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First of all, my dog is not neglected. I haven't been away from her for more than 4 hours since ... was told to even crate her on the weekends when I'm home so that she becomes accustomed to a routine.

You post that you give your puppy access to water for less than a minute a day, and only with meals, and you think that telling people you allow the dog on the couch is going to make you a good dog owner?

I'm not surprised that the pup is drinking its own urine and probably looking for liquids wherever it can besides that. And who knows what or where that might be.
Take the dog to a vet, tell the vet how little water the dog's had and get bladder and kidney tests run.
First of all, my dog is not neglected.

I didn't say your dog is neglected. I said IMO you may have caused her health problems with your peculiar notion of severely limiting her water intake.
I spoken to several other puppy owners in the neighborhood, and peeingthat many times is not normal for a 4 mo old puppy.

That's right - it's not, which is why I suggested you take her to a take her to a vet ASAP, and get it checked out. But in order for the vet to properly diagnose her, you need to tell the vet the truth about the way you've been denying her appropriate water intake.
There is also nothing wrong with crate training.

Nobody said there was. What there's something wrong with is your weird idea of only allowing a baby puppy to drink water three times a day, and two of those times taking the water away from her after five seconds.
Finally, someone who knows what they're talking about. Yes, I have heard that beagles are difficult to housetrain, but I thought that meant making accidents. But my puppy is housetrained (depending on your definition)

IMO, it's way too early to call her housetrained.
because she always tells me when she needs to go out...only it's too often.

IMO, you should be taking her outside on a REGULAR SCHEDULE, whether she tells you that she wants to go outside or not.

Feed her on a regular schedule, and take her outside on a regular schedule. Eventually, she'll adapt to it. You'll be able to predict her "output" within minutes.
She even whimpers at 4am when she needs to go out, but I'm in a daze sometimes and don't realize it until I hear her lapping up her pee.

That sounds like you're allowing her to make "mistakes."

You just can't do that.
And don't wait for her to whimper.
Set your alarm for 3-4 AM and get up and take her outside.

No playing around.
When she goes, march her back inside and go right back to sleep.

But whatever you do, do not allow her to go inside, whether its in her crate, the bathroom, the bedroom, etc.
I have also read that allowing her to make mistakes sets their progress back, so you have convinced me that you know what you're talking about.

Yes, I know what I'm talking about, and I highly recommend that you take your pup to your vet for a checkup.
Why take any chances? Even you suspect that something could be wrong here, or you wouldn't be here asking for advice.
Well, it's always wise to rule out any physical problem before you start dealing with behavioral issues.
It wouldn't hurt any to contact the pup's breeder, too.
How can a dog be dehydrated if she pees 10-12 a day?

But I didn't say that she was dehydrated.
That's for your vet to determine.
Peeing 10-12 times a day isn't really that abnormal, but doing it on so little water is.
And providing her with so little water may be unhealthy.
These are not "marking" pees, but puddle pees. Common sense tells me dehydration is not a problem. I have consulted ... out whereas before she slept in her crate at night so she just wet her towel and couldn't drink it.

Again, that sounds to me like you're allowing her to make mistakes inside the house. I don't know any other way to read that.

You just can't do that, Bobby.
The pup belongs in your bedroom at night, inside her crate, right next to your bed, so that she can see and smell you.
If you will just be PROACTIVE about this, and take her outside on a routine schedule, she won't have a chance to drink her pee, because you'll always be there.
Then, once she really is housebroken, and she's old enough, you can knock off the middle of the night pee.
She said that it's normal puppy behavior,

Drinking urine is not* normal puppy behavior (if that's what you meant), but it can become a habit if *you allow to get started.
but my fellow puppy owners are telling me differently, so that's why I'm seeking advice from this forum, especially those who may have had beagle puppies. I blocked the Wizard nut.

Now, take you pup in to see your vet.
Slow down a bit, Bobby. I haven't seen anyone accusing you of neglecting your pup.()

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Finally, someone who knows what they're talking about.

Wait, I haven't even posted yet!
Here's a puppy who was fully housetrained by 10-11 weeks of age and who has NEVER had his water restricted and who has NEVER had an accident in the house since (he's now about 2.5). He was also never isolated at night, where I would not be able to communicate with him. He was taught to whine at me and not at the door or any other non interactive object when he needed to go out.
he's the one on the right. Below is puppy training videos

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I limit her water consumption to 5 secs in morning, 5 secs at lunch, and 30 secs at dinner. Her ... 10-12 a day? These are not "marking" pees, but puddle pees. Common sense tells me dehydration is not a problem.

Let's try common sense, shall we?
How much water is she taking in over the course of the 40 *SECONDS* per day that she is allowed to drink?
How much water is she putting out in the course of 10-12 puddle pees per day?
Looking at intake alone, she is not getting enough water. 40 seconds per day?!? And if you keep it up, the time limit could also lead to unhealthy and dangerous drinking habits that can remain even after you've started having water freely available as it should be.

Looking at her output, what's left for her to keep in her body where it's needed?
The reason we suspect you haven't "fessed up" to your vet is that no competent vet would okay limiting water intake to 40 seconds per day in the home environment.

Only know that there is no spork.
I have to disagree. I think ten times a day sounds normal for a 4 month old puppy. If active and playing, a puppy could go several times in an hour.

However... it's not normal for a puppy who isn't getting any water.

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This is borderline abuse, though I suspect you just dont know any better. Puppies (and all animals) should have access to water at ALL times!! The puppy is drinking it's urine due to thirst! My dog is a year and a 1/2 now but when he was a pup I took him out every 1/2 hour. Until they are at LEAST 4 months old their little bladders just don't have the control to hold it longer. Some take even longer.
If you dont have time for your pup, you really need to reconsider having one. Think of her as a human baby...they require that much of your time.

Please PLEASE don't restrict your puppie's water intake...ever. The peeing will get better...she's just a baby.
Many of us have said that a dog should have access to fresh water at all times. I agree with that in spirit but can think of so many exceptions that I have to butt in.
When my dog and I go out for a romp in the neighborhood or park, I don't bring water along for either one of us. I keep an eye on her panting to make sure it doesn't seem excessive to me (she certainly pants when she exercises, but it is a nice energetic tongue-lolling pant, never short gasps and a lack of energy), and I gage my own thirst. When I get thirsty, we both go back for something to drink.
My current dog will tank up on water that she doesn't need the way other dogs will overeat. After a check with the vet (repeat that a few times: after a check with the vet, after a check with the vet), I learned that it is O.K. to give this particular dog water 4 times a day and to leave the water dish empty the rest of the time. It took me the longest time to get used to seeing an empty dish. Even so, I pay attention to my own thirst. If the day is dry and I'm feeling extra thirsty, I know that she probably is too.
I time those 4 waterings to include first thing in the morning (whenever it is that I happen to wake up), after each walk or exercise session and with meals. If it is a nice day, and we take her for extra walks, then she gets extra water. It has been a few years, and I've been able relax on the schedule a bit and leave her water dish full. She seems to be learning that she needn't drink the whole bowl dry and then ask frantically to go outside (or leak).
My dog does not have access to water at night when we're all supposed to be asleep.
I restrict water before situations when she's likely to be nervous and therefore lose control. For this dog, only the veterinarian qualifies as a nervous situation. Poor thing is remarkably housetrained the rest of the time but just loses it completely when she's nervous enough.
There are probably other exceptions to the water available at all times rule.
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