Why Bloodhounds don’t always work out
The biggest reasons they are returned
bloodhounds are pack animals in my experience they do better in a pack environment another dog in the household or even another bloodhound. Bloodhounds absolutely need crate training the reason why this question is asked in the application is because every dog should be trained and become a custom to feeling comfortable and safe in their kennel. ￼￼￼ The kennel should never be used as a punishment but it should also not be abused as far as keeping a dog crated for too many hours a day. The average person works the average person to not take their dog to work but especially young bloodhound puppies￼￼ do not have good bladder control until five months of age. Bloodhounds are very smart animals and they soon learn that they prefer when you are home and they prefer not to be in their kennel typically between the ages of 8 and 15 months some tend to start breaking out of their kennels smashing their kennels or if they are allowed free range while owners are home they typically start destroying shoes chewing baseboards and basically being destructive of things they would not destroy when you are home￼￼. These things are done out of boredom frustration and anxiety. The mistake many people make with crates and kennels is they only put their dogs in there when they are leaving and the dogs soon figure out that going in their kennel means that the owner is leaving and there is a negative association that happens. Within the last 10 years dogs are cared for far greater than they have been in the past there are so many more opportunities and facilities like dog Day Care‘s dog sitters and dog walkers that can be used for people with long work hours.
A bored bloodhound can be very destructive . The dogs don’t need hardcore exercise , actually you have to be extremely mindful that they don’t over do it as youngsters . I allow puppies free exercise meaning they can run if they choose or walk in their fenced in area but I would keep leashed walks on concrete or pavement to very short walks .
Bloodhounds need to tire their minds they need enough stimulation mentally to tire . Scent work , problem solving , obedience , learning patience . 5-10 mins several times a day will fair much better than trying to do it all at once over 30-60 mins. The easiest place to start is with every day routine . Have them sit for their food feeding them in a crate , have them go in their crate on their own . Waiting in a sit before rushing through a doorway etc ...
Food aggression / possessiveness
I have raised over 12 bloodhounds from puppy to adult hood and in 13 years I had one dog that was food aggressive or possessive over stolen items. My first bloodhound was not purchased from an ethical breeder and he presented with many challenges both behaviour and temperament wise. But why is it that between myself and my closest comrades in the breed none of us have issues with possessiveness or food aggression however puppies we sell sometimes present with some of these issues. Why ? ￼￼￼￼￼￼
One of the biggest reasons and causes I have run into our people trying to prevent food aggression by feeding their dogs in a common place like their kitchen by putting their hands in food bowls and trying to desensitize these puppies to not have food aggression by playing in their dish and actually causing the issue. ￼
I am a firm believer that every dog deserves to be fed in their own space whether it be a kennel or a crate and during the time they are eating they should not be disturbed. They should not be free fed in any type of room meaning food always available in their bowl. Bloodhound puppies should be fed 3 to 4 times a day and gradually cut back to 3 to 2 times per day as adults. Food should be measured and monitored so that they are not over or under fed. ￼￼￼￼￼ feeding in a kennel or crate also helps make the kennel or crate a positive place. They should also be allowed to rest for 15-25 mins after eating before they are let out . The biggest reason none of my dogs would react to me taking their bowl while they are eating is because I have never done it. And as far as children go I have a two-year-old so it’s not about training the dogs not to react to a two-year-old in their bowl it’s about making sure the two-year-old is never around a dog when they are eating the same reason why we can have 15-year-old horses that are great with children but you would never allow a child to run behind a horse screaming because you are setting an animal up to fail. This is your responsibility as a dog owner and a parent. It takes a dog less than 10 minutes to eat a bowl of food in those 10 minutes it’s your responsibility to ensure that they eat in peace.
Toy aggression / high value items
Personally I do not buy any stuffed or plush toys for my dogs any longer. It was not because of issues with aggression or possessiveness but it was because I have a couple that will eat and swallow toys and I had one that nearly died from doing so. I prefer horse ball toys , or bones or balls that can be thrown then put away after play time .
