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Hello! I have recently had the great luck to adopt a wonderful 4 year old basset, who has been "rechristened" Sebastien. From everything I am learning, he certainly seems to be a *very* typical member of the breed, and he couldn't be more delightful even with the bouts of stubborness and "blank looks" when he hopes I am going to change my mind about something like leaving for work without him. I was so happy to find this group - I am working my way through everything & it is terrifically helpful.

I have one question though, and haven't seen any discussion on the topic. Sebi doesn't seem to care for any toys. Treats, yes, but we purchased him a few toys and he completely ignores them. Now Sebi was underweight and had some clear abandonment trauma when I adopted him, but he has settled in nicely, is gaining weight, and has stopped whining/howling when you so much as leave the room, but I feel bad that we haven't found a particular toy for him to enjoy. Do bassets love any particular style of toy? I'd love some suggestions, as of course I do want to spoil him.

Thank you for any suggestions!
 
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Hi and welcome to the forum. And congratulations on adopting your dog. There are many wonderful people here that will be able to answer your questions and share their experiences with you.
With regard to the toys, I think it depends on the basset, Opus has no interest in toys at all. Occassionaly he will play with a ball if I throw it and play too, but mostly not. He likes plastic bottles, but then he lies in bed and chews it. No, he is not a toy loving dog at all.
But he likes games, especially hide and seek. I know this sounds stupid, but he really loves it if...I'm actually cringing right now...my husband hold him and and I hide. Then Andrew says, 'Where is she?' And lets him go. This is OPus' very favourite game and he 'ooooffffs' all about the house tracking me until he find me. He is brilliant at it and as soon as he 'discovers' me he barks and jumps all over the place in a houndy way. I think it stirrs up his hunting instinct. He will play this game for as long as we do.
Anyway, that is my Opus. Good luck with your new boy, I hope he brings you as much joy as Opus has brought me.
Arlene and Opus
 
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Welcome, and congratulations on adding Sebastien to your family! I must admit that I've bought Jasmine dozens of toys, in hopes of finding exactly what it is that she likes. Unfortunately, she ignores most of them. She was the only dog in our puppy class that didn't know how, or show any desire in playing fetch. And although I've now taught her, the only thing she'll fetch is a zippered fluffy pencil case if it's stuffed with bits of sausage or chicken. ;) As for toys, she has two stuffed animals that she likes, but actually seems to prefers to play with things she digs out of the bin when we're not around (mainly plastic milk cartons and paper towel rolls). She also enjoys playing tug of war and chase with towels and a rope chew toy. Although, now thinking of it she also likes a bouncy ball we got in a Christmas cracker last month, as I can throw it into the kitchen from the lounge, and she'll happily try and follow the bounce (this is the only she has ever shown any interest in though). Not sure if any of that helps or not.
 
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Jake loves...

...the cardboard tube from the middle of kitchen roll / toilet paper;

...his furry squeaky dumbell - lies for hours mouthing it so it squeaks. Also throws it into the air and pounces on it so it squeaks! :D

His friend Harvey Hound, however, doesn't "do" toys (much too undignified!)

Welcome Seb...wishing you much fun and happiness!
 

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Welcome! I have one that loves soft stuffed "babies" and will carry them around for hours. The others love a good chew- a kong or rawhide when I can supervise. Our Willie (ATB) would play fetch till he got bored, but so far he's the only one. They do love their walks though!
 

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My two have a few toys, but they really don't play with them much. Most are chew toys, and the only time Digger wants a toy is when Dozer has one, or I should say the one Dozer has.
Dozer will play with a ball. He'll toss it around and chase it by himself, but he won't play fetch. They do love the sticks they find in the yard. They would rather fight over them, then play with toys.
 

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Some dogs just don't like to play, unfortunately. Cody is my third basset. Before him I had Beauregard and JAMES, neither of which played with ANY toys. The closest thing to playing that Beauregard did was chew on a knotted sock. That was about it. Cody is totally opposite. He LOVES to play. I was kind of upset that Beauregard and JAMES wouldn't play, but both of them brought joy to our family in so many other ways! You will find, playful or not, that you are going to enjoy your new furbaby so very much! Good luck!
 

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Welcome!

George occasionally enjoys gutting a stuffed animal, but mostly ignores toys. He loves his kongs though. I usually put canned food inside and freeze. Although - OPUS, I bet he'd love that game, I'll have to try it!

I'm in the Bay Area too (Marin) and also have a 4-year-old Basset. (Someone was giving mine away on Craig's List at 8-months.)

