Your Basset Hound is probably tenacious, affectionate, devoted, and sweet. However, what you didn’t realize when you welcomed him into your home, was quite how loudly and frequently he would bark. Far too many mornings you are awoken by the distinct bark of your Basset Hound thundering through the house. It can also be frustrating when you have guests over if he’s barking in the background. Again when you meet other dog walkers and want to stop for a chat, he consistently barks. Something needs to change.
Training him not to bark will do wonders for your eardrums. However, there are also other benefits too. For one, it might repair otherwise strained relations with the neighbors who are fed up with listening to him every day. If his barking is aggressive in nature then this type of training may also prevent it progressing to anything worse, such as biting.
Training your Basset not to bark is thankfully relatively straightforward. Training will consist of several parts. Firstly, there are a number of deterrence measures you can take to try and silence him. You can then use obedience commands to first teach him how to bark on command, so you can then teach him how to fall silent.
If your Basset Hound is a puppy, he should still be learning the ropes and eager to please. Therefore, you could see results in just a week or so. However, if he’s older and been exercising his voice for a number of years, then you may need six weeks to fully tackle the behavior. Get this training right and relaxing lie-ins of your youth could once again become a reality. In addition, this sort of training will reinforce your position as pack leader, making it easier to stamp out other unwanted behaviors.
Before you get to work, you will need to gather a few bits. You will need a water spray bottle and a deterrence collar for one of the methods. You will also need to stock up on treats or break his favorite food into small pieces. Access to a TV or radio will also be required for one of the methods.
Set aside 10 minutes each day for training, and remember, the more consistently you can train, the sooner you will see results.
Once you have the above, you just need patience and some earplugs, then work can begin!