Exercising Your Basset Hound
Basset hounds should be given plenty of exercise but discouraged from jumping and stressing their fronts. This breed will run and play by the hour when given the chance.
Until your basset is a year old it is advised to refrain from taking them on long walks. Young Bassets are still developing their bone and muscle, over exercising can cause pain in the joints and damage the growth plates. From approximately one year of age onwards exercise ( in the form of walking) should be slowly increased.
From 18 mths onwards your hound should be able to go up to and over 10 miles without issue.
Exercising after eating is a big no, no! Exercising any deep chested dog after they have eaten could cause bloat. Bloat is a condition where the stomach twists and gases expand inside the stomach causing extreme discomfort and possible death if not treated asap!
Members of The South of England Basset Hound Club occasionally organise walks through some of the best of our English countryside and along some of the most dramatic English coastline.
These walks get all involved, humans and dogs, to meet with others with similar views, allow the owners to socialise and often begin or end at a cafe or pub and of course are designed to give your dogs that crucial exercise they always seem to want.
If you are interested in organsing a walk please contact a member of the committee. We will post any organised walks on the events page so watch this space!