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Hi there, I gotta new puppy, his name is Cody and he is 9 weeks now. After my 16 year old German Shepherd I grew up with diied 2 years ago I couldnt stop thinking about getting a new dog, but I live in somewhat of a smaller place now and getting a very large dog like that just wasnt a good idea. After reading up tons of stuff, the decision was between a Beagle and the Basset Hound. I decided on the Basset since he can be more calm then the Beagle but right now, that doesnt seem to be relevant. Cody is SO hyper it's not even funny, Ive had him for 2.5 weeks now and let me tell ya, having a baby is less work then Cody, babys dont crawl up the steps and tumble down the steps. I read some 6-7 books on Bassets and everything about them seems perfect except the drooling part, I will definitely have to find a way to deal with this, I dont want my house to look like there are 433 dogs living here.
Taking Cody out to parks and walks is a challange, we can't even walk 10 feet without being stormed by people.."oh my gooood!!! hes so cute, look at his eyes, oh my god he is stepping on his ears, omg look how he walks funny" You know the drill. I'm thinking of making him a shirt that says"
"Basset Hound, 9 weeks, Boy-Cody, Eyes and ears are normal, I love old ladies and I'm $3.50 to be pet by you and if you interupt me while I potty you have to clean daddy's carpet"
Ok by the time I typed all this, I had to get up 4 times to get him out of trouble!
I will post up more on Cody, he will be going to the vet this week for the rest of his shots and discuss nutering
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Forgot to mention, Cody is doing some basic puppy training now, he is very good with the crate, his potty is going so so he is getting better and learning the name is in progress now.
In about 3 more months when he is out of the brain development stage we will be doing the Canine Good Citizen Certificate training. I want to get Cody his tags and papers so we can go visit elderly in nursing homes to help them with their days, some hospitals to go see kids in recovery, physical therapy, and stuff like that. I think he will be a very good dog for that.
 

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What a good lookin hound! I know what you mean about going on walks with a puppy... Try taking a puppy on a walk through a college campus. Talk about a chick magnet.
 

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Congrats in getting a basset hound!

Puppies are a handful no matter what kind you get. The key is being consistant with training and giving your baby a lot of attention. If you're upset because he's getting into things, then you will need to give him boundries. Like crate training, keeping stuff off the floor and areas where he can get to, blocking off rooms etc.

Please don't let your puppy fall down the stairs! If he's too short to do the stairs you'll have to block them off and wait till he's old enough to take them on.

As for dealing with drool.....some dogs have a wetter mouth than others. After all, drool rules! (per Ruby)

Janice and little Ruby
 

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It's funny that you opted for a basset hound instead of a german shepherd
because of the size. My basset weighs 22 pounds more than the neighbour's
fully grown male shepherd.

Well, anyway. Enjoy the puppy age, it's gone before you know it. To you're
relief.
 

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What a good lookin hound! I know what you mean about going on walks with a puppy... Try taking a puppy on a walk through a college campus. Talk about a chick magnet.[/b]
thank you! for some reason he attracts old ladies more...
 

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Congrats in getting a basset hound!

Puppies are a handful no matter what kind you get. The key is being consistant with training and giving your baby a lot of attention. If you're upset because he's getting into things, then you will need to give him boundries. Like crate training, keeping stuff off the floor and areas where he can get to, blocking off rooms etc.

Please don't let your puppy fall down the stairs! If he's too short to do the stairs you'll have to block them off and wait till he's old enough to take them on.

As for dealing with drool.....some dogs have a wetter mouth than others. After all, drool rules! (per Ruby)

Janice and little Ruby[/b]
i keep my eyes on him all the time when he is out the crate so i can catch him before he pottys so he doesnt get into too much stuff, we established what he cant get into, he isnt chewing any wires anymore, papers are not a toy now but just about anything else goes. as far as the steps, after going up 10 times i got tired couple of times and just let him, he is so so so in love with the toilet brush so he carried it down couple times and fell down. didnt seem to slow him down. maybe his next chew toy is a new toilet brush?
thanks. ruby is cute
 

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It's funny that you opted for a basset hound instead of a german shepherd
because of the size. My basset weighs 22 pounds more than the neighbour's
fully grown male shepherd.

