Can Beagles Be Left Alone?

Bracken and Baylee in crate for first time training

Are you thinking about getting a beagle? If so, you may wonder if they can be left alone at home for long periods. Check out our guide to find out!

Adult Beagles (over 18 months) should not be left unsupervised for more than 4-6 hours a day. Beagle puppies should not be alone for more than 2 hours a day. Beagles left alone for long periods could develop anxiety, become destructive (through boredom), or bark and bay excessively.

Can a beagle stay home alone for 8 hours?

Before answering the question, can beagles be left alone for 7,8,9 or more hours? We need to consider the age of the beagle and the breed characteristics.

Beagles are scent hounds and were originally bred for hunting. They are independent and wilful dogs with lots of energy and are a social breed.

These intelligent dogs need mental stimulation, so make sure you keep them engaged in constructive activities.

While a beagle will enjoy its own company, most beagles prefer companionship and do not like being left alone for long hours.

If a pet parent decides to leave their beagle puppy alone for longer than two hours or their adult dog alone for more than six hours, someone should come in and care for the dog somewhere in the day, or another option should be investigated. 

How long can beagles be left alone

An adult beagle can stay home alone for up to four hours, while a puppy should not be left unsupervised for more than 2 hours.

If your dog has separation anxiety, it’s best not to leave your beagle home alone for more than a couple of hours, but this can greatly vary from dog to dog.

If your beagle doesn’t have separation anxiety, you can probably leave them for longer. However, it is generally accepted that dogs should not be left alone for more than 4-6 hours.

Is it better to have two beagles?

Beagles are part of the hound family and are pack animals.

As a pack dog, they would welcome the company of another beagle. However, this should never be a substitute for human companionship.

Like most dogs, a human family is just as important as another dog.

The Beagle is the quintessential pack dog, truly enjoying the company of others, both human family members and other dogs.

Left to his own devices, boredom can quickly set in… And a panicked feeling of being alone may develop, which is commonly referred to as Separation Anxiety. 

The best thing you can do for your adorable beagle is to spend time with them, show them love, and perhaps the company of a friendly beagle companion or other dogs.

Do not get another beagle to provide companionship for your first beagle to avoid loneliness.

A second beagle should only be considered if you have the time, energy, and resources to provide a great life for two dogs.

But as with all dogs, there’s a limit to which beagles can tolerate loneliness.

In most cases, that limit comes down to your dog’s temperament and tolerance to isolation, as well as his age and how trained he is.

As a loving and responsible pet parent, it’s important to understand how long your beagle can remain lonely before anxiety and other problems arise.

Bracken and Baylee in crate for first time
Bracken and Baylee in a crate together for the first time.

How long can beagles hold their pee?

Adults will have to pee every 4 to 6 hours. But sometimes, a Beagle can hold their bladder for much longer, eight or even 10 or 12 hours overnight.

Senior beagles may have to urinate more often as they age because their bladder muscles may slowly weaken.

How often do beagle puppies need to pee?

Beagle puppies may need to go to the bathroom as often as every hour, sometimes even more frequently.

How do you become a beagle-proof home?

When leaving your beagle alone, it is important to ensure their living space is safe and secure.

Keep cleaning supplies, other household chemicals, and prohibited food sources in higher cabinets. Consider adding a baby lock to lower drawers if your beagle has shown a skill for opening these lower cupboards.

11 hours – is it too long to leave a dog alone?

Yes, 11 hours is too long to leave any dog alone, regardless of breed.

All dogs need human interaction and supervision and can suffer separation anxiety if left alone for too long.

While some dogs may be able to handle being alone for 11 hours, it is not ideal. It can lead to behavioral problems down the road, such as destructive behavior and develop separation anxiety.

If you absolutely must leave your dog alone for extended periods, provide them with plenty of food, water, and toys to keep them occupied.

Do beagles bark when left alone?

There is no definite answer as to whether beagles will bark when left alone, as it depends on the individual dog. Some beagles may bark out of boredom or anxiety, while others may not bark at all.

If your beagle is prone to barking, it is important to provide them with plenty of toys and chew bones to keep them occupied.

Barking habits often start when people are at work because the dog is being left for too long.

