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Old 03-27-2018, 04:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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We have a 1year old basset hound named Stanley. We got him from a local place where hewas mistreated when he was 2months old. We never did research or anything. We didn't plan on getting a basset hound, but couldn't stand to see him in a cage where he couldn't even stand up in, sitting in his own feces with no food or water or toys. So we brought him home then didthe research. We didn't realize how much there wars to being a basset family, but we love him and want him happy and healthy so we're adjusting. We're having just a couple issues. We know how much they need to walk and be able to 'hunt'... the problem is that we've never been able to get him to walk. We have a decent size yard here runs around in chasing his brother (1 year old yorkie, Charlie), but we want to be able to take him out. We put the leash on and he falls to the ground and will not move until we take it off. We've tried coaxing him with treats, gently pulling... everything we've found online but nothing works. Charlie was the same at first but once we got him passed the gate he was all for it. We were hoping that seeing Charlie do it would show him its it's ok and he'd walk with us. But nope. He got out front once and explored, he loved it but he was very hard to catch and will not go if on a leash. Any advice?
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Old 03-28-2018, 04:03 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You really just have to take this slowly. Don't force him to do anything he's not comfortable with. Clearly he's missed out on the initial puppy learning to accept a soft puppy collar, put on when he's playing so he doesn't concentrate on it only, and then moving on to attaching the lead and instead of insisting he goes WITH you, you go with him at first, talking to him and offering him bribes.

In this case, best I can suggest is again, to take it slow. If he'll go to the gate when on the lead, so be it, for starters. We'd only take our baby puppies to the kerb to see the outside world, for some days.

You might find taking him off in the car, with his buddie, to a big open park or field, might make him realise there's FUN to be had when out off his property.

You have to use 'applied psychology' with Bassets - make what you want appear to be his idea! He clearly needs to be introduced to new things at his own pace. And don't be afraid to use a food bribe.

Incidentally I'd not leave any form of harness (if that's what I'm seeing in his photo?) on when indoors. It's too easy to get caught up and risk choking/strangling.
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the have always been confined so the no nothing of the great outdoors. Dogs that are not exposed to something by the time they are 16-20 weeks old are going to be afraid of it.

basset in the training world are known as being soft. They react poorly to force and correction and by poorly we do not mean they become aggressive but rather they shut down. A basset shuts down usually negatively that is it stops doing anything it simply does not move. You will find lots of references to "flat Basset" which is this stress reaction be it punishment, force or something they are afraid of,

Everything that Franksmum has told you is spot on , just wanted to give you background on why it is occurring .
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We know how much they need to walk and be able to 'hunt'
Bassets are the rare breed that do fine with a wide variety of activity levels. they generally are very happy taking on the energy level of the rest of the family, they are not like labs and border collies that need to be active or get bored and destructive, So 1 would not stress about yours not wanting to go out etc. You need to keep in mind in any sort of interaction with dogs you are dealing with a particular individual not the breed average as a whole.
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