A month ago we adopted a five year old basset from a local shelter so I am new to this discussion board and to basset ownership (though I have wanted one for years. They have such great ears!). Bailey is really mellow and has a wonderful personality (with a major stubborn streak as well!) We have been doing really well on the housebreaking (we think in her former home she didn't go out as much as she needed and so went in the house) but she will ask to go out by standing at the top of the stairs upstairs or at the back door but then when we try to take her out we have to force her outside. We know she needs to go because she asked but we sometimes have to lure her down the stairs or out the door. Has anyone else had this experience with their bassets? I don't know if this is part of her stubborness or if it is something that will get better with time.