Hi, I'm new to these forums and the main reason I decided to join is to help find out what is wrong with my 4 yr old Basset Hound. Four years ago, my family decided we wanted another dog because our old Basset passed away. We loved the breed and were looking to get another. One day after school, my family and I drove to a backyard breeder we saw in the newspaper selling Basset Hound puppies. At the time I did not know buying a puppy from a backyard breeder wasn't a good idea because of the risk of inbreeding, and apparently my family didn't know either. Anyways, we picked out a shy puppy who we all agreed on, bought him, and took him home. He did have valid papers. As a puppy, he was cheerful and adventurous. But over the years, we've noticed he has acted strangely. He seems to be scared of sudden movements, large objects and people he hasn't met. And added to that, whenever you pet him, and then stop, he freaks out and barks and howls at you, even if he knows who you are. I accept the fact that he may be inbred, but what I'm trying to figure out is what is exactly wrong with him. I love him so much, and I don't want his behavior to worsen. Please tell me what I can do to help understand my dog and how I can help him.