If you have never owned a Bassett Hound before, you can't really be blamed for thinking training him to walk would be just like training any other dog. Sadly, or perhaps happily, it’s not quite that easy, as Bassett Hounds are known for being stubborn. The fact is, these dogs have an extremely good sense of smell, one that they want to put to use everywhere they go. Of course, this can make going for a walk more than challenging.
Training your pup to walk with you rather than trying to rip your arm off or making that ten-minute walk turn into 30 minutes, is very important. No one wants walks to turn into a nightmare rather than something everyone in your family can enjoy.
The idea here is to teach your pup to walk with you, without his trying to drag you everywhere. There is no time when it would be right for your pup to tug on the leash while you are taking him for a walk.
Bear in mind that even after you are comfortable with your pup having learned to walk on his leash, you should still treat each walk you go on as a training session. You can never reinforce this behavior too much. Be sure that each time you take him for a walk, you need to remain consistent in the way you interact with him. Remember, going for walks is good for both of you, take advantage of every chance you get to take your Bassett Hound for a walk.
Teaching your dog to walk with you is more about time than it is about supplies. However, there are a few things that will make the training go faster and more smoothly.
The rest is all about finding a quiet place to take your Bassett Hound for walks and having the time and patience to stick to the training program and ensure your pup will always behave when the two of you go for a walk.