Question by Kari C: How do I stop my dog from barking “constantly” while we are away?
I have a year-old male Pointer/Beagle mix. We have him crate-trained and when we leave for work during the day (typically from about 10a-5pm both of us are gone) he stays in the crate. We are sure to put his Kong (stuffed with PB and other goodies) and at least another toy in there. When we leave in the morning he is quiet and when we arrive home, he is quiet 95% of the time. However, if we both leave in the evening, we almost always come home to him barking constantly. This wouldn’t be that much of a problem, but we live in a condo complex. Lately, we have been getting complaints that he not only barks if we leave in the evening, but is also barking all day long when we are gone. I feel absolutely horrible about this as I can only imagine how annoying it is for them to listen to. It is difficult for us to teach him not to bark because he never barks when we are home. We have also tried some separation anxiety techniques but are at our whits ends. Help!

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Answer by McDudette
We’ve tried many things but were unable to train our beagle to not bark while we are gone. He’s 16 now, so that’s unlikely to change. Luckily, my parents live in the country and the nearest neighbor is a long way away. I hope you can get your dog to not bark, but beagles (and beagle mixes) tend to be barky.

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