What is going on ???

by Eileen
(Boston, MA)

We had 2 beautiful Bassets for almost 13 yrs. They were sisters and died within 4 months of each other. WE were truly devestated. And now we have a handsome 6 month old who has become a bit of a nightmare. From chewing a Christmas ornament to swallowing my daughter's hair clip WHOLE, he had to have surgery 4 days before Christmas!

But handsome aside, he's very aggressive. He has bitten my husband, my daughter and my sister. We've been trying to keep him off the couch and have almost lost an arm! Has anyone ever had an aggressive Basset? I'm at my wits end! I'm ready to ship him back out West where he came from! Any help, suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Jul 24, 2016
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Gunther
by: Phyllis

My Gunther is 12. I've had him since he was 8 mos.old. he does not get along with other male dogs, only femsles. He is fine with cats. We had him neutered when he was 10. He has become very aggressive in the last month especially toward my husband. I don't know what to do. He has become very clingy, and aggressive and urinating at night. We bought him a new bed, changed his food and he gets treats daily. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Feb 13, 2016
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Recap
by: Anonymous

Just to clarify on my last post the decision we came to was for the protection and safety of myself , husband and my children.
It was also because if we had passed George on and he attacked someone else he could be at risk of been physically harmed by someone in anger or even face abandonment which I cannot have. He was getting worse rather than better despite our efforts. It was the best thing all round but heart breaking .

Feb 13, 2016
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Aggressive Bassett
by: Anonymous

I have wanted a basset for the longest time, I waited 5 yes till the time was right and finally it happened I got my adorable George for my 40th Birthday he has been brought into a loving family and spoilt rotten by 6 months of age the dominance started with the growling and showing off teeth and gums so we had him done to calm him . This had absolutely no effect what so ever he then went on to display jackel & Hyde behaviour one minute he is the cutest thing ever the next like wolf
The last month in my house had been the worst where after been examined nothing wrong could be found yet he has gone backwards rather than forward , he is deffacating anywhere he chooses and he has Un provoked out breaks where he has now attacked each member of my house including a 4 year old the last was Sunday where four attacks on separate occasions causing serious damage to my husbands arm. We have just had to make a very painful & difficult decision to have him but to sleep at the age of 15 months. We are truly devastated and in grieving mode at present . Rehoming is not a possibility for him has this would be passing on a problem to someone else to get attacked and totally irresponsible. The vet said to us this is not the first time that he has seen this in bassett. I know it was the right thing to do but nether the less has devastated us all.

Jan 28, 2016
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Aggressive Behavior
by: Anonymous

I do not know if this is the correct thing to do, but when my basset got aggressive regarding food, I took the sctuff of his neck, made him lay down and I stayed there until he submitted. Just be careful, I am not an expert and do not want anyone getting bitten. I also started to seperate my dogs when given treats. However he would still be aggressive maybe due to the scent. And I would do the above steps.

Jan 28, 2016
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Treat aggressive
by: Anonymous

So, my sister and her husband have a Bassett. They don't think theirs a problem. But they live with us and we have two other dogs. The Bassett will become aggressive when their are treats involved. The Bassett has bitten one of the other dogs and has shown his teeth and growled at me when I've attempted to make him stop attacking the other dogs. Help, what should I do?

Jan 28, 2016
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Treat aggressive
by: Anonymous

So, my sister and her husband have a Bassett. They don't think theirs a problem. But they live with us and we have two other dogs. The Bassett will become aggressive when their are treats involved. The Bassett has bitten one of the other dogs and has shown his teeth and growled at me when I've attempted to make him stop attacking the other dogs. Help, what should I do?

Jan 26, 2016
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Cause for aggressiveness
by: Anonymous

I heard that food sensitivies and health issues is what makes dogs aggressive especially if they become aggressive after being passive

Dec 02, 2015
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homeless helpless Bassett rescued
by: Anonymou

