Hi, i'm a first time dog owner and i recently got a basset hound. she is 4 months old now and i'm trying to housebreak her. it just does not seem to be working. i'm currently trying crate training. she gets taken outside to her potty spot about once every hour. then afterwards sometimes she is allowed free time in the kitchen. sometimes she does really well and holds it in until she is taken out. then other times she will do it in the kitchen and she even will pee inside her crate and get covered in it. i have read that dogs do not go potty in their sleeping area. why is she doing this and what can i do to get her housebroken. thank you.
I am by no means an expert, but our 3 month old golden retriever is doing well with training now - but it was hard a couple of weeks ago. He peed in his crate twice and it was so discouraging b/c they're not supposed to want to do that. What has helped, though, is we made the crate much smaller. We moved the divider so there is really only room for him to move around and lay down. No more accidents in there since then. Also, we take his water away at about 630 pm to help with the night accidents. And we started getting up with him at 3 or 4 am again for awhile. We just basically got more diligent again and gave him less freedom for awhile - more crate time. Good luck. (We also took in a urine sample to the vet to check for a UTI which can cause lots of peeing and loss of control - it was expensive though - it was negative)
Is the crate to big for the puppy? Sometimes when it is they will use one side for sleeping and one side for potty uses lol When you take the puppy outside and it does what it needs to do, give a lot of praise. Have a mini party and show that your so happy and proud. When inside, watch for signs. The pup does not need to be in the crate all day only when you can't watch it. The signs are usually sniffing and searching. Use the same exit in the house to take it out all the time. They will see the routine and do not be surprised if they go to the door and whine or bark. In the meantime. if they have an accident in the house and you catch them in time say NO! pick him up and bring him outside, and make him finish outside. If it's to late do not punish just clean it up and start over. LOL
Yes, check the size of the crate. If it is too big he will potty in it. You can buy dividers for the crate so as the pup grows, the crate can too. While the pup is inside with you and out of the crate attach a leash to it, and you hold the end. That way, he can't sneak off for a spilt second and piddle. Keep him with you at all times when he is out of the crate. When you see him sniffing, circling or pacing, take him outside immediately. Praise him alot if he goes potty outside. Give him a treat right away. Keep some in your pockets so you can reward him immediately. Be consistant.
First I wanna say OOOOh LOVE basset puppies . I could just kiss on those sweet faces all day long hehehe. Being your dog is a little older right ?? Bailey my pug was 5 mon. old when I first got her. Well she was hard to potty train because during her younger learning stages nobody had worked with her. It did take awhile but Consistancy !!! be factor.... sounds like you are already working on that. I am training my 3 baby pugs right now. here is what I do. 6 am I take them out of the crate do the potty thing, Making sure all Poo & pee they then come back in the house to eat romp and play for another 30 min. then back out side. (when their tummies are full I think this causes them to have to potty again) They come back in play some more them back in the crate so I can get ready for work and they are actually tuckered out and ready for a nap . At noon same routine as in the morning, Infact I have not gotton to eat myself many of days cause I am so busy feeding and pottying dogs LOL I am done working at 3 so I once again go threw the same routine. and I due this 3 times at night Oh they only get to eat 3 times a day though. LTLGTO mentioned that when potty training a dog they don't need so much water. Or don't make it available to them 24 / 7 something like that. anyway the peeing is harder to catch and keep them from during than the pooping. So limiting the water til they have gotton their potty issues fixed has really helped. Sorry so long hope that helps?? Jubilee
i did buy the right crate size for when she is full grown, but i bought one with a divider so i could make it the right size. it was just big enough for her to turn around. i recently took out the divider because she would pee and then lay in it and be completly covered in it. i take her out to the same spot threw the same door every time and i give her a lot of praise and she does love it. i thought about giving her a small treat every time? is there any other ways to housebreak other than crate training... it just seems like she is getting worse. she never pooped inside but shes done in twice now in the last four days and both times she did it soon after being taken out. i'm actully thinking about calling a dog trainer too.
Are you making sure that the pup is "going" before bring him back in the house? Some times you have to stay outside "forever". I never brought mine back in before the deed was done. They when she went, we had treats ready!!! She got one everytime she went outside....and it was alot of praise. The neighbors think I'm a nut case the way I praise my dog. She is now almost 10 months and is doing great. Just keep being consistant and it will come together....Treats work wonders. Good luck.
here's the deal with bassett hounds. they are a scent hound, totally motivated by their nose to the point of ignoring other training. and totally motivated by food. they can be a real challenge to housetrain. you're right that going in the crate can get them used to it. keep to a schedule of food, water, walks, outside, supervision, and definitely use treats to reward going outside. again they are very food motivated. limit the times water is available. do a good walk and/or play session before bed to get those insides moving the poop out. they can really take more work and time for housetraining, so don't give up!
thanks, i think i will try using treats. i do take her out and give her a good amount of time. it does take her a long time to finish but i always try and make sure she is done. i do think her nose may have a lot to do with this problem. its almost like she does it once some where and then she'll keep doing it there. she pooped in the kitchen in the same spot twice even though i cleaned it with vinager. i heard that gets rid of the odor but today i bought natures miracle.