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Basset Hound training isn’t the easiest thing in the world, but it’s not impossible.
Although the Basset Hound is a loving dog, it can give its owner quite a hard time when it comes to training since the stubbornness of the dog will, at times, interfere. Basset Hounds are best trained in a positive manner and offered rewards, as opposed to harsh training.
Housebreaking as Part of Basset Hound Training
The key for housebreaking a Basset puppy is patience. You need to take the time to walk the dog every 3-4 hours in order to give it the opportunity to do its biological needs outside. This does require patience since Basset Hound dogs also tend to have a poor memory.
If your Basset puppy loves to spend time outside, then housebreaking it should be easier. But if the Basset is scared to go outside or isn’t used to it, then you must convince it that walks are pleasant by offering it pleasant activities along with the walks.
Basset Hound dogs can’t do some of the things that other breeds can do because of their odd shape, its long body and short legs. For example, a Basset Dog can’t climb stairs or climb onto a sofa, bed or chair before it is 18 months old.
Its’ legs are simply too short and fragile for this activity that can later cause numerous health issues and deteriorate the dog’s bone structure if done at a young age.
Time for Training and Exercise
Another thing you can’t do is taking your Basset puppy on very long walks because it can get tired or hurt. Basset Hound training or walks shouldn’t last longer than 80 minutes since it can cause health problems.
For this breed, the average time recommended for any type of exercise is around 60 minutes. Basset Hound dogs should also be given training treats with caution since too many treats can cause the dog to become overweight and hurt him on the long run.
Getting a Basset Puppy Used to the Leash
If you live in an urban or suburban area, it is of utter importance to get your Basset puppy used to being on a leash immediately.
Most jurisdictions in the United States do have leash laws and dog owners who take dogs out without leashes can receive significant fines regardless of breed or age.
Start walking the dog as soon as you can to get it used to going out on a leash. Try to come in contact with both strangers and other dogs so that the dog becomes sociable.
The Basset Hound is a calm dog that loves food and is, therefore, relatively easy to train if you reward it with tasty treats. They respond well to warm, calm and patient training, accompanied by treats and positive verbal appreciation.
Basset Hound training is different every time because Bassets love to combine stubbornness with their training plan. A training must-do for every Basset is submissiveness, thus the owner won’t lose control when the dog catches a scent.
Basset Hound Training and Scents
Many times, during training, Bassets detect a scent that they’ll want to follow. This is the worst case scenario, because, seeing as they are hunting dogs they’ll want to follow the scent until they find its source.
At this point it’s best to leave your dog be and use an extending leash to let it sniff around.
A Basset Hound can get lost if it runs off, catches a scent and follows it. Although their sense of smell is highly developed, they won’t always find their way back home, especially if they live in urban areas.
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