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Our dog is almost 7 months old, and she just doesn't seem to care about going outside. She is crated during the day when we are at work (DH comes home at lunch and lets her out for 1 hour). When we get home we take her out, and then every hour or so after that until she goes to bed. She should be all set, but if we don't pay attention for a second she runs into the kitchen and pees! Sometimes she'll just pee right in front of us on the carpet. I don't get it. We are constantly paying attention to her/playing, etc.

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Does she pee a lot when she goes? When Pearly was a puppy she had urinary tract infections and she had lots of accidents but only pee'd a small amount each time. When she took the antibiotic she would not have accidents. Eventually she grew out of the frequent UTI's. You might have the vet take a look. yvonne
 
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My experience with my 2 bassets one 9 months and the other 6 yrs old. It takes a long time to train. I know the older one I didn't get her trained until she was 9 months old. I thought she'd never get it. I was working too at the time and she was crated. But the younger one I'm home and she is trained for the most part.(except when i leave the dogs inside and take the kids out she gets mad and will wet)So by 8 months she was trained. I know she pushes me sometimes and will wet and I have to remind her we don't do it in the house, then she is fine.

I never thought they would ever get it, but one day it will click. They are very hard to train but being repetive she will get it. Trust me, it will get better, now Maggie(the older one) rarely ever has an accident if she does it is at the back door.

Good luck!
 

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Emma just turned nine months and has improved greatly in the last month. They are so stubborn! Hopefully better times will appear soon.
 

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Gordon took forever to get trained, He will usually be fine now however he can get "distracted" outside by a leaf or something then does a ninja poop upstairs. We try to keep the gate up and he has been doing better, its just really annoying.
 
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We've had Twinkie, who was probably close to a year old when we rescued her, since the end of April, 2005. She has only just now (and I'm almost afraid to put this in writing and jinx us)gone a month without peeing somewhere in the house. Her signals are VERY subtle. She sits in the hallway between two bedrooms (which are nowhere near the door where she goes out) and STARES at us. That's it, that's all. No whining, nothing. She stares at us. (Trying to tell us via telepathy? Osmosis?) It took us a long time to figure out what she was doing. Now we've just ordered the poochie bells to see if we can get her to use them and let us know when she wants out.

Janet 'n Twinkie
 

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We have the poochie bells. They seem to work great. Highly recommended at my house I don't know what I would do without them. Ryder had them down in 2/3 days. When he would have to go he would not tell us sometimes he would just go to the door and bark now we here the jingle and we know he has to tinkle:)
 

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Be patient & CONSISTENT. Sadie was 9 months old before she was reasonably reliable. There were still accidents, even then.
 

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I've heard that some Bassets are notoriously difficult to housebreak. My own Moe was not housebroken until he was around a year old and was not completely without accidents till he was two years old. I thought he would NEVER learn and I felt like a complete failure as a dog-owner. One time he piddled, and as I was cleaning it he piddled somewhere else, and as I cleaned that he piddled again, and then again, and yet again! FIVE times in a few minutes! I sat on the floor and cried. :( I used to keep a fresh bucket/mop ready at all times and used seemingly GALLONS of vinegar! He is seven and a half now and hasn't had an accident in over five years.

Continue to take her out frequently. Praise the h*** out of her and/or reward successes when she does go outside but don't reward failure to go. We kept a treat jar full of Pupperonis cut into one inch peices near the door. I took one from the jar each time we went outside. I'd say "go pee, Moe, go pee" over and over until he did indeed go pee, then I'd praise the heck out of him (totally amusing the nearest neighbors) and give him his treat. If he didn't pee the treat went back into the jar. He got so good at peeing on command - it got so he'd go out, squat and squeeze out a few drops, then trot happily back to me and wait patiently at my feet for his treat :D You and your hound will get through it. Good luck!

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We were real consistant with the training, but I'm a stay-at-home-basset-mommy.

As a puppy, we'd take her out early in the a.m.for a pee. Back in the house and we'd feed her and back outside for her poopy. We always kept her on leash for this because back then we didn't have a fenced in yard and would say the same thing. In our family we say "go make". You can say the dog's name and say "go potty" if you want.

I'd watch her like a hawk early on and would give TONS of praise and a treat if she went to the back door and stood there whining or barking to go out(she rarely barks tho). I always kept her in my sight early on.

If she went to the door and acted like she wanted to go out (sniffing for a spot and so on), I'd say, "Ruby, do you need to make?" She'd wag and do a little bark or whine.

I'd hook her up (leash) and out we'd go for her to sniff and pee and so on.

As a puppy, she'd go a lot. After a while, she'd just come to us to let us know she needed to make.

When we did crate training we were consistant about letting her out for pee's and so on more than once a day. But if both of you work, I can see how that would be a problem to maintain.

Even now at 7 yrs of age, we know when she needs to go out. We're still on a strict schedule too which helps all of us.

Still do the morning thing but we feed her B4 she goes out and only once. Back to bed for her and when I get ready to go run errands or whatever around 10 a.m., I take her out B4 I leave.

I'm typically not gone more than a couple of hours at a time but even on weekends when we're going and doing and so on, we're always home after about 5 hrs to take her out.

We've always been strict with her with her outside habits and other things too. She doesn't steal food off coffee tables, doesn't eat things she'd not supposed to have. You can just tell her NO! and she'll immediately stop.

But we don't have human children and Ruby's our child. Maybe it's easier that way to train. All I know is that everyone who meets her is amazed at how well she is with people and things. Plus they're amazed at how cute and pretty and soft she is.

Don't I sound like a proud mommy? :D
 
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As a seven month old, if there are no medical problems, she should be able to hold everything for five or more hours. So your times in the crate sound right along those lines. Just be sure that when you let her out of the crate take her outside immediately. Have a treat in your pocket and STAY with her until she pees or poops, telling her "Go potty, or go pee", or whatever words you decide to use. When she has finished immediately praise her and give her a treat. You might want to keep her on the leash in the beginning, walking her to the spot you want her to use. Stand there in that area until you get results. If you just let her out to do her own thing you won't know that she has gone.

Also remember that activity makes pee in young dogs and if she's playing in the house and gets excited playing she may have to go more often. Be sure she has an empty bladder before you play with her in the house. Also try keeping her on a lease at your side inside the house, then she can't run to the kitchen and go. You will have to be very vigilant and consistant with her.

You need to get a good carpet cleaner with urine deodorize for pets to be sure you get all the smell out of the carpet.They have terrific noses and can smell the odor of where they have gone and will keep returing as long as the odor is there. My daughter had to get a professional carpet cleaner to clean her carpets before they got their dog totally housebroken. After the carpets were cleaned no more problems with a little vigilance on their part on going outside and making sure he went when out.

Ringing the bells helps with a lot of dogs. They have a way of communicating when they need to go out.
Good luck

[ January 26, 2006, 07:07 PM: Message edited by: BubbaLeroy ]
 
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