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Questions about new dog.

We just got a 3 yr old beagle on sunday from a woman who had him since he was a puppy but could no longer keep him, she was moving somewhere that didn't allow dogs. The dog is very loving and sweet and great with our children. He had always been an outdoor dog but we wanted him to be more of an inside dog. So my questions are: We both work mon-thurs so we put him outside in the morning so he gets some time out there and then inside with us at night. We thought he was doing fine but found a note on our door (actually two notes) from a neighbor not sure which one since we never see any of them. The note said "the dog howls all day long while we are gone and it is heartbreaking and bothersome and we need to figure something out or someone would call the humane society on us." I don't know what to do. Is it possible that he need time to adjust to us and our routines or are we being cruel? Like this note implied.

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 11:33 AM on Dec. 3, 2009 in Pets

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  • You may want to get him a playmate. Or some chew toys. If he's getting used to being with you in the evenings/overnight, then he may be lonely during the day. GL
    MrsLeftlane

    Answer by MrsLeftlane at 11:36 AM on Dec. 3, 2009

  • Try keeping him inside during the day, in a crate, until he realizes that you'll be back. When he's doing well, turn him outside and see how that goes. You might try it for an hour or two the first time, then longer and longer until he's quiet while you're gone. A radio may help some too. It's a little separation anxiety, and can easily be managed if handled properly.
    matobe

    Answer by matobe at 11:56 AM on Dec. 3, 2009

  • I would try leaving him in the house and crate train him. He does need time to adjst as well. I think a radio is a good idea.
    KyliesMom5

    Answer by KyliesMom5 at 12:38 PM on Dec. 3, 2009

  • poor lil guy..i have a beagle bassett that went thru the same thing it took alot of love with her to get over her heartbreak...i put her in a crate during the day and let her out at night...toys would be a good idea..plus you might even try leaving them loose in you house just take them to the bathroom in the morning and take up all food and water til you get home...you might come home to a few surprises but it wont be permanent..it will only last til he realizes you are coming home soon and he learns your schedule
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:44 PM on Dec. 3, 2009

  • Get up earlier in the morning take him for at least a 45 min walk. Then start the crate training like others have said. A great toy is a Kong you can but treats in the middle and they have to work to get them out. Don't worry about the neighbors, the dog is not being miss treated. It just takes some time to make him feel more comfortable.
    T.W.

    Answer by T.W. at 10:47 PM on Dec. 3, 2009

  • beagles tend to be howlers and it's part of his breed. i think as long as they don't work nights it's ok for your dog to make all that noise all day just not at night? call the shelter yourself and find out what the law is. i had to get rid of my barker cause i had a neighbor who worked nights and even though i brought my dog in during the day if i wasn't there my father would put him out and it just didn't work out. so i figure this rule should apply here. if your concerned about him being sad and alone i don't think getting a playmate will help. i have 2 dogs and one of them barks all the time. walking his enegery off would probably work best for you.
    melody77

    Answer by melody77 at 5:09 PM on Dec. 4, 2009

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