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first beagle (first puppy in 15 years)

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Hi all

We recently (yesterday) adopted a 7 month old beagle (mix?) puppy. She is super shy, and i am hoping for tips to get her to come out of her shell. She will not walk on a leash/collar (has not been experienced, i think), she has not eaten since we brought her home. I have to physically pick her up and take her outside for her to go potty. She wanders the yard like crazy (and doesnt come back to door), again, i have to catch her to bring her back. Once the door is shut, i put her on the floor, she will do a quick couple of laps around the dining room, and then will hide under the table and not come out on her own (left her there for a few hours). Same thing in crate - we leave the door open so she can come out if she wants. I have tried hand feeding her, she sometimes licks my hand (but not the food) and backs further away from me. Am i being impatient here or do i need to implement some tricks to get her more comfortable? Are beagle puppies usually this shy?

Thanks in advance for any/all help and tips.

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I had a couple shyones in my day. They were not abused, just not handled, sorta neglected. I remember that their bloodines were real good for running a rabbit, so I took the risk. I had to starve them for 4 days, yes 4 days, before they would come take food from my hand. I kept water in front of them, but no food. Nice Kansas City weather also. They would not eat out of my hand, as they were too scared. But after 4 days they gave up their fear and came to my hand a let me pet them, I think. But boy were they skittish. Never real good at letting me catch them, but would come in with the rest of the beagles when called. They'd jump into the back of the truck, all to keep me from handling them. but it was worth it as they both were keepers for hunting. Close on the line, no causing checks, packed well, and they were beauties. Penny colored. Good luck.
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