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Old 12-13-2012, 11:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a beautiful girl who is 15 months old, and she is my first dog, I know that Bassetts are very lazy and chilled indoors but mine is incredibly active she is constantly in need for something to do all the time. It is starting to get me down. if she is left and not busy for more than 5 mins max she pulls the carpet up and chews on the carpet grippers!! Can anyway rest my mind and tell me if their older puppy is doing anything like this. I think mine has ADHD!!

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Old 12-13-2012, 11:34 AM   #2 (permalink)
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bassets aren't necessarily lazy

as you're finding
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Old 12-13-2012, 11:40 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Rosie is 11 years old and still pretty rambunctious. She will be running in an agility trial in a few weeks. And then when the whole gang gets together for a bark, chase and wrestle fest they can shake the house.

Tell me again about these bassets that are lazy and chilled indoors? I want one of those.

Remember, they were bred to chase bunnies all day. They need an outlet for their physical and mental energy.
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a myth perpetuated by people that never owned the breed
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ok so if you are all saying they are very busy characters. How do I fuel it and help her loose some energy? She is out everyday for 1 1/2 hours walk....
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Bassets have active clever brains too - maybe some obedience classes or like Soundtrack suggested agility, games at home - a sit and stay then hide a treat/toy then "find it!" they love it (and it's training).
Great for finding their lost ball when they're out as well.
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ok thank you. Will look into some classes!
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Old 12-13-2012, 12:16 PM   #8 (permalink)
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walking is not an energy burner. She need to be able to run, ie dog park but if you are looking for a good energy burner that takes little space and you both are involved with nothing beat tug


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because of the risk of it increasing aggression and/or dominance in the dog. Even many dog resource people such as breeders, trainers and veterinarians caution against this game. This is partly a failure to discriminate between agonistic behavior (conflict resolution & defensive aggression) and predatory behavior. Also, many people have issues about witnessing intensity. Intensity is not aggression, however.
Played with rules, tug-of-war is a tremendous predatory energy burner and good exercise for both dog and owner. It serves as a barometer of the kind of control you have over the dog, most importantly over his jaws. The game doesn't make the dog a predator: he already is one. The game is an outlet. Itís intense, increases dog focus and confidence and plugs into something very deep inside them. The big payoff is in lowered incidence of behavior problems due to understimulation and a potent motivator for snappy obedience. There is a maxim in training: control the games, control the dog. It's also extremely efficient in terms of space and time requirements.
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Somewhere, 30 years ago, someone got the idea that tug-of-war games created aggressive behaviors in dogs. Perhaps it was because some dogs growl when playing tug and since aggression in dogs wasn't very well understood back then, it was believed all growling was aggressive behavior. Since then, we have learned that dogs growl for different reasons, not just out of aggression.In 2002, a study was done to determine whether or not playing tug increased the incidence of aggressive or "dominant" behaviors. The researchers concluded that tug games had no negative effects on the relationship between the dog and human.
As a matter of fact, tug of war is not only an excellent reward in dog training, but it is a valuable exercise in teaching dogs self-control. Tug games are used to reward canine competitors of many sports including agility, flyball and protection sports.

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sounds like you need another basset!
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Old 12-13-2012, 03:50 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Tracking too!
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