Socialization

A few years ago, I enrolled my charming but naughty Penelope in an obedience puppy class. The instructor said “oh, gosh. I usually don’t take Basset Hounds in the group classes, Bassets and Beagles notoriously don’t listen and it takes an act of God to train them”. This is true. Bassets are very difficult to train, socializing your puppy should be no problem at all. If you have gotten you basset hound puppy from a reputable breeder the puppy should already be well socialized. The basset hound is a friendly, charming, fun-loving, relaxed dog. They are TRULY one of the last breeds that crave and NEED a pack. Houndful Hearts has only, to date, sold one puppy to an only dog home. It has worked out brilliantly because the owner has done her job. The owner is also a stay at home worker, who devotes 18 of the 24-hour day to Snickers, her beloved hound. She regularly takes Snickers to the beach, to dog-parks and sets playdates with other dog owners for Snickers. The owner revolves AROUND Snickers life. Read that last sentence again. Unless you are prepared to be a slave to your basset hound puppy, it is best NOT to have a basset hound be the only one animal in the house. Birds, fish and snakes to not count as pack animals for your basset hound. Cats might be fine, but really you need an older dog (NOTICE I didn’t say another basset hound) to train your puppy. To teach the puppy how to be a dog, how to speak dog and act like a dog.

In order for puppy to grow up mentally healthy she needs to have positive interaction with her litter mates and mama for the that all important 0-10 weeks of life. And then AGAIN at that all-important stage of 10 weeks to 6 months in their new home. This is critical for puppy to grow up knowing their place in the world.

So, let’s talk about the scenario of you getting a puppy and babying the puppy and keeping that darling little puppy safe from the outside world and other dogs and protecting your darling against over achievers at the dog park. BAD HUMAN. It is VERY difficult to do remedial sociali