hi, i havent been on here for a while-been v.busy. Just wanted to update on Monty-he's 6 months today, hes got so big and is really strong. i still love having him and he provides a lot of laughs
The toilet training is still an issue-he knows when i say 'widdles' outside to go but he still wee'd inside when he fancies but he doesnt poo as much inside. my house smeels of pee and hound...and so do i. But patience is a virtue and im going to just keep perservearing and praising him and giving him a treat when he goes outside.-does anyone elses basset though when u praise them- just look at you like they dont care and just want the food and arent interested what its for???
His big teeth are coming through, i really wanted to get a baby tooth but i think he just swallowed them. the puppy biting isnt as bad but he still gets hyped when playing sometimes but he's slowly learning not to bite hard, its more just mouthing now-but he is still putting holes in my clothes! and if he's in a really obnoxious mood he jumps about and when i try to walk he eats my shoes(he loves shoes, and he LOVES toes! Anyone entering my house with open-toes sandals is doomed!!!) He also tried to eat my trouser legs. Any tips for this-if i shout he just gets more excited and jumps about barking and chasing even more, if i push him away he loves it. I try to ignore him and he just attached himself to me. I have started doing time-out with him when he gets too rough-it takes persistence lol.
Does anyone also have any tips on what to do when they just sit and bark at you. Monty does this when im trying to watch TV, i put my back to him and ignore him but he continues and if i dont listen he comes up and tries to eat my feet or trousers again. one day he actually pushed me-yes-pushed me with his paws and grunted like'pay me attention!!!', he does get lots of attention sometimes he's just obnoxious. I also try to throw his toys for him to distract him when hes trying to eat me, he goes for it and then gets bored of it and comes back to my trousers.
Other than these issues he's doing very well. he can sit and stay(when i have food as a reward), he isnt a barker unless he is playing or on his lead in the garden and i go in to get something(although other times he just stares at the back door), he is very good on the lead and walks beside me, im still working on if people come over to him, he gets very excited and is still jumping up then and he has bif paws with big claws and i worry about kids coming over incase he would accidentally hurt one.
We go up to my parents where theres a massive garden(its in the country), he loves it and runs like a madman. He loves our golden retreiver and lab-although our lab is not as keen on him. hes very very freindly to everyone and everyone comes over to him when we go out and fusses over him.
There was however one bad incidetn last night. I took monty to the park with my freind and i have him on a big training lead( its 33ft long) so he can run about but not get away. There was a guy with 2 other people and they had 2 choc labs, a greyhound and 2 scottish deerhounds all off their lead. Monty is a bit overly freindly and is absoutley rubbish at social cues from other dogs. He was over saying hello to on of the deerhound, he wasnt jumping up or anything he was just all wiggly (the way little pups are), the other dog was standing sniffing him and then i heard a yelp from monty and he came running towards me. Neither my freind or i even thought anything was wrong as it was so quick and the other owner was standing in the way. Monty lifted his toy and ran about with it and i noticed something on his face. i thought something was stuck to him but when i looked closer he was bleeding! The dog has bit him! It was not a massive bite just a nip, but i was worried because altho it was only a centimatre long it was open slightly. I checked the rest of him and he was ok. I was annoyed because as we were checking monty over and slightly alarmed the other owner must have made a swift exit, we wonder ig because he was closer and he was infront of us if he maybe new his dog had bit and left quickly. To go and have so many dogs off the lead when one bites is a bit irresponsible i think. I felt guilty and responsible that monty got bit because he was on a long lead, but i want him to run about and he has to learn to socialise. I took him to the vet and he said hes ok it could have been much worse and he got an anti biotic. Monty doesnt seem to notice so hes still just charging about all happy as usual
Sorry this has been so long-just havent been on here in a while. here is some pics of monty. In the first pic he was only just home-pretending to look all innocent. after you can see his more boiserous side and him wreslting with my retreiver, and the sitting with my mum looking full of self importance lol