Step 1: Give your dog to someone who actually gives a shit.
Step 2: See if you can ride a unicycle across the nearest interstate. Bonus points if you're blindfolded at the time.
Step 3: ???????????
Step 4: The rest of the world profits.
Both you and the OP are indulging in the same type of hyperbole. Not one person in this thread has said anything remotely resembling the above, just as I never suggested that a dog must sleep on the bed or relieve itself in the house. Please re-read.Just because one person (or 20 people) believes a dog should be an equal member of the family, or should be fed only organic food, or should sleep in a bed, or should be wearing little pink tutu's around the house does not mean it is the "right" way to own a dog.
There is a lot of good advice here. When I first got my dog Daisy, a beagle, i tried to make her sleep in a dog bed and she hated it and got up at night and whined and had accidents...I thought it was bad training. I decided to try a kennel. I'll never forget it! I brought it in, and she was jumping to get it...which she never does. I set it down and she ran inside, and immidiately rolled all around inside, on her back, and finally eneded up laying to face me wagging her tail, She sighed once and fell right to sleep. Daisy LOVES having a DEN. Dogs are not just pack animals but they like to think of their sleeping area as a den, and the pack sleeps together in the den.Just to chime in a bit here...
Not exactly a Basset Hound expert, but it seem to me all the trouble explained are the characteristic of what would a Basset do during growing up.
I pretty much have encountered those behaviors at least once in regards to my Basset, Gus.
What I learned from Gus is the fact that I have him not just as a fulfillment of my life... but I also have to be responsible of meeting his needs as a basset. Basset is a dog that demands a lot of attention.. But, this is also one thing that made them very social and have a lot of personalities.
So, with that in mind, a good basset owner is normally a very adapt and creative trainer.
Here is one example:
there are multiple times, Gus tried to sleep on my bed. Knowing that a Basset have a pack mentality, I realized that it is quite a normal thing for a basset to want to sleep 'close' with their pack leader.
But, since Gus lives in a human society.. He needs to learn that in his pack, sleeping on his human leader's bed is not allowed. This is very 'abnormal' in the dog's world. So, in essence, I am asking him to break his dog instinct. I realized that I am asking a lot from him. But, I want him to succeed in learning this 'weird' rule.
I learned that, every time I ask Gus to sacrifice one of his instinct, I have to give him an incentive or a better alternative to that instinct (just like in life: in order for you to receive, you will also have to give).
So, I got him a very comfy dog bed so he does not feel the need to sleep on my bed.
I also put his bed next to mine. By doing this, I compromised my human rule with his needs to be with the pack.
Then, the training regiment starts. Sleeping on the dog bed will result in lots of praises and rewards, while sleeping on my bed will caused a stern NO from me and a ticket out of my room for a short period of time. It took him a good month, but Gus finally got the idea.
From then on, I slowly moved his bed an inch further each passing day.
After a while, Gus finally learned that sleeping by himself is not a big deal. He now actually prefer sleeping outside of my room on his dog bed. But, once in a while, he would come into my room at night to sleep next to my bed (this is fine by me.. as long as he does not jump on my bed).
Problems usually comes from having:
- The problem -> Sleeping on my bed
- The Goal -> having him to understand that it is not ok to sleep on human's bed.
- The Compromise -> giving him his own comfy bed put next to mine
- The training -> redirecting his need to sleep on my bed into his own bed and slowly move the dog bed further apart
- The tools -> cookies as reward. Stern voice and Time out as the punishment.
I think if the owner keeps having those unrealistic goals or unwillingness to compromise, either the dog or the owner will be the one who is paying a hefty price. Unfortunately, in most cases, it will be the dog.
- Unrealistic Goal (For example: wanting your puppy not to behave like a puppy, wanting your puppy to learn in an instant, and wanting your basset not to chew things or not to sniff his nose on the ground).
- An owner who is unwilling to compromise (For example: unwilling to fulfill a basset need to exercise daily, unwilling to stick through with the training regiment because it took too long to make the dog understand).
I do share the sentiment that Basset should have an access to indoor 24/7.
If this is an absolute no for you, perhaps, a Basset Hound is not the perfect dog for you.
I shall 'leave you alone' with pleasure and I have no more interest in your topic but I'm glad that it is me looking after my dogs rather than you, especially as they live 'with' us, not outside and they enjoy three or four walks every day and get out to meet lots of other dogs and people and are very happy, sociable, much-loved members of our family!Sophie you sound like a bored, bitter old woman with nothing to do but sit and comment and attack other people and their Bassets.
I am not old, bored or bitter and I have never 'attacked' other people and their Basset Hounds... in fact, quite the opposite... just look back through my posts!
Can you leave me and Oscar alone? Your approach is very aggressive and confrontational and unnecessary.
I am neither aggressive (rather too soft according to a lot of people) or confrontational, in fact I always try to avoid confrontation!
Back off, go away, go take care of your own dog.
All of my dogs (3 as they adore company of other Bassets) are very well loved and better looked after than some people I read about!
I'm sure he/she is starving for attention while you're online about other people's dogs all the time.
My dogs are usually near me when I am on the PC, especially if I am on the laptop at the kitchen table beside their 'kitchen bed'. They also have a bed in the hall and one in the lounge and I am not online all the time... at 8.8pm, this is the second time I have turned on the PC today... the first time was for about five minutes when I sent an email to my sister who has two huge Munsterlanders and two Springer Spaniels, all of whom are well cared for and live indoors!
Maybe pay more attention to your own.
