But we DOwhy don't people who enjoy their bassets do performance events with them of some sort? is there a conspiracy against doing things with your dog if you are not a stereotypical AKC show dog or close therein?[/b]
Since I really don't want to go into details...I'd give a lot to be able to participate in field trials, but it's just not possible.
My hounds are not deprived since they aren't in a hound activity. They're eager to go on our 3+ walks a day, to sniff around and chase the local rabbits and squirrels and occasional cat that strays too close to our yard.
So, you're really not being fair in assuming people "should" have the time to devote to an activity that requires quite a bit of time. Just because things are going well for you now, someday, you may be in my shoes.
It sounds like your hounds have a great life! Sometimes I think all the 'performanc' activities we do with our dogs are more about fulfillling OUR needs than giving the dog something they need.
I actually did read your post before it was edited, and want you to know you're in my prayers.
Thanks, I appreciate your prayers. I kinda felt guilty about there being TMI there, so I deleted it.It sounds like your hounds have a great life! Sometimes I think all the 'performanc' activities we do with our dogs are more about fulfillling OUR needs than giving the dog something they need.
I actually did read your post before it was edited, and want you to know you're in my prayers.[/b]
LOL, I guess not much time is all relative! A one day trial is that, a whole day! If you run and leave, sure, not much time. But most will want to do it properly, which definitely includes the important human socialization + refreshments = entire day. Not that I'm complaining I so enjoyed it!Actually running bassets in the field and competing in hunts or field trials does not require much time. In the AHBA events, such as the hunt at Elizabethtown, PA on the 14th &15th, we welcome novice hounds and owners. The grounds are fully fenced so no basset can be lost. We take small packs of hounds out release them and they have one hour to run around and try to find a bunny. A novice hound may not do well, and the more they run rabbits, the better they become, but even with no training, many bassets will naturally start tracking. They also learn from the other hounds
There is one local couple who own 5 pure pet bassets and their oldest hound has become a good rabbit hound[/b]
It very much depends on the breed, it seams those breeds that have there own exclusive registrry like Austrialian Shephards, Border collies and jack russelL terriers have a much higher participation rates than other breed. Toy breeds in general a much lowerer rate as that is they were bred for being companion and nothing else in the first place.On the other hand, maybe the percentage of bassets in performance events, all bassets considered, isn't all that different than the percentage of any breed that works in any performance event[/b]
Uhm that is not what Balinda said at all. It is virtual impossible to explain to someone with not intention or inclination to "participate" with their dog but those of us that do all have had a dog at one time or anouther that was "just a pet" an to a person I have have never pet anyone that they did not have a closer relationship with a dog they partcipated with than one they did not. Through participation you learn more about the dog and yourself, improve the relationship and learn to communicate better with future dogs as well. Participate does not mean compete. Some of the moste obiedient and well trained dogs never have seen an obedience ring, just as some of the best hunting dogs have never been to a field trial.As Belinda said: doesn't really matter as long as you love them. Just because yours do events or whatever does not by any means you love yours any more or less than someone else who does not do events. Who are you to judge?[/b]
You can add Macey to that mix as well as one of those novice dogs that improves every time out, but only has the experience of the Field Trial itself for training because of a lack of local grounds to run on.A novice hound may not do well, and the more they run rabbits, the better they become, but even with no training, many bassets will naturally start tracking. They also learn from the other hounds[/b]
But we DO
This year Rosie got both her Rally Novice and her Agility Novice titles, plus two legs on her Rally Advanced
And 11 year old Gabby got her Rally Novice title as well!