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I know Bassets are stubborn but do I just have to accept that my basset will decide to obey me when she feels like it? I’m surprised at how smart she is. She knows many commands- more than my previous dog. But my problem is that she chooses when she wants to listen. The majority of the time she’s getting into stuff she shouldn’t, and when I tell her the leave it command she won’t stop until I firmly yell the command. Then she slowly backs away. She’s terribly slow to obey anything I say. Is this normal? Can it be changed? The trainer I used a few months ago did not work. Spent all that money for nothing. And I can’t find a specialist in the area that trains bassets. My dog is 1.4 years old. And she’s finally potty trained 🙄
 

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OK. I firmly believe that when you get 'stubborn' you must change your approach to what you want. Making them think what you want, is their idea is the way forward. And never avoid trading either. You have to Basset-proof your home too meaning removing EVERYTHING you value from within reach. Never forget how long the Basset neck is (should be) - I left a pork tenderloin in a packed to thaw right at the back of the counter and out of reach, I thought. When upstairs I looked out back to see one of mine up the garden engrossed in something - in a blue tray ..... yes, he'd got hold of the pork and was happily chewing away at it - raw. And frozen still. No more food for him that day and after that, no more leaving anything on the counter of interest!! Luckily although he was a bit uncomfortable for the rest of the day (having a cold lump in his tummy couldn't have been great), there were no other side effects.

I will never go with Basset = stubborn. You just need to find out what makes 'em tick. And avoid confrontations. They do have minds of their own but they also usually want to please their owners too. If you want instant with Bassets, then this isn't the breed for you. If you use help, that person MUST know Bassets or Beagles, or you will have wasted your money.

Good luck - patience!!!
 

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Bassets are not bidable ie desire to please , like so called easy to train dogs. I basset is not going to do stuff you want unless tbere is a reasonable likelihood it will get something they want. so in your scenario what does the basset get for leaving it? sound like nothing. why would he leave it there is no incentive. Through reward based training you need to create the reasonable expectation of a reward in order for a basset to follow a command.

 

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I see what you mean Mikey but I still believe the Basset, most of 'em, wants to live in a happy home, with a happy owner not in a constant war zone, so in that, there is an inbuilt willingness to 'please', as long as they believe what you want (again) is their idea. If that can't be achieved, many a time a male Basset will simply 'shut down' or worse still, if pushed could even go to fear biting.

The one good thing about the breed is it's fairly easy to figure out what's going on - unlike the Whippet. Mine took me quite a long time to get inside her head or maybe it's simply because of the huge number of years I'd spent 'with Basset' as opposed to living with a Whippet?
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