|Barked: Thu Jun 14, '07 10:06am PST |
First of all, I'll be honest with you. Hounds are stubborn dogs. As the proud owner of a beagle, I can tell you that stubbornness is deeply inbred with their personality. So, patience is a must when training a coon hound.
You sound a lot like Tucker, except for us, "down" took a lot longer (weeks, in fact). The situation you describe about seeing another dog while on leash, well, that's Tucker. He's not being aggressive, he's just doing what his breeding tells him to do. What I have learned to do is to use the command "leave it!" and a treat to keep him distracted. After many months of training, I can generally contain his baying at other dogs, but I haven't been able to stop him from doing it. It is useful when the other owner allows Tucker to touch noses with their dog. This generally gets Tucker quiet. This doesn't work for German shepherd dogs. I don't know why.
I've related the above to various other dog owners. Other beagle and/or hound owners relate similar stories. One person at the dog park told me that even Cesar "The Dog Whisperer" Milan says that we might as well just give up on training this out of the dog. Well, I still use the "leave it!" command and treat as distraction until such time that Tucker is old enough that he simply doesn't care anymore.
As for being left alone. Yep. Tucker HATES being left in a room by himself. When he's crated, he lies down quietly. But when he's on my bed, he howls. I'm training him by giving him a command of "see you later," and then I close the door for 30 seconds. Over the week, I've increased the time to 1 minute & then walk away. If he howls, I'll wait a little bit longer, open the door, and say "see you later" again. So far, it's been iffy as to whether or not he howls when he's left uncrated in a room by himself.
Hounds are loving & gentle dogs, and I definitely love my Tucker. But that doesn't mean that he can't drive me up the wall at times.
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