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Hello,
My wife and I, got a basset called Droopy and he is now 6 months old. Although I take him morning and afternoon walks 60 min minimum, he stills has no hesitation in peing or doing "the other thing" in the house, do I need to do something else? we live in an appartment and we both work.

Another thing is that he is hyperactive but from what I read it will eventually subside but the worse thing is that he bites and usually bites my wife and the guests. He never bites me and I know he doesn't do it for real but it is annoying can you give me please some advice?

thank you very much


By the way we love him very much, but I am more than certain that this goes for everyone here :rolleyes:
 

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Walks does not equal peeing. Some dogs prefer to pee at home,
especially when young. And sometimes they forget to do anything
with all the fun things to smell when you go for a walk. If you do
not do this already you should give him some time when you come
home after the walk. Just stand still and give him time to "remember"
that he has to pee.

If your talking about when you and your wife is at work, it might just
be that he is not able to hold it for so long. Bassets tend to be a slow
breed in this regard. (and in many other regards :p). This will improve
by time.
 

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Welcome-

A good place to start might be the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) on the home page- there is information on housebreaking and puppy nipping/biting that might help you.

How long is he being left during the day? At 6 months, he should probably be getting potty breaks every 3 hours or so- if that's not possible, can you gate off an area with his bed, or crate with the door open, at one end, and newspapers for potty at the other?This way he cant use your entire house as a bathroom.

The one thing I can offer from personal experience is that bassets respond best to lots of praise and positive reinforcement. There are alot of experienced basset owners on this forum who I know can give you other good advice.

Good luck with Droopy!
 

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I would try crating Droopy when you are not home because he'd be less likely to make a mess on his bed. My girls are 10 months old and still crated when we are not home....but that's b/c they have a taste for the dining room table, sheetrock, carpet, and anything else they can get their mouths on! Or maybe his bored when you are at work. Have you tried leaving him kongs with peanut butter or other fillers to play with? Also, my parents basset was a terror with the play biting (although sometimes she'd really get us good!) up until she hit around 2 years old. Then she mellowed out and now has the BEST temperment ever! She was a wild puppy, but is such a great adult. So at least there's a light at the end of the tunnel. :D Good luck!!!
 

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It seems like the issue of how long a pup should be crated at various ages comes up fairly often .

In my opinion, it's asking way too much of a 6 month old puppy to be crated for 8 or 9 hours. They just can't hold it for that long, and will be forced to soil their crate.

At this age, I think confining them inside a gated area, with their crate open and papers at the oposite end for potty, is more reasonable.
 

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Yeah if you work a full 8-9 hour day, that is way too long to crate him. My girls grandmas come over once a day for at least an hour to walk them and play with them. Up until about 3 months ago, their grandmas came twice a day. That works great for us, but most people don't have someone in town willing to do that.

It seems like the issue of how long a pup should be crated at various ages comes up fairly often .

In my opinion, it's asking way too much of a 6 month old puppy to be crated for 8 or 9 hours. They just can't hold it for that long, and will be forced to soil their crate.

At this age, I think confining them inside a gated area, with their crate open and papers at the oposite end for potty, is more reasonable.[/b]
 

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Baxter is 7 months old and we work and are away 8-9 hours a day. He has an airline crate that he loves to sleep in (it's very large) and then we put flexible wire fencing around it that we hold together with bungie cords. We put down wee wee pads and then newspapers and he relieves himself there during the day on that and sleeps in his crate, which has a large covered dog bed in it. This seems to work out very well. We come home, change all the papers and then he's out with us for the remainder of the evening. Our Lab, BJ, is his buddy and is crated in a regular crate in the same room where they can see each other. BJ has no problem holding it in all day and does fine. Our elderly Lab just moves freely through the house, but usually sleeps on the couch in the same room. She has never had a problem holding it in all day either.
 

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Hello,
thank you very much for your replys they have been most helpful. I will sort some photos of Droopy and post them
It is a very nice site and a very nice community, of course we wouldn't expect anything less by people chosen by Bassets as their companions :lol:
 
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