Basset Hound Puppy is nutts :)
My husband and I have a 12 week old basset hound puppy named Leia. We got her at 4 weeks because her mom stopped feeding and paying any attention to her and the rest of the litter was gone.
She constantly attacks our feet and bites. We have tried giving her toys and saying yours but she would much rather chomp on our hands. She is even worse after she eats and she goes on these rampant runs throughout the house. We also can not take her outside until Dec 21 when she gets her last round of shots.
I have already tried giving her a 10 minute time outs in the bathroom, we have a gate we bought. She'll be good for a few minutes and then go right back to biting.
Do you have any advice that you can lend to help train her not to bite us. I don't want to resort to a muzzle or something awful like that but the biting has gotten out of control. She is getting bigger everyday and with that her bites and scratching is getting worse. I would appreciate it.
Some of this is normal puppy behavior as all puppies bite to some degree, and many of them have the 'puppy crazies' at least once a day.
However, her excessive biting is probably partly due to being taken from her momma so early, this is often seen in pups who leave their canine families before 8 weeks of age. Also fearful behavior and poor interaction with other dogs (a lack of canine social skills) may occur.
Most momma dogs begin to stop feeding their puppies somewhere between 3 and 4 weeks of age. This is the natural time for pups to be weaned. Although some dogs may continue to let the pups nurse for short periods until 6 weeks or more, not all do.
This however, has nothing to do with the pups being ready to leave their doggie family and go into a new home. The breeder should take over the responsibility of feeding and caring for the puppies at this stage and allow them to continue to interact with their momma (and dad if possible) and siblings for several more weeks. Sometimes ignorance, laziness or a desire for the money the pups may bring in, causes a breeder to find new homes for the pups way too early. This is NOT a good thing, and a sign of a bad breeder I'm afraid. It leaves the new 'parents' dealing with tiny baby pups who may suffer physically or emotionally later on. A bad situation all around and one I hear about way too often!
Anyway, that being said, you now have this puppy and in order to get the biting under control you will need to follow the information and advice on my Puppy Biting page. If you are patient and consistent with it, your pup WILL learn.
Your pup can go outside in your back yard if it's fenced and not open to other strange dogs. As soon as she's fully vaccinated, I'd recommend enrolling her in a Puppy Class at a local Dog Obedience School as it will help you both. Also, take a look at my Socialize Your Puppy page and make sure she gets lots of opportunities to meet other people and dogs and visit strange places.
Sturdy chew toys, some basic discipline at home and some simple puppy training techniques should help this little girl settle dwwn in time. But you'll need to be patient, loving, firm and calm with her. Raising pups is like raising kids!
Hope this helps, best of luck with your puppy.