How to Potty Train Basset Hounds

How to Potty Train Basset Hounds

Basset Hounds are highly intelligent dogs whose stubbornness make it difficult to potty train them. Follow these simple steps and get your Hound house-ready.

The Basset Hound is one of the oldest dog breeds and is widely regarded as a loving, faithful companion. While these dogs are intelligent, they are also stubborn and highly sensitive, which can make potty training difficult. Basset Hounds respond well to positive, reward-based methods and learn best when they don't feel lots of pressure to succeed. Follow these simple steps, and with some persistence and love, your Basset Hound will be house-ready. 

Step 1

Take your dog outside every two to three hours and after naps and meals. Puppies tend to eliminate after playtime, so you should also take your dog outside then. If your dog eliminates, click the training clicker and give your dog a treat along with lots of praise. This helps the dog to develop positive associations with urinating and defecating outside. While you don't need a training clicker, the sound of the clicker, when used consistently, will strengthen praise and training for your dog's positive actions. Walking your dog as frequently as possible not reduces accidents, it also helps fight obesity, a common ailment among Basset Hounds.

Step 2

Keep your dog in a crate when you are unable to supervise your dog. Dogs are unlikely to soil small areas in which they must sleep, and crate training helps dogs learn to control their bladder and bowels. Dogs should not be kept in their crates for longer than a few hours, as this increases the chances of an accident, and makes future mishaps more likely. This is especially true for puppies.

Step 3

Take your Basset Hound outside immediately if they have an accident. This encourages an association between eliminating and being outside. Next clean up the mess with an odor neutralizer. Basset Hounds were originally bred for their scent-tracking ability and are strongly guided by their nose. If your dog smells urine or feces in the carpet, soiling the same spot again is much more likely.

Extra Tips & Warnings

  • Don't allow your Basset Hound to be unsupervised in any room of the house until the dog is fully house-trained. Potty training can take several months, and is most effective when training begins the day you bring your dog home.

  • Basset Hounds are easily distracted by novel scents. When training your Basset Hound, keep the dog focused on you by carrying treats with a strong smell, such as dried liver treats or chunks of hot dog.

  • Never punish your Basset Hound for having an accident. This increases anxiety and can increase the probability of future accidents.

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This information is for informational purposes only and is not meant as a substitute for the professional advice of, or diagnosis or treatment by, your veterinarian. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian or other qualified professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard or delay seeking professional advice due to what you may have read on our website.

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