I rescued a basset from a shelter almost 2 years ago. He was emaciated and I brought him back to health with multiple vet stays and treatments.
He within the past 2 years has attacked my small pug mix 2x. The second attack sent me to the hospital with multiple stitches to my hands. A trainer? Yes we tried that.
He attacked a 7 lb schitzu mixed almost killing him as well as the most recent attack a fostered schitzu mixed almost killing him. I intervened both not wanting either small dog to be killed. The most recent attack had me slip and fall as I separated him to the bathroom in which I fractured my right kneecap.That involved an ambulance, fire truck, police to the ER. I am awaiting surgery on my right kneecap.
I love my dogs and make sure they get a tremendous amount of attention. They all have their own bedrooms and the others never fight when they run outside for their business or playtime. The Bassett has always been separate due to his rogue attacks never knowing when he may attack..
I love him dearly but value my life more. I am astounded at all the comments of everyone's before of keeping such a dangerous animal in the household. Unless you have witnessed such attacks as I have you would have second thoughts concerning this.
He is scheduled for boarding with additional serious training and I will release him to a rescue who might find another home for him. I have spent thousands of dollars on my pets as well as him as well as endless hours training him with a trainER right alongside.
When a pet becomes so aggressive he questions your quality of life, think twice. Never let them attack a relative or anyone else in the household. Dog bites are a serious matter and can have deadly consequences.
I, myself as a Dr. Will never allow a dog such as this to come into my home and disrupt my life again. All of the previous commentors
Certainly live a sheltered life with rose colored glasses.
I hAve no doubt in my mind had either one of my tiny dogs been a small child or possibly an infant on the carpet in diapers they might have had a horrific end.
If a dig bites, yes I truly understand to attempt to address the situation getting to the root of it. Believe me I have. Trainers, endless hours, thousands of dollars later have led me to the conclusion no pet as cute or obsessed as you are with it should be a life threatening situation. If they bite 1x,2x,3x they have crossed a line only to continue their aggression to the next stage.
Not in my home or as me as a victim. Take heed to my words and if you allow that to continue then God bless you and keep you safe before anyone or any pet is killed.

Jun 30, 2015
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Aggresive 13.5 year old male
by: Billie

I have had Flash since a puppy and he has always been great. I adopted Jordie (female) when Flash 1 1/2....they got along great. Sadly I had to put Jordie down at Thanksgiving (she was 9 1/2). I adopted a king charles/hound mix and they have gotten along great. But now Flash is being aggressive to her and to me when I get involved Which is daily now). These stories are helping me very much. The only thing that has changed is that I moved furniture around....so I will try moving it back. If his aggresion doesn't stop....I am thinking there is something going on with his health because he is old. He is getting hard of hearing and I think his eye site is slowly going. Thank goodness he has been healthy for the most part. I have noticed that he gets this scared "I don't know what I am going to do next" look in his eyes. My gut tells me health.....but let's cross our fingers that it is just the house being re-arranged.

May 28, 2015
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Basset hound behavior
by: Beth

I understand what you all are saying: bassets have complicated personalities. They are sensitive and certain things can upset them and they act out.
My basset hound (6 months old) acts out when I leave the house and don't take him with me. He acts out if I pay attention to our Labrador (who is 12 years old. He wants to be the center of attention at all times and wants to play. I have been reading a lot about bassets and found that bassets who are removed from the litter at 8 weeks old may not learn how to "gentle" play and also may not learn the concept of "dominant dog" properly. That may factor in to many of these situations with the younger dogs.
Also, I got a basset thinking he would not be as active as a regular dog and a more gentle companion for my older Labrador but that is not the case. He is a puppy just like any other puppy. I wanted to also add that crating him was a mistake. He was devastated and became a "demon" dog in response. Once I did away with the crate and began positive reinforcement for good behavior, he changed back to his regular, friendly gentle self. In short (no pun intended haha): these dogs are definitely high maintenance and require a lot of attention. Some more than others. Each has its unique, sensitive personality. Oh I must add one final point: no matter how wild my puppy has gotten he is ALWAYS gentle with my 7 year old. Not saying he hasn't gotten carried away and nipped when he was younger and playing. Just saying he is gentile and docile with my son and his friends. Recommended reading: The Basset Hound: Owner's Survival Guide by Diane Morgan.

