How Do You Train A Bluetick Coonhound?

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Bluetick coonhounds were originally bred in Tennessee and quickly moved to the rest of the South, where they were used as hunting dogs for treeing prey. They have since become house pets as well, and guard dogs. As intelligent, eager-to-please dogs, coonhounds are relatively straightforward to train. No matter what you plan to use him for, it's important to start a coonhound puppy with some standard house training and obedience commands. Begin with house training. Buy a crate for your coonhound puppy and put blankets and toys inside. Buy a crate that is roomy around the puppy so he'll have room to grow into it and use it for a while. Put your puppy in his crate with a treat and some toys whenever he's sleeping, or when you're unavailable to supervise him. This will keep accidents from happening in the house, and will allow him to get used to sleeping on his own. Take the puppy outside immediately upon waking or when you take him out of his crate. Take him outside after he eats as ... more
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