|Barked: Sat Jun 25, '11 11:29am PST |
|My husband and I adopted a Plott hound 3 weeks ago. We're long-time dog owners who lost both our dogs in the space of about 4 months (between December 2010 and April 2011), but we've never had a hound in the family.
Atticus apparently has a whole different set of priorities than the lab mix and the husky mix we had, and we're not sure how to work with some of the behaviors we're seeing:
1. Barking nonstop when he sees a dog he wants to meet, even from a decent distance. Once he meets the dog he's happy, and doesn't seem like he needs anything else, but I don't want to (and can't always anyway) just cater to insistent barking. We can't get a second dog right now, but we're hoping a dog park might help.
2. Obsessing and barking if he smells something we're assuming he's previously hunted: racoons, a pig farm nearby (Plotts are boar-hunters). He seems very dissatisfied when he can't follow his nose, but we can't just let him do that, because we don't want him to wander the neighborhood, get hit by a car or run away. His hunting instinct is very selective-when we run into deer out on walks, he doesn't make a move or a peep about them.
We're not hunters, unfortunately. My husband did do a lot a research into the breed before finding Atticus at a shelter. I guess we're just used to toys, treats, walks and play keeping our dogs happy, and Atticus seems to need something different. Is there a good substitute for hunting that people have found with hound rescues?
He's an older guy, and we thought we'd be more of a retirement home for him, but his hunting instinct is still going strong.
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