I need your help! I am the very proud owner of a 1 year old male black and tan (My wife isn't so proud). Long story short our work schedules keep us away from home more than we'd like and Jake (my dog) hates it. He shows us when we get home (things chewed to bits). We tried to get him a playmate, however that animal was worse than Jake. I love my dog dearly how can I make him more comfortable at home (alone)? We have a doggy door and a fair sized fenced in yard (not as big as we'd like) and he is free to roam in and out as he wishes. Any advice would be helpful. If I can't get something worked out he may be looking for a new home (maybe me too). Thanks
I agree about a visitor for the dog cause they need room to run and play. Also if you try to find him a home , remember that he won't be taken unless he has papers. I'm running into that problem now. I have a cat eater/killer and I would like for her to go cause I have to have cats since they keep the mouse population down. So no one will take her unless she's got papers :( . They require country living as they can really stretch their legs. Also they are the roaming type so don't be surprised if you find a hole the size of a wrecking ball because that's how big the hole can get if they try to dig their way out of their yard.
I've been down this same road. I have a five year old bloodhound, who as a puppy about distroyed my home. He made Marley look like a saint. I too have dog doors so he has as much freedom as I can give him. If you can just hang in there a few more months I think things should start to get better. Right around 18 months they start to really mature.
Hello. I know this was written a long time ago, but for any new bloodhound owners stumbling on this forum, you should not leave your bloodhound unattended loose in the house all day long. Crate training is ideal. You can gate then into one room if they are very well behaved or get a large penn for them to stay in. Crating them while at work is not mean. It keeps them safe and out of the emergency room. Bloodhounds will naturally sniff out anything and put anything in their mouths. These are not lazy dogs that mope around either. Make sure they get plenty of exercise like a long walk before or after work. A good dog is a tired dog. Also get them toys to keep busy with. My baby will chew through anything so I stay away from stuffed toys now. I also recommend getting a dog walker or dog sitter to come over. After all, these hounds can be high maintenance when it comes to obedience.