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Hi everyone! I am new to the forum and new to basset ownership! :D I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on how I should go about housebreaking my new baby. I have been able to housebreak a puppy of a different breed before but she (my basset) is quite different. She is 7 months old and has been an outdoor farm dog up until we got her which was less than 48 hours ago. The trouble I'm having is that she just doesn't want to listen to me at all, she has a mind of her own! Whenever I call her she just looks at me, she won't follow me to the back door in order to let her out. As of right now Im am having to physically pick her up and carry her outside to try and get her to use the bathroom. I don't want her to think this is ok or get used to it. I know I need to stop doing it now but Im wondering if there are any suggestions as how I could get her to follow me through the house and get her outside on her own. Thanks so much!!
 

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I'd go right back to the begining as if she was a pup. Slip her lead on & take her outside, praise her when she goes, try taking her back to the same spot, from the begining when she goes use a phrase such as 'be busy'. Don't show anger or even that it's something wrong if she has a mistake inside, wash well with biological powder to get rid of the smell. Take her out as often as you think she needs, were lucky with our previously kenneled boy he asked to go out from the first evening but being slightly mad I did sleep on the floor just out of sight to ease the seperation anxiety & incase he needed to go out. Good luck
 

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The trouble I'm having is that she just doesn't want to listen to me at all, she has a mind of her own!
This is perfectly normal for a Basset - may as well get used to it. :D
 

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Agree with all the comments above! Bassets are a stubborn breed & need to be calmly & kindly shown who's boss. Ours housetrained very quick, but still in the evening when we say 'out for wee wees' at bedtime he lies on the sofa pretending to be asleep with one sly eye watching us. For nearly 3 years he's done this every night and every night I have to go and pull him off and then he slouches slowly out the back door.

Good luck, I'm sure it will all come good. Patience and adapting to a Basset! I've grown up with them but it took my husband a good 6 months to adapt to being a Basset owner rather than just a dog owner. He'd only had Labrador/Collies before which was completely different & he did find being a Basset owner tried his patience sometimes.
 

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Beasley used to pretend to be asleep , When he was a puppy I would put the leash on him and he would get up and go out . Bassets are a different breed of cat . We had Labs before our bassets and they are night and day , I think you need to give him some time and maybe lure him out with a treat . It may take more time but I'm sure if you keep it to a routine you will make it
 

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And here I thought mine were the only ones that pretended to be asleep when it was time to go out and potty before bed for the night. Mine are 6 and they still do it. I have to nudge (gently at first) them before rolling them out of bed (by turning their beds over lol) sometimes.
 

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Awww haha. I shouldn't laugh. My boy is 8.5 months and he still don't listen to me. It must be a basset thing, but that's what makes them a basset :)
Your baby is in a new house now so just be patient and teach him like a puppy. Best of luck x


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Sounds right to me, all of the above behavior I have seen in mine. I had to house train her and she was a doozy. Gotta keep an eye on her and set the times yourself. It will happen eventually, though you may have to shampoo your carpets a half a dozen times afterwards.

Sissy will pretend to be asleep or just raise her head and look at me with one I when I call her. When she does get up she is slower than the second coming. She has such a sweet nature though that I could not help but be patient.
 

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I've trained my 6 mo old to use the bells. it is hit or miss somedays but he is catching on.
but you have to physically take their paw and ring the bell every time you go outside, when the bell is rung I say " good boy, outside!"

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Jake learned to ring the bell right away , Beasley did it his whole life , I did the same thing . ring the bell everytime we go out and for Jake after a week he was all set and ready to go , as far as listening to me ..........not so much..... I think it's a basset thing . Good luck and hang in there
 

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Bromley has selective listening as well. It is a basset thing. When he won't listen, I usually have a cucumber slice in my hand and that works. They are such good dogs in all other ways, so I try to be patient. I use cucumbers or his favorite squeaky toy. I always praise him when he follows instructions. I've had my dog (rescue dog) and I already know he owns me !





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I agree try using Treats, They work with my baby too!!. :)
 

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Walter is going on 4 days of accident free (he is only 10 weeks however). It took watching him almost every second of the day, LOTS of praises, and walking him to the door and outside during "bladder full times" (after naps, play time, eating and drinking). We probably did this every 30 minutes to an hour. Now he will go to the door on his own and patiently wait for us to notice him. We are still working on some kind of signaling so he isn't waiting too long. At first we gave treats just for walking out the door on his own, then to immediately after he went, now to going out doing his thing and coming back in.
 

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If you are getting nowhere, other than stubborn, you have to change your approach. The secret to this breed is using applied psychology. Make them think what you want, is their idea.

Rather than battle with your hound when it comes to getting it out, use a slip lead, over the head and onto the neck. Done. The more you force anything, the worse this will get.

Ruling out a medical issue (there's no point trying to housetrain if the hound can't help what's going on) you just have to keep on rewarding the good, lavishly, correcting the wrong only in the act, and with housetraining mistakes, cleaning up without comment. Most dogs, including hounds!, want to please their owners so they don't live with constant nagging so eventually housetraining should happen, as should a recall (use a food bribe) and so on.

I have no idea how anybody would get a hound to ring a bell - or need to. We leave our door to the outside open most of the day in suitable weather, but I still keep an eye on when they actually go out to empty. It's mainly about being one step ahead.

Add - If you've only had her for 48 hours, I'd defy anybody, with any dog, to have formed a sufficient bond yet. 6 months ahead and still having trouble, then you HAVE trouble.
 

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I have no idea how anybody would get a hound to ring a bell - or need to. We leave our door to the outside open most of the day in suitable weather, but I still keep an eye on when they actually go out to empty. It's mainly about being one step ahead.

Add - If you've only had her for 48 hours, I'd defy anybody, with any dog, to have formed a sufficient bond yet. 6 months ahead and still having trouble, then you HAVE trouble.
LOL, Think from this forum ringing a bell is an American thing, I can just imagine the look of pleasure as they have me answering a bell at the back door, with the added look of 'Not me!'
 

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LOL, Think from this forum ringing a bell is an American thing, I can just imagine the look of pleasure as they have me answering a bell at the back door, with the added look of 'Not me!'
I'm also considering, given Bassets are NOT STUPID, whether having them do this could lead to them getting the message they 'ring', you come and let them out, whether or not they need to empty. I'd not put this past them :D
 

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I'm also considering, given Bassets are NOT STUPID, whether having them do this could lead to them getting the message they 'ring', you come and let them out, whether or not they need to empty. I'd not put this past them :D
Yes, had a night when sleeping beside Otto because of his need to go out every half hour or so with Colitis, stumbled to the door to let him out - having indicated the need - & no Basset beside me. I wait, no Basset, then begin to look still no Basset, sometime on in a dazed state I'm wondering where the **ll he is. Then having found my glasses realise there's a lump 'fast asleep' under the duvet!
 
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