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Bluetick coonhound training issues

Dee_petlover
February 1st, 2004, 02:38 PM
Hi I am a new member here, and one of my dogs is a Bluetick Coonhound, a breed that is bred for hunting. A lot of information out there is regarding that aspect of this breed. I was wondering if there are any other owners of Blueticks out there who have this breed strictly as a family pet. I would be interested on knowing how your overall experience has been. We have had a unique experience with our dog and had a difficult time with teaching certain manners. We are still working on leash pulling. When on leash our dog barks a lot at anyone walking by us and is a very strong puller. Any one out there with a coonhound have any suggestions?

Lucky Rescue
February 1st, 2004, 03:23 PM
Hounds are not known for ease of training! Don't think I've seen one in obedience trials.;)

I dont' know a lot about hounds, but I have a dog with a pulling problem too, and I've only recently started to get it under control.

I suggest you get him into an obedience class, with a trainer who understands the breed, if you haven't already. This is also a dog who needs tons of exercise, as you probably know.;)

If you have any tracking clubs around, I'm sure he would enjoy that greatly,and it would give him a "job" to do.

For the pulling, I suggest a prong collar in conjunction with training.

He's a very beautiful boy!!

wAggie
February 1st, 2004, 03:35 PM
HASHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA


LR is absolutely right!

Chocolate was voted must improved... and although he's a pointer and can point for as long as 5+ min, he can WILL make his own rules and go at his own speed.

they're extremely keen on noise & smell... that's how their attention strays...

& once they're on the trail of something... u've lost the attention completely!


Practice, Practice, PRACTICE


and have fun! I do... it's always great joy seeing them live THeir breed history out before your eyes... hahaha

:p

Dee_petlover
February 1st, 2004, 09:44 PM
Thanks for your replies, I think you're right practice is they key.

At one point I vowed that I didn't care if my dog never got past our front yard, that we would turn around everytime she pulled. The only problem with that is that she really does need the exercise.

Fortunately for us we have a safe off leash area nearby our house for that.

it's nice to know I'm not the only one out there dealing with this.

Thanks and back to practicing!!:)

amaruq
February 2nd, 2004, 08:26 AM
OMG what a gorgeous dog you have there!!!!!

Great advise from everyone..but I would like to add...for the pulling try the gentle leader. It's a face harness. Works great!!!!

Dee_petlover
February 2nd, 2004, 09:45 AM
We have a response collar (similar to the gentle leader) I used that on her and she really fought it (but didn't hate it because she let me put it on for the reward-her walk) . I guess the reason I don't like it is because she didn't really seem to transfer not pulling when on a regular leash. I just kind of felt it was a method to control her, which was great, but in the end I wanted her to learn not to pull. Also people who saw the big 80 lb dog with the collar on thought it was a muzzle and would avoid us!

I still have the collar though and it works great if we need an immediate fix (like going to the vet etc.).

Right now I am using a nylon choke collar and we have been using the clicker method of reward. I have to say that in an unstimulating environment (like right beside my house) she does fairly well. Our problem seems to be out in public where there are distractions. She really has a huge barking fit and really tries to pull at other dogs and it seems people percieve her as mean towards their dog. In reality she just really wants to see them. Off leash she doesn't appear the same way and doesn't have a problem with other dogs.:)

Lucky Rescue
February 2nd, 2004, 11:06 AM
If you want to stick with a collar, I would use a prong and NOT a choke collar. Chokes do just that - "choke" - and can damage a dog's trachea, and really do not stop the pulling.

A prong collar is self-correcting and no yanking is needed.:)

Dee_petlover
February 2nd, 2004, 11:47 AM
The harness looks like an interesting product I think I might take a look at it thanks.

I have never used a prong collar could anyone point me to a website describing this product and it's advantages.

As for the nylon choke collar- I have from experience realized that fighting by pulling has not worked with this size of dog as really she is very strong. my method has been to reward with the clicker and food reward for walking in the correct position. when she pulls I hold steady and try to redirect her. I am reinforcing the positive and trying to make the bad more neutral by not getting into a tug of war. I am not really using it as a correction for what I don't want. It is just a bit more effective than just her normal collar, because what happens is a consequence of what she has done (pulling), not my directly punishing her like in some traditional training. I am really trying to motivate her to want to walk in an appropriate manner rather than punish.

mona_b
February 2nd, 2004, 02:13 PM
Question.

