help wanted on basset hound

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help wanted on basset hound

Post by bybu.. » Tue, 08 Aug 1995 04:00:00



Somebody with extended information on bassets, please help me on the following
matters :

          own a basset-armande-normandie. (forefather of basset-hounds- with
lowerweight and more straight-face)

1) My basset is 9 months old, and has not still learned fully to pee outside (I've tried
        every mothod I know)
2) She does not walk with me, I have hard times draging her with me on the sidewalk
3) She jumps on everybody she sees on the street
4) She eats everything from the street.
5) She does not eat her dog-food.

I really tried very hard to teach her things, but she just does not get it.
****I am not a believer of hard-training, so anybody who has a solution that has
        something to do with beating are not welcome****

 
 
 

help wanted on basset hound

Post by Judy Trenc » Sat, 12 Aug 1995 04:00:00


Quote:

>1) My basset is 9 months old, and has not still learned fully to pee
outside (I've tried
>    every mothod I know)

Crate training works.  Read the new-puppy FAQ for more info.  You need to
get the smell out with something like Nature's Miracale, available at pet
supply stores (Petsmart, Petco,etc) Be consistent with her schedule.  

Quote:
>2) She does not walk with me, I have hard times draging her with me on

the sidewalk

Time to get the two of you to obedience class.  Classes should now be
forming for the Fall.  Get signed up.  She is lacking in training, and
you need to be taught how to train her.  Don't know the name of all her
books, but Carol Lea Benjamin is really good; good author, kind and
gentle trianer, but go to the library or book store and pick one up.

Quote:
>3) She jumps on everybody she sees on the street

Obedience Class:  until then be consistent, do not let her jump on
anyone, including you.  She is going to love everyone equally, so if you
want her OFF others, you need to keep her OFF you.  I use the word OFF,
because DOWN has another meaning.

Quote:
>4) She eats everything from the street.

Yes shes is a dog and this is what dogs do.  Just keep an eye on her, and
take street junk out of her mouth, use the word GIVE as you go in to get
it.  Sometimes for yucky street garbage I have taught mine the word DIRTY
and pull them away.

Quote:
>5) She does not eat her dog-food.

Are you overfeeding her.  She should be down to two meals a day.  If she
is getting the amount listed on the dog food bag, then she probably is
getting too much.  Most dog food companies, have you overfeeding your
dog.  Try cutting back a little each meal, (maybe 1/2 - 1/4 cup,) leave
it down for only 15 min, if not eaten, take it up and don't feed her
again until next meal time.  Judge by how she looks and acts, she is
still very juvenile, and should be a little lanky, (but not thin).  
Quote:

>I really tried very hard to teach her things, but she just does not get

it.

They are actually quite smart, they "get" a lot more than you think.  You
really need to learn how to communicate with her in a manner that she
will understand.  You can learn it out of a book, but the best way is to
take the both of you to a class.  Classes should be more about teaching
you to teach the dog.  Classes these days, mostly rely on praise and
reward for doing the right thing.  Harsh training is definitely a thing
of the past.  Corrections are used, not punishement.  A puppy should not
be Beaten to learn anything that you have questions about.  Do not hit
her or push her nose into the floor for mistakes in the house.
Corrective action and positive reinforcement work for all the behavior
things you have listed.  

Quote:
>****I am not a believer of hard-training, so anybody who has a solution
that has
>    something to do with beating are not welcome****

Best of luck, she is trainable, but you are the one that needs to learn
how to train her.  Books & obedience classes are the best way.  You may
even want to join a Basset Hound Club, most have members that have done
obedience at one time or another.