|Droopy CD,- RA, HH, TDI,- CGC|
I didn't do it
|Barked: Sun Apr 11, '10 5:09pm PST |
Glad I didn't scare you off. I want to make sure that potential basset owners know the bad as well as the good. So many bassets find themselves in rescue because owners didn't realize the cute wrinkly, long eared puppy will grow into a drooling, stinky, shedding, barking hound dog.
Even though a breed shares many characteristics as a group, each individual dog is going to be different. I have dogs that are from the same line and even siblings from the same litter and they are as different as night and day. My bassets are affectionate. One of my dogs wants to be with me all the time and will follow me from room to room. Another one likes his tummy rubbed and to hang out with me on the couch, but if I get up, he isn't. As a general rule, I would say that bassets do want to be with their people, but since they are pack animals, they also want to be with other dogs.
I have found that bassets are very good at getting what they want in a very passive, non aggressive, yet pushy sort of way. Many are over weight because they are masters of begging and the sad hound dog eyes. A basset friend of mine had a dog that liked to sit on the end of the couch and her owner happened to be sitting there. When the owner did not get up, the dog went to the door and started scratching, which was her signal to go outside. When the owner got up to let the dog out, the dog ran and jumped on her favorite spot on the couch. They are not dumb dogs as many people think.
As far as training, it depends on your dog. The most important aspect of training is finding what motivates your dog. There are some dogs that want nothing more than to have their owners look at them and pay attention to them. That is the most reinforcing thing in the world to them. I think you would be very hard pressed to find a basset hound that was willing to work for praise alone. The average basset hound likes praise and wants to be pet, but it is not going to be motivating enough to get them to do what you want them to do. For the average basset hound, food is going to be far more rewarding than praise. You can pair food with praise to make the praise more valuable to the dog, so it is a conditioned reinforcer, but praise alone probably won't be enough.
I do competition obedience with my bassets. Training a basset is a long road and you must have a sense of humor and endless patience. I clicker train my dogs and love to show people what a basset can do. My dogs are excited to work, and want to train. For me, paying them with food is a small price to pay.
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