Bringing a Basset into your household is a life-changing decision. It’s always best to research the dog breed that you’re about to adopt. When adopting a Basset, keep in mind that this wonderful dog breed will bring new responsibilities. You’ll also need to prepare your home and family for your new furry best friend and to make sure that the adoption transition is smooth and relaxed.
Keep in mind that when it comes to children, it’s up to you to adequately socialize your dog and that young children always need to be supervised around dogs so as not to interact harshly with the dog. Every dog breed can be awesome with children if raised correctly with them. If you have issues, combining virtual and in-person positive training viaSkype or Zoom for consults is beneficial.
According to Animal Wellness, via Claudia Bensimoun, “Virtual training can be a tricky proposition,” says renowned trainerVictoria Stilwell. “In certain cases with certain dogs, while trying to address very particular lessons or issues, it can be an effective tool, but it can also quickly morph into a problem scenario. For example, often a client will hire a dog trainer to ‘fix’ a given issue, only to find out from the trainer that there are far different (and sometimes more complicated) issues at play than the person was previously aware of. Virtual training generally doesn’t allow for the flexibility to address those types of issues.
“It also makes the dangerous assumption that the dog owner and ‘virtual teacher’ are on the same page in terms of what they’re trying to address and how the dog responds to the training,” Victoria continues. “All too often, positive dog trainers see clients who miss important signals in their dogs, and virtual training creates a situation where there’s not a qualified dog behavior expert on hand to oversee the process.
Virtual training can only be considered for the most basic cues and language-building dog training – not any kind of behavioral issue.”As with virtual training classes, video consults and conferences shouldn’t take the place of hands-on training. “Video consults are much better as a continuing backup and refresher, rather than for starting the actual training process or for behavioral issues,” says Victoria viaAnimal Wellness.
“They are a better tool if the trainer has been working with the client in person for a while. However, there is no substitute for having a trainer do an in-home visit where she can physically work with the dog and identify factors in the environment that might affect behavior. That is impossible to do via a video or phone consultation.”
Basset’s like any dog breed bring plenty of joy and happiness! Your new furry best friend deserves the best! Make sure that you have the time, finances and a safe environment to raise this awesome dog breed, and that if you have other dogs and pets, that they will be accepting of your new rescue!