Anxiety in Beagles

So, you are having problems leaving your Beagle alone, without coming back home to a big mess! This is referred to as Separation Anxiety. Unfortunately, those cuddly little Beagles, with the droopy ears and innocent puppy dog eyes, are generally more prone to suffer from separation anxiety, than any other breed of dog.

Beagles are naturally pack animals. You are the Alpha of the pack, and they are extremely attached to you, and the scent of you. While it is perfectly normal for your Beagle not to like being left at home alone, his actions should not degenerate into destructive behavior. Many Beagle owners come home to a scene of destruction that looks like a tornado struck the inside of their homes. Beagles have been known to continue this behavior until they actually injure themselves.

All Beagles do not suffer such extreme anxiety, but anxiety on any level should be dealt with immediately to prevent escalating episodes. You have to understand that this behavior is out of your dog’s control; it is not deliberate on his part, but rather a reaction to the stress that your leaving causes him.

What are the Root Causes of a Beagle’s Separation Anxiety?

  • Your puppy may have been weaned too soon.
  • Your dog may have been abused or neglected before you adopted him.
  • Your dog may be poorly socialized.
  • Moving or changing owners.

Anything that is traumatic or terrifying to the Beagle may trigger anxiety. Beagles are very sensitive dogs that have a strong desire to be in contact with you, at all times. When you leave them alone, for work or whatever reason, they do not understand why they are being left behind, or how long you will be gone. In a very real sense, to a dog, 2 minutes or 2 hours makes no difference, and they become very lonely the minute you are gone. However, it does get worse the longer they are left alone.

What are some Symptoms of Beagle Separation Anxiety?

First of all, if you come home and the house is torn apart, you can be pretty sure your Beagle has this condition. Some other behavioral symptoms include:

  • Whining, Howling, Barking and Crying continually
  • Trying to escape from the house or his crate.
  • Trembling
  • Chewing on inappropriate objects.
  • Digging
  • Harming themselves – Scratching, clawing, licking and pulling out their own hair until they cause themselves injury.
  • Excessive Salivation and drooling
  • Inappropriate urination and defecation
  • Attaching himself to you like glue, at all times when you are home.

It is easy to see that when we say a Beagle is suffering from this condition, suffering is actually exactly what is going on. These problems are not caused by improper training; they are an instinct, that Beagles cannot control, and they are not your fault, or the dog’s fault.

How to Help Your Beagle with his Separation Anxiety

You can help your Beagle to overcome this condition. Just don’t expect results overnight. It can take weeks or even months, but don’t give up. Your little guy will love you all the more for your patience and care. Here are a few tried and true tips that should help.

  • Exercise – Beagles have a lot of stamina and the more exercise they get the calmer they will be. An hour spent in vigorous play, or walking, will tend to make them ready for their daily sleep time.
  • Distance Yourself – Don’t make a big fuss when leaving or coming home and your Beagle will pay less attention to it. Everyone wants to cuddle their dogs after a long day’s work. Try to wait at least 5 to 15 minutes before enjoying your nightly reunion.
  • Vary Your Routine – Try to change up your routine and timeline when you come and go. Predictable timetables give your Beagle something to stress about.
  • Pleasant Surroundings – Leave your Beagle in comfort. Give him an item of clothing you have already worn, leave the TV or radio on low, and make sure he has plenty of toys and fresh water. If he is crated, or has his own bed, give him snuggly bedding.

The most important thing to remember is not to make a fuss or punish your Beagle if you come home to a mess. If you don’t “catch him in the act,” then never punish him. This only leads to more anxiety, which leads to unhappiness, which is confusing to your Beagle and the problem will only get worse.

If these tips do not help to improve the problem, then it is time to consult with your veterinarian. There are anti-anxiety medications that they can prescribe to help alleviate a severe case of separation anxiety.


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