Again with bones they are a food item and should not be played with by the owner. This is also something they should probably chew on in their own space like their kennel or crate or on their dog bed in a certain corner of the room. Not sprawled out in the middle of the living room or kitchen where people walk back-and-forth where the dog will most likely growl if it is being disturbed or walked by while it’s eating this bone.
I can say that my dogs wouldn’t growl at me if they were chewing a bone but I have never bothered them while they were doing so . For people who aren’t dog savvy I’ll explain in human terms .
You have a young child intensely playing a video game , they are really into it ... what will they do if you start bumping into them while they are playing or what if you tried to take the controller away ? Most kids would freak out . Even if they are good respectful kids it’s a reaction to the intensity the moment and frustration .
But what if you called the kid from a distance and asked if they wanted to go out , or put the game down and have supper ? Probably less of a fight right ?
When you have a pack of dogs and you witness their interactions if a dog has something really good that it doesn’t want to share it will growl at another dog that gets to close or walks by this is not an insult or a warning that they want to harm you it’s just a warning to go away and leave them alone.￼￼￼￼￼￼
￼￼￼￼￼taking something away in a negative manner being too cross or abrupt leaves a lasting impression . The same with young children
A) They will learn to run to avoid you taking away whatever it is they have
B) they will hold on tighter knowing you are coming to take it
C) they will will vocalize their displeasure knowing what’s next
Deflection , trading or distraction are key . Then when the item is given up or left praise is important .
Just as children can become “ in a mood “ playing with certain toys so can dogs. And sometimes removing them completely when they don’t notice is best .
I do not like tug or war games or rough play .
Possessiveness over furniture
Again not something I have dealt with personally but I do hear this is a common issue . Especially among couples . Bloodhounds don’t want to move for certain people or share with certain people . This can stem from relationship issues between the dog and person . Lack of respect or regard . Which is why relationship building is key among all family members . Engaging in routine play , walking , feeding , training , care and affections should be equal among members of the household . Obedience classes should be will all members of the household and everyone should be on the same page as far as rules boundaries and limitations .
Some bloodhounds are very silent some are extremely vocal . Neighbours can quickly become your worse enemy if your dog becomes a nuisance barker . Dogs should not be allowed to carry on barking . I always go out and check why mine are barking I let them know it’s ok and then I tell them that’s enough if they continue to bark they are brought inside . There’s also instances where dogs bark as soon as their owner leaves and this goes hand-in-hand with separation anxiety.
Costs for medical care
Over the years and with the dogs I have bred I would say about 10% of bloodhounds can The dogs to eat foreign objects￼. Toys ,clothing , rocks￼ or pieces of plastic or other materials or some of the common things. This type of behaviour happens for unknown reasons typically it tends to be juvenile dogs some dogs do it once and never do it again while there are other bloodhounds that will continue to sporadically eat objects over the years requiring multiple surgeries. Some research has shown that I could have a direct correlation with the health of the gut. Other research suggests it’s mental as far as anxieties or people with the disorder pica. This is not something done by just bloodhounds many breeds have this issue and following any vet group online that posts some of their cases sadly it’s quite common.
Not leaving your dog loose and unattended before you really know your dog is key to preventing this from happening but the sad part is sometimes it just happens out of the blue
Bloat and torsion is an issue with any deep chested breed and in my experience the common denominator I have found among my own dogs is that the risk of bloat increases dramatically after the age of seven. ￼￼￼￼￼￼￼
Some bloodhounds suffer from other allergies and skin issues some can be linked genetically some is simply environmental. Chronic ear infections can stem from immune issues as well as diet and environmental. Orthopaedic issues can also happen , torn cruciate￼￼￼, spine injuries these are big dogs that grow at a rapid rate proper nutrition and proper exercise that does not exceed a young bodies limitations is key. ￼