If you knew me, you'd know that my dogs get plenty of attention and thankfully I have never had the need to go on a website to ask for advice and then have a go at people who try to help, like you are doing!
People come here for advice to better their relationships and health of their dogs.
If you look back through your messages, you will see some conflicting information. People try to give you some advice (after all, you did ask for it) regarding your lack of time spent with your Basset Hound plus having a child and one on the way, meaning even less time to devote to your dog, then when several people reply saying it might be best if you find someone with more time to look after your dog, you don't like it!
Not to be attacked about their lifestyles or to get personal with you.
Please leave me alone now, it's really not your place.
Just a bit info. I am from California (essentially, it is a desert). So, it is also hot and we don't have snow.One thing you guys need to understand is that I am from South Africa. It's hot here, it doesn't snow, and it's got loads of open spaces.
No one telling you to lock your dog in a house all day. We are suggesting to give him access 24/7 to indoor and backyard. So, he can freely go in and out if he wanted. A dog door can be a simple solution.If I had to go to someone here and suggest they keep their animal locked up in an apartment or house all day, they would say that is cruel.
I think that's where the main communication gap is coming from here.
I think you contradict this with your own answer here:This has been true of every breed or animal that any of my family or friends have ever had.
you probably need to consider changing the term every into some breed but not all.So Oscar is the first Basset that me or anyone I know has ever had, and he turns out to be a very needy, social, demanding breed.
Well, lets not go there because a discussion about crate being cruel or not can lead to another big discussion. I think the most important thing here is to deal with Oscar's issues of being deprived from being with his pack.We don't have crates. When I asked the pet store about it, they looked at me like I was on mushrooms. I googled some info, and to me, the crate thing is cruel. I can't cage my dog, and to us, indoors is a big cage to an animal, except at social time.
Exactly! you know why those 4 bassets will be happy and terrific? Because they ARE in a PACK together day and night. Imagine this situation.If I had a farm, I would have 4 Bassets, all outside and I'm sure they'd be happy and be terrific friends and have loads of fun running the farmland and exploring and chasing crickets and ducks. But I don't stay on a farm anymore.
This is the key answer to your dilemma. I have no doubt that you love Oscar. But, I do think that Oscar is not suited for you. No matter how much you love Oscar, I think the biggest love you can give to him is to actually give him up to a family who can better care for Oscar.I do love Oscar, but I can't give him more than what he is getting now. I can't give anybody more than I am now. Being a young wife and mother and TV Producer, I can't take on more.
It's not that they are not suited to Africa. It's because the owner is not suited to care for a basset. The reason for a disobedient dog can almost always be traced to the owner. Many people forget that a dog of different breed has different needs. A Basset should have stayed in packs (just like any other dogs). Basset normally is more social and needy than other breed.I did find another person here that had Bassets. He had 2. He said he had to give them away because they were too disobedient. Maybe they're just not suited to Africa. Maybe they should have stayed in packs as hunting dogs. Aren't they working animals?
Sophie has posted nothing but helpful advice for you. If anyone sounds old and bitter, it's you.Sophie you sound like a bored, bitter old woman with nothing to do but sit and comment and attack other people and their Bassets.
Can you leave me and Oscar alone? Your approach is very aggressive and confrontational and unnecessary. Back off, go away, go take care of your own dog. I'm sure he/she is starving for attention while you're online about other people's dogs all the time. Maybe pay more attention to your own.
People come here for advice to better their relationships and health of their dogs. Not to be attacked about their lifestyles or to get personal with you.
Please leave me alone now, it's really not your place.
What a rude awful thing to say! What is the matter with you? The only bonehead is YOU! Get off your high horse, the woman is asking for help. And further more what breeder gets that close to someone? How the f would she have known? I think you, CLEARLY, have other problems going on and need to stay away from giving people "advice". Maybe there's an "i hate Trump" rally going on that you could join instead! Lol✌You have a 10 month old puppy who is not getting any attention except bad attention and he is willing to settle for that. A dog that is not incorperated into a family is doomed for failure. He is exceited to see everyone,anyone,who will acknowledge him ,good or bad. You should have started him a crate when he first came home.(hindsight) Now,you are dealing with two toddlers. I don't think too many of us is feeling as much sympathy for you as we feel for the puppy because with a little knowledge you could have avoided the whole situation you are in now, by deceiding not to get a puppy at this time or taking the time to spend with him and train him. Whatever he is doing is not his fault. Have you asked the breeder to take him back, somehow I suspect he didn't come from a breeder because a breeder with any sense at all would have been able to tell you were not ready for a dog. Don't trade this one in on another breed because the same thing will happen and you will wonder why all the dogs you pick are boneheads. Turn him into a rescue and count this as a lesson learned.
What a little snoot- snoot you are! Wow, your better, your bigger, your the best Bassett Hound owner and your dogs are perfect and they go on 4 walks a day, oh my, Boy what do you want a metal? A park in your honor? Do you have any idea the stress it causes to deal with this? The anxiety? It's awful. Have you ever dealt with a baby that had colic? Cuz that's what it's like. It gets to be so heavy and exhausting....especially with a baby. I thought it would help but it just made it harder on me and I've had 4 Bassets. Why don't you try and relate instead of judging. Humble yourself and gain a new perspective. Seek first to understand-I shall 'leave you alone' with pleasure and I have no more interest in your topic but I'm glad that it is me looking after my dogs rather than you, especially as they live 'with' us, not outside and they enjoy three or four walks every day and get out to meet lots of other dogs and people and are very happy, sociable, much-loved members of our family!
Here's a quick pic of two of my well cared for, laid-back Bassets!