Basset Rescue Network of Great Britain

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Barney is STILL looking for his new home


Age - 18 months 

Sex - Male 

Location - Northampton 

We have never had to update a blog before to find a forever home.  We don't understand why no one is interest in this lovely lad. 


Update from Barney's foster family 

Barney had been with us for 3 months now so an up to date progress is deserved for him. He has been constantly monitored, praised for good behaviour and shown the accepted route when he has come awry. He is a boy who loves cuddles on your knee to share your day and not miss any exciting times with you. He is extremely intelligent and bright but a true hound with instinct The golden key to 'Barneys door' is to always be one step ahead of him. His behaviour and manners have come on amazingly with positive but firm handling. He needs a person/family who love the idea of a dog still in the making who would be proud to help him achieve his full adult potential. This boy has such a sweet side to him, everyday is a fresh start and when he understands what you are asking he has definitely 'got it'. Patience and determination you will need but the rewards for Barney's life ahead will be amazing. It goes without saying you will have 100% support and continued advice from everyone involved with him.

A very special boy needing a very special home. As you can see Barney is a lot of beagle with a smidge of basset mixed in . If he was human he would be a sky diving, bungee jumping, thrill seeking young man. He takes life with both front paws as the back ones are already ahead of him!

He arrived as a full on whirlwind. We have spent our time going back to basics.Training from scratch. It took a full four weeks for him to settle, learn and show us he could do it. He is extremely bright and once he knows what you want he is ahead of you showing off his new tricks he's learnt.

Life for Barney needs to be do, do and do some more. He is still in his adolescent stage, the more active he is either with exercise or brain training games the better for him. He loves to explore, see life and the world

He has shared the last few weeks with my dogs learning the ropes. He will play full on for hours but shows great submissive body language and respects when a dog says that's enough give me a rest! There has been no food aggression but he has shown a liking for trying to take others chews. He has ended up third in the pecking order and has accepted that but an initial sort out between them was needed. He came from an only dog family and has relished the canine company so I feel other dogs are a must, to lean on and learn from. He will happily snuggle up with them for a couple of hours after a long walk.

The one time he is quiet is in the car. He's a great traveller happy to watch the world pass by and eager to see where he is when he gets there.

We have worked really hard on his greeting of other dogs. He is either very loud or just too loud! He has an issue with some dogs coming towards him on lead in confined spaces. Distraction techniques ( squeaky ball and treats) are working and he is absolutely improving. This will need to be continued in his new home with positive reinforcement.Dogs he already knows he is fine with.

He is beagle and adolescent so there should be no surprise to say things will be pinched and chewed. You have to be on the ball and hawk eyes to beat him at his own game. He will very happily give things up for a food swop. But if you leave him to his own devices destruction will ensue. 

All his toys ( and he will come with a collection) are the ruff and tough type, definitely non of the soft stuffed variety. Their demise is very quick! 

He does chew certain bedding. He has always been crated at night which I have continued. He will happily jump in last thing with a treat. I can leave him for a couple of hours with the others loose if he has been for a long walk first. 

He is house trained and will scratch at the door to be let out. He will need a home where someone is about most of the time or he can share your out and about a with you. He cannot be left on his own for long periods and I always leave one or both of my dogs with him.

Barney is very strong on the lead, so we have been using a Halti with him.  He has a very high prey drive and that nose, well it knows what to do and when begets a scent he will give it his all.  The Halti and distraction techniques work really well with Barney and you need to be prepared to continue with this training 

Barney has historically had skin issues, he suffered with skin allergies from fleas and mites;  this has been overcome by feeding only Purina Pro Plan Hypoallergenic Dry Food; Barney really needs to be kept on the same food so his skin is comfortable and he has no flair ups. 

He has dried beef strips as training treats which have been working amazingly for him.  He also loves apples, carrots, dehydrated treats and long lasting chews. 

Barney is super agile, your garden will need to be Barney proof.  He will chase anything, so no small furies, chickens etc. 

As Barney is still super excitable, we feel he needs a home where any children are older, and dog savvy, as he can jump up,

Barney can react to dogs outside the house, he will play for hours with dogs that he knows and has a lovely submissive behaviour; however dogs he doesn't know, or that approach him in confined places he can react by barking and lunging - this will require further positive reinforcement training.   

Barney is looking for a home that includes the following;

  • Someone who is at home more often than not and prepared to put in the time to help him settle and learn further
  • Someone who is prepared to work with on going training whilst on lead using only positive reinforcement methods. BRNGB will be able to assist with this. We do not agree with any negative training methods.
  • A home with a patient, playful resident dog or two
  • An active family, Barney loves a walk, and needs physical and mental stimulation.  Barney needs to be on the go so a family who will involve him in all their activities is a must for this boy.  He's not a 10 minute around the block kinda boy
  • Patience and time to spend with Barney in the crucial first few weeks as he adapts
  • No small furries, birds, cats......
  • We do not adopt to households with children under the age of 5 however, we would recommend Barney is not in a home with children under secondary school age as he is very bouncy

Taking on a rescue dog is not the easy option. You need to be prepared to help a confused and troubled hound find their place in your family. They have been through a massive upheaval and will need time to settle into a new way of life, so please consider this BEFORE you fill in an application.


Barney is subject to an adoption fee and a successful home check. If your home check is successful, your family, including any resident dog will need to be able to travel to his foster home to meet him and his foster family.

You will also have a telephone call with a member of the team, plus Barney's foster family, so that all of his history can be shared with you in person, and that we can be assured that you can fill all of his needs and requirements.

Barney comes with 5 weeks free insurance via our rehoming partner, Agria.

Barney as with all of our hounds will have full rescue back up for life.

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You need to be prepared to help a confused and troubled Basset Hound find his place in your family.


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