Mar 25, 2015
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Thanks for your response MMC
by: Anonymous

I have read your post carefully and I thank you for your thoughtful response. Louis (the Basset) was very aggressive as a pup, I have invested hundreds of hours in him and he is quite placid now, however, whenever he steals something and we try to retrieve it from him he becomes dangerous. Today's attack, however, was the worst and he has damaged my arm and hand badly. I have decided to put stricter measures in place in terms of where we leave our valuable belongings and I am going to seek a trainer in my area, we definitely need better control. As he lies sleeping in my lap it is hard to believe what transpired early this morning ..... :(. I will give him a fair chance and do my best with him! A medical check-up is due soon, so will have the vet's opinion to count on as well. Thanks again for the help! Mel

Mar 25, 2015
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Male Basset bites (March 25)
by: Anonymous

Hi,

I was an owner of a beautiful male Basset hound until August of last year, he was 6 years old when we allowed him to be adopted. We had him since the age of 6 weeks old. He started to show aggression two months prior to us letting him go.
Have you fixed yours? Has anything changed in his life style to make him change?
I firmly believe that is what happened to ours. We went on vacation twice and had him kenneled, we moved to a rental home while our new home was being built, his world changed. He showed signs of aggression towards our 9 year my that was my husbands last draw with him, it broke my heart to let him go, we still get to see him that was the agreement I had with my husband and his new owners before we let him go.
If he has done this since day one then it maybe that much harder to fix the issue. I have read that it is fixable. Have you thought about an aggression class for him? Have you had him tested for any medical conditions? They do say as well that sometimes it is hereditary as well.
If you have the means financially to look into any of these, try to. I hope I am not over stepping my bounds by suggesting this, if I am I do apologize.
If it does not work out I would suggest looking for on a Bassett adoption site (not a Basset Hound rescue, they usually do not take aggressive dog, I tried in my area and they said no). Post that he has had some issues and that he just needs a one on one home. We were very lucky and he was adopted about three days after my husband posted his pic.He is very happy and well taken care of.


Good luck!
M.M.C.

Mar 25, 2015
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Male Basset bites
by: Anonymous

My 18 month old Basset has just attacked me and bitten my arm and hand badly. I tried to remove my daughters sunglasses from him and he went for me. He is the most beautiful animal but he does show signs of aggression. Should I have him put down? Not sure what to do. I am heartbroken. Mel

Jan 30, 2015
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At my wits end
by: Anonymous

Hi i really need yur help!
I have a 3 year old dalmatian and a 1 year old basset hound. both males
Until my basset turned 1 years old everything was perfect - but now he is very agressive towards my dalmatian. He just starts growling and barking and finally he lunges and attacks. The dalmatian could just be sitting there and does nothing to set off the basset. I know sometimes it starts when the basset is sexually excited. but other times there is no reason for it. My dalmatian is very submissive and appears to be scared of the basset. The basset does not listern when we try to intervene. I have booked them both in to be fixed next month but i am so worried that this is not going to fix the problem and I love my sweet boys so much. He is like jekyl and hyde - he goes from the soft placid basset to a raging beast in seconds and then back to being soft.
please help!!!!

Jan 20, 2015
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Basset aggression
by: Anonymous

Has anyone noticed that most of the cases mentioned above relate to male Basset Hounds?

We have had a male Basset for 8.5 years since 8 weeks old, who has been aggressive since he started to mature at about a year old. Neutering made no difference.

However, we don't have kids (I wouldn't tolerate his behaviour if we did) and can manage his behaviour which has got slightly better over the years; he has never bitten anyone, but growls loudly and will go for you (but with a soft mouth - so definitely a case of bark worse than its bite, but still not pleasant!), so we will continue to persevere with him until the end. We made that commitment when we bought him and won't give up, although I have to say he's not been anything like the loving, docile Bassets I grew up with and loved.....and unfortunately he's somewhat put me off the breed for good! :-(


Jan 03, 2015
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just got nuetered. a year old.
by: Elliot

My Bassett is a year old and I just got him neutered. I have a cone to put on him as he just had sergery yesterday. But I can't keep him still.He is so rambunchicious and wants to hide his chews and jump on the couch. He is in his crate now because its bedtime. But He will need out in the morning to eat and do his business. Then its on.I give him chews to keep him occupied but he still is very active. Feeling helpless..😢 Love him so much.

Jan 03, 2015
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just got nuetered. a year old.
by: Elliot

My Bassett is a year old and I just got him neutered. I have a cone to put on him as he just had sergery yesterday. But I can't keep him still.He is so rambunchicious and wants to hide his chews and jump on the couch. He is in his crate now because its bedtime. But He will need out in the morning to eat and do his business. Then its on.I give him chews to keep him occupied but he still is very active. Feeling helpless..😢 Love him so much.

