No one should let their dog roam free, period. Particularly since I think you wrote that your hounds are intact, Funk is gonna go looking for females in season. You want your dog fathering unwanted puppies down the road somewhere?Question #1: Does anyone have a method of keeping a "roamer" home and not have to put them on a leash or behind a fence?
Question #2: How do you house your basset?[/b]
Sorry for the lecture, but I had to say something.
Some people have success with invisible fences, others say a determined basset will ignore the fence "zap" if they are chasing a rabbit or other animal.
My 2 hounds live indoors and have a decent size fenced backyard. Free access in and out via doggy door.