Basset Hound training is essential to your Basset Hound. The training period is the time for him to learn lots of things, from potty training to kennel training, and he can even progress as far as obedience training and training for shows and hunting. Teaching your dog about noise is essential training for dogs but is often taken for granted by some dog owners.
I remember my own pet very well every time he hears a loud noise. He hurriedly ran like crazy, looking for a safe place to hide. Seeing him in that situation bothers me somehow because I know aside from the disturbance it can cause to me and other family members, his fear of loud noise may lead to many severe problems such as phobias.
There is no known reason why some pets are afraid of noises. But, dog owners must be aware that this problem should be addressed immediately because, as I have mentioned, fear may lead to phobia, an irrational, intense, persistent fear of certain situations, objects, activities, or persons.
Basset Hounds, like Collies, German Shepherds, and Beagles, are at greater risk than other breeds. So it is essential that getting used to noise should be included in your Basset Hound training. Once you notice that your dog is trying to escape fearfully upon hearing a loud noise, don’t wait any further. Instead, make a move to help him overcome that fear. Other signs to watch out for include panting, pacing, trembling or shaking, and barking.
What should I do to help my dog alleviate his fear? That is undoubtedly one of the many questions a dog owner would ask. It is best to start training your dog when he is still a puppy. Start training by making loud noises such as clapping your hands or playing loud music next to him. (The noise should be loud enough to startle your dog.) Then follow it up with lots of love and attention to make him realize that noise is not something to be scared of. You may also want to take him outside to expose him to various sounds. For example, when your dog is afraid of thunderstorms, you can calm him by leaving the radio on for him, even best to stroke him and soothe him. You can also record noise through a tape recording and play it at a very low level. Then gradually increase the volume until the volume is deafening.
Whatever causes the noise, it is crucial that you, as a dog owner should, project a calm attitude. Do not add your pet’s fear by being afraid or nervous.