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Thinking about getting a Basset Hound puppy to be your pet? It's a big decision!
As you probably already know, caring for a puppy is a lot of responsibility. The kids may be hounding you to get one tomorrow and claiming that they will care for it. But, you know this is not a decision to be made in haste.
First, you need to do some research. But, WHERE does one start?
If you feel overwhelmed, follow these guidelines to make a few key decisions which will help on your quest to find the perfect dog...
Slow down! Research the breed BEFORE buying. Here is the first question to consider:
Is this breed a good 'fit' for me and my family?
Give this question full consideration to understand what you are getting yourself into. Find out if you and your family are compatible with the Basset Hound breed. Determine if you are able to meet the needs of this type of dog.
To get started, read the following article:
At times, the puppyhood phase of dog ownership can seem quite challenging. Puppies have lots of needs. They need to be loved, trained, and cared for. They also go through some undesireable phases which may include chewing, nipping, accidents in the house, separation anxiety, etc.
During the first year, a new owner spends a considerable amount of time working with and training his puppy. While some are ready for this challenge and actually enjoy performing all the necessary tasks of raising a puppy, others struggle to find the time and / or simply did not realize the demands.
Here's an alternative... consider getting an older Basset Hound. While adult dogs also need love and care, many have already been trained leaving more time to enjoy your dog's companionship without the demands of first year puppyhood.
Therefore, the second question to ponder is...
Do I really want raise a Basset Hound puppy or would an adult dog be a better match considering my lifestyle, needs, and wants? For help answering this question, read the following article:
Researching a dog breed can be time consuming. But, it can also be fun to discover the type(s) of dog with which you are compatible (Basset Hound or other). In the long run, research and self reflection are worth the effort as you are better able to make a choice about dog ownership that is right for you and your family.
Ready for a Basset Hound? If so, congratulations on your decision!
Still not sure that you have the knowledge to make a good decision? Well, don't get discouraged. There are many good books about dog ownership and dog breeds. Perhaps some of these books may be helpful...
Choosing a Dog for Dummies
Available from amazon.com in Kindle Edition or paperback. This book guides you through the process of choosing the perfect dog for your family. It is written in an easy to follow format to help you decide the where, when, how, with whom, what, and why. The book helps you determine if dog ownership is for you and if so, what type of dog to get. Learn how to find your new dog or puppy and how to prepare for his arrival. It contains a section on AKC dog breeds to narrow your choices.
If you'd like to purchase or need more information, click the book image or title below to go directly to amazon's product page.
Basset Hound Books
Both of these hardcover books are available at amazon.com.
To read my review of these two books click here.
The Basset Hound Owners Survival Guide
This Basset Hound book is available as hardcover or Kindle Edition (for those who prefer to download an ebook to their Kindle or iPad) from amazon.com. I have not yet read this book. But, there are many customer reviews at amazon.com to help you decide whether or not to purchase.
Those who have experience with the breed have insight to offer. Talking to breeders, owners, trainers, veterinarians, and breed rescue can be helpful.
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