Basset Hounds are sweet, lovable, vocal and yes, stubborn. At least they appear to be stubborn-- actually, they are easy going and easily distracted by their powerful sense of smell, which can lead to perceptions they are stubborn. Understanding your Basset's natural inclinations and having the patience to find ways to work with your Basset will contribute to success getting him to listen to you.
These dogs are rarely aggressive or ill-tempered; if your Basset Hound is not listening to you it is more likely a product of lack of motivation to attend to you, greater interest in something else that has caught your dog's attention, or his natural inclination to vocalize. Bassets are prone to howling, part of their hunting dog heritage. You will need to ensure that you are more important than anything distracting your dog, such as howling or scenting, so that he is highly motivated to listen to you. How do you achieve this? Practice, and establishing that good things happen to those who listen!
The independent Basset Hound has a reputation for being harder to train than some more eager to please breeds. Training your Basset means understanding his motivation to use his nose and his need for establishing behaviors through repetition and strong leadership. Avoid punishment as a means of correction, as your sensitive Basset as he may not respond well to this form of correction. Instead, focus on direction when getting your Basset to listen to you by establishing a way to get his attention with leadership, signals, and commands. Ideally, you will start working with your Basset when he is a young puppy, to establish that your dog needs to attend and listen to you, older dogs can take longer to train. Having patience and using repetition works well with Basset Hounds, and success will come to those who persevere.
My puppy is starting to softly growl when people come in our house. He has also growled at a few people when we are out in our yard. He is great with my husband, my kids and I. He usually settles down after people have been in the house a while, but I would like to get this behavior under control since we have friends and family coming over regularly.
Hello Jordan, Check out the free e-Book AFTER You Get Your Puppy that you can download at the link below. Follow the socialization information in that book. https://www.lifedogtraining.com/freedownloads/ Exposing Barnaby to lots of different types of people in many different locations and having those people give him treats when he responds well (you can premt any bad responses by having them reward him before he has a chance to react at all - by tossing him treats) if very important at this age. The growling at this age is likely due to fear because he needs more socialization around strangers. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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What is the best way to get my basset not to cry in her crate? I need to keep her in one while at work for about 3 hours a day.
When we start teaching her commands ? Should we only focus on potty training first ?
Hello Meagan, Puppies can learn several things at the same time, as long as you have time to teach things on top of potty training and not in place of it. Socialization, bite inhibition, and potty training are the most important things to work on with a young puppy - since most of those things can only fully be taught while a puppy is still young. You can certainly teach obedience too if you have additional time, but the window for teaching that doesn't close generally - there are benefits to teaching it while young though. Check out the "Surprise" method from the article linked below for teaching her to like a crate. Ignore any crying and reward her when she is quiet. Expect her to cry in the crate for up to two weeks - the training from the "Surprise' method below should help decrease that time though. Be consistent and don't let her out while crying unless you know she really does have to go potty (wait until a couple of seconds of quiet at least if you can). If you let her out when she cries the training will take a lot longer. She needs time to adjust and realize that she is safe in there and you will always come back to let her out later while she is calm. Give her food stuffed chew toys in the crate to keep her occupied while in there. You can even make those ahead of time and freeze them to help with teething and save time in the morning. The article linked below will explain how to do this. Like a crate: https://wagwalking.com/training/like-a-crate Check out the article linked below for how to use a crate to potty train. Check out the "Crate Training" method. When you are home, take her out every 1-1.5 hours, when you need to be gone she should be able to hold her bladder while in a crate for 3 hours if she went potty right beforehand, but 3 hours is the maximum amount of time she will be able to hold it until she is a bit older. Typically puppies can hold their bladders for the number of months they are in age plus one. Meaning a 2 month old puppy can hold it for a maximum of 2-3 hours. A three month old puppy a maximum of 3-4 hours. A four month old puppy a maximum of 4-5 hours, until a puppy reaches the adult maximum of 8 hours during the day. Crate Training method for potty training: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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