When walking with her,are you teaching the "heel" command?

mona_b
February 2nd, 2004, 02:16 PM
Here is a link that might help you.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/woof/tips/tip_08.html

another one

http://www.retrieversetc.com/heel.htm

wAggie
February 2nd, 2004, 05:37 PM
the clicker method is a WONDERFUL idea...

even if u do tire yourself from it and stop using.

pick it up again, u'll be amazing at u'r dog's reaction once u start clicking all over again!!



as for a body harness... I'm not keen on believing these work. when Chocolate was younger, he would walk on his back legs...

meh.

not something I ever wanna go back to.


I choose the Gentle Lead WITHOUT a retractable, ANY DAY for two VERY self-motivating dogs.... lololol

:D

Syxtus
June 24th, 2005, 06:22 PM
Very nice cooner you have there.
I'm quite surprised that your dog barks that much. I read, heard and experienced that coonhound are ruther quiet. When they do bark-thats another story. My neighbour was calling my puppy "Monster" based on voice.
I cant get Rocky (my cooner) to bark without a treat now. He barks only when threatened or after treeing one of neibourhoods squarrels or cats.( I have him on the leash and he got no chance at all to get them btw).
One thing he used to do that was a bit noisy was this trademark "Scooby Doo" houl :evil: aaa-uuuuuu-UUUUUUUU-uuuuuuu-UUUUUUUUU-uuuuu hehe, when someone left the house. Learn to stop on his own. :angel:
Never had a real problem with pulling too. Exept:
when small animals run ;) . You must face it. Coonhound is the master hunter. And its in his blood. I deal with that by telling Rocky to Stop as soon as he lays his eyes on the target. But once a while he gets to chase a bit purely for exercize. If not for my endless patience :D , I would do pulling most of times. I mean, the beast will not walk by a tree without sniffing and marking it. :evil:
I got my Black & Tan Cooner when he was 3 months old. Now hes 11 months. It was an adventure at times but its all considered good times now. :D
Coonhound are great all around. But their hunting spirit must be always considered when outside.

Attached is my Black & Tan Coonhound Rocky.

mona_b
June 25th, 2005, 01:12 AM
Handsome boy you have there.

I see he may have a mix of maybe a Lab??????

Syxtus
June 25th, 2005, 07:24 AM
No mix. Its a pic and hes 7 months on them.
He does have a bit short ears and brighter coat. Hes also taller and leaner looking than hes bros and sis.
He was breed by hunter for hunting. Hes mother is long eared, dark coated and lives in etobicoke while hes dad was brought from states and he was tall, brighter and Rocky is like hes daddy. I was told to give him time to really grow, and he still is. 11 months, 100lbs+, and I got to get some new pics.
ps. Sorry for stealing your thread Dee.

mona_b
June 25th, 2005, 09:56 AM
Not mixed???

Hmmmm,I have never seen a Black and Tan Coonhound that had that colouring.The ones that I am used to seeing are the ones with the colouring of that of the Rottie/Dobe.Like these ones.And the breed standard is the same for all the Black and Tan Coonhounds.

http://www.fullmooncoonhounds.com/CurrentShowDogs.html

Syxtus
June 25th, 2005, 12:43 PM
Like a said, no mix. Hes not show dog. I also had hard time believing and caling him B&T with all the research and stuff saing otherwise. I shall visit hes moms house and check on hes parents.
Thats a show cooner

Safyre
June 25th, 2005, 03:16 PM
Did you buy the dog as a pure bred Black and Tan coonhound? Cuz if it stated 'pure bred' you have to be able to register him. Is he registered? Were the parents?
If the parents weren't registered, they probably weren't pure, for whatever reason.
Looking at the pic of your dog, versus the standard for Black and Tan's.. i'd say he is a mix as well. BEAUTIFUL and STUNNING but possibly a mix.

