The Basics of Training a Bloodhound
The Bloodhound is a large scent wolf. The breed was originally used for tracking deer, boar, and people. They were also used for hunting deer. The breed is said to be a descendant of hounds once kept in the Abbey of Saint-Hubert in France. This is why they are known as le chien de Saint-Hubert in French. These dogs have an excellent ability to find people and scent them.
The bloodhound is an independent and highly intelligent dog. To train it, you must be firm and consistent while training it. Positive reinforcement is the key, so keep training sessions short and stop them when your Bloodhound has achieved a specific goal. Be sure to use gentle corrections, but never punish them – this will only annoy your dog. The goal is to encourage and reward the dog’s behavior. Once it has reached a certain level of obedience, it will be much easier to start teaching it new tricks.
One common problem that Bloodhounds encounter is patella luxation, which causes the patella to slip out of place. This can cause your dog to skip several strides when walking. In mild cases, there is no need for any treatment, but if your bloodhound is suffering from a severe patellar luxation, surgery may be necessary. If your pet experiences any of these problems, it is a good idea to seek treatment early.
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