The GBGV personality is not like that of a regular dog. Hounds are bred to work on their own, and they don’t really need a human to survive. Dogs like shepherds, labs, and others are bred to work along side humans and they feel they need the human in their lives. We hounds do love our humans but most of the time just for convenient things like food and treats. Don’t get me wrong, we are super cuddlers and snugglers but if something more interesting is happening, we are off to check it out.
For those of you who don’t know or live with a GBGV we thought we would explain ourselves a little bit today.
We tend to place our own desires ahead of those of our human. Recall is a great example. If nothing better is going on, we come in a second, but if we are busy, forget it. Call all day, our ears are deaf to your calls. Regular dogs come when called to please their human, it is what they do. For a hound like a GBGV, the human has to convince us that obeying a command has something in it for us, not the satisfaction of the human. This is why we are almost always on leash unless an area is fenced. We can’t be trusted.
Don’t take this the wrong way. We have been bred to think this way. It doesn’t make us stupid or stubborn. We are very smart! With no training we can go out hunting and tracking but it may just not be what the human had in mind. Mom enjoys the challenge we bring with our sports. It isn’t always easy to work with us, but if we learn the value of success, then we tend to be more willing to do the sport the way the human would like. It makes accomplishing sports goals challenging, but very satisfying too.
We came across this video the other day which does a pretty good job of describing the GBGV personality. The video used photos and videos of many GBGV’s, unfortunately, they used Bailie and Emma without our permission. Still, rather than getting our furry panties in a knot over it, we are taking it as a compliment. You can see Emma in fact #4 at about 3:17 and Bailie in fact #5 around 3:57.
If you are not familiar with our breed, we do hope this gives you a bit more insight into what makes us tick.