I'm not exactly your typical looking basset- I'm young with some great energy for playing with other dogs who have a bit to burn off too! I really think I'm closer in age to 3ish (no grey hair, great teeth, and did I mention energy too?). I'm crate trained; in fact I go in/out of it during the day and sleep closed in through the night! I'm house trained with and without the doggy door. I give subtle body language signals if the door is closed off, like sit at the door or just get antsy to send signal it's time to go OUT! I like to counter surf for those great items kept there, but my foster mom has caught on quick about THAT talent! Now she knows anything at the edge of the counter is fair game and she only has herself to blame if I snatch it! I believe I've trained her to just push the food back as far as she can if she doesn't want it GONE! I'm also improving on my manners, some seem to come easier than others! We do some lessons every day! I'm even liking the carrots and apples as good rewards for me! I'm wondering if you might be my 'furever' home...gotta have fenced yard and if there is another dog it should have enough energy to play with me! Sammie is ready to find his furever home now!!