Your Basset Hound puppy is a great dog to have in your apartment or in your home. He doesn't mind being alone during the day while you're gone but he will give you all kinds of puppy kisses, shaking those long ears with excitement, as soon as you come home to him. Your Basset Hound is super friendly and easy to care for.
Starting from an early age, as a puppy, crate training your Basset Hound will help with separation anxiety. His crate will give him a safe place to be while you are away and a secure space to sleep at night, as well as a place to wait until it's time for love and attention. Crate training your Basset Hound will give you peace of mind knowing your home is safe from your puppy. Your puppy will be confined while you are away but this will be a space large enough for him with soft bedding, comforts of home, and toys for entertainment. In the years to come, your Basset Hound may still look to his crate for comfort when he needs it.
Crate training your Basset Hound puppy builds a foundation of puppy etiquette for your little guy so he understands where his place is when you are away from him and what he can do when he's on his own. Crate training requires lots of tender loving care when you and your puppy meet again--and lots of repetition. He’ll use rewards to build up his sense of safety and security while he is patiently waiting for you to come back to him. Crate training is ideal for house training your Basset Hound puppy, and it supplies a comfortable, secure area for your pup to sleep at night or during the day. Once your pooch is crate trained, he will likely go into his crate in his own to sleep or rest.
Your Basset Hound puppy will require a small to medium-sized crate. You don't want the crate to be too large as it will become overwhelming and your puppy may use one side for a potty if he has too much room. You want your crate to be big enough that your adult Basset Hound can stand up and turn around in it, but not much bigger than that. You will also want to fill your puppy’s crate with bedding and lots of toys for him to chew on while he is awake inside the crate. Treats to reward good behavior will be necessary, and you may want a leash to control your puppy when you release him from the crate so you can get him outside as quickly as possible to go potty instead of having him run away to use a spot in the house.
My pup seems to drink a lot of water and he is having to go to the bathroom two or three times during the night. I’ve tried limiting his water and not giving him water after a certain time but he cries for the water if it’s not available. I was just wondering if there were any tips that you could share?
Also I was wondering if you think that crate training him at 8 months old would be too difficult at his age? My only fear is the fact that he drinks a lot of water, I do it want to deprive him of water while I am at work or during the night.
Hello Erica, If he is getting plenty of water during the day then I would suggest a visit to your vet, to first rule out the possibility that he is drinking a lot of water because of a blood sugar issue or other health problem. Certain medications such as steroids can also cause excessive thirst. Once you rule out the possibility of a medical issue then you can safely assume that he simply likes to drink a lot of water. Make sure that he has enough access to water during the day, so that he is not making up for a lack of water during the day by drinking a lot during the late evening. If you know that he does not have a health problem and is getting plenty during the day, then two hours before bed take away all food and water, and ignore the crying. You can try distracting him with a food stuffed chew toy as soon as he is quiet for a second. Many puppies simply like water and will cry for it and play in it and drink larger amounts then they need because they find it enjoyable. I would absolutely recommend crate training him. Although he likely will cry when you first do this, if you take the proper steps to introduce the crate in a positive way, you can minimize that crying and he can still learn. Many adult rescue dogs are crate trained successfully in foster homes before going home to new families. To crate train Howie follow the steps from "The Crate Training Method" in the Wag! article bellow: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside You can also find numerous other articles on crate training on Wag! Walking's Training Resources page. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Gunner finally went 3 days without any potty accidents and we thought he was FINALLY trained. However, we were mistaken. He's right back to having "accidents" right in front of us. What should we do?
Hello Kimberely, Check out the crate training method from the article linked below. You need to stop the accidents through careful management the majority of the time for several weeks before good habits will become permanent. Stopping accidents means managing pup's confinement, freedom, and schedule in a way that prevents the accidents in the first place. The idea behind the method that I have linked below is to only give pup freedom in the home when his bladder is empty - any time he doesn't go potty outside or his bladder is filling back up again but it's not quite time to take him potty again yet, he needs to be in the crate right now. Don't feel bad about being firm with crate training. Being consistent and sticking to crate training diligently at the beginning can result in a dog who is trustworthy in the house for years. I have seen people try to give too much freedom at first and those are often the dogs who have to be crated as adults often because they developed bad habits that could have been prevented as puppies had they had more confinement and boundaries early on. It's a short period of extra boundaries to gain a long term relationship of trustworthiness and good habits. Crate Training method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside Keep in mind it takes an average of 3 months to potty train a puppy if something consistent like crate training if followed. Don't give pup too much freedom too quickly or it will take even longer. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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