This article is from the Otterhounds Breed FAQ, by email@example.com (Kiki Lamb).
Training OHs takes some patience, as they are stubborn - but generally
good humored about it - "Aw, Mom, let's do it THIS way!". Their
considerable size makes training something you DO NOT want to ignore.
Don't let that wistful, sad looking puppy con you in to not training
it; you'll regret it when the pup is your size and twice as strong.
Many Otterhounds seem to be rather "soft" dogs, and just don't
understand harsh corrections. Like many of the hounds, OHs are not
natural retrievers - so if you really want a great "Frisbee" dog, look
Otterhounds can be very bright dogs - at least when it comes to
getting something they want. If it's food, they WILL smell it, and
where there's a will... There are reliable reports of Otterhounds who
learn to open the gate to their yard, as well as the screen door, the
door to the house and the refrigerator door.
Otterhounds compete successfully in obedience, some take on agility,
and they excel as tracking dogs. These silly looking sweethearts can
also be great therapy dogs.