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Socialization is the process of teaching a puppy canine social skills by introducing him to friendly people, new situations, and other animals.
A well-bred Basset Hound that is properly socialized from an early age will be:
As a result, you'll enjoy your dog both at home and in public without the worry of timid or aggressive behavior.
Early socialization is an essential part of Basset Hound training.
It starts with the Basset Hound breeder.
In general, the Basset Hound has a calm, mild-mannered, friendly disposition. But, a dog's temperament is both inherited and learned. A responsible breeder knows this. He'll make every effort to ensure that he produces dogs with good temperament.
Of course, Basset Hound puppies have their first encounter with people while living with the breeder. A good breeder allows children and adults to handle and play with the puppies in a fun, non-threatening environment. He doesn't keep the puppies constantly isolated or confined. Instead, he exposes the puppies to stimulating environments and situations.
Through this early socialization process, a puppy gains confidence and learns to interact with and trust people.
A new owner should continue the socialization process. During your first year with your Basset Hound puppy, introduce him to new people (of all ages, both male and female) and new situations.
Let him play with your children and / or other children in a non-threatening environment. Of course, really young children will need to be supervised - use your judgment.
Take him to a park or other places that welcome dogs. Introduce him to car rides. Of course, never leave your dog in the car on a hot or warm day.
Expose your Basset Hound puppy to household noises as well as noises when he's outside such as traffic. This will help him become accustomed to hearing different sounds without becoming fearful.
Introduce him to other friendly dogs. A great why to do this is to take him to a puppy kindergarten class. He'll learn to interact with other people and dogs in a controlled environment with an experienced instructor and you'll most likely learn something too. Puppy kindergarten classes are usually for puppies from two to five months old.
Raise a happy, well-adjusted Basset Hound by including early socialization in your Basset Hound training program.
Keep in mind, the goal of socialization is to raise a confident, outgoing Basset Hound that can coexist with humans and is comfortable with the world around him.