First and foremost this is a Specialist Tracking Breed, that some would say is suited ONLY for the most active and dedicated wounded game tracking home. And although I agree that this breed is that, I strongly disagree that they should NOT to be used for other purposes. I regard this breed highly suited for Police work, SAR, Man Trailing, Medical Alert/Therapy/Service, Hunting, Show, and Companionship.
As with any high energy, intense, and highly intelligent dog breed, you will discover that Bavarian Mountain Scent Hounds are a force to be reckoned with. Left without something to expend their energy on, they will find ways of getting into trouble. This breed is capable of climbing fences, digging holes to China, and destroying anything deemed of value ( shoes, electrical wires, furniture, etc.). They crave attention from their owners, even if it’s negative attention in the form of punishment. It is therefore extremely important that this breed be given a job, exercised every day, and mentally stimulated. Sitting in a kennel or crate all day will NOT work for the Bavarian Mountain Scent Hound.
At Oak Hill Kennel, our Bavarians enjoy running, playing, and digging holes in a 5 foot high fenced grassed acre. We provide heavy duty play toys, bales of straw, chew bones, and constant supervision. Our training program consists of twice weekly training tracks located in the surrounding 68 acres of open woods, streams, and roads. We spend quality time with our dogs in obedience and leash training. Puppies are started on scent training at 4 weeks if requested by future owners. At night, our dogs are allowed in the house to enjoy our companionship, bask in front of a warm fire, lounge on the sofas, or play with food puzzle toys that mentally challenge them . Our dogs are not kenneled except for feeding and bedtime at night. We feel this type of human interaction is important in developing a loving relationship with friends and family.
The Bavarian Mountain Scent Hound can be extremely devoted. It is not uncommon to have your dog crave being by your side at all times. Our male dogs sleep with us in bed at night. This closeness aides in building a working relationship for future tasks in the field.
One of the most important lessons we have learned with this breed is to socialize them early. As a rule, we begin taking our puppies into public areas after they have received all vaccinations. We use pet stores, farm supply stores, public parks, swap meets, dog shows, and places where the general public can meet and handle them. If you fail to do this, your puppy may develop anti-social or fear based behaviors as an adult.
If you intend to train your puppy for wounded game tracking, you must start the puppy immediately upon possession from the breeder. Consistent, highly rewarded, gentle, practical training should start at 8 weeks and progress from there. This breed does best with positive reinforcement, never punishment.