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We are newbies to this dog ownership, I have not had a dog since I was in my early teens. So as I ramble on with this post I apologise if I appear to be teaching grandma how to suck eggs. Nevertheless I find dog psychology quite fasinating.

To my mind there are two glaring anomolies. The "books" always site the basset as having low aggression and making a good family pet, however there appears to many bassets in rescue with aggression problems, this from an animal that is not meant to be or bred originally to be aggressive.

As a continuing statement I think there needs to be a fundamental look on how Bassets are treated.
From my experience with Belle and Beau and reading on this forum and the net generally, I am starting to believe that bassets are far more sensitive than we realise, and this stubborness, poor toileting, and showing off etc. is all front to hide a very sensitive nature. If this is not realised it is more than likely they will face intolerance, and be open to mistreatment.
Accordingly if the dog is as sensitive as I feel it may be; the dog would most likely be come fearfull and the consequence of mistreatment would manifest its self in the form of fear aggression and then you get in to a downard spiral.

I am contemplating doing a study of dogs coming into rescue to fnd out if there is any validity in what I think. I would be interested in your thoughts to say whether you think I am just kidding myself or if you think there may be some truth in it where a good place maybe to start
 

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One of my basset books has a quote which I'll try to post tomorrow when I'm on a real computer. Basically it's by an early breeder and he states that you can't train a basset (for hunting) with a whip or harsh words because of their sensitive nature, but if you know the breed "they are not hard to manage, with a little tact"
Thank you for that:)
 

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It is easy to assume that most dogs in resuce etc experence abuse and neglect and is the cause of the behavior wen in actually it is their behavior that landed then in rescue and shelters. Behavioral issue is the nimber one reason why dog are released by owner to shelters in survey after survey. [/FONT]
Hi Mikey

You cannot deny that, but is there a case to suggest what would be considered reasonable behavior by an owner for displining a dog, would have and adverse effect on a basset.

I want to find out if the sensistive nature of the Basset leaves it at odds with conventional wisdom when it comes to their treatment and training etc.
 
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