Dec 14, 2014
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My dogs
by: Anonymous

I had two bassets. They were my husbands, so I didn't know them until they were 4 yrs old. I have to say that both of them were the sweetest dogs I've ever know. Chloe passed from cancer at 9, Ginger is still going at close to 14. They are by nature a docile breed.
They both came from a very reputable breeder.
I don't know where your dog is from. If he is from a puppy mill that is your answer. My husband had a basset from a pet store years ago who exhibited this same behavior. Jekyll and Hyde. A biter than sweet as sugar.
No matter, all I can say is you have to get an excellent trainer and be willing to put in the hours with your dog.
Also, you need to find out if there are any underlying physical conditions that could be causing him pain.
I personally believe in adopting from shelters...that's just an aside. There are so many in need, we don't need to be breeding more.


Dec 14, 2014
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My dogs
by: Anonymous

I had two bassets. They were my husbands, so I didn't know them until they were 4 yrs old. I have to say that both of them were the sweetest dogs I've ever know. Chloe passed from cancer at 9, Ginger is still going at close to 14. They are by nature a docile breed.
They both came from a very reputable breeder.
I don't know where your dog is from. If he is from a puppy mill that is your answer. My husband had a basset from a pet store years ago who exhibited this same behavior. Jekyll and Hyde. A biter than sweet as sugar.
No matter, all I can say is you have to get an excellent trainer and be willing to put in the hours with your dog.
Also, you need to find out if there are any underlying physical conditions that could be causing him pain.
I personally believe in adopting from shelters...that's just an aside. There are so many in need, we don't need to be breeding more.


Dec 13, 2014
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I know why
by: Anonymous

Did you get him from a shelter? Well if you did, he probably had a bad experience or he might not be the right dog for you. Just try and have a firm voice when you command him and only use a like in trouble voice when he is in trouble, otherwise use a calm voice and reward him with a treat and affection. If nothing works I would recommend the Dog Whisperer.

Oct 31, 2014
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Response to Bently
by: Anonymous

I have always read that it is never too late to train a dog.
You want him to know as soon as you can that you are the
Alpha. The last thing you want is for him to bite you or
someone else. Please start to follow through so that he knows under no certain terms what he is doing is wrong. Bassetts are smart dogs. I had mine for 6 years and just recently had to let him go to another home. He started to get agressive ( we had a lot going on and he boarded him twice and moved, I believe his world was upside down) and he did make contact with someone and attempted to go at another. All three incidents were when I was not around. My husband did repremend him but it wasn't me. Bet said it needed to be me so he knew it was not acceptable. He knew I was his Alpha, raised him and trained him at 6 wks of age. My husband put his foot down and said enough was enough and did not want to take the chance of the what if happening, it broke my heart. So please start now and stay consistent with him no matter what. Don't give up, he can change.

Oct 31, 2014
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Runs all over me!
by: Lisa in Miami

Hi there... I have a soon to be 4 year old Basset Hound named Bently. I love him to death, but he is as stubborn as anything I have ever seen. If I try to get him off the couch, the tail stops wagging and the growl starts. If he grabs food of any kind (that he isn't supposed to have) and you go to get it, the growl becomes more intense. This is getting more and more frequent with him. I've always heard that once a dog bites once, they'll bite again and again. Therefore he has the upper hand. In a split second though, he becomes the angel I thought he was when I got him. He knows he is the Alpha Dog in the house and he knows I won't follow through with the threats under my breath!! At this point is it too late to get him training? He's a funny and loving boy most of the time. But when that stubbornness kicks in, I'm helpless! Any suggestions???? Thanks for reading...

Oct 10, 2014
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my 14 year old basset hound from leander tx
by: vicki frog

Hi I'm Vicki from Leander tx. And I'm
Having the same problem with my basset hound Roxy she 14 years old and blind can't see she had cracrent. Surgery. On eyes.

She startned. This thing where she gos off. And snaps and broke no reason it looks like she is vesest deman man

Oct 10, 2014
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my 14 year old basset hound from leander tx
by: vicki frog

Hi I'm Vicki from Leander tx. And I'm
Having the same problem with my basset hound Roxy she 14 years old and blind can't see she had cracrent. Surgery. On eyes.

