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So I just got a 4 month old Beagle female pup. I really enjoy dogs but my problem is I will have to keep my pup in the crate for 8 to 9 hours monday threw friday. I know this isnt ideal and that I will have to clean her up everyday when I get home. No other option for me though. Any advice from anyone who is in the same boat as me?
 

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She should be okay if she gets a good walk or run in your yard before you leave her. Be sure not to feed her and then put her in the crate. Feed her and then be sure she gets out a few times after that. Being 4 months old she may have trouble holding it that long. Once they get out of puppy-hood they can generally hold it longer. I don't use crates, I baby-gate the girls in the kitchen. They have beds, toys, the TV on and a vew of my side yard. But if an accident happens at least they go by the door.

I'm sure some other members here will have more crating info for you.
 

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I echo what the BW people suggested when you asked there- that's simply too long for a 1)puppy 2)BEAGLE puppy to be cooped up. Not only is it not ideal, it's downright unhealthy for the pup! At the very least, I'd do what Mom2Beagles does- gate her into another room.
 

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yeah..please dont crate the poor girl that long. It will build unhealthy fears in her. Just put up a baby gate they really feel less abandoned that way.
 

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I suggest getting a gate and keep her in a room so it will get a little exercise. I just bought a yr old Beagle and that is what we do with him although we are not gone as long as you are. The most he is alone is 1hr. Good luck. And have fun with your Beagle. I think a crate for that lond is not good for them. But thats my preference.
 

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I gated mine in my bedroomfor a few months until I knew I could trust him now i let him have the whole house. Funny thing is when I go out even though he has the whole house he prefers to stay in the bedroom the whole time and sleep.
 

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I had a bad experience with a crate and my young beagle. She got her jaws stuck in the door of the crate. It was horrible! For all my dogs I would always just gate them in the kitchen. However, the rescue place told me she was crate trained and supposedly was calmer in the crate. Were they wrong?!?!!! So now she just stays out with my other beagle and they're fine together. She's just very active and likes the run of the house. I would suggest gating in 1 room for that long. That way if there's an accident (which there probably will be since she's so young) you won't have to clean her up every time either... just the floor.
 

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Well, this can lead to seperation anxiety in the beagle pup. But if you have to leave a bowl of water and food in with it, and a chew toy, and make sure to give it as much love and care you can when you get back and on the weekends.
 
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