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.
When going on a walk sometimes she will just refuse to walk. It usually happens more at the start of the walk, sometimes it’s if she’s spent a long time sniffing and we encourage her to move forward. I’ve tried encouraging and rewarding with treats and she’ll walk get the treat and stop again. I’ve also tried to be all exciting, very positive etc and she doesn’t buy it. Often we’ve had to turn around after 5 minutes into a walk. I can’t tell if she’s just bored with the same routes or not. As I said it’s usually just at the start of the walk and most of the time after a difficult and slow 15 minutes she’s alright.
Hello Lucie, There may be an animal that leaves scent in that area closer to the house - like rabbits, that's she is fixating on and as a scent hound, finds the scent more interesting than walking until she is past the area where the scent is. Since this doesn't seem to be a fear issue, but more of a preference issue, I would take a little bit firmer approach, where stopping isn't optional, then reward walking also. When pup stops, I would give brief quick tugs on the leash, releasing the pressure between quick tugs instead of pulling continuously. Tell pup "Let's Go " or "Heel" if pup knows heel, then reward once pup is walking again. Because the scent if that's what it is, is probably more interesting than the treat stopping likely needs to become less fun for pup. If it really is scent pup is stopping for, then you may need a no pull device to encourage forward movement. Most of these are intended for pulling forward instead of pulling backward, but a padded from clip harness and prong collar are a couple of examples. Make sure you use any tool how it's intended by learning about it first though, many tools, especially prong collars, are used incorrectly, making them overly harsh and ineffective when not used as intended. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSRviZ2d47g Without observing pup in person, I also can't say for sure what's going on and how to address it. If in doubt, I would hire someone experienced with your breed to observe pup on the walk. Observing pup's body language will be a huge clue in why pup is stopping. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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