Syxtus
June 25th, 2005, 04:22 PM
Hes parents are both registered. I dont care about papers for Rocky, but I see that registering would be a good idea to silence the "non believers". ;) .
He was not sold as pure bred, in fact he was not sold at all. I have lost familys best friend of 13 years, Colie Shepard named Atos to natural causes. He was a perfect dog. I got cooner as a gift to fill Atos's shoes.
Ill check it all soon, and let you know.
I also dont understand all the obsesion with mixes here. Is his brighter coat really make him less of a b&t cooner and a that much mixed possible.
I'm sorry if I sounded pure bred crazy myself but thats not the case.
I know that cooners are rare and "undiscovered" as family pets and just wanna see if any one here ownes one. You know to exchange few pointers and stuff.
:D why Lab anyway? Heard about Redbone Cooners. They would be better pick. :D
As puppy he was darker but changed since.

LavenderRott
June 25th, 2005, 04:33 PM
I don't think anyone here is obsessed with mixes. We have heard time and time again about people buying "purebred but not registered" dogs for lots of money only to find out that they certainly didn't get a purebred.

Lissa
June 25th, 2005, 04:45 PM
Hi I am a new member here, and one of my dogs is a Bluetick Coonhound, a breed that is bred for hunting. I was wondering if there are any other owners of Blueticks out there who have this breed strictly as a family pet. I would be interested on knowing how your overall experience has been. We have had a unique experience with our dog and had a difficult time with teaching certain manners. We are still working on leash pulling. When on leash our dog barks a lot at anyone walking by us and is a very strong puller. Any one out there with a coonhound have any suggestions?

Hi Dee,

While I don't have a coonhound I do own an American Foxhound and I have faced quite a few training challenges as well. There's nothing quite like training a hound :D !!!

When did you get your Coonhound? How old is she?? If you didn't get her as a young puppy and she came from hunting stock as oppose to showing (or even if you adopted her as on older pup) then I fully understand why you are having problems! I think that once a hound has been exposed to a hunting life (or a life without continuous obedience training) it's virtually impossible to mold them into obedient family pets!

I think your first step is to get yourself enrolled into obedience classes - if your hound is food or toy motivated you will have some success!

Dodger (my foxhound) was quite the puller as well and has only recently (11 months) learned that pulling is not acceptable! I started off with a halti, then just using a buckle collar and the "walk in the opposite direction of your pup until they start watching you and where you are going" - until Dodger FINALLY learned. Like you mentioned, it took awhile just to get down the driveway!! You sound like you are doing everything right - so just keep at it!

Dodger is a pet only, non-hunting dog but he doesn't believe it! He can be trusted off-leash but usually does take the opportunity to hunt (unless we are at the dog park). He hunted a fox throughout the winter but has since moved on to groundhogs, rabbits and deer. Does your hound try to hunt?

I don't think that there is much more anybody can suggest about the pulling and barking at other dogs because it sounds like you are right on track! Perhaps if you could meet up with other dogs, that are calmer and won't be intimidated by your coonhound that would be best. It might help calm your dog down around dogs. If your dog is toy motivated, try tugging with her around dog(s) until she realizes that you are more fun then dogs!

Also teach her the enough/quit command, first without distractions and then gradually increase the distractions. If she doesn't listen around distractions give her the benefit of the doubt and start again with minimal distractions. Eventually though, she will need to take responsibility for her actions, if her barking/pulling persists walk away from the distraction until she realizes that she doesn't get what she wants until she behaves.

I also taught Dodger, the attention command so that he would focus on me instead of distractions. Start applying it in the house, before you giver her food or walk out the door. Then try outside before you cross the street, with toys/food, people and eventually with dogs...it will take a while though!

I think that unless you are committed to an "intense" obedience schedule you won't see too much improvement. But keep in mind that with hounds (and probably most dogs) that less is often more. When your Dodger understands a command, I usually stop practicing and a week or so later I bring it back and Dodger is SO eager to continue!

He loves to track down treats in the house so maybe your hound will enjoy that too. Dodger also has a harness to pull things around with and a backpack to carry stuff in. He is also in obedience and agility training so it gives him lost of mental stimulation! If you can find an enjoyable job for your coonhound, and channel her energy and drive, I'm sure she will become a wonderful-obedient companion!
Sometimes formal obedience is not the best thing for hounds but many do excel at trick training - maybe give that a shot?!?!!

