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Old 04-07-2017, 02:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all we have just rescued a 5 year old male basset and having issues with getting him off furniture he growls and barks when we tell him to get down any ideas on how to solve this problem
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Old 04-07-2017, 03:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi, I rescued an 18 month old basset who had been kept in a cage most of her life, so when she came to us and given space she sometimes acted in the same way. We found patience, and lots of praise when she did as she was told. She still has her moments now and we've had her almost 2 years! I dread to think what the poor things went through before we got them!
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[quote=Lynn.b;418153]Hi all we have just rescued a 5 year old male basset and having issues with getting him off furniture he growls and barks when we tell him to get down any ideas on how to solve this problem[/quote]

PREVENTION - AVOIDANCE and bribe. Don't push him into a situation where he actually snaps. This is typical Basset - being a 'pack animal', they are hard-wired to defend what they see as 'theirs'. Over the many years, I've learnt to avoid a confrontation, which is a hiding to nothing and usually only escalates a situation.
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Thanks very much for your advice I will take it onboard
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Treats works best.
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If I was resting comfortably on the couch and you tried to make me get off, I'd be cranky too. 1. How about luring him off with a treat? 2. Why does he need to get off in the first place?
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[quote]1. How about luring him off with a treat?[/quote]

just a step in the process of a real solution train an off cue

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQe_PUfUBgA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpIBII27EQg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBd2ESkdPws

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNgkY1vZXlM

My people misunderstand what a dog growl is and think of it as aggression. A dog growl is akin warning it is akin to shouting in human

see these following links'

http://suzanneclothier.com/he-just-wants-to-say-hi#.WOz0mWnyuM8

http://thebark.com/content/dogs-use-non-aggressive-fighting-resolve-conflicts

http://www.whole-dog-journal.com/issues/12_10/features/Dealing-With-Dog-Growling_16163-1.html
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I have found treats work best and it's no longer a problem ?
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Treats are a crutch. Necessary as an interim measure but as some point your are going to need the behavior when you don't have access to treat. Hence the need to actual teach off and reinforce it with treats so the dog will get off in anticipation of a payout.
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Thank you for your links but I can't open any of them. Also when we say goodnight and go up stairs to bed he growls is this normal behaviour of a basset?
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