Within that area,
you can place some items that will help.
You'll want a water dispenser or a water fountain if your dog normally gets so worked up that his bowl gets tipped over.
In addition, dogs that get worked up require more water and
dogs that are stressed may forget to drink. A fountain, with the noise of tumbling water can attract a Beagle and encourage proper water consumption.
Food for the day
can be placed inside Kongs and other treat-release toys as opposed to in a dish; this way your Beagle will stay busy when he is hungry as opposed to quickly eating his food. Unless your Beagle has a different preference, the best food to place inside is a mixture of smooth, all-natural peanut butter and dry kibble.
You'll want your Beagle to have a quality bed.
If your Beagle is in his gated area and has access to a favorite chair, that should be fine. However, if he lies on the floor or does not have a supportive surface, this is not good. Not only are canine beds important to offer the right support to help prevent back and hip issues, they also offer a dog the feeling of having a 'den', which can be comforting when alone.
The right toys can be helpful. Interesting toys and comfort/ companion toys (particularly those that emit a soothing heartbeat) can help a great deal. Look for toys that speak or make interesting noises. For puppies and even older dogs that are receptive, a companion toy that emits a heartbeat and warmth (therefore mimicking a living creature) can really help a lot.
Outside the area, there are a few things that you can do:
- Having the right background noises whisk away feelings of isolation. You can leave on a the TV or radio. However, choose the channel or station carefully. A light morning talk show may turn into a loud and disturbing show as the day wears on. We recommend music that can be looped that is specifically made for a dog's hearing. There's some great choices, see below.
- If you will be arriving home as the sun is setting or later, be sure to leave on some lights. An empty house that is dark is going to feel a whole lot more lonely for a Beagle with separation anxiety than a well-lit one.
Offer a Mid-Day Break - If you are able to come home for lunch, this will help. Some owners worry that if they appear for just a 1/2 hour, that the Beagle will 'remember' to miss them and things will be even worse for the second part of the day. However, for most dogs, being able to see their owner, be brought outside and even taking a short 15 minute walk is the answer to relieving stress.