Activities For Black And Tan Coonoodles

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Introduction

Black and Tan Coonoodles are smart and ready for a job using their noses to find animals in the woods. These dogs are sweet and mellow inside, but once you get them outside, they are ready to run. Activities for Black and Tan Coonoodles need to be vigorous and ideally challenge their natural instinct. Though Black and Tan Coonoodles are intelligent, they are also extremely instinct driven and can be difficult to train. You need to have plenty of patience when working with these dogs, but your reward will be a sweet and loving companion who is ready to go with you on a hunt and then curl up for a snuggle.

Hunting

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Any Day
Moderate
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3 hrs
Items needed
Hunting safety vest and equipment
E-collar or dog whistle
Long leash
Activity description
With their long ears and extremely sensitive nose, hunting is one of the most natural activities for Black and Tan Coonoodles. Their parent, the Black and Tan Coonhound was bred to be an excellent raccoon and small game hunting companion. It is very likely they passed some of these natural traits on to your dog. Though your pup is naturally inclined to follow scents as fast as they can, you'll still need plenty of training sessions to refine their skills and build a strong working relationship between the two of you. With proper training, your Black and Tan Coonoodle will become one of the most reliable hunting dogs.
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Basic commands
It's never too early to start training your Coonhound with basic commands. Because Black and Tan Coonoodles have natural instincts that lead them to block out everything else when following a scent, coming when called and other obedience skills will be an ongoing challenge. You need to be patient and encouraging when teaching these dogs. If you're having a hard time, enlist the help of a trainer who is familiar with training coonhounds to assist you.
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Scent training
While you're working on obedience, you can also hone in on their scent tracking skills. One of the best ways to start is to get a raccoon or other small animal pelt and a bottle of scent for training from a local hunting store. Tie a string to the pelt, put some scent on it, and drag it along the ground around your yard and tie it up in a tree. Make sure your dog is inside and doesn't see you. Next, let your dog outside and encourage them to follow the trail. Give them a big reward when they find the pelt.
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Practice with others
Once your dog has the hang of tracking and finding the pelt, take them out with other experienced dogs. The best teacher for a young Black and Tan Coonoodle is an experiences coonhound. While out on a practice hunt or the real thing, the older dogs will let the young dog know when they are doing something wrong, and will model the correct behavior. After a few sessions out with the experiences group, your young Coonoodle will be baying at the right time and treeing raccoons with confidence.
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Tracking

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Sunny Day
Moderate
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2 hrs
Items needed
Long Leash
Treats
Animal scent
Animal pelt
Activity description
If you're not interested in hunting, you can still work with your Black and Tan Coonoodle's natural instincts. Tracking has become a popular sport all on its own and is even recognized by the American Kennel Club. Tracking can be a fun and exciting outdoor activity for both you and your dog and will leave you tired and happy after hours enjoying the woods. You don't need too much to track with your dog, and training in tracking will often come naturally. If your dog is really good, you can even enter them in tracking competitions. You might be surprised how well they do when competing against pureblood coonhounds.
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Come when called
Because following their nose comes easy, obedience training might be the real challenge in your tracking training endeavor. These dogs are so instinct-driven, sometimes it's hard for them to pull themselves off a scent. You should start training early and be patient and positive. These dogs are smart and sensitive and don't respond to loud or harsh training techniques. Many trackers keep their dogs on long leashes and others have an e-collar that beeps to snap them out of their tracking mode.
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Follow their nose
To start honing in on their tracking skills, you can start with a decoy. Take an animal pelt or even a rag and douse it in animal scent from a local hunting store. While your Black and Tan Coonoodle is in the house, drag the pelt with a rope to create a trail around the yard. Start with something easy and continuous and hang the pelt in a tree to end. As your dog gets better at following the scent, you can make those scent trails harder by going over rocks and stumps or making it stop and start. When you've made the trail, let your dog outside and encourage them to follow it. When they find the pelt, give them lots of praise.
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Enter a competition
When you've been practicing for a while, test your dog's skills by entering a tracking trial. These trials are not only great ways to challenge your dog, but they will allow you to learn from more experienced teams and even find new friends who also love the sport. Once you find other folks, you'll have plenty of people to train with and will advance your tracking skills.
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Hiking

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Normal
2 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Water
Treats or snacks
Activity description
Hiking is one of the most fun activities for Black and Tan Coonoodles because they get to be outside smelling all the smells and exploring new terrain. If you are an avid hiker, these dogs will always be ready to head out on the trail with you. Many people keep a long leash on their Black and Tan Coonoodles because they are so scent driven and might follow a track so far they get lost. These dogs are ready to go as far as you want and will be happy to be outside on the trail with you.
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Basic training
Because Black and Tan Conoodles may need extra attention to learn obedience, it's important to start early. If your dog doesn't listen when you try to call them off a scent in the wilderness, they may follow the trail so far that they get lost. Work with a trainer who specializes in hounds who can teach you techniques to work with your dog to keep them safe.
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Find a trail
Search out a trail that is perfect for you and your dog. Make sure it's long enough to tire you both out and has a well-marked trail. Be sure the trail allows dogs and that it isn't too steep or rocky for your dog to safely get to the top. You can search through maps and guidebooks or ask for suggestions at your local outdoor or pet supply stores. If the trail has a stream or ends at a lake, all the better for hot days.
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Enjoy the hike
When you know where you're going, pack a bag with water for the both of you, treats and snacks to keep your energy up, and a first aid kit for you and your dog. Head to the trail and get ready to hike. If your dog still hasn't mastered come when called, you can keep them on a long leash. Make sure you take plenty of stops for water on hot days and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Once your dog has the hang of trail life, you can plan many more hikes to last you all summer.
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Dinner search

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Go for a run

One of the best activities to keep your Black and Tan Coonoodle in shape and happy is to take them for a run. You'll benefit from having a great running buddy too.

Conclusion

Black and Tan Coonoodles are wonderful family dogs. While they may look lazy as they lay around the house, they are actually very active and energetic. Finding activities for Black and Tan Coonoodles that can burn off their tremendous energy and use their very strong scent instincts isn't hard. There are plenty of activities you and your dog can do together to get outside, stay in shape, and enjoy each other's company. While they might need constant work to master obedience training, these dogs make great companions for active families and avid hunters. Both Poodles and Black and Tan Coonhounds are expert hunters and trackers, so your dog is sure to be talented in these pursuits.