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Hello. I just got a female basset named "Emmie" a couple weeks ago. She is about 10 weeks old now and completely adorable. So far, she will put herself to bed in the crate and is starting to go to the door on her own when she needs to potty. The problem I'm having is when she doesn't want to be in the crate, she lets us know. Got a note from our neighbors today asking us to "do something about it" which I understand, afterall, she is very VERY loud. I'm not sure what to do about the whining when me and my gf aren't here. I've been told to ignore the whining so she doesn't do it every time she wants out, but at the same time I'm not trying to keep aggravating my neighbors. Any tips? I'm glad to become part of ya'll's community!

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Rosco was like that when we brought him home. A couple of suggestions: give treats for going in the crate periodically. Also, I used to leave an old pair of jeans I had worn for a few days in the crate with him, I don't know if having my scent was comforting or not but it quieted him down sometimes. Another idea is to get a little stuffed animal puppy for them to sleep with in the crate.
I've been told to ignore the whining so she doesn't do it every time she wants out,
I wonder how money would offer the same advice for a whiny crying baby, Ingnoring the puppy simply does not work because it does not change the basic fundamental need of the dog that is not being adressed.

The dog is being asked to be alone for the first time in it life. It is scary for the puppy. Such transition are best done in a systematic way and for short periods of time. Some sort of arramgements should be made to shorten that period of time whether it is day care a pet walking service etc.

some links on the problem

The Harmony Programme:
Understanding The Structure Of Attention Seeking Behaviour

Separation Anxiety
Dogs are highly social animals. Their genetic programming is to be in a pack with other individuals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They can learn to handle being alone for moderate periods of time but, in most cases, it doesn’t come naturally. It’s not surprising then that some dogs develop separation anxiety, a disorder which, in its severe form, can consist of panic attacks: urinating, defecating, frantically scratching and chewing at doorframes, barking and crying whenever the dog is left alone.
I agree that short periods at a time are best. She is just a baby still. Sometimes bassets do best with company... ie another basset :D Do you have anyone to visit her during the day?
My Josie goes in the crate at night. She'll go right in, but after a few seconds, she'll cry for about 10 minutes and then go to sleep.

The first 2 nights at home, she would wake up a few times throughout the night and cry for about 10 minutes and go back to bed. I get up at 5:15 to take her out.

During the day, we crate her, and I run home at lunch and go let her out and play with her for a few. She cries a little when I leave, but whenever I get home, she's sound asleep.
I felt EXTREMELY guilty leaving Snickers alone, but my husband and I both work full time. Luckily, I have a wonderful Mother in Law who works (part time) up the street from our house, who would pop in after she was done for the day, to let her out and play a little bit. I also left a blankie with our scent, and put on a radio, for some background noise.
Good luck with her, she's such a cutie!
Hello. I just got a female basset named "Emmie" a couple weeks ago. She is about 10 weeks old now and completely adorable. So far, she will put herself to bed in the crate and is starting to go to the door on her own when she needs to potty. The problem I'm having is when she doesn't want to be in the crate, she lets us know."
I have a female, 12 weeks old! (Chelsea) She would defintely be the same way, or should I say..IS. The difference is, I have a 20 yr old son helping/living with us, plus also an 11 yr old dog. She definitely whines, howls and barks, whenever no one is around. We are still trying to find a routine that works for all of us. The puppy gets up early and play, for 20 yr old and the 11 yr old dog, are used to sleeping in. LOL. (the dogs sleep in his room) This week my son's been letting both dogs out around 6, then he "hands off" the puppy to me while he and the 11 yr old dog go back to bed. =) If I get busy getting ready for work..boy does she whine and bark! Luckily as well, my husband's been on nights, and has been here when I leave, until my son gets up. By that time, older dog is up Chelsea can lay with him. =) Sorry- just realized all this has been absolutely NO help to you!! Except just to say, I have sympathy for you..I don't know what I'd do if it were just Chelsea, my husband and I!
I agree on finding a way to limit the "alone" time, as a matter of fact, our current family work schedule is the main reason I'm holding back from replacing the basset who left us last fall. My husband, son and I work full time jobs. We know, we will have to recruit people to visit during the day when we bring a puppy home. We didn't want to ask people to do that over the winter with all the snow we've had, so we are postponing our homecoming until summer. Bassets are very social. I've never talked with anyone who said they had one who didn't mind being alone. Maybe you can find a retired person to help you out until your hound gets 3!
A radio, t-shirt with my odor on it, a favorite stuffed plush toy (Calvin seemed to like sheepskin toys the best - probably because he was born in Australia), taking breaks to go home and let him out (I live near work), and taking him out for walks on a regular basis all helped Calvin. As your dog gets older, she will get used to you leaving for longer periods of time.
Caution: I do not recommend long weekend incarcerations at your local vet if you can help it. We made the mistake of doing this once and Calvin howled the whole time - nonstop - for 48 hours. By the time we picked him up, he was more than ready to leave and had laryngitis for a week. True to what they say, the basset is a social breed and needs human or dog contact on a regular basis. Always plan on booking a reputable dog sitter if you plan on going out of town for any length of time. The daily walks (rain or shine) helped immensely - after a while, it became something everyone looked forward to (us and the neighbors).
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Oh, one other thing, developing a routine helps alot also. Calvin would sometimes howl at our cars backing into the driveway especially when we were late getting home to walk him. He would bitch, moan, and grumble for awhile, but would eventually calm down and wait by the gate for his walk. As he got older, he outgrew his crate and we got him a big doggie pillow (costco) to sleep on. We would tether him to a chair with a leash as he liked to wander into the kitchen at night to look for snacks. Overall, he did not make as much noise as others have told us bassets are capable of. I attribute that to lots of attention and affection from me and my wife. We are currently looking for another basset as we have found them to be great dogs.
Hi, i have a 2 year old basset called jessie, she was an absolute nightmare for the first few months, crying and howling, but as soon as the routine clicked into place it became so much easier! we are lucky as my husband comes home for lunch, and i work flexiblenhours so we do pop home during the day and spend time with jessie! the bigget change happened about 8 months ago when we adopted "maggie" a pom cross, and considering the size difference they love each other and having the company made a possative impact on jessie, she hardly ever makes noise now! your neibours will have to understand that to takes time to settle a puppy, and they will have to get over it! it will get better as she gets used to her routine! hope it helps good luck

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