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we just decided that it was time to get a puppy and amazingly found beautiful basset puppies close by. now it is just a waiting game untill we can go pick up little roxy, a gorgeous tri-color basset.

anyone have any tips for training?
 

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Don't mistake the puppy as being too young to learn, start training soon as puppy enters your home, that can be as simple as using her name everytime you want to get her attention. Don't let a puppy have the run of the house, potty training goes easier if you use a crate to confine her when you can't keep a close eye on her.

Using playtime as as an opportunity to train keeps the puppy happy and eager to learn, for instance you can teach the puppy all the basic commands such as sit and lie down while playing with her, e.g. don't throw the ball until she sits.
 

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Lots of luck and love. It's been 11 years but I still remember those soft puppy ears and his sweet puppy smell. When cuddled Francis could get positively boneless.
Enjoy it, they discover themselves and the rest of the world all too soon.
 

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they really are the cutest thing ever. i can remember when i was like 5 and my grandparents brought home there little basset and i knew from then i had to have one of my own. he just past away a couple years ago and ever since then i have been on the hunt.

we can't wait to bring her home and start training her and playing with her.


thanks for all the tips
 

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the most important start you can give a puppy does not really involve training per say. It is socialization /hibituation and teaching it bite inhibition. Lack of socialization will create behavior problems later on and a lack of bite inhibition turn a minor beavioral issue into a potential dangerious situation

Countdown to a Crackerjack Canine Companion
The day you get your puppy, the clock is running. And time flies. Your puppy's critical period of socialization will begin to wane by three months and its most impressionable learning period starts to close by five months. Not surprisingly, most behavior and temperament problems are created during this time. There is so much to teach and nearly everything needs to be taught within just 12 weeks, when you puppy is between two and five months of age. It is vital that you know WHAT to teach and HOW to teach it. Going to puppy classes, reading behavior and training books and watching puppy videos is the quickest way to find out. But you need to do this BEFORE you get your puppy.


Puppy Socialisation and Habituation (Part 1) Why is it Necessary?
One in five of the dogs that Dr Valerie O’Farrell (1986) studied while conducting research at Edinburgh (Royal Dick) University Veterinary School had a behavioural problem to a lesser or greater extent. A similar, but larger, American study fixed the figure at one in four. In one year my practice treated 773 dogs - 79 of them, that’s 10 percent, had problems of fearfulness towards people or the environment due to a lack of early socialisation or habituation and a further 4.5. percent were inept at relating to other dogs, again due to a lack of early socialisation. The problem is immeasurably greater than these figures suggest. Many dogs show a weakness of temperament or inability to cope when faced with a particular situation, without their behaviour becoming problematical enough for the owners to seek help from a behavioural counsellor.

Puppy Socialisation and Habituation (Part 2) How to go about it

Bite Inhibition - How to Teach It
So why should you teach bite inhibition? Because dogs have one defense: their teeth. Every dog can bite. If frightened enough or in pain or threatened, your dog *will* bite. That doesn't in any way make him a "bad" dog. It makes him a dog. It's your responsibility, therefore, to teach your dog that human skin is incredibly fragile. If you teach your dog bite inhibition that training will carry over even if he is later in a position where he feels forced to bite.
A story... Ian Dunbar tells a story of a bite incident he had to asses. A Golden Retriever therapy dog was leaving a nursing home and his tail was accidentally shut in a car door. The owner went to help, and the dog delivered four Level Four bites before she could react. ...
Technically, the woman received a Level Five bite from a long-time therapy dog. Dr. Dunbar wasn't the least bit surprised by the bites. I mean, the dog got his tail shut in a car door! Of course he bit! What shocked Dr. DUnbar was that a dog with no bite inhibition was being used as a therapy dog.
"But he's never bitten before." Of course not. And barring an accident like that, he probably never would have. But an accident is just that. An accident. Unpredicted. What if it had happened in the nursing home?
 

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so she is finally home. been here for a little over a week now and from what i can tell she loves it here. i have posted some more pictures of her. she has already grown so much in a week.


tell me what you guys think.
 

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Welcome, she's a cutie pie!

~Heather
 

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Precious Roxy

Awww, she is so sweet. Reminds me of not so long ago when we first met our Blossom. We brought her home a week before Christmas and our lives have not been the same! So much sweetness and devilment rolled up into one little package!

Enjoy your baby!
 

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Gosh, she's a cutie! I remember when we first picked up Snickers last July... as my husband and I drove away, I said "now what???" It was 9 years since we had to do the whole puppy thing. Enjoy her, love her, and grow with her, cause it goes by soooo fast. And when you think you're at wits end (cause she WILL test you if she hasn't already) all it takes is to look at that sweet little face, and you melt, and forget about the fact that she just chewed up a good pair of shoes, or some money, or a roll of toilet paper (all things that Snickers has done.. and all because Daddy wasn't paying attention to her like he should have been:mad:)
I miss those days... I sooo want another one!
 
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