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Okay I am officially going nuts!!! OUr 11/wk old puppy is driving my wife and I nuts. She was doing good earlier but now she is getting crazy. She is now peeing on the bed (she didnt do this before) and chewing everything. I understand she is a puppy but im concerned. We dont crate her at night she lays in the bed with us. Well this is going to stop. We are getting the crate tonight. She is going to cry i know it. Is there an easy way so she doesnt cry. I know not to go over to the crate if she crys. Also, I think she may have a UTI. She will pee outside and then she will come inside and pee 4 dribbles on the floor. Doesnt matter where she squats and goes. Then 2 minutes later she does the same thing. Its never more than the size of a half dollar. She does it probobly 4-5 times in 40 minutes, and this is after we just let her out!!! She is biting everything. Is there any other way to get her to stop other than tell her no bites and ignore her. Im fed up and ready to put her up to give her away because its to the point of crazy!
 

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Puppies are a lot of work. I thought I would go crazy when Maggie was a pup but now that she is a year old, I am missing the puppy part. I would definitely get a crate. She may cry at first because she is used to being on your bed but she will adjust to the crate. Maggie likes her crate.We got her for my daughter so the crate is in my daughter's room. Maggie goes in on her own and goes to bed when she is tired at night. I have a larger crate in the living room and keep her there when we leave the house because she was a destructive chewer as a baby. I was afraid she would swallow something harmful. She does not mind going into the crate now and when she sees me get my keys to leave she hops in and curls up for a nap. The biting is just puppy stuff.When she bites your hands substitute something acceptable for her to chew on. My friend was here last night with her 13 wk old Australian Shepherd puppy and she was doing the biting thing. I am not sure about the UTI. I always call my vet if I have any doubt. Have you done puppy classes yet? They were a lifesaver for us. Lots of good ideas and we got to see that Maggie's behavior was normal puppy stuff and owners of all breeds had the same issues as us. This has been a year of hard and constant work but the end result has been worth it. We have a smart, funny, companion. With lots of obedience training, Maggie has learned to sit, stay, down and (mostly) come to me when called. Walking on a leash is progressing well and she is a great company. I sure understand what you are going through but if you are willing to work with your pup you will have a great dog.
 

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It sounds as though your puppy may have a UTI. You should be able to take urine sample to the vet for analyzation, then you can pursue treatment if necessary. I have next to zero puppy experience because all three of mine are rescues, but I do know that it takes lots of patience and consistency. As for the biting, I would keep ample chew toys around, but more puppy experienced board members could give you more suggestions. I wish you and your wife the best in working through the challenges of puppydom. You will be rewarded with many years of joy with her!
 

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Hi Eric. It's been 11 yrs. since my Shiloh was a baby but I still remember the frustrations, and swearing to myself that I would never, ever get another beagle. (O.K. BWers, don't hit me!) So I can identify with your feelings, but please don't give up on her yet. First, if you haven't had her checked out by a vet for possible UTI, please do. And do try the crate. Yes, she will cry, but she'll get used to it. And she may come to see it as her little den. There are lots of good books you can buy or check out from the library with good advice on crate training, and puppies in general. I always recommend Puppy Preschool by John Ross; it helped me a lot. As for the biting, maybe she's teething. Give her lots of sturdy chew toys, and when she mistakes you for one of the chew toys, cross your arms in front of your chest, say No Biting! in a stern voice and turn your back on her (just for a moment though!!) She's probably not too young to start training classes, like at PetSmart or something. Maybe your vet even has classes. I'm sure that would help. I didn't take Shiloh "to school" but I wish I had. Hang in there; I promise it will get better. Pretty soon she will become just as precious to you as Shiloh has become to me!! /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif
 

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I feel for you, but know that you are not the only one in this situation. Everyone is going through the same things with a puppy. My Chloe is 4.5 months old, and she still does the biting thing - I just tap her (rather gently) on her chin :biglaugh: ). I already ordered another AC adapter for the laptop, she chew it 'till it died... /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/sleep.gif .
 

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I totally know what you're going through. Jersey was a holy terror the first few months we had her. I used to call her my little Jersey devil (there's an old urban legend about this monster that haunted the woods of New Jersey, known as the Jersey Devil and also how the hockey team got it's name). There were many times I ended up in tears wondering "What have I done!". It gets better, I promise. I highly recommend obedience training. It was the best thing we did. Not only does it help you establish who is in control, but you get lots of support from people who are going through the same things that you are. Plus, our trainer had lots of good advice for other issues, not just what we were training the dogs to do.

A crate is a great idea. Put a shirt or something with your scent on it to make her feel more comfortable in there. Start out small, just put her in there for a short time during the day and then let her out. Always give her a treat and make it a positive experience for her. We kept the crate in the bedroom so that she still with us. Eventually, as Jersey got older and better behaved, we let her start sleeping on the bed again. Now she will go back and forth between her crate and the bed.

