As a Beagle owner, you may be worried that your dog is lonely. Maybe the little rascal has been displaying signs of anxiety, has a low mood, or doesn’t seem herself? Worry no more. This post will talk about the things to look out for and what you can do to make your hound, merry once again.
Beagle’s can become lonely when left alone or given little attention. Typical behaviours to look out for are low mood, destructive behaviour, urinating/pooping in the house, barking or howling. To prevent loneliness, be sure to give your Beagle plenty of exercise, attention and companionship.
Addressing loneliness in your Beagle can be quite easy to do, and you can also have some fun with your beagle buddy along the way.
What are some of the causes of my Beagle feeling lonely?
Many different situations can cause loneliness. Isolation is a common reason. Isolation could be due to not spending enough time with your Beagle friend because of work, family or social commitments. It might be that you’ve had a recent change in your life, such as a new job, or maybe you have had a baby, either way, it has led to you interacting less with your Beagle. Our Beagle chums love companionship.
Another reason which I have recently seen with my own Beagle, Baylee (our third, now eldest Beagle) is loneliness caused by separation or loss. Baylee lost her Beagle friend Bracken in 2019 due to cancer. Although our lives from day to day hadn’t changed and we were still spending the same time with Baylee, she was showing signs of loneliness (which I will talk about in more detail later in the post). So losing a loved one be it a furry friend or even a human friend can cause loneliness, by the gap left in companionship a friend once gave to your Beagle.
Why do Beagles love companionship more than other dog breeds?
Beagle’s historically were bred to hunt in packs, when they were not hunting, they played and slept together. So it makes complete sense Beagles love the companionship of other dogs.
In modern times although people still use Beagles for hunting, Beagles are now mostly pets. They still retain a pack mentality, it’s in their genetics, but we as doggy parents have become part of their pack.
After food, Beagle’s are most happy when they are spending time with you or one of their other pet companions, be it another dog or even a cat. They are contented little hounds whether they are hanging out with you while you smash your way through your favourite Netflix box set, taking trips to the drive-thru to grab a coffee or going for walks on your favourite beach or local park. Beagles love to spend time with you and for you to provide them with some attention, remember they see you as their pack.
Beagle’s love companionship, whether it’s from their dog friends or their human family. Consequently, when left on their own or given no attention, they will get lonely.
What are the signs to look for that indicate my Beagle is feeling lonely?
Just like humans, when we are on our own or ignored, we can sometimes feel sad, frustrated, maybe even angry. These feelings are also felt by our Beagle friends and can manifest itself in some of the following behaviours:
- Low mood, less active, slows down.
- Destructive chewing
- Urinating and/or pooping in the house
- Barking/Baying or howling
- Attempting to escape
Some of the behaviours above can also be attributed to other issues, such as health, diet or general behaviour issues. if you think it’s any of the above then It’s always a good idea to consult with your Vet or qualified dog behaviourist. They will be able to give your Beagle the once over and advise accordingly.
What are the things I can do to make my dog feel less lonely?
For most Beagle owners there are times where we can’t always be with our furry friends, we have to work, pick the kids up from school, care for our relatives, there are many reasons why we have to leave them. Though we can’t always be with our Beagles, ideally our dogs should be left for no longer than 6 hours maximum.
The obvious answer might be to get another dog. However, for many reasons, time, limited living space, financial, a strict landlord, sometimes getting another dog isn’t feasible. But don’t worry, there are some things you can do that could help your little Snoopy feel less lonely.
Give your dog plenty of exercise
An adult Beagle should have two walks per day for a minimum of 20-30 minutes each time. The walk should be at a brisk pace for an adult dog. For puppies, walks should be limited to one mile per day and in short bursts. When you know you have to leave your Beagle for a couple of hours, take them for a good walk, this will tire them out, and while you drop the kids off at school, they will have a little nap. Generally, dogs will sleep for 12-14 hours per 24-hour cycle.
Ask for some help
If you need to leave your dog, maybe ask a neighbour or relative to drop by for a scratch and a cuddle. Alternatively, arrange for a local dog-walking service to drop by and take your Beagle out for a walk. The alternative companionship will stimulate your Beagle and give them something to look forward to while you are out.
Leave the radio on
Popping on the radio either while you leave your Beagle or when your both home but you are busy with stuff, provides excellent stimulation for dogs. It can also prevent them from barking. I always leave the radio on for my two Beagles, plus the lights if it’s dark!
Spend time with you Beagle
Beagles can feel lonely even if you are at home, merely ignoring them can contribute to loneliness. So when you are home, at various times throughout the day, interact with your Beagle. You could do some training with them, throw a ball in the backyard, give them a chew such as a deer antler or a Kong filled with healthy treats. This is something you could do with the whole family when you are home. Give them some of your time during the day, and you know you will get some proper beagle loving thrown right back at you, it’s a no brainer, right?
We wrote an article about how much exercise your Beagle needs, you can read it here.
Is getting another dog a good idea?
Adding another dog to the family, whether it is a Beagle or another breed should always be carefully considered and not taken lightly. There are benefits to getting another dog, and it could help alleviate your Beagle feeling lonely. A little brother or sister will provide stimulation and companionship to your Beagle, particularly when you are not home. We have lost two beagles to the rainbow bridge, and in both separate instances, they left a friend behind. In those situations, after a lot of careful thought, we decided another Beagle companion was the right thing to do. In both scenarios, our Beagles have accepted their new friend and gone on to be best buddies. Yay!
But having another dog does require more attention (two dogs to train), costs more (food, insurance, etc.), and more responsibility. You must also consider if your dog will accept a new dog. History of dog aggression could lead your dogs to fight. Even if there isn’t a history, aggression could still manifest itself along with other behaviours such as anxiety or depression. Please think very carefully before adopting or buying another dog, it’s a decision all of the family should make, including your Beagle.
We wrote an article discussing whether to get a second Beagle, are they better as pairs? You can read it here.
In summary, Beagles could become lonely if left alone for too long, with little or no interaction from other dogs or people or have suffered a loss. We can’t always have our Beagles with us. However, by keeping active with regular walks and giving them plenty of attention, and little time by themselves, you should find you have a merry little hound once again.