We've had our basset, Beau, for almost two years and his behavior is nto improving at all. We also have four young children- the dog is definitely the worst of the bunch. He eats everything, and no discipline or trainign deters him. We have to buy pacifiers every week because he'll eat them. He jumps on the counters, he chews up our plants. It's like he doesn't care, and there's nothing we can do to get him to stop. He'll ignore his full bowl of food to try to get in the bathroom trash or kitchen.
I am seriously considering a shelter because I just can't do it anymore.
I rarely say this. But this dog may need to be rehomed. You have to much on your plate, to be able to have the diligence and attention this dog is going to need to change his behavior. These behaviors seem to be more than just a rewarding behavior but something he is absolutley passionate about. The training would be similar to that of rehabing a pyromaniac. It's going to need full undivided attention.
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Yeah... if he is not getting any attention,it will certainly make the behavior worse. That being said, how long and what methods have you tried to train him? Have you ever trained him to NOT eat pacifiers? Or to listen to you, even? I am not being rude, but if the dog came after the kids, he likely has not had the training he needs to be successful in this environment. And if the best attention he gets is negative attention, then he will continue. Does he get any regular exercise?
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Must be very low counters. I had Basset Hounds and they never ended up on one of my counters. Maybe a low couch, if you helped them up there, but their legs were too short to get very high up off the ground.
Sounds like the dog needs a good course of obedience training. You can't blame the dog if he's not been trained.
A two year old dog is like having a 18 mo. old child - think how much time you need to give to your children. My bet is you don't even have enough time to give to the kids. Find a Basset Hound rescue group and do the right thing. I am guessing the kids are quite out of control too. In my 30 years as a councilor I have found that well behaved dogs and well behaved children go hand in hand. Find some help for the kids as well and do not go out next year and get another puppy - it is not the dog. If you must, wait until you youngest is at least 8yrs. then get a dog from a rescue group that is at least five and well trained. There is no shortage of them I guarentee you.