She startned. This thing where she gos off. And snaps and broke no reason it looks like she is vesest deman man

Aug 13, 2014
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My 6 year old Bassett
by: Anonymous

Hi everyone,

I have (had) a 6 year old Basset that my family has had since he was 6 weeks old. Within the last 4 months he has shown some aggression. He made contact with my husbands co-worker when he tried to pet our little Terrier (did not break skin). He has growled and snapped at my sons friend. Last incident he made the 'growl/bark" noise to our 9 year old when he was trying to get him our of the kitchen. That was my husbands last straw. It was also mine, it scared me that he even did that.
We called the breeder who we purchased him from 6 yrs ago and she took him back.....temporarily. She found someone (through a
Bassett Hound Rescue) that may take him in. I also have another place for him to go to that is closer to my home.
I guess my reason for posting on this site is to hear what other peoples comments are.
It broke my heart to let him go but my husband did not want to live with jumping everytime he barked when the kids where around him.
Our life has been in a world wind (moving,rental home, boarding him twice while on vacation) which I can see that could also be a reason why those situations occurred. My husband is not fully on board with those being good reasons to do what our Mr. Bugzee did to our 9 year old who has grown up with him.
I called the vet and her response was no matter what a dog should not be aggressive towards a human.
I have been googling and reading on this and I read good and bad on this situation.
I love my and miss my dog very much.... I love my son more. I guess

Thoughts and comments are appreciated.


Aug 03, 2014
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naughty basset hound
by: Anonymous

I just took mine to the vet. He is now on 40 mg Prozac. I will let you know if it helps it can't hurt to try and I'm assuming he will feel much better not feeling grumpy all day. He has bitten my elderly mom twice :( and it isnt fair for her to be afraid of him so my fingers are crossed). I love him so much.

Jul 19, 2014
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help please
by: Anonymous

I am at wit ends I have a male he is six and got him at 3 months he is not fix I adopted a female they were great friends all of a sudden he won't let her eat he guards the food and now the snaps at me will fixing him I love that dog so much this was m first one has anyone any ideas help please

Jul 19, 2014
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help please
by: Anonymous

I am at wit ends I have a male he is six and got him at 3 months he is not fix I adopted a female they were great friends all of a sudden he won't let her eat he guards the food and now the snaps at me will fixing him I love that dog so much this was m first one has anyone any ideas help please

Jul 06, 2014
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aggresive bassts
by: Anonymous

Please don't ever hit your basset. An effective way is to grab him by the neck flip him over and hold him down. Let him know who's running things. He needs to understand right then and there that this will not be tolerated. He wont like this and should come around after a few reversals. Be careful not to hurt him. There is certain way to do this. good luck

Jun 23, 2014
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it might not be aggression.
by: Kim mama of Tracker.

I have a 3yr old basset named Tracker. He has shown major aggression. So I started reading and watching closely. Resource gathering is the end result of my research.
Tracker as biten numerous people and mostly in the face breaking skin. So hes bad. I have noticed he guards his food where he sleeps ie my bed and my room and he guards me and my vehicle. Other than those places I think hes fine. He raised a 5 wk.old blue nose bullie into a great young man with ton of respect. If you feed him twice a day without leaving the food down all day it helps I also just dont let people reach in my vehicle for anything or enter my room without holding him. When I punish him he gets a swat then I pin him down with my chin on his head and hold for along time. He knows im boss and never does this aggression at me but I believe its because I feed him. Again resource gathering. He is obsessed with me and loves me very much. Has seleration anxiety if I leave him and this to is annoying but cant punish him for loving me. Good luck...

Jun 23, 2014
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it might not be aggression.
by: Kim mama of Tracker.

I have a 3yr old basset named Tracker. He has shown major aggression. So I started reading and watching closely. Resource gathering is the end result of my research.
Tracker as biten numerous people and mostly in the face breaking skin. So hes bad. I have noticed he guards his food where he sleeps ie my bed and my room and he guards me and my vehicle. Other than those places I think hes fine. He raised a 5 wk.old blue nose bullie into a great young man with ton of respect. If you feed him twice a day without leaving the food down all day it helps I also just dont let people reach in my vehicle for anything or enter my room without holding him. When I punish him he gets a swat then I pin him down with my chin on his head and hold for along time. He knows im boss and never does this aggression at me but I believe its because I feed him. Again resource gathering. He is obsessed with me and loves me very much. Has seleration anxiety if I leave him and this to is annoying but cant punish him for loving me. Good luck...