Well, anyway. Enjoy the puppy age, it's gone before you know it. To you're
relief.[/b]
thanks. you can understand the difference between a german shepherd and basset, shephards are completely different animals...weight isnt the issue at all, its how you cary it:)
 

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I think bassets are naturals for pet therapy. Besides me and Murray, there are several others on this forum who are certified pet therapy teams: Maggies Mommy, Belinda, and Milly and Lily are the teams I know of. (Hope I haven't left anyone out.)

Sometimes I feel guilty that I seem to get as much out of doing pet therapy as the folks we visit! It's very rewarding.

If you go ahead with this, please keep us posted- I love hearing what other pet therapy teams are doing in other parts of the country!
 

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OK didn't know this forum was as active which is cool, you can chat up with hound mommas and daddys:) I was reading up some other posts. There was one that said something about bathing, I bathed Cody 3 times already, he absolutely loves it, I don't see why it's a problem, every book I read says it doesnt do anything to them, you can bathe them as often as you like. I use super gentle baby shampoo, put towels in the bathtub so he feels secure and lemme tell ya, he loves it, I can't get him out the tub and every time he runs up he wants to jump in the tub. Cleaning his ears is becoming very easy now, I just do it when he is calmer so I can clean it all out. His ears get extremely smelly, after bathing, if I don't clean his ears he smells same much so the smell is definitely from his ears. I did delute the liquid tho, it seemed too strong so I can do it more often. What do you think of all this?
As far as training for CGC, we will definitely be doing this. I read some stuff online, he wont be able to get it all done till he is year old but that just gives us all the time we need to be the dog others will enjoy as much as I already do. Dog always makes you so much happier and Cody is such a good edition to the house, I simply cant get mad at him even after 20 minutes of major crying in the crate on some days when he wakes up in the morning, but then he realizes it doesnt get any attention and as soon as he is quiet he gets to come out:)
I think he spends just about enough time in it, never more then 3.5 hours at a time, I have my parents stop by when I am at work and let him do his stuff for a bit then he waits for me and gets all the play he wants and as soon as he is tired and sleepy its crate time. I wish he would sleep in the morning! He is almost making me a morning person. kids kids kids....
Love the freakin dog in barely 3 weeks he won my heart. I can see why we are so obsessed
ok ill stop taking up your time with my dog now:)
 

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Congratulations on your handsome pup! He sure is adorable! They do have a way of winning our hearts :D I always tell my Husband that I am totally in love with my 2!! Every morning I can't wait to get up to see them! I had my last Basset for over 15 years and I swear I never got over the thrill of being her Mommy :D :D
 

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If his ears are that smelly he may have a yeast problem. Bassets have to be monitored for this because their long heavy ears make the ear canal a breeding place for problems.

I use an ear cleaning solution called Dermapet weekly(there are lots of different things you can use)- squeeze small amount of liquid into the ear canal, massage the base of the ear to loosen caked gunk, the gently insert gauze or cotton ball to wipe and dry. This prevents problems from developing.

Infections can result if the yeast isn't cleared up.
 

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I'm not sure that baby shampoo should be used on your dog. A good shampoo for dogs would be a better choice.

As for the stairs -- your pup is still growing -- a lot. This is a crucial time period for his development. Stairs should be strictly limited for his first year. A few here and there (on and off a porch, for instance) are okay, but full flights, several times a day, could set you up for some back issues. Get a baby gate. Block those stairs. Cody will never learn to wash your toilet (though he may drink from it), but he may pay a heavy price with some serious health issues.
 

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congrats great looking pup.
I gave up on the toilet brushes and bought Menna a new one of her own don't know why but it seemed to work
 

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What a good lookin hound! I know what you mean about going on walks with a puppy... Try taking a puppy on a walk through a college campus. Talk about a chick magnet.[/b]
thank you! for some reason he attracts old ladies more... [/b][/quote]

Biscuit used to attract Skater d00ds. His proudest moment came when he was swarmed by some and one of them said "Stylin' dog!" :lol:

In any case, Cody's a sweetheart! Have fun with him! :)
 

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I always tell my Husband that I am totally in love with my 2!![/b]
I call Mr. Runcible the Norwegian equivalent of boyfriend/girlfirend, the Norwegian word
applies to both male and female. Literally it means "my most precious". I find it
very appropriate :)
 
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