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So my husband and I were a bit too spontaneous over the weekend and bought a 2 month old beagle pup. He is the cutest thing you will ever see, but I'm starting to worry about housebreaking him. When they are this young they need to be walked frequently, almost every hour. My husband works a regular 9-5 job and is able to be with the puppy in the evening and through the night. So far he has slept from about midnight till 6am without waking my husband. But during the day I tried to walk him in the morning and then again before I go to sleep and he still woke me up after just a few hours. I took him out for a walk but he didn't do anything, and when I put him back in his pen and tried to go back to sleep for a bit he kept crying and barking. I live in an apartment building so I'm trying to be very careful about noise, especially since my neighbor works from home. Any night-shifters have tips on how to handle a new puppy who is in the process of being housebroken? I know that he will still pee on the wee-wee pad in his pen and that is just something that will happen until he can hold his bladder longer. But how do I get more than 4 hours of sleep with him? Any tips/advice is greatly appreciated!!

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Take him back and get an older, housebroken animal from the pound?

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Realistically, I don't think you can expect more than four hours until he's older, 6 months to a year. He's just too young right now. Of course you want to keep your puppy, and I am a dog-lover myself, but I don't imagine he loves sleeping all night and then more or less sleeping all day too. Beagles love to howl, so he's going to let you (and the neighbors) know how he feels. Maybe consider getting a second pup, for company for him? Just a thought.

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I think your best option is to accept that you're only going to get a few hours of sleep every night and work really hard in the next few weeks to train him (not to bark, howl or cry... because it is possible, even with a beagle) and that way he'll learn faster and you'll be back to your regular sleeping schedule faster. If you just ignore it hoping it will stop, he won't learn, neighbors will be upset and you'll be frustrated. Having a puppy is a huge responsibility and having to adjust your schedule to suit him is to be expected. From my experience, anyway (My family got 2 puppies in 2007, and both my parents were at work from 7 to 5, so I used to have to come home from school [which was over an hour away] between classes to let them out. So I'd bus home, be there for less than 10 minutes, and bus back to school. I did that for a few months, until they could hold it until my day was over). I dreaded it, but it had to be done. And now they're excellently behaved, well-trained doggies :) Anyway, I wish you good luck in finding a happy medium that suits both of you.

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Kind of unfair to the dog to: 1. Live in an apartment 2. Be expected to sleep so much.

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Life is hard with a new "baby."

You will be sleepless for a few weeks--hopefully not long.

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It's impossible to get a dog to hold it for more than 4 hours when they are that young. I have potty trained 2 dogs in the past 2 year and I got them both at the beginning of the summer so I would have plenty of time for them. They get better about holding it at about 5 to 8 months. At a year they should have full bladder function, but some dogs have it earlier than that.

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I would say to tire him out really good if you are able to first thing in the morning when you get home. Go for a walk (as far as he can tolerate at 2 mos), play with him and his toys at home, etc. Make sure you take him out a few minutes after he is done eating, too. Hopefully, this will help.

When he is a little older and has been fully vaccinated, I would also consider finding a place that does doggy daycare during the day - because honestly as others have mentioned, it's really not fair for a young dog (or any dog for that matter) to be expected to stay quiet/calm both day and night inside the house. That is one of the reasons many become bored and start tearing up the house and getting into trouble.

Good luck with him - hopefully this phase will pass quickly and you'll get some sleep soon enough!

ETA: Any chance you could use a few vacation days while he is in the housebreaking phase? It always seemed to me after getting a new puppy that they really started to get familiar with routine after about 2 weeks or so.

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I think it will be fine with time. Maybe tuck him in bed with you? When he is trained I still think your home will be fine. As long as you and your husband provide play and walks between times then he will be able to play quietly and snooze. Just provide toys he can gnaw on.

He is still far better off with you and safe and loved than he would be many other places. I think it is BS when people say he can't have a good life because you are in an apt.

Many dogs are crated during the day and sleep at night and are happy and healthy. Just wear them out in between times.

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you think this is bad, wait until you have a real baby, ha.

when i lived in a apt i put the pup on the patio, so i wouldn't have to smell the mistakes. a puppy is gonna be a puppy (poop and peeing all the time), chewing things, etc.

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So my husband and I were a bit too spontaneous over the weekend and bought a 2 month old beagle pup. He is the cutest thing you will ever see, but I'm starting to worry about housebreaking him. When they are this young they need to be walked frequently, almost every hour. My husband works a regular 9-5 job and is able to be with the puppy in the evening and through the night. So far he has slept from about midnight till 6am without waking my husband. But during the day I tried to walk him in the morning and then again before I go to sleep and he still woke me up after just a few hours. I took him out for a walk but he didn't do anything, and when I put him back in his pen and tried to go back to sleep for a bit he kept crying and barking. I live in an apartment building so I'm trying to be very careful about noise, especially since my neighbor works from home. Any night-shifters have tips on how to handle a new puppy who is in the process of being housebroken? I know that he will still pee on the wee-wee pad in his pen and that is just something that will happen until he can hold his bladder longer. But how do I get more than 4 hours of sleep with him? Any tips/advice is greatly appreciated!!

puppies are harder than babies. In my opinion. I think it sets a bad example to go to them (the puppy!) every time they whine and cry. If you put them in a cage at night with a doggie bed, they will get the hint. So what if he pees in the cage, at least he gets the hint that when it's quiet and dark, you sleep. Our dog figured that out pretty quickly - since we had a newborn and a puppy (husband's grand idea to get a puppy at the same time!!) I know there a million people who believe the opposite - having a dog roam the house or sleep in beds.... but our dog is wonderful and knows his boundaries. He sleeps in the kitchen. He doesn't have free reign in the house - that's gross. Just like one takes off their shoes, or removes their scrubs after working... it's just dirtier (and more housework) to have a dog roam freely.

Our dog knows his place as the protector (and door bell) and knows he is let out first thing in the morning. He holds his bladder sometimes for longer than 10 hours if we're working or out... He doesn't ask for much... cats are waayyyy easier, though.... but dogs are always in a good mood and happy to see you.

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