Are Bloodhounds Good Apartment Dogs

Bloodhounds are big, sturdy dogs with an incredible sense of smell. They are actually the first dogs to hunt by smell. They have a large head with a wrinkled face and a solemn expression. One interesting thing about their wrinkles is that they hold the scent the animal is supposed to follow for an extended period of time. This gives him plenty of leverage in holding and tracking scents easily.

In fact they are so good at tracking and trailing that they are used worldwide in rescue operations or in catching criminals. They are so reliable that they can even be used as trial evidence.

But this set of good tracking skills and great sense of smell come with a major drawback. You can’t ever leave him unsupervised, unless he is somehow restrained. A yard without a fence is totally out of the question and even keeping them off-leash is very risky. You can be sure they will bolt the second they catch whiff of something interesting.

The Bloodhound as an apartment family pet

The Bloodhound is a great companion if you don’t mind a series of under-the-belt blows. They are gentle enough, caring and loving but big and not very submissive. Housebreaking and training are quite hard and you shouldn’t expect much in terms of obedience anyway. You require good dog training skills in order to make him listen to you.

You will need lots of time and patience to train them. You can’t just tell them what to do and if you show any sign of restraint they just won’t listen to you. And they are quite messy dogs, they drool frequently and also like to roll in mud and other stinky, less-than-pleasant things.

They adapt okay in most environments, including apartments, but you need to take care of their exercise. And in this sense puppies pose a special challenge. They will need tons of exercise and a watchfull eye at all times. They are known to eat towels, batteries, car seats and everything else they can get their mouths on. If you ever had a Bloodhound you can probably add some more to the list without much thought.

How to avoid unresponsiveness during training

BloodhoundBut all is not lost, in fact, all you really have to do is set yourself as their master and you will avoid many of the aforementioned problems. In order to consistently show your dog that you’re the authority figure try the following:

Whenever you’re training don’t give it up until he achieves something desirable during that training session. They will be stubborn and defiant and if you give up before they listen to you this will make them be even more stubborn and will hinder your progress further.

Instead, keep at it even if it takes twice as long, this shows you are more determined than the dog and he has to listen to you in order to please you. One thing to keep in mind is that puppies are much more active and less shy than adults.

Socialization is another important aspect you might not consider at first, just because the puppy doesn’t seem shy. But the adult will be, and he needs socialization during puppyhood to prevent timidity. This is also an opportunity to teach your dog that a leash is not bad. Therefore when he will be an adult he is already comfortable with the leash.

Bloodhound health care and predispositions

This breed is prone to gastric dilation and gastric torsion. It’s better to feed them 3 small meals every day instead of one big one to avoid unnecessary problems.

Another important thing is to avoid exercise immediately after eating. They are also prone to hip dysplasia and ear problems, because their long floppy ears have poor ventilation.

The Bloodhound is a high-maintenance dog that needs special care to ensure he will grow up well. He can be an excellent companion if you take the time and effort to properly raise him. This average shedder is a great apartment dog if you don’t mind the drool and random chewing.

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