Training A Basset Hound – Noise Response

Training a Basset Hound is very important.  We all know that! What you teach him will determine the type of dog he grows up to be.  Whether he is obedient, social and the ideal human companion that is the perfect fit for your home and your life will be entirely the result of your training methods.

Therefore, before you even begin Training a Basset Hound, you need to first think about what it is you would like your dog to learn, as well as what type of activities you are hoping for him to enjoy.  For instance, are you considering taking him hunting?  If so, you will want to make sure he knows all of the basic training commands, such as: Sit, Stay, Down, Come and Heel.   When he knows this fundamental obedience, you’ll be able to confidently let him accompany you off leash, while still maintaining control.

However, when it comes to hunting, there is another important thing your hound needs to be familiar with – loud sounds.  All dogs respond to noise differently, and just because the basset’s origins is rooted in hunting, does not mean each pup is born with a natural instinct for reacting positively to loud noises like gun shots.  Therefore, you need to make sure you introduce him to different types of sounds at an early age to make sure that he will be able to handle the hunt.

To help him adjust to noise, subject him to different varieties of sound over a period time.  Sounds you can try include, but are not limited to, the vacuum, clapping, door slamming, surround sound and thunder.  Carefully observing his reactions is an important part of basset hound training.

Your pet will have one of two reactions to the sounds you introduce.  He may be completely unbothered by the noise or he may become scared and try to seek comfort or shelter.  If he doesn’t seem to mind noises then your training can end here.  On the other hand, if he is fearful, you will need to be very careful in how you respond to his reactions.

If your dog is afraid, do not cuddle him, praise him or baby him.  All of these reactions will make him think that his response is correct and pleases you.  It will only make his fear worse.  Instead, talk to him calmly in a smooth voice and give him a simple pat to let him know that it’s alright.  Otherwise, continue about your business as usual.  When your dog sees you are not worried he will calm down and you can continue on with your basset hound training.

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