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Hunting Bassets - Basset Hunting Terms

AHBA - American Hunting Basset Association.

AKC - American Kennel Club.

Automatic strike dog - hound that opens on game as soon as it's released.

Babbler - a dog constanly opens when no track is evident.

Back track - dog that runs a track in wrong direction.

Barks per minute- amount of barks counted during each minute of treeing.

Bawl mouth- prolonged bark or voice of the hunting hound.

Baying - the act of barking at game that is cornered on ground.

Bench - a small table used to stack hound on to be shown in a Bench Show.

BHCA - Basset Hound Club of America.

Bitch - a female canine.

Bloodline - a dogs pedigree.

Breaking scent - scent of unwanted game that is used to break dog from pursuing unwanted game.

Brood bitch - a female used mainly for producing pups.

Broke dog - dog that is trained and will not run trash.

Brucellosis - is a disease of the reproductive tract which may cause abortion in females, infection of the sexual organs in males, and infertility in both sexes. Dogs should be tested before breeding.

Cast- a group of handlers and dogs competing in a field trial. Or to turn the dogs out (Cast Out).

Check in - a dog that will come back in if no game is found.

Chop bark, chop mouth - short fast barks.

Close hunter- dog that hunts close while looking for a scent trail.

Cold nose - the ability to smell and accurately follow an old track; sometimes referred to as a cold trail.

Dam - mother.

Dew claws - An extra claw or functionless digit on the inside of the leg.

Dog Box - Box built to go in back of truck for dog to travel in safely. (Similar to a dog crate)

DNA - accurate pedigree information proving hounds sire and dam.

E-Collar - an electronic collar used in the training of hounds. A shock collar is used for breaking dogs from running unwanted game.

Ear canker - an inflammation or infection of the ear.

Ear mites - are an external parasite that can infect dogs ears.

Finished dog - a dog that is fully trained to run the desired game only.

Freeze brand - used to permanently mark a dog with letters or design for identification.

Gator- one that frequently fights with other dogs.

Grade Hound - hound that has no registered papers.

Gyp- a young bitch, normally one that has not been bred.

Heart worm - parasitic worm that lives in dog's heart.

Hot nose - a dog that works fresh game tracks that were recently made.

Ill dog - one that frequently fights with other dogs.

Junk game - any unwanted game.

Locate - dog opens bark when game scent is found.

Loose Mouth - a dog constanly opens when no track is evident.

Mange - skin disease. Demodectic (red mange) or Sarcoptic .

Off game - any unwanted game.

Open - refers to the action of a dog barking on trail.

Pup trainer - older dog that is hunted with young pup to help teach and train pup.

Scent drag - a drag that has desired game scent on it that is dragged across the ground to lay a scent trail for training.

Scratched - dogs that are scratched are eliminated from a hunt.

Silent - runs a track without opening (Barking).

Sire - father.

Strike - when the dog barks or opens when it smells a track.

Stud - males hound that is used in breeding.

Tight mouth - dog that does not open much on track.

Track - a scent trail left by a game animal.

Tracking collar - a collar that is used for locating location of a hound.

Trash - unwanted game.

Trash Breaking - the use of a e-collar to break dogs of unwanted game.

Wide hunter - a dog that will hunt farther distance to trail game.

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