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I wanted to reach out to this forum to see if I could possibly get some help. We adopted a 3 year old Beagle mix female two weeks ago. She is just finishing up 2 antibiotics for a 'significant infection' and is feeling better. But, our issue is that she is not sleeping through the night. Gets us up 2-3 times each night. Sometimes she pees and other times not. She seems to be anxious about the dark among other things. We got her from a beagle breeder. She was born there, was adopted once and then brought back to the breeder because the people who adopted her didn't have the right accommodations at their home to keep her.. which we are just taking the word of the breeder about this.

So, we tried her in a large pen in a room in our house with our other dog (2 year old beagle/male, who is very well house trained and sleeps through the night). There is a divider between them. She barked a lot.. it didn't work. So, we put her in a dog bed on the floor in our room, but she is still getting us up about 3 times a night. We are pretty exhausted and just need to figure out how to get her trained in the right way.

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Have you talked to your vet about this? Is it possibly a side effect of her medication?

What does she do when she gets up? Does she bark to be let out? Or does she just pace?
 

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She barks, whines, paces. She was doing this the first week even without being on medication. We thought she was just getting used to our place and us. She had been used to going out whenever she wanted while at the kennel...because she had a run.
 

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Two weeks is a very short amount of time to be with you, so she is very likely still adjusting to you and her new routine. It can take 3 months or longer for them to be completely at home with you.

If I were in your position, I would kind of treat her like a little puppy for the time being. At night I would crate her near my bed. There will likely be some fussing, I'm afraid, but I'm hoping you being near will keep it to a minimum. You can stick your fingers through the bars of the crate to comfort her if need be. After a few nights, start moving the crate away from your bed, a little farther each night, until it's in the place you would like her to sleep. If needed, you can set an alarm to take her outside for an on-leash potty trip if you think she needs it, but as a 3 year old she should be able to hold it all night.

I would keep her crated at night for at least 3-4 months so she understands that night is for sleeping. After that time, if she's not the type to get into things unsupervised you can leave the crate door open at night and see how that goes. If she's quiet at night, great, but if not back in the crate she goes. If she proves she can be quiet at night for a few months you can transition from the crate to bed on the floor.
 

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I would double check with the vet first. If no health reasons for the behavior, I would look closely at when the behavior starts up.

Does she start out at night going to bed without issue and then gets up a few hours later? Or does she whine and pace before going to sleep in the first place?

How does she sleep during the day? Is she anxious then also? Or does it only happen at night?

Have you tried leaving a light on at night for her? Even a small nightlight at an outlet by her bed? Or a wind up clock? The old fashioned steady ticking of the clock can be soothing to a dog.

Do you give her a good exercise session before bedtime? And a last minute potty trip (always wait until she pees before coming back in)?

When you're up, does she like to be with your other beagle? Do you feel you need to separate them at night? Maybe if she were IN the exercise pen with him she'd stop barking. Beagles tend to be dog social - they have been bred to live in groups and work in groups.

Have you talked to the breeder about it? Do they have a nighttime routine that she might have gotten accustomed to?

Does she have any confusion when she paces, etc? That could be a sign of mini seizures.
 
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