If you have been looking for a dog breed that is incredibly loyal and loving, you can't go wrong with a Bassett Hound. They are great family dogs who love to play, vocalize frequently, and love a big yard to play in. That's the good news. The bad news is that despite being highly intelligent, they are also very, very stubborn and sensitive to the point of making potty training challenging.
The best way to potty train your pup or train him to do anything is to use a positive reward-based method. They also don't like to be pressured into doing anything, so patience during the training sessions is of the utmost importance.
The premise is simple, to train your pup that the only place he is supposed to go potty is outside and not in your house. Not much to it, right? That depends on several things: how old your Basset is when you start training him, his personality and willingness to learn, and how much time you have to dedicate to the training.
Dogs under one year of age tend to learn faster than those over this age because their brains are developing, making it possible for them to absorb training more quickly. Keep in mind your Basset Hound is very sensitive, scolding him or punishing him is only likely to make him resistant to training.
The most important part of potty training your pup is to develop the ability to pick up the signs that he needs to go potty. These signs can be squatting or lifting his leg, sudden sniffing at the floor, even scratching at your leg or the door. Along with this, you are going to need a few training supplies, including:
Beyond this, you will need plenty of time and patience to see your pup safely through this training. In the end, he will learn to see the outdoor world as his own massive potty and you will no longer have to avoid those landmines he leaves you in the middle of the night.