Apr 23, 2014
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my observations....
by: Anonymous

I have 2 bassets. I adopted them both just in time before they got euthanised by their previous owners. I got Luna (four years old) 3 months ago, and Ludo (6 months old) 2 weeks ago. When I got Luna, I wanted to give her away after 2 weeks. She urinated all over the house, pooped in the bedroom, climbed just about everywhere, barked a lot, wouldn't obey ANY command.. I decided to be patient, consistent, never rude, strick on routines and exercised her A LOT! After 5 weeks of that, she 'magically' became the best dog ever. It sound like I'm braging but here it comes.. I got the second basset....I'm his 4th owner in 6 months of life.. Oh my god... Aggressions, aggressions, aggressions... My little pest ruined my hard work. I'm starting all over again but this time I'm dealing with aggressivity as well.. I will repeat what I did but this time dealing with both dogs and I pray I get the same results in some weeks.. Observing the sudden changes in the behaviour of my dogs, I now understand this (and this might be the part tnat can help some desperate basset owners) Basset hounds are EASILY anxious. changing home, changing a routine, changing furniture, welcoming a new member in the house, changing ANYTHING ! can trigger anxiety for them. The bad thing is that it's hard to SEE anxiety in a basset. Unlike most breeds, bassets are still calm and lazy and playful even when they are anxious. Not being fully aware of the dog's state of mind, people then don't adress the anxiety and it escalates to aggression. Walking is not that much relaxing for a basset.. Sniffing is! It's one of the only thing that will set their mind really focussed on something and thus reduce anxiety. Hugging, talking, chewing... those will never completely do it... Actually, an anxious dog must not receive affection at all to relax.. Only security through routines and stability.. I will keep believing I can turn my agressive little one into a good dog by being patient, consistent and patient again. THEN I will give him all the affection in the world. I hope you find the same patience with your anxious dogs.

Dec 15, 2013
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Kong all the way!
by: Anonymous

I have a two year old bassett hound who bites my mum and dad on a daily basis, when he bites he pierces he skin and has got my mum on her vessels a few times! He picks up anything in the home and then when you try to get it back he bites us, wiping his paws after a walk he bites us and when getting him off the sofa he also bites us! But my saviour is the kong!!! I have them frozen in the freezer and since using them he is like a new dog! He no longer has any aggression towards us you only have to tell him firmly to drop anything or get down and he does it instantly and in reward he gets his kong which he loves! We gave spent loads on training and behavourists but nothing has worked as well as the kong. I have come to the belief that he was aggressive and naughty out of boredom even though he went on long walks and had all the toys in the world. The kong keeps him busy, stops him barking and then sends him to sleep. Hard to believe that at one point we were going to get rid off him because we could not control him!

Jul 28, 2013
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Aggressive Bassett
by: Anonymous

I have a 7 month old female who sounds just like yours, a handful to say the least! She chews anything and everything and hates being removed from the sofa. She displays such aggressive behaviour such as growling, hair on her back goes up. She has bitten 2 of my 3 children and never dare let her eat anywhere near them! What do I do?

Apr 04, 2013
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1 yr old Terror
by: Susan

Sorry I have limited help 4 u but I got a 10mth old from Aspca and he is holly terror. Has been neutered, elderly cpl owned 4 5wks & i have no prior history. At times hes most loveable, smart boy. He's enrolled in obedience classes in intermediate now. Has chewed up all his toys, socks, towels, toilet paper & anything else he can swipe off the tables. He's now workn on my pillows & shoes. I almost think he power plays u, takes what u like and guards it - growling & snapping. We actually have to trick him to get some items back. But he's really on my last nerve and I'm not sure where to go from here. He's in the cage now. I thought maybe troubled puppy months he needs love but IDK, nipping- aggressive
Any thoughts ??

Feb 25, 2012
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Interesting...
by: Virginia from just-basset-hounds

...about Sherman. Yeah, those ear infections can be nasty. Probably really uncomfortable and painful if left untreated.

Feb 24, 2012
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check his ears!
by: Sherman's mom

Sherman became aggressive at the age of 6. After bringing him to dog trainers and crack vets, we found out that he had a serious ear infection, and also food allergies. I started cooking dog food and giving all natural treats, and his aggression has cleared entirely.

Feb 21, 2012
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Agressive Hound behavior
by: Cheryl

We had an aggressive blood hound male named Beauregard or Beaugie. We hired a personal dog trainer to work with us, it was well worth the cost of approx $300. We were making great progress but unfortunately he died while being neutered at 18 months old, never really found out the reason he died. We were all devastated but in the end it was a blessing since I was really afraid of him and worried I would never get over it. We rescued him from a pet shop, paid for him and he was registered AKC but I really think he was a puppy mill dog. Now we have two basset hounds from individual breeders and a beagle all girlies, no agression in this group.
Good luck.

