Tracking with your Basset hound is a fun activity that will allow you to bond and get both of you outside and active. It's important to find games that exercise her mind as well as her body to keep her from looking for "fun" elsewhere (like getting into the trash). By utilizing her natural tendency to follow scents, you'll keep her entertained and create a new hobby you both can enjoy.
Luckily, basset hounds can be highly food motivated, which will help with any training endeavor. Before you start training her to track, make sure she comes when called and is trained in other basic skills. It might help to refresh her memory if these skills are a little rusty. Once she's listening well, it's time to start tracking.
Your Basset hound loves to follow scents, so encouraging her to track is an activity she'll be excited about. Read through the three methods below and choose the one you think will work for your dog. With enough time and patience, your Basset will be tracking like a pro.