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.
Got Hank from rescue and he does not know how to walk on a leash, only pull. Already have a dog that we have been doing hour walks with and trying to find balance with new dog that doesn’t like to be alone, needs lots of walk training and other dog that needs her long walks.( me too)
Adorable Hank is lucky to have you. This guide has excellent guidance on leash training. Please read the whole thing - you'll find several good tips: https://wagwalking.com/training/leash-train-a-german-shepherd-puppy. Keep the walk moving along briskly, barely giving Hank time to pull. As well, this guide has great explanations for getting a dog not to pull: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-to-not-pull-on-leash. It is easier for you to read than me to explain in full detail. All of the methods are good but you may find the Zig Zag Method to do the trick. Good luck and have fun!
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Lucas was given to me when he was already older (maybe almost 2 years old)with no training, I have tried my best but it has been really hard to train him, specifically with peeing and walking him, I don't know which techniques to use or if I should do something different since he is no longer a little puppy.
Hello, If the issue with walking is that he isn't used to a leash, I suggest following the same methods you would for a puppy in the article linked below: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-your-puppy-to-accept-leash If the issue is pulling, I suggest the Turns method from the article linked below; https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-poodle-to-heel You will need to crate train him for potty training and go back to the basics. Check out the Crate Training method from the article linked below. Make sure that the crate doesn't have anything absorbent in it - including a soft bed or towel. Check out www.primopads.com if you need a non-absorbent bed for him. Make sure the crate is only big enough for him to turn around, lie down and stand up, and not so big that he can potty in one end and stand in the opposite end to avoid it. Dogs have a natural desire to keep a confined space clean so it needs to be the right size to encourage that natural desire. Use a cleaner that contains enzymes to clean any previous or current accidents - only enzymes will remove the small and remaining smells encourage the dog to potty in the same location again later. The method I have linked below was written for younger puppies, since your dog is older you can adjust the times and take him potty less frequently. I suggest taking him potty every 3-4 hours when you are home. After 1.5-2 hours (or less if he has an accident sooner) of freedom out of the crate, return him to the crate while his bladder is filling back up again until it has been 3 hours since his last potty trip. When you have to go off he should be able to hold his bladder in the crate for 5-8 hours - less at first while he is getting used to it and longer once he is accustomed to the crate. Only have him wait that long when you are not home though, take him out about every 3 hours while home. You want him to get into the habit of holder his bladder between trips and not just eliminating whenever he feels the urge and you want to encourage that desire for cleanliness in your home - which the crate is helpful for. Less freedom now means more freedom later. Crate Training method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside If he is not already used to a crate, expect crying at first. When he cries and you know he doesn't need to go potty yet, ignore the crying. Most dogs will adjust if you are consistent. You can give him a food stuffed hollow chew toy to help him adjust and sprinkle treats into the crate during times of quietness to further encourage quietness. If he continues protesting for long periods of time past a week (or you have neighbors close-by and can't let him bark), you can use a Pet Convincer. Work on teaching "Quiet" but using the Quiet method from the article linked below. Tell him "Quiet" when he barks and cries. If he gets quiet and stays quiet, you can sprinkle a few pieces of dog food into the crate through the wires calmly, then leave again. If he disobeys your command and keep crying or stops but starts again, spray a small puff of air from the Pet convincer at his side through the crate while saying "Ah Ah" calmly, then leave again. If he stays quiet after you leave you can periodically sprinkle treats into the crate to reward his quietness. Quiet method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark Only use the unscented air from the Pet Convincers - don't use citronella, it's too harsh and lingers for too long so can be confusing. If he is also scent marking at times not related to truly needing to go potty, you will need to have him wear a belly band - which is like a sling male dog diaper, and tether him to yourself even during the free times between crating. When he goes to lift his leg, clap three times to interrupt him. The belly band will not only protect furniture but also prevent him from being successful at spreading his scent - be sure to clean old and new urine and poop smells well with an enzyme containing cleaning to fully remove the smell so he won't be re-attracted to the area by that. Only enzymes will remove the smell well enough for a dog's nose. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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