As for the peeing on the bed, that is usually a dominance thing. Jersey did that a few times as a puppy and even once on the couch while I was sitting next to her. She bunched her blanket up and peed on it, just a few inches from where I was sitting.

The dribbling could be a UTI or another bladder control problem. I'd have her checked out by her vet.

Biting was easy to break with Jersey. Everytime she went to bite us we'd give her one of her toys. Mike taught her to fetch and everytime we'd play and she'd get too excited, we'd tell her to go and fetch. She quickly learned to go and get the toy when she got that excited. The times she didn't go fetch, we'd just stop playing with her. It didn't take long to break her of that habit.

Having a puppy is a LOT of hard work. I almost threw in the towel myself, but I'm glad that Mike wouldn't let me. He told me that she was ours now and we had to work hard to make her the dog we wanted. She's my baby now and I couldn't imagine my life without her. In the end it was totally worth all the hard work. Hang in there! It will get better.
 

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Yes having a puppy is hard work. Don't give up!

I found a friend in "Bitter Apple". If I found them chewing on say my coffee table, I would spray the bitter apple on it and they would stop. But I would alway offer them one of there toys to chew on. I also got a Kong and filled it with peanut butter and froze it. That would keep them busy for a while.

Let us know how its going!!!!
 

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We tried to crate last night and the sound the dog made was aweful. I didnt know i bought a pig i thought i bought a beagle. Now for me and my wife i could care less but our neighbors i did not want to put them through that last night. So im going to talk to both neighbors tonight to see if its okay if they hear her cry at night for a little until she gets used to it.

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Be patent! Beag pup's are a very DEMANDING breed, but the "payoff" when they mature will be worth the sacrifice! (You must trust me on this...but there is "no more loving creature than an old beagle")! It's a guess how long Goober will live beyond the 13 yr old mark as he enters his 16th yr, but he greets me as if he were still a puppy when I come home! :thumbup:
 

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We put Beasley (13 weeks old) in the crate from day one. She still cries alot, especially when she sees us in the room, but it's gotten progressivly better. Usually at night when we crate her, she will cry for the first 3 minutes, then realize that we aren't coming to let her out...Then she usually just curls up and plays with a toy or goes to bed.

As far as the biting thing, she's all about that right now. Thank God she can't bite very hard yet, or I might not be able to type...Just as everyone has said, try to give her stuff that is ok to bite. Right now our biggest problem with her is the jumping...She loves to jump on everything, including us...It's ok right now since she's still small, but I don't want a habbit to form. We just enrolled in our local Petsmart's puppy training class, so we are very excited about that.
 

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Charlie's trainer said never put the pup in a crate as a punishment, or just leave them there. Do it as a possitive thing. Praise them bribe them with treats. Do it in a way that they have go in the crate in order to get the treat. Snug a treat in through the gate, keep praising. To a point that you think you are crazy mumbling"good boy" :hi:
As for Charlie I had the crate in my bedroom for the first few nights so he could see me. Time to time I called out his name. Crating is not that simple as you think, just closing the door and your ears.
As for drippings, maybe try leash him to your hand or your pants, tag him along where ever you go. As soon as you see him pee, you can stop the act right away, take him to the proper place where he should go. Telling him "no" gently. Whenever he is out the crate, then leash, otherwise in the crate.
It was crazy too when we got Charlie. Going out the yard every 3-4 hours in the middle of the night on leash. Couldn't vent, instead I had to praise. :hi:
Don't give up on your beagle, please. Oh, puppy training class is a good idea.
 

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Oh dear what a problem. However, please give her a chance. First get her checked over by the vet. Then find a puppy school, they will be able to give you lots of advice. A friend of mine didnt want her dog in the bedroom, so she slept in the lounge on the couch until the dog was house trained. The slightest movement from the pup and she would march out into the garden with him.
Chewing things is normal puppy behaviour, get her lots of toys and make sure nothing valuable is within reach. Treat her like you would a toddler.
Good luck and try and hold out.
 

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My puppy has a slight case of vaginitis. It was not a UTI but there was higher than normal levels of bacteria in the urine. The vet put her on some antibiotics and she should be better in 2 weeks. After 2 doses of the medicine she is starting to do better with the dribbling.

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Good, Eric. I'm glad you got a handle on that problem. I'm sure the other problems will work out too. Hope your neighbors were understanding when you explained to them about crqate training, and that your little girl is sounding more like a beagle now and less like a squealing pig!! /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif
 

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:hysterical: Sorry, but, the squealling pig comment got me too. My Murphy sounds like she's being skinned alive. It's very funny. And, when she gets on a scent out on a walk, she sounds like a chicken. :toofunny:
 
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