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How to Train a Black and Tan Coon Hound


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How to Train a Black and Tan Coon HoundCoon Hound is a general name given to a group of hunting dogs. The dog breeds that are covered in this group include the American English Coonhound, the Black and Tan Coonhound, the Bluetick Coonhound, the English Coonhound, the Plott Hound, the Redbone Coonhound, and the Treeing Walking Coonhound. This group of hounds is more effective for hunting animals that can take to ground or to trees. They are known for their treeing abilities.

Do you want an all-American dog with remarkable working attributes but with a pleasant demeanor to match?

The Black and Tan Coon hound is the perfect dog for you.

Black and Tan Coon Hound Origin

The Black and Tan Coon hound is developed in the United States by crossing the Bloodhound and Foxhound breeds. However, it is also believed to have descended from the Talbot Hound, an ancient dog breed in England.

They are great trackers and hunters of raccoons and other small animals, and even some larger ones such as bears and mountain lions. They howl as they hunt game.

They also excel in agility sports and they are very good watchdogs.

Appearance and Abilities of the Black and Tan Coon Hound

The Black and Tan Coon hound is a large and powerful dog. They can be up to 28 inches tall and can weigh up to 130 lbs. Its legs are proportioned to its large body. It is muscled and finely modeled.

It has wide and long ears hanging well down its neck. It also has a long tail and carried at a right angle, when the dog is wary or excited.

The skin is loosely fitted and may droop just like typical hounds. And as its name clearly implies, its color is black with rich tan markings.

It can run very fast. With its long and rhythmic strides, it can easily trail game animals since it covers a lot of ground. It has a distinct bark and howl which is both loud and strong.

The Black and Tan Coon hound is a persistent, tireless worker. It is courageous as well. No terrain or weather condition is too tough for this breed.

As hounds, they have amazing sense of smell. They can track scent from long distances.

Coon Hound Temperament and Tendencies

The Black and Tan Coon hound is quick-witted, good-natured, and loyal dog. It is a fierce dependable hunter and a loving refined household companion. It is naturally friendly and never aggressive to humans. It may bark at strangers but only to warn its masters. It is rarely hostile except when duty calls to protect its owners.

It is very active in the field but fairly inactive inside the house. It can be independent and willful. They are constantly alert and often distracted with scents it may catch.

The Black and Tan Coon hound drool and slobber a lot. This is a trait that needs to be embraced because there is no way around it.

Black and Tan Coon Hound Training and Care

The Black and Tan Coon Hound should be socialized well as early as possible. It also needs consistent and firm leadership from its masters. It can become dominant if its owners are meek and inconsistent. The Black and Tan Coon hound can develop dominance problems and become very difficult to manage, much less train.

It can be rowdy when still immature. Train it with basic obedience commands and immediately modify unwanted behavior so it will mature into a manageable dog.

Although fairly inactive indoors, he is still not suited for apartment life because from time to time he will need to exert his physicality and instincts to hunt. A house with a large yard is the optimal habitat for the Black and Tan Coon hound.

When walking the dog in public places, you should do it with a leash. It may wander away from you and follow any scent they will find interesting.

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  • January 23, 2017

    My family adopted a 1 year old male black and tan on Christmas Eve from a local shelter. He has made gains in potty training and staying in his yard but he has not made any improvements with interaction with our 2 cats. I am looking for some guidance from people who know this breed. Do you know of any blogs, trainers, experienced hound lovers that may be able to help us? If we cannot train our new hound to tolerate the cats, we may have to consider returning him to the shelter. We want to make every attempt to train him before making that decision.

    I have read/tried many of the suggestions on the website. We had a dog trainer come in to work with us as well. We have crated both dog and cat for short sessions – allowing the dog to get used to the cat. We have allowed the dog to sniff the area where the cats are on a regular basis. We have tried using a vibration collar to distract/correct negative behavior. Even after one month, our dog is still whining/barking/pulling towards the cats during every interaction. He shows no signs of aggression but is so excited. Our cats are older and are slow and may not be able to defend themselves if he is off leash.

    Our dog was neutered 3 weeks ago and we are hoping that a change in hormones will be kicking in soon. The dog trainer also recommended low protein diet as to not fuel his prey drive. We also have an Adaptil collar on him for calming purposes.

    Any information would be greatly appreciated. We have fallen in love with our black and tan; it would brake our hearts if we had to give him up!

    Thank you!

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