What's your dog's name? I would love to hear more about her - hounds are the best!!!

This is Dodger (almost a year old now!)

Safyre
June 25th, 2005, 08:45 PM
I didn't say lab mix myself, I have difficulty identfying what are in mixed breed dogs. i can name alot of breeds, but when it comes to whats in a mix, its hard.
I didn't say he for sure was a mix, I said possibly, as he seems quite light colored to be a black and tan coonhound. You must admit look at your own pictures, he IS quite light colored for the breed.

It is rare to find a pure bred dog on this website, as most the people here are rescuers, who take in mixes from pounds all thet ime. The other thing, already mentioned, is that we have heard of ppl being told their animal is pure, and it turns out not to be pure.
Many on this website will state that any dogs that come from a reputable breeder, the breeder will register the dog before relasing to the new owner. The fact that he has not been registered, sets off alarms that he might not be pure.

Its not important if he is pure or not, you love him, and he is beautiful.

mona_b
June 26th, 2005, 12:45 PM
The link from the reputable breeder was me showing the colouring of a B/T Coonhound.Yes the pics are of show dogs.But guess what,show or not show,that's what a PB B/T Coonhound looks like.Even a "pet".I have been a member of the CKC for MANY years now.So I know what a PB looks like.And I am sorry to say,yours is not.

I have a PB GSD.He comes from Ch/Titled lines.He is not a Show dog.But guess what,he still looks like a PB.His colouring is no different.

Check out this link.This will prove my point.These are NOT show dogs.These are "pets"..Notice they still have the same colouring as a show dog?Now remember some of these are mixes.

http://coonhound.100megsdns.com/Happy/Happy.htm

Lissa
June 26th, 2005, 02:18 PM
Hes parents are both registered. I dont care about papers for Rocky, but I see that registering would be a good idea to silence the "non believers". ;) .
I also dont understand all the obsesion with mixes here. Is his brighter coat really make him less of a b&t cooner and a that much mixed possible.
I'm sorry if I sounded pure bred crazy myself but thats not the case.
I know that cooners are rare and "undiscovered" as family pets and just wanna see if any one here ownes one. You know to exchange few pointers and stuff.
:D why Lab anyway? Heard about Redbone Cooners. They would be better pick. :D
As puppy he was darker but changed since.

I can understand why people think your coonhound is a mix. Aside from the colour, his ears do look too short for ANY coonhound (including a redbone). I don't think anybody is purebred crazy, it was just an observation.

In any case, breeding doesn't matter at all. Your coonhound stills looks and I'm sure behaves like a hound!

Does he hunt?

Melissa

taket
June 27th, 2005, 05:53 PM
Go ahead and add on another Coonhound owner on that list. I pick up my beautiful redbone pup on July 11th and I honestly can't wait. As for the training, I've heard its pretty tough, mostly because they get distracted quite easily. I would think giving him a job might help out a bit since it would put her in more of a 'natural' state.

As for your dog being a purebread; From what I've seen from B&T's, I would guess he has a mix of Possibly redbone or even lab (Short ears on him). The black coat makes me think Redbone as that was a trait that MOST redbones had in the past, but breeders have since eliminated it through selective breeding. In your defense though, I have heard that coonhounds are quite notorious for being different from the breed standard. I think part of the reason it took so long for the AKC to recognize them is becuase there are purebred coonhounds which can look nothing like they are 'supposed' to.

Whatever he is, he looks like a keeper!

~

Syxtus
June 28th, 2005, 12:31 PM
This is quote from topic about long haired GSD:
"Are white German Shepherds AKC (American Kennel Club) or CKC (Canadian Kennel Club) registerable? Yes. :D If both of the parents (regardless of color) are registered with the AKC or CKC as German Shepherds, then any resulting puppy would be fully registerable as a German Shepherd Dog :D . While the white dogs can no longer compete in the breed (conformation) ring in AKC or CKC, they are fully eligible to compete in any and all performance events sponsored by either registry. Neither AKC nor CKC restrict registration of a German Shepherd Dog based on its color."
and
"Color does not affect the dog's physical structure, personality, temperament or trainability"
Now is case of cooners judged differently?
by this standards: http://www.akc.org/breeds/black_tan_coonhound/index.cfm
my dog gets penalized in 2 fields only , but a lot in both. Way too much tan colour, and ears too short. Hes also already bigger than ideal but proportions are there.
"The characteristics and courage of the Coonhound also make him proficient on the hunt for deer, bear, mountain lion and other big game."-thats what Rocky was bred for. Not for the colour, but for the size and strenth. As I said, by hunters for hunting. :pawprint:
@ Taket
Congrats. You will be amazed what they can do when you dont look :D .
Attached 2 brothers

