Sighthounds, Training Your Young Greyhound or Lurcher DogKeith
Sighthounds – understanding your dog.
Sighthounds are notoriously independent and will look for any chance to pursue an interesting scent or moving animal.
Because of this, hounds are often perceived as stubborn and impossible to train. The real truth is that hounds just have different motivations than their non-hound peers. When you’re working with a hound, it’s important to understand his innate desires and to incorporate those into his training. There are two distinct subgroups within the hound group: the scent hound and the sight hound (although some exhibit both tendencies). As a group, hounds have an elevated desire to pursue prey, but scent hounds and sight hounds vary in significant ways and each presents distinct training challengers.
A scent hound primarily tracks by using his nose. They are built for endurance rather than for short bursts of speed; he can track using scent even when his prey is out of sight. Certain scent hounds will exhibit deep, booming vocalizations. Scent hounds will often tree or corner prey, and use their big voices to alert a handler to the animal’s whereabouts. Many scent hounds have independent personalities, the result of an inborn tendency to be self-sufficient when working at a distance from their handler.
Scent hounds present some common training challenges. The scent hound is easily distracted, especially by smells, which can make outdoor training difficult. Some scent hounds are very vocal and may bark and bay for long periods of time, which can cause problems with the neighbours. Scent hounds are also notorious for running after scents and covering great distances without stopping, which makes it almost impossible to let them off leash without extensive training.