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Hello all, I have just adopted a 3-year-old brown and white basset hound. Well, technically I have her on a "trial" for a week. I have wanted a dog since I was a small child so I was very excited to finally get a dog. I didn't really have a breed preference, just wanted a dog that could be quiet and somewhat calm/lazy since I live in an apartment.

The name she came with is "Stimpy" which I really don't care for but I haven't decided on a new name for her yet either because I am having some worries. She is a very sweet dog but she has been very clingy and whiny since I got her yesterday. It is very disconcerting to have a dog following me and whining because I feel like I am doing something wrong/not noticing something. The only time she seems to be calm is when she is sleeping on the couch (with me) or sleeping in my room. She slept on my bed last night, but I don't think I want that to continue since she just takes up too much space (I toss and turn, so I felt cramped). Any tips on to how to get her off the bed and help her stay off? I tried to take her off repeatedly last night, but finally just gave up because I was so exhausted from the day's events.

Also, I have taken her on several walks since I got her yesterday and she has not peed once. I am starting to get concerned. She did poop, but unfortunately it was on the floor while I was away. (Luckily the kitchen floor though).

Lastly, she doesn't ever seem to bark except for when I leave the apartment. This is obviously a huge problem for me. By the time I get back though she isn't barking anymore, so I hope this is a good sign?

I have been feeling very guilty and stressed out because I have been having second thoughts about how compatible we are. Is this normal for new dog owners? I am definitely going to giver her until my trial is up but I am just looking for some reassurance.

Any tips for a new dog owner or reassuring words are appreciated! Thank you!
 

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Thank you for your reply bubbad, I know a bit of her history. I know that she was surrendered due to a divorce (I guess neither of them wanted her) and lived with another larger dog and 5 cats. She has also been around kids of various ages, so she is friendly to pretty much anything, which is a huge plus for me. I am pretty sure her previous owners had had her since she was a puppy though, so I am sure she is very stressed out, and I know she is, I am just worried about everything, being a newbie at this. She also apparently likes to chew, though she has not displayed this yet to me.

I need to take her outside every 20 minutes? Wow, that is a lot. I can do that for a few days but I have to go back to work on Monday.

I try to keep her confined to my kitchen when I leave. Since I am living in an apartment there is no door to the kitchen so those standard length pet/child gates don't work, but even if they did I can't be screwing things into a wall anyway. So, I got her one of those exercise pens to confine her to the kitchen. It worked pretty well yesterday, but today after I got back from an errand she had escaped from it. So I guess I need to figure out how I can affix it to the surrounding area (there's a pantry and a cabinet on each side).

And now that I have checked the kitchen I see that she has finally peed....All over her bed. She has only gone to the bathroom while I have been gone so far. So...I am not sure what I am doing wrong. When I take her outside do I just stand there and wait? Do I walk around? I have done both but she just doesn't seem interested in doing anything except sniffing.
 
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