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Hounds were some of the first known hunting dogs developed. The Hound Group consists of the scenthound breeds (like the Bloodhound and Basset Hound), which locate and catch prey by scent, and the sighthound breeds (like the Greyhound and Irish Wolfhound), which locate and catch prey by sight. They have been specialized into trackers for locating prey and are rarely used for flushing, retrieving and pointing. Hounds will often follow a trail, regardless of any distraction, even that of their owners calling them to come. These breeds can be energetic, bold and stubborn, a combination often difficult to train. It is rare, however, to find an aggressive dog in this group. They all require consistent and patient training and must learn at an early age to always come when called, regardless of an interesting scent or sight, which poses quite a challenge. The sighthounds are especially known for their speed, and they can be off and running in a flash.
While your hound pup might be absolutely adorable when he jumps up and barks, this behavior will not be as cute when he is an adult dog. Starting him off right with proper training and behavior modification techniques as outlined in this book will ensure you of a pleasant companion. As a pup, your hound will have lots of energy, but he will mellow with age, turning into the dog that naps at your feet. Most hounds live well with children of all ages.
Reprinted from Training Your Puppy in 5 Minutes © 2004. Permission granted by Kennel Club Books, an imprint of BowTie Press.