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peelNigel Peel, MFH, North Cotswold Foxhounds (UK) and member of Foxhunting Life's Panel of ExpertsDulany Noble, MFH of the Carrollton Hounds (MD) has a problem with one of her foxhounds. She writes:

“I have a second year bitch who is very shy around men, just men. I can tell you she has never been abused in any way by any man, staff or otherwise. She just does not like men. The men who come to the kennels work with her every time to get her over it. My worry is that she will get away and none of our male staff members or any guy on the road will be able to catch her. Any ideas for me?”

Many huntsmen would undoubtedly pass over such a hound and draft it to a friendly home, but we thought that any small hunt maintaining a small pack, or for that matter any dog owner with a similar problem would be interested if one of our experts could come up with a solution. And in fact, Nigel Peel, MFH of the North Cotswold Foxhounds (UK) sent us a very interesting suggestion for Dulany.

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# Mary Sue Younger 2013-08-13 10:34
I know this approach works with cats!
+1 # ciaran murphy 2013-08-13 13:43
I have come across this problem quite a bit with American/PMD hounds. The good news it there is a solution, its very simple ignore the hound. The bigger the fuss you make over this hound the bigger the problem you are creating. If you pay more attentiion to the hounds that behave the way you want them to in the kennel and hunt field, all the others soon catch on and follow suit. Focusing on a shy hound only encourages the problem.

Ciaran Murphy,
Huntsman GBH
# Dulany Noble 2013-08-13 18:05
Thank you all so much! My staff and I are taking it to heart, hoping she will come round. WE are a small club and she is a fine hunter. My biggest worry is her safety is seperated from the pack. Thanks again!
Dulany Noble MFH
Carrollton Hounds
Carroll County, MD
# Ronald Ausman 2015-07-01 13:48
I have a Basset that I drafted from Ashland she was so so shy I worked with her and now she will come up to you on her terms you just need to ignore her. Good advice. I will say in the hunt field she was always much bolder and would happily come to me during hunting and check-in Almost like my bird dogs.

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Panel of Experts

Hugh Robards, ex-MFH

Huntsman, Author

Dr. Roger Scullin, MFH

Veterinarian, Foxhound Breeder

Jerry Miller, MFH

Huntsman, Foxhound Breeder

Paul Striberry

Foxhunter, Horseman, Trainer

Nigel Peel, MFH (UK)

Hunstman, Breeder, Judge

C. Martin Wood III, MFH

MFHA President 1990-1993
Huntsman, Breeder, Judge

Steve Price

Author/Editor of 25 books, including The Whole Horse Catalog and 1001 Best Things Ever Said About Horses

C. Martin Scott, ex-MFH (UK)

Foxhound Breeder, Judge, Writer

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Marion Thorne, MFH

Huntsman, Foxhound Breeder



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