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Hey! Just brought home a 11 week old Beagle Pup, and I need some tips as it is his first day in our house.

First off, should I put him in his cage at all on his first day? Or is it better for him to get used to his surroundings, and wander until its time to sleep? Any other tips would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks so much!
 

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Transition to the crate needs to be a gradual thing so that you don't overwhelm him. Reward him for stepping in the crate with a treat and give him time to associate the crate with positive things.And slowly increase the amount he stays in the crate and rewards are the key, especially with beagles, they are extremely food motivated. Beagles are the best dogs out there! Trust me, you're in for a ride! Mine just turned one and she still hasn't lost any energy. :)
 

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Thanks so much Hallie. Also, could you guys clarify when I should start housebreaking, crate training, and socializing my Beagle?

Once again, many thanks.
 

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I just got my puppy yesterday and did not sleep a wink last night due to her crying/calling for her pack (she is a husky so you should have it easier).
Anyway, today, everytime she fell asleep- whether she was on my lap or she crashed on the floor somewhere, I let her sleep 15-20 minutes and then put her in the crate with the door open. And she is sleeping fine with no crying :)
So, you may want to try that while you can supervise. So far it is working very well for me! She no longer is terrified of her crate!
 

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Now is the perfect time to start. :)
Hmm, thought you had to wait a few days first. But allright, I'll start doing that today.

He slept pretty well last night, my mom slept beside him, and he didn't cry or anything for the whole night :). He's OK in his crate now, he'll maybe whine for a few seconds, then just lie down. Wake up, then whine for a while, and when we don't let him out and ignore him, he goes back to resting.

Ok I got a few more questions :)

1.) While sleeping with the beagle last night (my mom), she heard him scratch at his cage and my mom let him out for a potty break and he did his thing. I'm wondering if we should do that, or to just wait till morning to let him out to potty? Waking up at midnight to let him out does not sound right to me.

2.) He has been whimpering quite a lot. I'm pretty sure its not because he's unhappy with us or anything, but I am curious of why he does it so much. Will it get better overtime?

Thanks again.
 

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My high school boyfriend and I had a beagle. That dog could get out of our chain length fence at my moms. He could get out of my boyfriends dads privacy fence at his house. Some how he got out of the crates too. He was the sweetest dog but hard headed and stubborn! Make sure you always know where that beagle is! They can surprise you!
 

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1) Yeah, you should be taking him out in the middle of the night to potty. He can't hold his bladder through the night yet. What time did he start crying? I would set your alarm for half an hour before he starts crying and then wake him up to take him out. Keep him on a leash while you're outside.

2) When exactly is he whimpering? It's normal for puppies to whine at night or in their crates for the first few weeks.
 

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I just wanted to add that while it is very important to start socializing as soon as possible, be careful when socializing with other dogs or in areas where other dogs commonly go until he's had his vaccinations. If you want to arrange playdates, make sure the other dog has already had all his shots. Your puppy could also catch it from even smelling other dogs' feces.

But it's never too early to let him meet other people, vaccinated dogs, and for training to start! Congratulations on your puppy - though they are hard work, they are a joy to have and very rewarding.
 

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1) Yeah, you should be taking him out in the middle of the night to potty. He can't hold his bladder through the night yet. What time did he start crying? I would set your alarm for half an hour before he starts crying and then wake him up to take him out. Keep him on a leash while you're outside.

2) When exactly is he whimpering? It's normal for puppies to whine at night or in their crates for the first few weeks.
Well I read that puppy's do not develop the ability to hold their bladders until 12 weeks, and Brownie was almost 12 weeks so we tried letting him hold it for a night. Surprisingly it worked, and we brought him out first thing in the morning and he did his business. Whats strange is that today while I was at school, Brownie peed in his own cage when my mom had just let him out a few minutes before. Anyone know what that means?

Well when he's outside the house, he does not whimper at all. Inside he does it while he's just walking sometimes. In his cage he'll whimper for a few seconds now, and just lie down and rest.


He started nibbling at my hand today, but I heard that it is normal for a little pup. I still said NO when he did it, but gave him something else to bite with his teeth instead.

Again, thanks for the help.
 

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Well I read that puppy's do not develop the ability to hold their bladders until 12 weeks, and Brownie was almost 12 weeks so we tried letting him hold it for a night. Surprisingly it worked, and we brought him out first thing in the morning and he did his business. Whats strange is that today while I was at school, Brownie peed in his own cage when my mom had just let him out a few minutes before. Anyone know what that means?

Well when he's outside the house, he does not whimper at all. Inside he does it while he's just walking sometimes. In his cage he'll whimper for a few seconds now, and just lie down and rest.


He started nibbling at my hand today, but I heard that it is normal for a little pup. I still said NO when he did it, but gave him something else to bite with his teeth instead.

Again, thanks for the help.
I would take Brownie to the vet if this continues. Hallie had a bladder infection when she was 4 months and she would pee in the crate and have to pee frequently. Though it could just be that you didn't spend enough time outside with him, sometimes dogs get distracted when they first get outside and it may take a minute or two it's important to not play with your dog or anything until they use the bathroom as that's just added distraction from the desired action.
 

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Did your mom just "let him out"? If so, this could be the problem..he needs to go out ON leash so that you and your mum can be SURE he's done his business and also so you can reward him for going outside..this helps a lot with housebreaking (indoors no treat, outdoors big party!) It will also help him to learn to go right away when you take him out..this makes a huge difference whenever you are in a hurry...puppies get very distracted by the world at large and sometimes forget to "go" until they are back inside an then can't hold it! So, business first..then playtime or walks or whatever.

But yes, like Hallie mentioned, if it happens frequently, you should have his urine checked.
 
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