RedBone Owner
October 7th, 2006, 11:48 AM
We own a RedBone Coonhound :dog: (that is what we were told but we don't know any history of her parents). But I do believe it when I read about the breed and see the similarities in her own behaviour.

And yes she is often mistaken for a Lab cross or even a Rhodesian Ridgeback without the Ridge.

We adopted her about six months ago and the rescue agency guessed her age at 1 1/2 - 2 years. She's really beautiful but boy oh boy what a handful.

I was reading this post to get some advice on training her as we believe that this is the first time she's lived in a house as a family pet. She's come a long way. Yes she likes to pull at times but having a pocket full of treats helps control her when she sees something that she wants to bolt after. The extenda-leash works well for her as she can stop and sniff something and then catch up when I walk past her. It's usually fully extended at all times. It allows her to cover a large area with her nose to the ground without me tugging at her all the time. She is even healing lately which is nice!

She loves off-leash parks and now that we can trust her a bit, I can let her off-leash in other areas. STOP commands works well and she stops in her tracks. I agree when she is in her 'element' she is the most happy and beautiful.

We have a lot of other training issues but I'll post more about that so look for us if interested.

Bye for now,
RedBone Owner.

Prin
October 7th, 2006, 11:50 AM
She's beautiful! Congrats on the adoption! :)

Good luck! :)

wAggie
October 7th, 2006, 05:35 PM
awww, BEAUTIFUL dog!

rainbow
October 11th, 2006, 03:17 AM
She is gorgeous. :dog: :thumbs up

S.A. blueticks
February 18th, 2007, 12:34 AM
Hi Folks.
These dogs are very intelligent animals. All you need to do is spend lots of time with them. They can be a bit stuborn at times, but that is because you are moving to slow. They get bored very quickly with obidience stuff. Hunting is usually the only thing on thier brain. The quikest and most painless way to train your hound is to invest in a quality training collar. I use them and am very satisfied with the results, and regardless to what people say they dont hurt the dog I tried it on my arm before I put it on my hound. These dogs are very loyal companions if you treat them right.

S.A. blueticks
February 18th, 2007, 01:12 AM
Hi Folks.
These dogs are very intelligent animals. All you need to do is spend lots of time with them. They can be a bit stuborn at times, but that is because you are moving to slow. They get bored very quickly with obidience stuff. Hunting is usually the only thing on thier brain. The quikest and most painless way to train your hound is to invest in a quality training collar. I use them and am very satisfied with the results, and regardless to what people say they dont hurt the dog I tried it on my arm before I put it on my hound. These dogs are very loyal companions if you treat them right.

Prin
February 18th, 2007, 01:24 AM
Have you tried getting somebody else to jerk the collar on your arm while you lunge for a squirrel to see if that hurts? :o

OntarioGreys
February 18th, 2007, 10:42 AM
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We had coonhounds growing they were used for hunting but were also pets, those days there were no pinch collars, or electric training collars, I did the training as a child, and they did learn to walk at heel without dragging me around.

