Hang in there! Someone told me when I was struggling housetraining Princess Buttercup that any basset hound that figures it out before 6 months was a genius!! Not sure if it's true but it made me feel better! We thought we had a genius but at 3 or 4 months she got a UTI & we were back to square one. Bell training did the trick & now its hilarious! There's a direct correlation to how bad she has to go & how loud/ vigorous she rings the bell! Soft singular ding by bumping snout gently at bell= "I couldn't help but notice it's sunny outside, if anyone is headed out, I'll come with." Loud multiple dings followed my swatting bell with my paw & swinging it at the wall= "Hey humans!!! I GOTTA GO! NOW!!!"