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I just adopted an 8 week old basset hound the other day. She is doing great and adjusting well. I was wondering if anyone knows of any good websites that have good basset hound info. I ordered some books but they haven't arrived yet. Also, I heard something about making sure that puppies dont get too much excercise. How much is too much? I'll will post pics as soon as I get the time to figure it out, lol. Thank you!:)

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toby is almost 5 months and he is doing pretty well with his crate training. but when he wants out he makes sure to let us and all the neighbors know it. just make sure the crate isn't too big because i made that mistake and he decided he could potty on one side and sleep on the other so make sure if you get a larger crate that you use the separator.

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heard something about making sure that puppies dont get too much excercise
This is not correct nor has it ever been correct this is from a misunderstanding not create stress on Joint. does not mean limit exercise. Lack of exercise lead to whole bunch of health problems but you want to advoid high inmpact exercise like jumping. Not exercise as a whole.

do Bassets do well with crate training. If so, I was planning on starting at 10 weeks.
What do you mean by "crate Training" FWIW Crate training is teaching the dog to love going in and spending time in a crate without fussing. There is Not a dog that cannont be taught this and is One thing I think should be taught to all dogs The Crate then can become the basis of a lot of other training as well.

crate Training
Some people, - or should I say "most people" - buy a crate, put the dog in it and wait to see how the dog will react to this new tool. As you can see, dear friends, I took a real shortcut here :) In fact, most handlers are "smart" and lure the dog into the crate with some yummie treats. And it works so well ... until the treats has been eaten. Then the dog shows you the first signals of impatience, fear, loneliness, etc. In other words: he wants to get OUT.
At this moment - I'm sorry to say so - the evil is already done!
And as an interlude I give you some owners' reactions:
Some owners try to comfort the dog, by telling stories like " Come on... don't whine... it's a marvellous place to be... you know it's because you're chewing the furniture..." They hope the dog will understand this blah-blah". It's the optimistic handler :)
Others will shout loudly :"Shut up, or I'll break your neck..." He hopes to get the dog quiet by bluffing. Some will even throw their slipper against the crate, hoping this noise will "terrify" the dog and make him shut up. It's the short-tempered type.
Another type of owner takes a "dogbook" and reads "Don't go to the dog. Let him whine or bark. As soon as the dog is quiet, release him." It's the type of the owner who thinks that everything written MUST be true. He'll learn when time comes, that many dogbooks have been written by people who never had a dog. :-(
And last but not least there's the dogowner who wants to be well informed, who's always willing to learn more about his dear friend, the dog. It's the owner who is a member of ClickerSolutions. :) It's the owner who reads what follows: The way to go is - you can guess it - shaping the behavior.
Once the pup is crate trained then it can be used for other purposes as well such as confinement when house training Housetraining Your Puppy and House Training: Ring My Bell!

or to be the basis of other training Crate Games for Self-Control & Motivation DVD

I was wondering if anyone knows of any good websites that have good basset hound info. I ordered some books but they haven't arrived yet.
Basset contrairy to popular opinion are not really much different then other breeds as well so basset specific material is limited and general most dog related info will pertain to all dogs. Whith that in mind the most important thing you should be involved with the puppy are 1. Socialization and Habituation, the number one cause of behavioral problems in adult dogs is a lack of this in the critical 6-24 week old period. 2. Teaching Bite inhibition, all dogs in the right set of circumstances will bite, but you can teach them to bite with a soft mouth. This can be taught now as a puppy but can not be reliable taught later on in the dogs life. and 3 way down on the list is house training.

socialization and Habituation links

Countdown to a Crackerjack Canine Companion
Without a doubt the most pressing developmental deadline is BEFORE you get your puppy. The most important considerations are your puppy's education and YOUR education! By the time you bring your new puppy home, say by eight weeks of age, it should already be accustomed to the indoor domestic environment (especially noises) and well socialized with people. Similarly, housetraining, chew toy training and tutoring in basic manners should be well underway. If not, your prospective puppy's social and mental development will already be severely retarded and sadly, you will be playing catch-up for the rest of its life.
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
Puppy Socialisation and Habituation (Part 2) How to go about it
Instead of socialisation and habituation being a haphazard affair with experiences occurring at random, as is so often the case, the puppy's exposure to environmental stimuli should be as systematic as possible to ensure the best chance of it developing a sound temperament and capacity to cope in all circumstances.
AVSAB Position Statement On Puppy Socialization
time for puppy socialization is the first three months of life.1, 2 During this time puppies should be exposed to as many new people, animals, stimuli and environments as can be achieved safely and without causing overstimulation manifested as excessive fear, withdrawal or avoidance behavior. For this reason, the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior believes that it should be the standard of care for puppies to receive such socialization before they are fully vaccinated.