Obedience training is the place to start, to teach leash manner and recall, and then you need to get you dog out for runs one or 2 hours daily, so you need to find a safe place for you dog to get out to get exercise but wait till you have mastered the recall,

for those that say that these dogs are not smart, some can be brilliant Duke the black boy, learned all his obedience commands in English, french, sign language, spelled out and I even did counting with him teach him to bark a certain number of times and return a certain number of items, training and lessons have to be daily and out in the field, when hunting they have to learn to follow directions at a distance, so believe me they are capable of learning, in the middle of a chase instinct will take over so you can't always expect them to listen in mid chase, but before and after they can follow directions even 50 yards away with training, you need to keep training fun and interesting meaning playtime with the dog, and trying to incorporated training into the play, it gives them more incentive to learn if they see it as fun.

jp58
February 25th, 2007, 11:03 PM
I am a new member as well...we are the proud owner of a 9 month old 85 pound and still growing bluetick coonhound....he is beautiful and smart but quite a handful on the days I can't spend a large amount of time playing and running with him..we are having some trouble with his manners inside because he doesn't realize how big and powerful he is and sometimes he knocks everything down in his path.. the gentle lead collar has seemed to help a lot with his pulling on walks.. I would love to be able to trust him more inside the house and others have suggested sending him to a board and train facility to help with his manners inside?? has anyone else had any experience with these training facilities? He is a member of our family and I am concerned about sending him to a new environment where I wont be. Any information would be great..

judson
April 30th, 2007, 01:40 AM
Hello. I'm new on this site and was wondering if anyone could shed some light on my dog's personality.

Bella's an 8 month old Bluetick / German Wirehaired Pointer mix (though it seems much more bluetick). In general, she's all around a good dog. My girlfriend and I are trying to be very consistant with our training and have taken Bella to Obedience school.

My question has to do with her "happiness" and her desire to be around us. If we're gone for a few hours and come home, she's very excited to be around us, but she doesn't really want us to pet her for very long. She's very well exercised (multiple walks / runs / park every day and hikes on the weekends and doggie daycare on our long day of the week), but she's not interested in us petting her unless she's completely tired out. She doesn't really make eye contact for very long and doesn't come consistantly when we call her. We've been working on her recall, but it's pretty difficult when there are distractions.

Some friends of ours have Bella's sister and the two play often. The sister on the other hand, loves attention and will come up to you wagging her tail and stare you in the eyes until you're done petting her. Both dogs went to the same classes and I really don't think our households are drastically different. I have only had labs before so I'm used to the wagging bodies and utter euphoria they seem to experience when in the presence of their "great owner/s" (ha). I am just a little confused about the blank stares and lack of excitment from Bella. I understand the training can take a long time and be trying, but it'd be nice to know if others have had any similar experiences with these dogs being aloof and uninterested in attention/ affection.

Any comments or suggestions would be appreciated.

Gracie's Mom
September 30th, 2007, 11:22 PM
Hi, I rescued Gracie at about 7 months, and I've had her for about a year now. She is very obedient, rarely pulls on leash, has a rock solid "stay", etc. The only time I can't get a positive (or any) response from her was when she was in hunt mode. Until today. She's always been good with other dogs and cats, but today she decided to hunt my friend's new kitten. Even on leash, even on a sit/stay, there was nothing I could do to get her attention or break her stare from the kitten. Normally, on leash she's not in hunt mode, but today she was in hunt mode from the second she saw the kitten until we went home (about two hours!!). We spend a lot of time on this farm, and need to be able to trust her with just this one cat. Is there any way to convince her that just this one cat is not prey?? Any suggestions would be really appreciated. p.s. She is not terribly food or toy motivated. I haven't had much luck finding anything more interesting to her than hunting.
My best guess is that she's black and tan coonhound crossed with German Shepherd.

This is her (if I attached the pic correctly :confused:):

Dean55
October 10th, 2007, 10:20 AM
On the topic of a BOARD AND TRAIN option in solving particular issues
having much experience with this realm I would
say that a balanced perspective is gained in understanding that a Dog can benefit greatly from such a program.
I have exerienced and can document the fact
that a dog can be "rehabbed" by placing the dog in a environment that is highly conducive to exposing and conditioning the dogs behavior so that the dog learns what is optimally reasonable and exceptable in simply being a calm,socialized,trained,and mannered partner.
It (obviously) then
becomes critical that the owner be given in depth instructions/education on how to maintain the dog in this desired state of mind by using the sound management,socialazation, and training methods that were used in reaching such a goal. So in short a dog can and does benefit from a board and train experience that uses proper process in managing,socializing, and training of the dog that also includes educating the human element keeping in mind that conditioning behavior is a on going and never ending process in maintaining a desired status.

