It’s a dog’s life: To make it better, university veterinarian says add exercise to canine’s daily routine Manhattan, KS Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Posted in Basset Hound with tags , , , , , on 2012/04/26 by bassetthounds
It’s a dog’s life: To make it better, university veterinarian says add exercise to canine’s daily routine
Manhattan, KS
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
 MANHATTAN, Kan. — Humans aren’t the only ones who can benefit from daily exercise. A Kansas State University veterinarian says dogs need it, too.

“Dogs should get exercise at least twice a day, generally around 15 to 20 minutes each session for small dogs and 30 to 40 minutes or more for large dogs,” said Susan Nelson, clinical associate professor at the university’s Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, a part of the College of Veterinary Medicine.

However, how long and the type of exercise depend on the type of dog, its age and its health, Nelson said.

“It really depends on what the dog can do,” she said. “For short-legged or arthritic dogs, walking is good. Running is good for dogs that are bigger and are in good shape, but how much running to do depends on the dog and how in shape it is. Remember, you can’t run a basset hound like you would a Great Dane.”

Choosing the type of exercise for your dog depends on how fit it is and if it has any health conditions that limit its activity level. For example, running and jumping aren’t good for a dog with arthritis. Waking and hiking are good low-impact activities. Swimming can be good for many dogs, especially those who have joint mobility problems — but make sure the dog knows how to swim first, Nelson said.

In general, Nelson said small dogs can walk up to a mile or two, while large dogs may be able to handle three or more miles of walking or running.

Just letting a dog out to play on its own in a fenced-in yard isn’t good enough. The dog should be kept active while exercising, so playing a game of fetch with a ball or flying disc are good forms of exercise, Nelson said.

While getting your dog active is good, Nelson said it’s also important to make sure your canine friend isn’t overdoing it.

“Some signs to look for include an obvious limp, if they are tugging on their leash and don’t want to go forward, or if they start to lag behind,” she said. “As the weather gets warmer, watch out for overheating your dog. Signs include panting really hard; producing thick, ropey saliva; and getting a dark, red tongue. Taking water breaks along the way is a good idea.”

If your dog gets weak, collapses or seems to struggle while exercising in warm weather, it’s important to get them cooled off and to a veterinarian quickly, Nelson said.

Once temperatures climb into the 80s, Nelson said monitor your dog closely when exercising and consider switching your sessions to early morning and evening when temperatures are cooler. For some dogs even temperatures in the 70s can be hazardous to their health.

“Don’t forget about humidity levels in the heat, too,” she said. “High humidity can make it tough for dogs to breathe and they can’t get proper cooling through panting. This is especially true for dogs with short, stubby noses like boxers and bulldogs.”

Nelson said dogs with these types of noses can have a hard time moving air in and out, and the tissues in their throats can start to swell when they have to pant a lot.

“It is a vicious cycle that can lead to overheating because they just can’t pant as effectively as dogs with longer noses,” she said. “Very young and very old dogs also don’t have a high tolerance for the heat.”

Heat can be hard on a dog’s feet, too, Nelson said.

“As the weather gets warmer, pavement and asphalt can get hot and burn the pads on their feet,” she said. “Gravel can be a painful surface, too, especially if they aren’t used to running on it. Many dogs will develop severe injuries to their pads if they aren’t conditioned to run on rough surfaces.”

Another concern at this time of year are fleas and ticks, so make sure your dog is protected against them before heading outside.

If your dog did fine on its walk or run but woke up stiff or lame afterward, Nelson recommends having a veterinarian check it out to ensure it’s not something exercise will continue to aggravate.

Scheduling a physical with a veterinarian is a good first step before starting an exercise routine for your dog, Nelson said, especially if the dog is overweight or has had a sedentary lifestyle.

“You want to make sure your dog is ready to exercise. You may have to start slow to build up their endurance,” she said. “But once you get started, it can be fun. For example, you can get creative and set up things for your dog to find along the way — search activities. The important thing is to get them up and going.”

Erinn Barcomb-Peterson
Director, News & Editorial Services
Kansas State University Media Relations
Manhattan, KS
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Basset Hound Training: The Significance Of Patience And Consistency

Posted in Uncategorized on 2012/04/24 by bassetthounds

Basset Hound Training: The Significance Of Patience And Consistency

Do you know that patience and consistency are
vital variables in basset hound training?
Perhaps you are a starter in the world of dog
ownership and training. Well, be advised that
such components are necessary and useful in any
dog training endeavor. You should really be
patient so as to remain consistent. In fact,
patience and consistency must work hand in hand
so as to enjoy an exciting, productive and
effective basset hound training.

Some basset hounds are complicated to train. You
may need to convince them that proper training
will give them numerous benefits and rewards. If
you can’t offer your dog convincing reasons why
training, exercise and other dog-related
activities must be done regularly, then expect
to contend with a rather stubborn and unruly
pet. You may even have to settle for a basset
that would rather sleep, chase cars and dig or
hunt for some scents.

Training a basset hound can be really a handful,
especially if your dog is very unruly, unsociable
and feels dominant or aggressive. However, it is
never impossible be successful in basset hound
training mainly because loads of efficient dog
training information and resources can now lend
you a hand. Besides, if you are loaded with
patience and determination, then there’s nothing
much to worry about. The more patient and driven
you are to train your dog, the more consistent
you will be in doing your dog training routines.
Evidently, it is only by means of persistence and
consistency that you can make your pet become
accustomed to being well-mannered.

