The Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen is a rather unusual looking scenthound. They are longer bodied than they are tall and were used to hunt wolves and deer. This canine has a lot of stamina and is an intelligent breed. They have a shaggy, comical appearance with defined eyebrows, beard, and moustache. Do not let their rugged looks fool you; these are sensitive dogs that also tend to over-think things. Expect these dogs to get into trouble when they do not have enough things to occupy their time. Daily activities are necessary to keep them happy.
There is no better feeling than seeing a dog give comfort to those that are hurting or sick. The Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen is an excellent choice for a therapy dog because of their goofy, non-threatening appearance. They are just the right size so they are not intimidating to children or elderly people and they are sturdy enough that they can be hugged and held onto without fear of fragile bones breaking. Most therapy dogs work in nursing homes, schools, library, and hospitals. Some therapy dogs are even beginning to venture into prisons to provide comfort for prisoners. The American Kennel Club (AKC) offers therapy dog titles for dogs that complete at least ten certified visits. The more visits they make, the more titles they can earn up to Therapy Dog Distinguished where your dog must complete 400 visits.
The Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen is a scenthound and will use their nose no matter what activity they are doing, but what better way to enjoy spending time with your dog than by doing something they were bred to do. You can teach your dog tracking for hunting, search and rescue, or just to have fun sniffing out items that you have hidden. Tracking can be done in any weather, but your dog will be the most successful on sunny days with little wind. Depending on why you want to teach your dog to track will determine how expensive the activity becomes. When you are tracking in the field or performing search and rescue work, your dog should probably be fitted with a collar that has a GPS tracker. This way you can keep track of your dog even when they are out of your sight.
Hiking is not the same as taking a stroll through your neighborhood. Most hikers will prefer sunny or slightly overcast days; warmer weather is better than cold weather. If you are planning a short hiking trip, then you will need a collar, leash, doggy backpack, first aid kit, treats, bottled water, and a collapsible water bowl. You will need to pack more if you are planning an overnight hiking trip. When you are on the trail, be sure to keep your Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen close by, a longer leash is a good way to keep them corralled. If your dog is not used to hiking, take frequent breaks and if they show any signs of distress, stop the hike and head back to your vehicle. Hiking is a cheap activity and almost anyone can go for short hikes at their local parks.
is a relaxed way to hone their scenting and tracking skills. Take treats and hide
them around your house or backyard and then have your dog seek out the treats.
You can also use toys that they love or have your kids hide and have your dog
go find them.
Hosting a doggy playdate is a great way to closely monitor your dog’s interaction with other dogs. Dog parks can have an extremely diverse group of dogs, but by hosting a playdate, you can determine the guest list and organize the toys and games that your dog will play. This is an easy and cheap way to ensure your dog gets socialized and learns how to play nicely with other dogs in a structured setting.
Your Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen has a lot of stamina and will expect to have a job to do. It is your responsibility to find activities that will keep them occupied, wear them out, and give them a purpose. Be sure to do your research on any activity you want to try with your dog and pick the ones that seem to be the best suited for you both. When a Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen does not get enough exercise or become bored, they can become a problem child and be destructive. Keep plenty of toys around the house and plan on spending time each day doing some kind of activity with your dog.