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Grooming Care of the Basset Hound

The Basset Hound is a low maintenance, and easily cared for dog.  Here are some general grooming tips for proper care of your Basset Hound Puppy.

The long droopy ears of the Basset Hound inhibit air circulation within the ear, and thus create a moist environment that is prone to infection.  Ears should be cleaned weekly to prevent infection from developing.
Cotton balls, paper towels, kleenex or baby wipes can be used to clean away the dirt.  Only clean as far into the ear as you can see.  Wipe away all of the grime to leave the ear nice and pink.  Cleaning solution from your vet or local pet store may be squirted into the ear before cleaning.
The droopy eyes of the Basset can catch dust, especially when playing outside in dusty or windy areas.  Clean gently with a damp cloth.
Toenails should be trimmed monthly.  Start with your Basset Hound puppy at a young age with patience and gentleness to teach your puppy that this is a necessary part of grooming.  There are many types of Nail clippers available.  Ask your veterinarian or breeder to show you how to properly clip your puppies toenails.
Teeth should be brushed and checked for tartar on a regular basis.  Heavy tartar build-up should be removed by a veterinarian.  We provide our dogs raw bones from the butcher, the dogs love to chew on them, and the teeth become beautifully clean and white again!
A Basset should be bathed bi-weekly, or as needed to keep him clean.  Do not bath your dog too frequently, as bathing dries out the skins natural oils.  Always use a canine shampoo.  Human shampoo is not pH balanced for use on a dog.


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Training your Basset Hound Puppy

This is not a training manual, but simply a guide of what your Basset Hound puppy should learn in the first half year.
What your puppy should learn at 2-3 months:

-Daily Routine.  How often he is fed, what times, and where.  Where his bed and toys are loctated.  What time he goes to bed and gets up.  Where he goes to the bathroom.
-Housebreaking.  Be consistent from day 1 in your housebreaking schedule, but be aware that his bladder is not yet developed for total reliability.
-Praise- always praise gently and somewhat quietly so the puppy has a chance to consider what it is that he’s being praised for.
-“No”.  In a firm but gentle voice teach the puppy that no means no.
-Grooming.  Teach him what a grooming table is, and acceptance of being handled all over, nails trimmed, ears cleaned, etc.

What your Basset Hound puppy should learn at 3-6 months:
-come when called
-quiet, stop barking when told
-polite walking, no lunging, pulling, bolting through gates or doorways, etc.
-give, release object in mouth.

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Housebreaking Your Basset Hound Puppy

There are several ways to housebreak a puppy.  What we have found to work best with our Basset Hound Puppies is the following:

When our Basset Hound puppies are 4-5 weeks old, and starting to crawl away from their bed in order to eliminate, we give them access to the doggie door.  Instinct tells them to leave the nest when the need to eliminate arrives, and they soon start to go outside to do their business.

By the time they are ready to leave for their new homes, they are generally doing almost all of their jobbies outside.  There are occasional accidents, or times during bad weather that they still eliminate indoors.

When they arrive in their new homes, our Basset Hound Puppies know what ‘outside’ is for, specifically gravel such as they are used to here.  They don’t know how to get there themselves, or how to tell you.  We recommend for the first few days is to take them outside as often as possible, and to the same place every time.   The scent of the urine or fecal matter often prompts a repeat performance.  Praise quietly and gently when the puppy does go in the proper area.  The more often you can prevent an accident by taking him/her outside, the better.  Never punish a puppy for an accident if you do not catch him or her in the act.  A puppy does not remember how that puddle happened!  Yes, he or she will look guilty when you yell, but it’s not from guilt, it’s because the puppy senses you are angry, does not know why, and really, really wants you to be happy again.

Anytime when you are not directly supervising your Basset Hound puppy, he/she should be in a restricted area, not given run of the house.  A crate is a great tool for this purpose, an Excercise pen set up in the corner of the kitchen, or even a puppy-proofed bathroom.  The last thing you do before placing the puppy in his area is take him out to the potty spot, and again take him there as soon as he leaves the potty spot.  Don’t give him food or water in his area, just a blanket and some toys.  Adhere to a feeding schedule rather than free choice, which will also make his eliminations much more predictable.

Only allow the puppy out of his area when you know he has recently gone to the bathroom, and you are able to watch him closely to prevent further accidents.  As you gain trust in your puppies housetraining abilities, gradually leave him out for longer and longer periods of time.

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