Sadly though, only a few basset hound owners
make sure that they can properly and
consistently train their pets. Some folks would
leave it to chance, and some are merely
contented with the few minutes that they can
spend with their dogs. Because of this, they are
often taken aback with the many accidents and
troubles brought about by their pet’s habits and
behaviors. What’s the point of owning such a
breed of dog if you aren’t actually willing and
determined enough to provide for his needs? Why
let your dog be an untrained or poorly-trained
one if proper means of training can actually
give you many different benefits and positive
effects? Why be inconsistent if it’s truly
essential for you to regularly do your dog
training routines?

Always remember that basset hounds are
inherently bright and exceptional dogs.
Nevertheless, they need proper guidance and
training so that they can be a desirable and
acceptable member of the society. You must be
the type of pack leader that is
reasonably-affectionate, disciplined and patient
or persistent. It is through your own efforts
that you can make your basset become used to
behaving well and doing desirable things.
Evidently, patience and consistency are the main
elements that make a effective basset hound
training. So why neglect such imperative and
beneficial aspects?

Hannah Downey is a respectable source of a
multitude of quality basset hound training
information. For additional useful basset hound
training articles and blog posts, please go to

Wishing you a Happy New Year’s 2012

Posted in Basset Hound on 2012/01/01 by bassetthounds

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Why is your dog jumping on people?

Posted in Basset Hound with tags on 2011/11/08 by bassetthounds

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Let’s face it, a crazy dog jumping on people does nothing for your social life. Whether it be a couple of friends coming round for a coffee or a full blown evening meal for your partner’s work colleagues, no matter how much effort you put into creating a warm welcome, nothing can compete with the over-enthusiastic welcome of a highly excited, slobbering hound launching itself at your guests’ chests at high speed as soon as you open the front door.

Dogs jumping on people is a common problem and can cause a lot of stress in an otherwise calm household. But to effectively tackle the problem, you first need to understand exactly why your dog is jumping on people.

Instinctive Behaviour

As pack animals, dogs are highly social and jumping up is actually their way of saying ‘hello’.  The behaviour starts as a puppy and takes the form of a request for food. In the wild, wolf cubs greet the returning adults by licking their lips as a way of encouraging them to regurgitate food. So the purpose a puppy jumps up at humans is to reach our faces, instinctively for the same reason. And although (hopefully) none of us ever regurgitates food for our puppies, we do usually give them a positive response for their behaviour. Puppies are so cute and it makes us feel good that they are so pleased to see us, so it’s only natural to bend down to them and give them lots of fuss and attention.

And herein lies the problem. By giving a positive response to our puppy’s jumping up, we are inadvertently rewarding them for their behaviour – and so they continue to do it all the more. Unfortunately, while it may seem cute for a puppy to jump all over us, as your dog matures into a hefty adult, it becomes rather less of a pleasurable experience. Even if you have a toy breed, it can still be a big nuisance to have the little thing scrabbling up yours (and your visitors’) legs every time you walk through the door.

But there’s an even more serious consequence of our unwitting response to our dog jumping on people.

Who’s ‘Top Dog’ In Your House?

The real issue that arises from allowing – and unwittingly encouraging – your puppy to jump up and greet people is that you are giving the puppy a very clear message that we respond to his wishes – ie, that he is allowed to dominate us and our visitors. And, unfortunately, as the puppy matures into an adult, and his need to establish his status in the family ‘pack’ becomes more acute, this message is so clearly imprinted in his brain that he figures out that he must be the pack leader. Worse still, as pack leader he now has a duty to protect his home territory and other pack members so you may find that what was once a friendly welcome takes on a rather more aggressive stance.

Unfortunately, this is just the tip of the iceberg; dogs which assume the role of pack leader exhibit all sorts of dominant behaviour issues because, quite frankly, they have no need to listen to you or respect your wishes.

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Happy Halloween from Basset Hounds Community Blog

Posted in Basset Hound with tags on 2011/10/31 by bassetthounds

Basset Hounds History how they got their name!

Posted in Basset Hound on 2011/10/19 by bassetthounds
The word Basset comes from the French word “bas” meaning low. Therefore, some authors suggest that the basset hound dogs come from dwarfs born in litters of French hounds.

Other authors indicate that the basset hound lines originated from the bloodhound.

In either case, the breed is prized for its qualities to follow a trail. Today, and popularized in the world, this breed of dog fulfills both functions as functions of hunting dog companion dog.

Moreover, his charismatic appearance has led companies as “Hush Puppies” to use the image of basset hound for your logo.

Basset Hound Treausures

Posted in Basset Hound with tags on 2011/10/10 by bassetthounds
They got a bran’ new baby At Bud HBHicks’ house, you see.
You’d think Bud Hicks had somethin’ The way he talks to me!
He comes around a-braggin’, An’ when he wouldn’t quit I said: “What good’s a baby?
You can’t hunt fleas on it.”
Then Bud turned to me an’ told me
How loud that kid could yell, An’ lots I can’t remember, He had so much to tell.
But I got tired o’ hearin’ An’ so I ast him, quick, “If you wuz in a-swimmin’ Could it go get a stick?”

There is no use a-talkin’, Bud thinks their baby’s fine! Huh! I’d a whole lot rather Jest have a pup like mine. I’ll bet it’s not bald-headed! But if Bud doesn’t fail To let me hear it yellin’, I’ll let him pull Spot’s tail.