Gracies's mom it all depends on the methods you use to divert or correct yours dogs behavior to not focus on the cat in any undesired way. Exactly "what" method in detail are you using to communicate to your dog that the behavior is undesired/unexceptable ???? The details are very important in helping provide suggestions as I deal (succesfully) with the issue of prey drive with cats regularly.



On the note of Adam... After doing just a little research I find the post referencing him is slanderous and should not only be removed from this forum but should possibly
be considered for legal action when considering the facts. I understand the concern for protecting our dogs from abuse
but this seems to have evolved into a blantant smear campaign that has engulfed innocent and caring people (such as the poster) into repeating inaccuracies that are extremely cruel and damaging to ones character...

just my opinion.


good day

hornetmom
October 24th, 2008, 12:37 AM
:evil:I have a, well I should say my 15 year old son has a bluetick coonhound, male, born feb 11,2008. I was wondering what the dog might do to a kitten. My 6 year old really wants a pet of her own because dog is way to big and shoves her around, or whips her with his tail when they play. I know he doesn't mean to hurt her but he still does. If she takes of running he chases and knocks her down and then sits on her until she screams at the top of her lungs "BO no bad boy, get off." :evil:

Any help is greatly appreciated. He has not been hard to train as far as house breaking, sit, lay and load. He does dig alot of holes though, maybe if I neuter him that might help?

ToniWms
June 30th, 2009, 11:19 AM
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We had coonhounds growing they were used for hunting but were also pets, those days there were no pinch collars, or electric training collars, I did the training as a child, and they did learn to walk at heel without dragging me around.

Obedience training is the place to start, to teach leash manner and recall, and then you need to get you dog out for runs one or 2 hours daily, so you need to find a safe place for you dog to get out to get exercise but wait till you have mastered the recall,

for those that say that these dogs are not smart, some can be brilliant Duke the black boy, learned all his obedience commands in English, french, sign language, spelled out and I even did counting with him teach him to bark a certain number of times and return a certain number of items, training and lessons have to be daily and out in the field, when hunting they have to learn to follow directions at a distance, so believe me they are capable of learning, in the middle of a chase instinct will take over so you can't always expect them to listen in mid chase, but before and after they can follow directions even 50 yards away with training, you need to keep training fun and interesting meaning playtime with the dog, and trying to incorporated training into the play, it gives them more incentive to learn if they see it as fun.
Hi, I have a 9 month old bluetick and I was wondering how is your dog doing now ... I have the same issue with mine now, he is not very polite inside our home ... I can manage him when I am there, but as soon we go out and he has to stay when we come back the house is upside down!

Ford
August 27th, 2009, 11:48 AM
*bump missed moderated post*

brecker
September 8th, 2009, 07:51 AM
I wouldn't "suggest" a coonhound to anyone that cannot sufficiently give these dogs "LOTS" of exercise, put up with the scenting/hunting instincts, and also loud barking/howling. These dogs were bred to be vocal while scenting in the field! It's not fair to lock these ones up in a house all day :) But, start with training classes!!!!

lough
August 23rd, 2010, 02:51 PM
Hi,
I'm new to this forum and we currently have a 9 yr. old Border Collie/Aussie mix female. She's a sweet girl and our only dog (Amy). We also have a 10 year old Senegal parrot.
We are thinking about introducing a 6 month old rescue Bluetick coonhound/mix to our household but don't want to create too much stress for our little furgirl (we've always been a one dog at a time family).

This pup is 6 mos. old and has been living with mom and sibs in shelter since shortly after birth. She is very sweet and seems pretty calm. I think she would adjust well to us. She would be an indoor dog and we have a fenced yard. I walk our Amy daily (at least 2 miles) so new pup would be walked daily, too.

How best can we introduce our Amy to new pup (Suzie) and help Amy adjust to Suzie presence into her domain?

Thanks for any suggestions!

lisajanep
September 27th, 2010, 10:57 AM
I just adopted a coonhound cross - we think he is a coonhound/lab mix, but he definately has more coonhound traits. We adopted him from a shelter when he was 4 1/2 months old, he is now 9 months. We absolutely love him, he is super close to us and actually very calm indoors... but we make sure we exercise him a lot, take him to offleash wooded areas and long walks/hikes. Luckily, when we've taken him into the mountains hiking, he has not shown any want to take off, he is great offleash and actually waits for us to catch up, perhaps this is because he is not pure bred? Who knows, but thankfully he seems to want to stick close-by.