Jan 26, 2012
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by: Eileen

Thank You for the tips. Unfortunately, we have been doing everything you all have mentioned. He's been neutered, gets food treats galore, and we have been more than assertive with the alpha status. Fortunately he is afraid of the vaccum so for the moment it is parked next to my couch. Very effective in getting him off without him getting aggressive. He is still horrible when trying to get something away from him. He bit my husband last night trying to get something from him. Unfortunately, my kids are now afraid of him, as is our babysitter! Otherwise , he's just a beautiful boy;(

Jan 26, 2012
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Aggressive Basset
by: Anonymous

We have 2 Bassets, 1 is only 3 and the other is 8. Our 3 year old Odie was advertised in the paper and had been aggressive with the owners other dog. We got him home and he fitted in lovely but was very aggressive with some people and other dogs. We had him desexed as soon as we could. This made a huge difference. He is now not to aggressive. Also when trying to train a Basset, food is a must. try small bits of dried cat food, lower in calories etc. Hope this helps

Jan 24, 2012
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Thanks for helping...
by: Virginia from just-basset-hounds

Good tips! Thanks everyone for sharing your experiences.

Jan 24, 2012
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Basset problems
by: Angie from South Afica

Hi there, perhaps what you should do is assert yourself and your hubby as the pack leaders. Perhaps this basset just thinks that "he is the boss" You can do simple things like when you take him for a walk, make sure that you leave the house or gate first (he must walk behind you). Before you feed him, make sure he sits and watches you have a snack first (even if its just a cookie). Be assertive and firm when you tell him "no" and as a few others have suggested, ignore him when he is not behaving the way you want him to - if you shout or scream at him, he is still getting the attention he wants. good luck and remember to give lots of positive reinforcement when he's doing the right thing.

Jan 22, 2012
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honery hound
by: vince boyer

General has issues with aggressive behavior when he has a toy or old sock as well as when he is eating or awakened from a nap on the couch. I have learned to deal with it by just walking away from him when he gets this way. I attribute this to my young son thinking it was funny to hear him growl when he was a puppy. He has never bitten anyone BUT my son when he was taunting him. I have a friend with a 6 month old child and General plays with and loves him dearly. I walk away from General when he gets this way and it seems to work. Playing fetch with him also helps with letting go of his toy as he knows I am going to throw it again for him. He will eventually drop or leave the object that he is guarding when he senses that there is no threat. I had a dog trainer help me with this when he was about a year old. The term for this is "Object Guarding" and could stem from having to defend his food bowl or toys when he was still with the rest of the litter, not necessarily a "bad home". I can't imagine having to let him go due to this so I have learned to deal with it over the years. He is 7 now and I just call him a grumpy feller. Good luck with everything.

Jan 18, 2012
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by: Virginia from just-basset-hounds

Really sorry you lost your Basset Hounds and that your new puppy had to have surgery.

For the chewing, I would say that you should give him appropriate items to chew on, a few chew toys. Then teach him not to chew on other things. You can do this by placing an item that he's chewed on previously on the floor and as he approaches the object tell him "no" in a firm voice and then offer him a chew toy. Immediately praise him for chewing on the toy.

Also since he's still a puppy, he needs to be confined to a small area of the house such as the kitchen when he is not being watched / supervised. You can use those baby gates if needed. If you are crate training him you can use the crate. If you confine him to a room, then make sure that anything that he should not be chewing on is out of reach and give him one or more of his chew toys.

Does he bite you when you play with him? If so, it's important to teach him that biting is unacceptable. Play with him in a confined area such as the kitchen. If he bites you while your playing with him, then say "No" or "ouch" and walk away from him and ignore him for a few minutes (don't give him attention). He should eventually learn after a few sessions that biting is an unacceptable behavior. I would keep him out of the family room for a while.

Also, it's important to socialize and train him. Are you taking him to any type of obedience class?

In general, Basset Hounds are not an aggressive breed. But, I think it's possible for any dog to become aggressive. If he truly is aggressive (lunging, snarling, growling aggressively), then it's important to get help from a professional trainer.

Hope this info is helpful.

Jan 17, 2012
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aggressive
by: Anonymous

I didn't have one, but there is one that goes to my vet who is mean and always has been mean. And he wasn't abused.

I can understand your frustration. That's the last thing you expect when you get a basset.

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