frustrating and certainly hard to deal with.
So What’s the Source of Beagle Separation Anxiety?
According to this article the biggest source is the beagle’s super senses. And because of their pack instincts they miss your company intensely
“Beagles have an extremely good sense of smell and therefore have been used in packs to track rabbit and other animals for hundreds of years. Because of this pack nature, beagles have a great sense of attached to you, their master. If you shower your beagle with love and attention before and after you leave it will create a routine. As a result your beagle will not be able to control their anxious feelings when you leave; creating beagle separation anxiety. Although it is normal for your beagle not to like it when you’re not there, there is no reason why it should cause them to become severely upset and anxious.”
Reducing Beagle Separation Anxiety
Luckily, there are a number of easy ways you can help your beagle feel less anxious when you leave and return home. The following are some of the easy methods:
- Change Your Routine: The best way to begin is by changing you morning routine. You may notice that from the time your alarm goes off in the morning your beagle will start acting strange. This is because they have attached the sound of your alarm to you leaving. You can help your beagle change this behavior by getting up at different times, having your shower earlier and eating breakfast later – little changes that will help reduce your beagles pre-leaving anxiety.
- Don’t Reinforce It: If you give your beagle lots of attention before you leave or when you get home you are only encouraging their separation anxiety. The easiest way for you to stop your beagle’s separation anxiety is to remove the association between you leaving and returning with the attention you give them. This may seem harsh but it will help in the long run! Before you leave your house do not pat your beagle – do not give into them – no matter how bad you feel when they look at you with those adorable Bambi eyes and cute floppy ears. And when you return home do not pat your beagle for 10 – 15 minutes. It may be hard, but trust us, you need to do it! You will be helping your beagle in the long run.
- Building Up to Longer Times: If your beagle shows signs of becoming anxious the moment you walk out the door, start by only leaving the house for short periods of time. Leave for a few seconds and then come back. Beagle separation anxiety can be fixed by changing your pets expectations of how long you’ll be gone and when you’ll be home. Each time they see you coming home they will become less anxious, allowing you to leave for longer and longer periods each time.
These tips make a lot of sense to us but from our experience the only way to make them work is consistency and perseverance. You have to be strong inside and have the will to follow through with these tips to pull it off. And when you are matching your will against a beagle’s…well ….sometimes you’re just out-matched :). If the problem continues check with your Vet.
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