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 below.

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
102 Coloring and Activities Book (Printable)
Basset Hound Activities School (Performance Courses)
401     Tracking with a Basset Hound
  (Includes textbook materials which must be ordered by the student) Tracking from the Ground Up (Boyd/Ganz); Tracking with a Basset Hound by Ruth Paule; Tracking Regulations (AKC, amended to January, 2014)
 
402 Scent and the Scenting Dog
  (Includes textbook materials which must be ordered by the student) Scent and the Scenting Dog by William G. Syrotuck 
 
404 The Hunting Performance Test
405 Basset Hound School of Obedience
Basset Hound Breeders School
101 Basset Hound Owner’s Guide
102 Coloring and Activities Book (Printable)
103   Basset Breed Standard & Terminology
104 Survey of Basset Hound Breed Literature
201 Basset Hound:  A World History 
  BHCA Judges Education CD
  Pocket Guide to the Basset Hound
  The Basset Hound Illustrated Standard
301 ABC’s of Dog Breeding
  (All textbook & quiz materials must be ordered by the student)
302     Practical Canine Anatomy & Movement
  (All textbook & quiz materials must be ordered by the student)
Basset Hound Judges School
103 Basset Breed Standard & Terminology
104  Survey of Basset Hound Breed Literature
  BHCA Judges Education CD
  Pocket Guide to the Basset Hound
  The Basset Hound Illustrated Standard
302  Practical Canine Anatomy & Movement
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

Basset Hound University: Now

While originally designed in a paper format, BHU is now completely online with the exception of materials copyrighted by other individuals or entities. 

Basset Hound University: The Template Program

Basset Hound University was originally designed for use as a template for other parent clubs to offer their own "universities."  Many clubs have purchased the template to use for their own schools, and BHCA is proud to have provided this as an opportunity to make it easier for clubs to offer educational opportunities for their own members.  If you need further information about BHU, contact Claudia Orlandi by email at domorlan@gmavt.net Questions about BHU Online should be directed to the webmaster, Sue Frischmann by email at sue.frischmann@gmail.com


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