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Help! So we got our little one almost 3 weeks ago and I have lots of questions.

1) For 2 weeks she did great sleeping in the kennel at night, and for the past 2 nights she has cried and barked several times throughout the night, until my husband or I lets her out and takes her outside. We will then put her back in the kennel, and it starts all over again. Last night we put her on our bed and she slept for the rest of the night just fine. I dont know if I want to share the bed with her.....but we need our sleep. I like the kennel idea, but I want her to feel safe. Suggestions?

2)How much should I be feeding her, she is four months.

3)How do I leash train her?
 

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A beagle in the your bed you say? Nothing new here! Actually we have two. I always suggest if you can avoid this, its best. But there is nothing wrong with it either.

Last night the bed seemed empty... /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/frown.gif

Feeding? Check the bag. It usually has quantities per pound for feeding. When in doubt, contact your vet.

Leash walking... Start be getting her used to wearing a collar. Then just take her out and see what she does. Is she a puller, a barker, a jumper? These are all correctable. I would suggest puppy obedience training. Check with your vet for local class schedules.
 

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I don't see anything wrong with her sleeping with you if it is what you want. Maggie was so active as a puppy chewing and eating everything in sight that I was afraid to leave her out of her kennel for her own safety. Now she wants to be in there at night but she has matured a lot and I will probably eventually start leaving the door open. When she cried as a baby I always took her out. I kept the lights in the house off, and didn't interact with her. We went outside, gave her the opportunity to potty and back to bed. I didn't want her to think it was playtime. Her crate is in my daughters room so she didn't feel lonely. When she was very young the crate was close enough for my daughter to touch her if she cried and that calmed her down. I can't remember how much I fed her as a puppy. I think I went by the package recommendation but she was gaining too much weight so my vet took her off puppy food at about 8 months. Now she gets 1/2 cup with 1/2 cup steamed green beans in the morning and a little less than 1/2 cup for dinner. When we have our dinner she gets a frozen kong with enough kibble, canned food, or meat to make up the additional 1/2 cup. Just make sure you feed a good quality food. I have found with Maggie that going to grain free food has helped with the weight control.
For leash walking you might want to go to a pet store and have someone help you with a good harness that will give you a little more control and help with the pulling. Right now I use a sporn harness. There was a recent discussion of harnesses on these boards, you might want to do a search and see what everyone is using.
I strongly recommend puppy classes. We spent a lot of time on leash walking in the beginning and intermediate classes. Maggie does understand the heel command and will walk properly when directed, although a lot of the time I just follow her and let her explore as she wishes. Good luck. Its a lot of work now but the time you put in now will pay off later.
 

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Chloe is a puller and a jumper, but we are working on that....
she eats 3 times a day, about a small cup of premium dry food and almost always leaves a few grains in the plate, so I know the amount of food is enough...

Love the changing avatar image MD... hope that your bed won't be so empty for long /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/frown.gif
 
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