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Awwwww we finally got Bruno! Weve had him for a week so far and its all been great. Him and the cats get along GREAT! Right now actually him and our male cat Hercules are playing around. We took him to the pet store and bought all his stuff, he got so many smoochies and rubs the whole time we were there. The kids are doing great with them, our youngest doesnt like it when he barks (he just recently found his bark and growl...lol) I just love having him around hes so snuggly and smushy and his face is just priceless. I am in love with the basset breed they are great. Bruno is so full of antics and just goofy things that I dont stop laughing. He def was the perfect choice for our family addition. Thanks for all the good advice and as soon as I can Im going to post pics of him on here....I cant wait for everyone to see his freckles and rolls!!!!!!

~Tyler and Bruno~
 

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Congratulatins on your new Basset baby. Can't wait to see pictures. He looks so cute in the advatar.
 

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Any training tips from the vets...Bruno is so funny but so bad sometimes..And hes petrified of the rain so taking him outside is a fight!!!!!!
 

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Classes, classes and more classes. He will love the social exposure he gets in the classes and you can meet other puppy owners who are going through the same thing. Remember, the basset was originally bred to be a tenacious tracker so he will be stubborn and will be COMPLETELY distracted by different scents. Keep this in mind when you're getting ready to give up. By remembering the breed characteristics you should be able to outwit him when you need to. Have fun with your new little puppy.
 

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hes petrified of the rain so taking him outside is a fight!!!!!!
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Common breed trait which you think would be conterintuitive for a breed bred to hunt.

Keep this in mind when you're getting ready to give up. By remembering the breed characteristics you should be able to outwit him when you need to.[/b]
I don't think of it as a matter of outwitting. Training a basset is this simple. A basset or any dog for that matter ends up doing what it feels in it's own best interest. The idea is to teach the dog it is in its best interest to follow your commands. For the typical basset food can be a powerful motivator. THe thing is you must learn to use food as a reward, not as a bribe.

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Hard to Train?

REWARDS, LURES & BRIBES

My basic short list of much read puppy articles

IT TAKES A PACK TO RAISE A PUPPY

Crate Training

Bite Inhibition - How to Teach It

and the most important

Countdown to a Crackerjack Canine Companion
The optimal time to socialize your puppy is BEFORE it is three months old. Unfortunately, your pup needs to be confined indoors until then. This relatively short period of social isolation at such a crucial developmental time could all but ruin your puppy's temperament. Whereas dog-dog socialization may be put on temporary hold until your pup is old enough to go to puppy school and the dog park, we simply can not delay socialization with people. On the contrary, during the first month, while your pup is grounded at home, socializing with people becomes the Prime Puppy Directive. Without a doubt, raising and training a pup to be people-friendly is by far the single most important aspect of pet dog husbandry.

Capitalize on the time your pup is confined indoors by inviting people to your home. As a rule of thumb, your pup needs to socialize with at least 100 people before it is 3 months old. This is actually much easier than it sounds. Invite a different group of eight men each Sunday to watch sports on the television. (Generally, men are pretty easy to attract and train if you offer pizza and beer.) Each Monday invite a different group of eight women to watch Ally McBeal and Dateline. Catch up on all your outstanding social obligations by inviting family, friends and neighbors to weekly Puppy Parties. On another night of the week invite some neighborhood children. Above all, don't keep this puppy a secret. And of course, the great thing about socializing a young puppy is that it also does wonders for your own social life!

...As soon as your puppy is three months old, there is considerable urgency to play catch-up VIS A VIS socialization and confidence building with other dogs. At the very latest, be certain your pup starts puppy training classes before it is eighteen weeks old. Four and a half months marks a critical juncture in you doggy's development, accurately pinpointing the time it turns from puppy to adolescent - sometimes, virtually overnight. And you certainly want your pup enrolled in class well before it collides with adolescence! I simply can not over emphasize the importance of placing yourself under the guidance and tutelage of a professional pet dog trainer, while you are negotiating your dog's precarious and hair-raising transition from puppyhood to adolescence. [/b]
For a more scientific explaination on the needs for socialization and how to do it
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.[/b]


Puppy Socialisation and Habituation - How to go about it.
 

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:D Congratulations :D

Please post some pics! My eyes are going nutty trying to see the gorgeous puppy in the tiny avatar.
 

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Glad to hear Bruno is adjusting well to his new home! I highly recommend the puppy classes, I found that it was a great resource for answers to all types of behavior questions. I enrolled Jackie as soon as she was old enough and I feel that I could not have gone through the baby puppy stage without the classes.

Good luck with everything and please post some pictures when you get them!
 
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