I am going to a rescue tomorrow to meet one does anyone have one. What are they like
Depends on the history- has it actually lived as part of a pack? My friend had one and it was never really happy outside the pack - used to bay a lot and run off/wander leading to some issues with the police. However another friend had one which never lived in a pack and that was much better, although still prone to wandering.
No not been part of a pack, he seems to be a sweet gentle soul. They say he is cat friendly which is the important thing. He maybe bigger than I realised
Beautiful dogs. They are highly energetic, inquisitive and intelligent and (obviously!) need huge amounts of exercise. Bear in mind that they are used to running for five hours at a stretch with only a few pauses, so they have huge amounts of stamina. Some may bark or bay constantly. Obviously, they have a massively determined prey drive and their recall may not be great so you may have to walk them on the lead. The main difficulty though is that they may never have lived in a home environment so may be a challenge to train. As with every breed though, it depends on the individual dog's temperament. Not a dog for a small flat, they will need a bit of well fenced land. Be careful; I would say they are not the ideal dog for an inexperienced owner.
I have always had sighthounds and lurchers before that is why i am asking as I don't think I have ever met a foxhound. The rescue are incredibly good and very thorough in matching their dogs, they also have a team of behaviourists working with them. This is just the initial meeting
Well i have just got back and he is the most georgous, softest dog I have ever met
On the road so forgive v brief response! He sounds lovely Minsmum .
Are you able to have him for a trial few days to see how he reacts to be in a home? (Obviously can't expect ideal behaviour in new surroundingsbut it might you a better idea of how he is in a domestic setting). As you probably know with rescues, it takes a while for their true personalities to emerge and although I don't want to sound discouraging; foxhounds can be very strong and determined (mentally and physically) so it is worth taking your time over the decision.
I have been told by the rescue that this is a very small step in a long process so not to get too excited, they will arrange to bring him to the house to introduce him to my cats next . They are being one step at a time, to try to anticipate any problems also they will take him back without a problem whether that would be ina few weeks, m o nuts or years. Which takes the pressure off quite a lot
Rescue sounds really excellent; hope it works out for you both!
They came to do a home check last week and to see how he was with the cats. It went very well, he showed no interest in the cats at all. We have to do some work on the back fence.
He was castrated on Wednesday so I went to visit him on Thursday, just a quick visit.
Today I have just come back from going on a walk with him and he walks like a dream on the lead, very little pulling. They have him on a collar and harness because if he decided to pull he would be off.
I now have to arrange an appointment with the behaviourist but it's going well
Really good to hear it is going so well. You are doing a really good thing.
Well I have just been told that he is now our dog. The behavourist is going to ring me tomorrow to arrange a day for me to collect him and she will come to the house on the same day for a one to one with him and us. We have to pay for 4 sessions with her over the next three months to ensure everything is going Okay and to iron out any future problems that we haven't anticipated.
I am now extremely nervous. Eek
Going to pick him up this morning, and my Dh is now saying he doesn't think he is the right dog for us and he is too big, will scare the cats and they will leave home. Should i just kill him and bury him under the patio
Bit late to this and possibly a bit late for you too, but just bear this in mind: Foxhounds are bred to be working pack animals with a very clear pack leader. Our hunt send them out after weaning to be 'walked' i.e. kept as a pet for a while so they can learn their name, learn to come to call, be socialised, learn how to behave in various settings. I remember someone asking the huntsman if they took a couple of puppies on, how long would the hunt want them walking for before they wanted them back. The huntsman replied, "well, you take them home with you, and when you can't stand it any longer its time for them to join the pack and we'll have them back." They are extremely intelligent and high maintenance dogs.
Well worth reading what people who know and love foxhounds reckon to their potential as pets! here
It's going very well, he is lovely so laid back. The cats are walking to the gate to look at him and haven't left home, so that is good. He walks beautifully on lead needs training of course and is scared of the car. However he really is a great soft dollop, thinks he is a lap dog so keeps trying to sit on our laps. Back in the box i had read that forum bit earlier and it worried me but so far no destruction at all, walks on a loose lead, he has never been kept as part of a pack and today made friends with 3 dogs we met. Yes he is very intelligent you can see his brain working when we ask him to do something, he tries to figure out if it's in his interest to do it. But that also means he picks things up quickly, like house rules. So far he is a pleasure
Not completely, it hasn't been unalloyed joy. The first gate we bought he hopped over so we had to get a taller one, he went doolally the other night he was so happy bouncing all over the place chewing things but we have put measures in place that are working. My adult dd was convinced that he wouldn't pull her when out walking was suprised when he did to try to get to chicken bones on the pavement. But he is very funny, gentle and kind it is a work in progress
Well we are eight weeks on and so glad we took him. He is a joy to have, the destructive behaviour has stopped, he loves everyone and everyone loves him. The cats are coming round as well. It's all good so far although we couldn't have done without the behaviourist. My Dh was not keen at the start but is now saying if anything happened he would like another one.
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