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I have a 9 week old basset hound. He is eliminating outside real good, but there is one problem, he urinates in his crate at night. I don't know what to do. I take him out as late as I can but in the morning, his bedding is soaked with urine. What can I do? Please help. :blink:
 

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I've always heard that the rule of thumb is that a puppy can wait to urinate for as many hours as he has months. So at 9 weeks your little guy is 2 1/4 months so he can't wait any longer than 2 1/4 hours to go. It's a pain in the patootie but you have to get up in the middle of the night often so he can train his bladder.
He's an adorable puppy! What's his name and welcome!
 

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Murray slept in a small crate stuffed with blankets by the side of our bed. When he had to pee, he would fuss because he didn't want to soil his blanket. I would get up and take him out to his potty place, praise him, and bring him back.

This helped with housebreaking because he learned that if he signalled, I would take him out to relieve himself.

Bev is right about the frequency- you will have to get with up with him a couple of times each night for awhile. It will be over sooner than you think though- hang in there!

Good luck with your pup!
 

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I've always heard that the rule of thumb is that a puppy can wait to urinate for as many hours as he has months. So at 9 weeks your little guy is 2 1/4 months so he can't wait any longer than 2 1/4 hours to go. It's a pain in the patootie but you have to get up in the middle of the night often so he can train his bladder.
He's an adorable puppy! What's his name and welcome!
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Thanks for the welcome! :) His name is Fred and he is a good pup. I will have to sleep a little lighter then. He doesn't like it when he uses it in the crate either. When I get up to take him out in the morning, he pushes the soiled blanket out the way.

Murray slept in a small crate stuffed with blankets by the side of our bed. When he had to pee, he would fuss because he didn't want to soil his blanket. I would get up and take him out to his potty place, praise him, and bring him back.

This helped with housebreaking because he learned that if he signalled, I would take him out to relieve himself.

Bev is right about the frequency- you will have to get with up with him a couple of times each night for awhile. It will be over sooner than you think though- hang in there!

Good luck with your pup!
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He has began to whine and bark a little bit when he needs to go out. I usually hear him around 6am. But late at night, I don't hear him. I've considered changing his crate. Right now, his bed is the standard kennel, but I think I may need the metal crate, so I can hear him.
 

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Can you put the crate right next to your side of the bed until he's older? Maybe I'm just a light sleeper, but when Murray started moving around I would wake up right away and knew he needed to go out-
 

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Can you put the crate right next to your side of the bed until he's older? Maybe I'm just a light sleeper, but when Murray started moving around I would wake up right away and knew he needed to go out-
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I didn't think that would be a good idea, because of what I read in the books about a basset needing to have a space that he can be away from everyone. I will try what you suggested. I'm a VERY heavy sleeper, almost comatose.
 

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Welcome to the forum. You will find wonderful help here on the forum from great folks who love Bassets. Just ask all the questions you want. Fred is adorable.
If you are that heavy of a sleeper you might try setting the alarm to wake you up about every three hours during the night. Wake up Fred take him out to potty, lots of praise when he goes, bring him in, pop him back in the crate, and go back to bed. This won't last long, because as he grows he will go longer between potty times. A puppy is just like having a new baby in the home. Good luck with Fred. :)
 

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Welcome to the forum. You will find wonderful help here on the forum from great folks who love Bassets. Just ask all the questions you want. Fred is adorable.
If you are that heavy of a sleeper you might try setting the alarm to wake you up about every three hours during the night. Wake up Fred take him out to potty, lots of praise when he goes, bring him in, pop him back in the crate, and go back to bed. This won't last long, because as he grows he will go longer between potty times. A puppy is just like having a new baby in the home. Good luck with Fred. :)
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Thank you all so much for welcoming me and giving me advice. I will do what you all suggested and keep you all informed of our progress. I was suprised at how quick he caught on to eliminating outside and he also lets me know when he needs to go out by going to the door. He is a very smart dog to be so young. Also, what brand of dog food do you all recommend for bassets? Right now, he is on puppy chow with nutrients from the mothers milk formula, but I have to soften it a little so that he can enjoy it.
 

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When we got Ruby she was about 11 weeks of age. We lived in "Bassetchusetts" at the time (Massachusetts) and we got her in mid-December. Tons of snow and cold and ice and so on. For a while we'd put our down coats and big boots at the end of the bed and when she'd whine to go out (at least twice a night - snore), we'd carry her down the stairs and out in the bitter cold.

After about a month of no sleep, my brain actually started working again and I came up with a wonderful idea! When she needed to make potty, we'd walk her in the masterbathroom and she went in the shower. More sleep for us and we didn't freeze our patooties off nightly! Easy to clean too.
 

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One suggestion that my vet gave me because my puppy was doing the same thing was to take the blankets out the crate so that way they can't urinate and then push it to the side, I felt really bad about taking the blankets away but when they aren't in the crate she doesn't go in the crate, there is nothing to soak up the urine bit her, so maybe try that
 

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Warm welcome to Fred and his mom! :D

No matter which theory you will follow to make him housebroken,
it will take time. He may be as old as a year before he can be 100%
trusted, I would say. Even adult bassets can look out and see the
grass is wet, then pee inside.... :blink:

I dunno which book you saw that a basset needs a space of himself,
none of mine has needed that. On the contrary, they need to be as
close to me as possible - all the time... ;)


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I agree with Steinar on this one. Bassets are pack animals. They typically hate solitude. Females can sometimes get a bit independent, but an independent basset is still a basset.

If that makes any sense.. Haha.
 

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Welcome & Congrats on your new adorable puppy. I adopted Copper earlier this year at age 3, and he came already house trained, (so i missed all the fun puppy stuff) but I just wanted to say hang in there, and definately move him nearer to you at night.
 

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I agree about Basset's wanting to be close to you. My Basset's want to be where ever we are and really liked sleeping in our bed until just recently when I had to put them on the floor because there just was no room for my husband & me. Got a really big dog pillow and put a comforter on it and they’re doing just fine on the floor but the dog pillow is right next to our bed.
 
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