Basset Hound University History

& Template Program


What is Basset Hound University (BHU)?

Basset Hound University (BHU) is a practical education concept developed by the Basset Hound Club of America.  The goal of BHU is to provide home study programs in Basset Hound breed education.  The University is designed as an on-going school of learning in which courses on owning, breeding, competing with and judging Basset Hounds are available year round.   BHU is dedicated to preserving the past and educating future breeders, owners, exhibitors and judges of the Basset Hound.

The concept of Basset Hound University is similar to correspondence degree programs, where Basset Hound breeders, owners, exhibitors and judges can take courses and complete them at their own pace at home.  BHU is designed to be used as a model for parent clubs of all breeds of dog.


How did Basset Hound University come into being?

The Basset Hound University concept is the result of some very successful education workshops which the Basset Hound Club of America gives during their National specialties. Components of these workshops include classroom presentations and discussion, hands-on practice with live exhibits, use of angle measuring tools, and most importantly, evaluation of the attendee’s dogs, which provides that essential component of “how does what I’m learning apply to my own Basset Hounds?”  Since starting the workshops in 1999, attendance has steadily increased from 40 to 60 to over 100 attendees, which is a very enthusiastic turnout for a National specialty which averages about 300 dogs. When members expressed interest in an on-going, year round education program, it led to the development of the Basset Hound University concept.


How is BHU set up and which courses have been completed?

BHU is divided into a system of “schools,” each of which is run by the 3 education committees within the Basset Hound Club of America: Member Education, Public Education and Judges’ Education.  A list of completed BHU courses can be found on the following page.

How is BHU set up and which courses have been completed?

How are the courses in Basset Hound University designed?


Basset Hound University courses use a workbook, and sometimes, a workshop approach.  Workbook exercises incorporate easy to answer formats such as true and false, multiple choice, fill in the blanks and matching questions. Breeders, owners and judges may complete self-scoring quizzes to assist the learning process


Basset Hound University Schools and Courses

Basset Hound Owners School
  101 Basset Hound Owner’s Guide
    Basset Hound Owner's Guide Self Scoring Quiz
  102 Coloring and Activities Book
Basset Hound Activities (Performance Courses) School
  401     Tracking with a Basset Hound (Workbook & Self Scoring Quiz)
    (Includes textbook materials; Tracking from the Ground Up (Boyd/Ganz); AKC Tracking Rules Booklet must be ordered in.
  402 Scent and the Scenting Dog Workbook Book must be ordered online
  404 The Hunting Performance Test Workbook Program
  405  Basset Hound School of Obedience
Basset Hound Breeders School
  101 Basset Hound Owner’s Guide
  103   Basset Breed Standard & Terminology
  104 Survey of Basset Hound Breed Literature
  201 Basset Hound:  A World History  
  301 ABC’s of Dog Breeding
  302     Practical Canine Anatomy & Movement
  501  BHCA Judges Education CD
Basset Hound Judges School
  103 Basset Breed Standard & Terminology
  104  Survey of Basset Hound Breed Literature
  302  Practical Canine Anatomy & Movement
  501 BHCA Judges Education CD
    Pocket Guide
    Illustrated Standard
Voices of Experience
  901 Pictorial History of 7 Basset Hound Breeding Programs
? 902 Breeder's Round Table
? 903 Grooming and Conditioning
? 904 Showing the Basset Hound - Tips on Socializing, Conditioning, Training and Handling
    not sure if we can do 902, 3 & 4 online - am looking into it

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