Anyhow, we too have discovered that coonhounds are not like retrievers, they are much more difficult to train - some sites say they are more stubborn and want to do things their way, so will fight you telling them what to do. However, with perseverence and a lot of work, they do begin to accept the household rules and will listen to you. I have had a much harder time training him than my boyfriend, as I think often it's more difficult for women to be the alpha than men. But I have persevered and he is improving every day. So that I have control over him on leashed walks, because he's quite strong now, I use the "gentle leader", it's works great! Otherwise he can pull me over easily. It also gives me confidence that I have control of him when he freaks out about things like squirrels and skateboarders. Dave (our coonhound) also barks a lot at strangers, I believe this is also a hound trait. I know that for me, I really need to work on being calm and assertive and making sure that Dave recognizes me as the pack leader. It definately takes a lot of effort, especially w/ hounds, but I'm improving and so is Dave and he's turning into a fantastic dog! We have worked on teaching him to heal, on-leash and off-leash and he is doing great - everything takes patience though, it doesn't happen overnight, it takes work. Definately put him in some training classes and even have a couple of one-on-one sessions with a trainer to address specific issues, this is what I did and it has helped tremendously.

Good luck!

JRas
October 16th, 2011, 11:23 PM
I was reading some of the post's about the Blue Tick Hounds; I inherited a 9 month old from a family friend who had health issues.

I was having issue's with running for miles and not listening, even worse he is gun shy and will run three miles on a car back firing.

I started with a 50 foot rope, harness, leather gloves, and a cap gun, and lot's of dog parks.

The 50 foot rope I tied around my waste and the leather gloves are to keep your skin from being burned off. When Buddy got to 50 feet and pulled I just stopped until Buddy let off; then started walking again. Then started introducing the cap gun with the same outcome. Now he will run circles or trails around 50 feet, will stop, sit, and stay when told. I use him now after hunting hours to retrieve lost game in corn fields, he loves it and will run through anything once on a scent.

Walking I used at the suggestion of another hounds man to use a very small metal choke collar; this worked well and my 10 year old son can walk him with no worries.

I take this hound every where in the back of the truck, I made a hefty chain that ties to the harness and he can just get his head over the edge and he can stand on his front legs to look over the truck and bawl.

Now the not running out of the house part was the most difficult, and i had to resort to a very short use of a shock collar, with a vibrator. Now I have a hound that does not leave the yard not even for another animal. He just goes to the edge of the grass and will not cross the property line. And listens to everyone even my 6 year old son when told to sit and stay.

I will alway's own a hound from here on out great family, house dog, hunter, and very loyal. This being said don't come into my back yard without going through the front door. He is very protective and has only gotten more since he matured.

I hope this helps, great dog!!
JRas

067734m
November 4th, 2011, 01:51 PM
Hi All,

I have a (suspected) beagle coonhound mix. This is my first 'hound' dog and I've had similar training issues. We solved the pulling issue with this:

http://www.wiggleswagswhiskers.com/newsite/freedom-no-pull-harness.htm

It's a no-pull harness - easy to use - not as harsh as a head attachment. Our dog loves wearing it (synonymous with great walks/runs). It only took a day or two of training to see results! I was really impressed. I still use it for runs because you can use it as a regular harness (not all or any pressure on the neck for when that cat runs out of the bushes in front of us).

The one thing I have NOT been able to master is a solid recall! Our hound sticks to us like glue indoors, but once she gets that nose to the ground it's like nothing else exists. She comes when called like a pro when ON leash. But off-leash I'm getting nothing... I've tried everything: dry treats, wet treats, goldfish crackers, hot dogs, raw meat, dog whistle... Nothing can compete with her all those SMELLS. Any advice for this appreciated!

azhuntitdown
February 12th, 2012, 09:14 AM
I have the same issues with my dog, they are a handful but very loveable.

hazelrunpack
February 12th, 2012, 05:57 PM
She's gorgeous, azhuntitdown! :flirt: Love her eyes! Welcome to the board! :D