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Old 12-18-2012, 09:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi,everyone!
On Halloween I adopted a wonderful eight year old boy named Al and he is just the sweetest, most affectionate dog you could imagine. We clicked immediately and he's in his forever home.
BUT, about two weeks ago Al decided he just didn't want to be housebroken anymore. Too cold? Too wet? Just plain boring? Who knows?
Thiings were going along really well until they weren't.
I've blocked off his favorite rooms and when I'm home he's out every couple of hours and I watch him like a hawk but as soon as I stop paying attention (he's really needy but that's okay with me, so aren't I ) he heads to a quiet corner of our little four room house and has a good pee for himself.
It's getting to be a real problem. Oh, he has a dog walker for work days and never pees when I'm at work. Go figure, huh?
Any advice would be truly appreciated.
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Old 12-18-2012, 10:14 AM   #2 (permalink)
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If he was clean before, there is a possibility he has a UTI going on, or even bladder stones. When he pees, is it a good flow? That would rule out stones. If after he's emptied, he tries to go again, but just dribbles, then a UTI can't be ruled out. In any case, I'd collect a sample of his urine and take it, fresh, and him to the vet. He'll run a urinalysis to find out whether there is something medical going on. There's no point trying to correct what he can't help

If it all checks out, I'm afraid it's down to breaking this habit. When you can't supervise him, confine him. And although for sure some Bassets refuse to go out when it's raining or cold out there , you'll simply have to put him on his lead and take him out, and be with him to see what he does, so you should know what's going on, and when he must need to go again. Many's a time when we've had to boot our hounds over the step when it's blowing a hoolie out there

Also bassets are well known for lulling their owners into a false sense of security, and then bang, it's back to square one. So he maybe wasn't quite as housetrained as you first thought. It happens.

Add - if he can hold when he wants to, that pretty much rules out a UTI. So don't let him head off to where he empties....... naughty boy!

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If your attention tends to wander, you might try leashing him to you so he can't sneak off and pee while you're distracted.
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