By the way, Novato has a Basset Waddle on the 4th of July. I just checked and it seemed the site's down (nchbc.com), but I'm sure more info will be available later.
 

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Welcome! Good luck with your new "furbaby"! The people here have been great for sharing, venting, encouraging ...etc etc

Oh and ... Pictures! hehe we demand pictures :)

Again, welcome!
 
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Welcome to Cyberhound!
My almost 7 year old basset, Francis, has never been interested in toys and like Choni's George, has always loved gutting stuffed animals. I finally found a squeaky stuffed toy that's almost indestructible, they're made of sheepskin in the vague outline of animals and they're made by some place called "mountain" something-or-other. (The label is green, purple and yellow, I think) They last forever and take a serious beating.
Francis lost his eyesight last year and since then his absolutely favorite activity in the world is tug o' war with one of his stuffed toys and believe me, we play for keeps! It gets pretty ugly around here. ;)
I wish I could remember the name of that company...
 

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Thanks so much - for the welcome & the feedback! Like a few of the others, he has shown great interest in 'playing' with stray bits of rubbish more than anything else. If that is his thing, well so be it. He does love long walks and rides in the car best - that Bay Area basset 'waddle' (that cracks me up, I love it) would be perfect for him. I will def. keep an eye out for that.

As for a picture - I can't resist sharing if you insist. Hopefully these are not too large:

 
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I've never had a Basset that was interested in toys. They are too smart for that. They were bred to chase real live rabbits. What's up with this fake thing they say! Good for you, Belinda.
 
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Sabian likea his Budda, a small stuffed animal with a squeeker, and he will play tug of war with a braided rope. That's about all he will play with. Pearly does not play with toys. Great pictures and a kissable face. Welcome. yvonne
 

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Wow, Sebastien looks JUST like my George. It's spooky. LOL
George wouldn't have anything to do with any toys for the longest time. No matter what I gave him, he turned his aristocratic nose UP at it. Then I tried a biscuit Kong and he liked that because food was involved. Then I got him a squeaky toy for Christmas to keep him from playing with MY stuffed toys, and he likes it. He's had squeaky toys before but they had belonged to other dogs we've had and maybe that was why he didn't like them? This one is shaped like Bugs Bunny and he throws it and steps on it and bites it to make it squeak. He doesn't play with it a LOT, but he does seem to like it.
 
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Here is a strange thing.....Homer plays with his toys only once in a while. Some he's had a long time but ignores them or only chews them for a couple of minutes and then forgets them. Then, every once in a while, he will take one of his old rawhide bones and with no warning his eyes cloud over and he begins a low growl. Won't let anyone near his bone and won't drop it. He really means business. I escort our other 2 dogs out of the room so they won't be tempted to go near him. Eventually he will allow it to be taken from him or I have to usher him into his crate so he can finish with it. He was a rescue and would act out in fear, but I've had him a couple of years now and for the most part, he is loving. But every now and then he goes nuts! I no longer give him or the other 2 dogs, any rawhides or anything I think he might get too attached to. He is definately a handful! I also have to keep him separated from my cats, as he goes after a couple of them like they were his prey and I'm afraid what would happen if he caught them! Another one of my cats likes to tease him and when he gets too rough, she yells and runs away to the other room.

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Ah yes, like others have mentioned, I also highly recommend Kongs. I hadn't really thought of them as a toy, but Jasmine loves them. She waits impatiently during the morning ritual, as I stuff one to give as her treat when I leave for work. Today I picked up a strange dental kong spikey thing that you can spray some of their canned paste in. She happily set on that for about 15 minutes, until she licked it clean. Lovely pictures, btw. :)
 
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Welcome and good for U adopting. Sebastien is BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!! Happy to be a slave to Tummy Boy.P. S. (senior moment or year) Tummy likes tp pull something out of his toy box at nite. and then do basset 500 w/it :)
 

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It depends on how you define toys... Snoopy likes, in no particular order:

balls, ropes, stuffed toys, the big ginger cat, the remote control, keys, measuring spoons, baseball caps (which he shakes thoroughly)....

his favourite game is "cat tossing", where if the cat doesn't run away, Snoopy shoves his nose under his belly and flips him on his back.

The cat was overweight a year ago, but had slimmed down when we lsat took him to the vets. We put this down to a strict diet, and 2 hours of Basset Workout ™ a day.

On the subject of rabbits... Today Snoopy revealed his domestic side as he tracked two rabbits in the field... nose to the ground, full steam ahead... until he came across a tennis ball and immediately lost interest in the furry things.
 
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