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Why is it that Murphy can go weeks without having an accident or even using his puppy pads, but then in one 24 hour period he will pee 4 times and poop 3 times in the house...in front of us...with complete access to his doggie door!

He wasnt ill or anything, either. It's so frustrating...i just dont understand it.

I could see if maybe he couldn't get outside, like we didnt give access to his door....or he waited and cried at the other door, and we just didnt hear him..or if he wasnt feeling well, something. But none of those factors applied.

Needless to say he was put to bed a little earlier than usual, but he still got kisses.
 

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Hi, I am new to the list and I wanted to share my solution to housebreaking Teufels. What I did first is make a rope with bells on it, and everytime we went out at first I rang the bells. But after 3 days she rang them whenever she wanted out. :D The good news is we have not had an accident in the house since we were 4 months, She is now 6 months and 26 days.

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We went through similar tribulations with Dudley, for no apparent reason. Usually when one of us would notice it had been a long time since an accident, it was as if he sensed that we thought we had finally gained control. Silly humans.

They do it because they can.
 

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Lea's almost 2 years old and I still have problems in that deptartment. I guess it's just a basset thing *sigh*

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General never has accidents in the house! Walk your dogs people. Get up off your couch and take them outside a few times a day.
 

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Originally posted by fishnhotwater
General never has accidents in the house! Walk your dogs people. Get up off your couch and take them outside a few times a day.

Pssst.......most of us work during the day......


I pray for the day I can spend all day on the couch! Maybe in my next life I'll be a basset.... :p
 
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Thank you all for your suggestions! I really wish i could walk Murphy, but unfortunately the guy next door let's his dog-aggressive doberman have free run of the neighborhood. My fiance talked to the guy's roommate and we thought the problem was solved, but this past weekend we saw him walking around our front yard. I was almost attacked myself about 2 months ago. But that's another story. I really would like Murphy to get more leash time so he can learn proper leash behavior before he gets much older. I really want to move, but that cant happen for some time.

I was thinking about the bells, but since he has full access to his doggie door, and I thought it would be just one more thing he could destroy.

And he usually is reluctant to go out when its raining, but it hadn't rained that day. And he did go out on his own other times that day...I guess it IS just a bassettude quality!
 
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Molly seemed to have accidents when we were stressed, overworked, etc. Basically at times when our schedules were a bit out of the norm. HOwever, there were also a few times when she just plain had accidents even though she was being walked more than 2 miles a day. Housetraining a basset was MUCH different than our Lab. Her beautiful face was the thing that allowed me to stay patient thru the whole experience.
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It's not always about taking the hound for a walk.

I walk Snoopy four times a day, the first being at 6:30 a.m., the last being 8:30 p.m. - the shortest walk we do is about 2.5 miles.


He tends not to have accidents during the night, although when he does, it's because either:

a - it's raining No way is HE getting his coat wet.

b - the backdoor is just too far, and sleeping takes priority.

If he *does* have an accident, it tends to be on the newspaper we leave down in the kitchen overnight.
 
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JenniferT, you brought up a good point. Our schedules and my living situation has completely changed! My fiance has been off from work for the past 5 weeks recovering from surgery, and since my accident, I stay up by my work during the week and only come home on weekends.

That's gotta be it! I cant believe I didnt even think of that :roll:

Thanks for the help guys, and even though his potty errors teaches me patience, I cant be mad at that cute mug for too long :D
 
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I dont know what we did right but General will come to my side of the bed anytime during the night and whine to go outside to do his business. I think actually getting up when he whines to go is why he learned to do it. During the daylight hours when we are not working, for instance on a Sunday, he makes a relaxed barking noise at the door when he needs to go. When we are not home, which is Monday through Saturday from 5:30 am until approximately 5:30 pm, we leave the door adjar for him to come and go as he pleases into a fenced back yard. He doesnt open the door any farther than we leave it for him and he sleeps most of the day, we assume to make the time pass, and is ready to walk when we get home.

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Originally posted by fishnhotwater
..... When we are not home, which is Monday through Saturday from 5:30 am until approximately 5:30 pm, we leave the door adjar for him to come and go as he pleases into a fenced back yard. He doesnt open the door any farther than we leave it for him  and he sleeps most of the day, we assume to make the time pass, and is ready to walk when we get home.

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You leave the door open when you leave the house? Am I missing something? :?

Yes, I love my houndie more than pretty much anything, but leave the door open all day w/ no one home is something I would NOT do.
 

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Maybe it would help to take him out or urge him to go out at the same time every day? George very rarely goes in the house, but we're pretty regular in our habits. Somebody's usually up by 7 or 8 and we let him out and thankfully I live close enough to work to come home for lunch and I let him out then, and he goes out around 5 when my husband gets home on the days he works or if I get home first, I let him out around 6. If I'm too busy to come home for lunch and my husband is out all day, sometimes we find a puddle when we get home, but not too often. I think he's just gotten used to the schedule and his basset bladder has learned to adjust. :lol: On the other hand, maybe your furbaby is just forgetting himself or hasn't quite gotten onto the concept yet.
 

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When we got Rosie she was 2 and had been living in a kennel for a good while. We were told that she was housebroken but found out that kennel living changed all of that. After about 3 months we left her with my brother and his girlfriend who had two goldens. When they went out Rosie went out. When we got back home about a week later she went right to the back door when she wanted to go. She, too, would sit by my bed at night and whine until I let her out. We got to where we communicated by looks. She would walk from one room to another and without moving her head only a slight bit I got the "look" which told me "let's go." Sometimes she would wait a little too long and all of a sudden she would run full force right up to me, look me in the eye and I would say "got to go pee pee?" and she would run full force to the back door. She had such cute antics!
 

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i just don't understand...

i feel fo you and Murphy. last nite, while i was at work, JD was being good. we walked him during the day for a 2-hour outing! but while i was at work, around 9p, and my girlfriend was at home, JD needed to go before bedtime. so my girlfriend lets him out, he pees for like 2 minutes, comes back in all playful and happy. my girlfriend decides to bring him in the room with her. she plays with him and goes through his routine of tricks. while she starts looking for one of the rawhide bones we have stashed away, JD starts peeing on the bed! what the hell?!?!?!? he was peeing and looking at like he was outside or at the park?!?!? that crazy basset. needless to say, he didn't sleep with us that nite and i'm at the laundromat right now washing my sheets. what a basset...

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