Because the first three months are the period when sociability outweighs fear, this is the primary window of opportunity for puppies to adapt to new people, animals, and experiences. Incomplete or improper later in life including fear, avoidance, and/or aggression. Behavioral problems are the greatest threat to the owner-dog bond. In fact, behavioral problems are the number one cause of relinquishment to shelters.3 Behavioral issues, not infectious diseases, are the number one cause of death for dogs under three years of age.
Bite Inibition

Bite Inhibition How to Teach it

There is the perception by many that one of the difficulties in training basset hound is their (basset hound's) stubborness. The fact is their has never been a stubborn basset hound ever! Only a particular hound that lacked suffcient motivation to do as a owner/human requested. Basset hound along with most hounds are considered "hard to Train" the one thing all these "hard to Train" breed have in common is they lack the biddiblity (willingness to please) of the so called easy to train breeds. Look at it this way When as to comply with a request easy to train dogs are off on it like a shot and respond with "is there any thing else you would like" where as the hard to train breeds are "Why?" and let us say "because I say so" is not a something they respond well to. The "secret" training is to make it in mind of the hound in his best interest to respond. Not through complusion, because hounds natural response to stress is to shut down and become helpless The, flat basset, is well known response. Motivation, through the use of reward that the dog desires works wonders. In fact when done right the intellegence of the breed really shines through and they are some of the easiest and eagar to learn dogs out their.

Hard to Train?
A look at "difficult-to-train" breeds and the reality of what shapes these canine minds.
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Media Hound, Front and Finish: July 1994
Review of Stanley Coren's The Intelligence of Dogs: Canine Consciousness and Capabilities
Coren's analysis of working or obedience intelligence is by far the weakest link in his book. In attempting to rank the various breeds in terms of working intelligence, Coren found no laboratory research at all,

...Unfortunately, the methodology underlying Coren's conclusions is extremely faulty. All Coren has managed to do is to obtain a rough list of the success of various breeds in the sport of dog obedience in North America; jumping from that to the number of repetitions it took the various dogs to learn commands is impossible. We can even use Coren himself to challenge his own methodology. In his analysis of adaptive intelligence, Coren includes an interesting canine IQ test. The "CIQ" consists of twelve separate tests, designed to assess the dog's learning and problem-solving ability. I tested two dogs: Connie, my own basset hound (a breed ranked in the bottom tier of intelligence) and Dream, a border collie (a member of the top echelon). The results were interesting. Connie scored in the "brilliant" category, a group that fewer than five percent of the dogs in Coren's standardization group reached (no, I didn't skew the results!). Dream, on the other hand, scored in the low average range of intelligence, where, according to Coren, a dog will need to work rather hard to understand what is required of it. Connie has obedience scores which range from a low of 173 to a high of 186; she currently has two legs on her UD (and plenty of NQ's in our quest for that elusive third leg). Dream is an OTCH who has garnered many high in trials and placed at this year's Gaines Classic. Clearly, an obedience judge seeing the two dogs in the ring would conclude that Dream was by far the easier dog to train. Yet such was not the case. Connie is an extremely quick study who retains what she learns. Dream, according to her handler, always has difficulty learning and retaining new behaviors. Obviously, only erroneous conclusions could be drawn from their respective ring performances as to the amount of time and repetition it took them to learn the commands.

The most striking difference between the two dogs is a personality issue, not a matter of anything that can be labeled "intelligence." Although Coren devotes a full chapter to what he terms the "personality factor," he does not seem to realize how critical a role it plays in the obedience ring. Connie is like many bassets: she's bright and happy to learn if you can convince her that the learning was her idea in the first place (i.e., if you train with food). But she doesn't have a strong sense of duty; if she's under stress or a bit distracted, she'd as soon not obey a command as obey it. Let's indulge in speculation and generalization for a moment, dangerous though it might be. Bassets are perfectly capable of shutting down entirely under stress; more than anything else, their tendency toward negative stress management is the reason why judges see so many slow-moving, tail-drooping, lagging bassets in the ring. Border collies are an entirely different story. Once a behavior is learned, most border collies seem to perform regardless of stress; indeed, many respond to stress by getting sharper and sharper. Dream is not such a successful obedience dog because of her learning ability. She has excelled because, quite simply, she loves to perform in the ring in front of a crowd of spectators. It is this showy sparkle--a je ne sais quoi which would never appear on a personality or intelligence test--that makes Dream unusually good; her learning pattern is all but irrelevant. My basset loves to learn new things and loves to practice but gets a bit overwhelmed in stressful situations, freezing and refusing to work at all. Again, her learning pattern would be impossible to predict in an assessment of her ring performance. In both cases, an obedience judge, based on what she sees at a trial, would be unable to make any meaningful statement about these dogs' trainability. In general, the difference between bassets and border collies is far more a difference of intensity, energy level, and desire to obey commands in the face of adversity than it is a difference of trainability or problem-solving aptitude.
FWIW Heather Nadleman author of the review was the past owner of this forum and has owned and competed with both basset hounds and border collies.

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Discussion Starter · #7 ·
I mean crate training by having my puppy have a quiet, safe place to sleep at night and when there is no one in the house to supervise her. There is usually always someone home but of course there will be times where the house will have to be empty. After doing some reading, I did see that it's not the extra walking and running that could do harm, but the jumping on front legs. Thanks for the info!
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gorge loves his crate i tried to see if he wanted to stay in the bedroom with us as hes old enough now
& he got very restless & agitated & he kept coming up to me so i thought
maybe he wants to bisy
he did go out & bisy but as soon as he come back in he went straight in he's crate & laid dawn so i think that answers that one for me
i think he just likes it in there i think even more so now as well
because we just bought a bigger one as the one he had was to small
& he kept catching himself on it :eek:
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