Anxious Beagle barking
An anxious beagle is more likely to bark when left alone

How to help your dog cope with being left alone

If leaving your dog at home while you work is unavoidable, there are things you can do to help them cope.

  • Crucially, ensure they have access to plenty of food and fresh water. Do not be tempted to remove access to water to stop them from urinating in the home!
  • Give them plenty of exercise before you leave, so they are tired and less likely to bark or be destructive.
  • Leave them with some toys and chews to keep them occupied. Be careful to ensure the toys cannot cause a choking hazard.

Toys that will give your dog’s brain a workout and entertainment are particularly good for keeping them occupied and out of trouble.

If your dog seems nervous about every little sound outside, turning on a fan, music, or a white noise machine might help to calm him or her.

Crate training

Consider crate training your dog, so they have a safe space to stay while you’re away, which may help an anxious beagle cope while you are not home.

Training your dog to use a crate can be done with adult dogs, but it is best when started with puppies. Often, a beagle puppy will have been whelped in an enclosure of some kind, so it is used to the idea of a safe place.

A crate or dedicated area provides all dog breeds with a sense of security. When done correctly, it can help with house training and prevent destructive behaviors.

Training your dog to use a crate can take some time, so starting the process is important before leaving your dog alone for extended periods.

While using a crate can be a good way to help your dog cope with being left alone, it is not a cure-all and does not mean you can leave your dog locked in a crate for long periods.

Read about the best size crate for your beagle.

Baylee as a puppy sleeping in her crate
Baylee loves being in her crate.

Quick tips for training your dog to use a crate

Training your Beagle takes time, patience, and commitment for it to be successful. So whether it’s a puppy or an adult dog, here are some steps you can follow that we used successfully with all our Beagle puppies.

Step 1: 

When you are in the house with your Beagle, sit together in a room, get up and walk a short distance away. When they stay calm and don’t attempt to follow you, return to them and reward them with a tasty, healthy puppy treat. Repeat a few more times, lengthening the period you are not with them each time.

Top Tip: If your Beagle is part of a family, you all must stick to the same training routine. You may find it actually shortens the time to train your Beagle if you all get involved! 

Step 2: 

This time, walk away from your Beagle again but leave the room altogether. Wait for a couple of minutes, then return to the room. If the puppy has stayed calm and made no fuss, reward them with a treat. Repeat a few more times, again lengthening the time you leave them.

Top Tip: When you return to them, and they are excited to see you, don’t make a big deal of it; stay calm, so it will teach your puppy it’s normal for them not to always be with you.

Step 3: 

Once you and your Beagle buddy are comfortable being apart inside your home, leave the house for a short time, e.g., 15 minutes, but no more than an hour. Then return home, be calm and collected and give them a reward when you return. Repeating this step and each attempt lengthen the time away from your dog.

Top Tip: Make sure they are safe when you leave your Beagle and there is nothing they can eat or chew. 

Hire a dog walker

If you can’t take your beagle to work with you, consider enrolling him in doggie daycare, asking a family member, or hiring a dog walker to take him for a couple of walks each day.

Having someone to provide companionship and break up the day can make a big difference for your beagle.

Having someone help walk your beagle or a professional dog sitter can provide peace of mind knowing that your beagle is not home alone.

Not only will the regular walks help your beagle avoid separation anxiety, but they will also likely see other dogs, which is great for socialization.

When choosing a dog walker, be sure to interview several candidates and ask for references.

Choose someone you feel comfortable with, who has proper training, and who will provide the best care for your beagle.

Separation anxiety in beagles

Separation anxiety is when dogs become agitated and stressed when separated from their family or other dogs.

They may bark, whine, pace, urinate, or defecate in inappropriate places.

Some dogs may become destructive or exhibit other compulsive behaviors.

Separation anxiety can be very difficult to deal with, but there are some things that you can do to help your dog feel more comfortable when you’re away from home.

Read our article about separation in dogs and what age does a beagle calm down.

Summary

Can beagles be left alone? With the proper training, most beagles can learn to cope with being left alone. It is important to give them plenty of exercise to tire them out and provide plenty of mental stimulation. Your beagle’s health and well-being should be your top priority. If you have difficulty leaving your beagle home alone, please consult a professional dog trainer or behaviorist.

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