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Q: does anyone have any really good tips on training a basset hound?

March 12, 2008 | By Jennifer | 3 answers | Expired: 2366 days ago

Jennifer

I've tried it all, treats, praising, punishment, scented oils, she just cant get the hang of it.

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Peggy B.
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Mar 26, 2008

Hounds frequently get a bad rap for being hard to train, people call them dumb but that is not really accurate. These breeds were developed to work independently to hunt, the traits that made them very good at working independently sometimes make training a challenge since the breed does not have the strong desire to please us that is natural in some other breeds. To be successful you have to find out what it is your dog desires above all else and use that to motivate him, for some dogs it is food, for others a favorite toy for hounds it is seldom the praise that works so well with other breeds. Consistency is needed you need to get your dog on a schedule of eating and going out at certain times and stick to it. Lots of people get lazy, and expect too much too soon. Give your dog every opportunity to do it right then reward the good behavior and ignore the bad. Lots of people punish the mistakes and the dog sees the attention, any attention as a positive and we unintentionally reinforce the bad behavior. I used to show hounds and have trained them in obedience and agility, it can be done, you just need to be a bit more creative than you do working with herding breeds and some of the dog that are more eager to please us.

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kitty v.
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Mar 12, 2008

whoo.. lol.. ok well I'm no expert, but I was reading the other day that the bassett hound is one of the 10 dumbest breeds of dogs, which basically means that they are hard to train (hard to believe, eh? after seeing them do search and rescue and stuff, right?) anyway... they are notoriously stubborn and hard headed.. and you have to be consistent.. what are you trying to get your dog to do? beating them only makes them more stubborn, btw (that's what I read, atleast..)you have to be repetitive (but not so repetitive as to bore the dog..) to get them to get anything..it might take a few days to get him/her to learn one command, but don't try more than one at a time.. that'll just confuse the poor thing..hopefully someone with actual bassett experience will care enough to help out, too..

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Amy
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Amy

Mar 12, 2008

Hi Jennifer, I have had Basset Hounds my whole life. My last girl past away of old age a few years ago. There faces get you everytime they do something wrong. lol This may sound mean, however a few firm months and you will have a well trained happy pup. You have to use a crate. One that is only big enogh for her or him to turn around in and be comfortable when laying down. Don't put anything in the crate to sleep on until 1 week of no accidents in the crate. Pup stay in the crate anytime you canot ive 100% of your attention to her/him. Eveytime you take pup out of crate, you go outside to the same spot on a leash. Be quiet and let pup try to do business. if pup goes, praise the hell outta him/her. If not put pup back in crate for 10-20 min and try again outside. Eventually they get the hang of it. If for some reason you have problems, let me know. good luck Amy(horseplay)

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