Activities For Bluetick Coonhound Harriers

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Introduction

A Bluetick Coonhound Harrier is a designer dog made from a combination of a Harrier and a Bluetick Coonhound. They are natural hunters and devoted to their master. Your Bluetick Coonhound Harrier is not just a hunter, though; they love to play, work, and have even been known to sleep during the day after hunting all night. They do need to get enough exercise or they may become anxious or restless. In fact, all dogs that do not get enough physical activity are more susceptible to not just health problems but also behavior issues.

Lure Coursing

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Normal
1 hr
Items needed
Lure
Leash
Collar
Muzzle
Water
Activity description
Chasing rabbits and other small critters is what many dogs dream about doing, especially your Bluetick Coonhound Harrier. Dogs who hunt on a regular basis get to play out that scenario in real life, so they are pretty happy but those who do not get to hunt would probably love to get out there and chase some critters through a field for a while. With lure coursing, that is exactly what your dog would be doing except the critter is fake and it is called a lure. This lure is usually a piece of fur or plastic that is attached to some line and a pulley for your dog to chase on a specific course.
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Train your dog
Make your own lure course in your yard with a plastic bag or toy and fishing line. Practice playing keep away with your dog until you are sure that your dog knows what to do. Let your pooch win at first, so they do not get discouraged, making it more difficult as your dog gets used to it. Just practice for about a half hour at first until your dog builds up the drive to chase.
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Observe some field trials
You will want to go to some field trials just to watch before you decide to enter your dog. Watch how the handlers work with their dogs and determine if your dog is capable of being in a trial. Talk to some of the people three and learn as much as you can about the sport. The more you know, the better off your dog will be and the more fun you will both have.
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Enter a field trial
Bring your dog to a few field trials so they can see what is going on and observe how your dog reacts to the activities. Is your dog scared or nervous around all the other dogs and noise? This sport may not be for you. If your dog is excited and wants to join, start out slowly and do one or two courses a week at first. If your dog does well and seems to enjoy it, you may even want to try competing.
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Dog Park Visit

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Any Day
Free
Easy
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Water
Collar
Leash
Towel
Activity description
All dogs love to go to the dog park but dog parks are not all made equal. Some of them may be just a patch of dirt in an empty lot with nothing else while others are like an amusement park for dogs with agility courses, kiddie pools, toys, trails, a lake, and plenty of wildlife to play with. A Bluetick Coonhound is a medium sized dog with a lot of energy to expend so you need to find a park that will allow that to happen. It is best to find one that is large, with at least three acres if it is a popular park so your dog has the freedom to run around.
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Find the right park
The first thing you will need to do is find the best park for your dog. It should be big enough to run and chase a ball or frisbee with a tall enough fence that your dog cannot escape while on the chase. Once a Bluetick Coonhound Harrier is on the chase, they may not have very good recall. Finding the best park is a matter of choice for you, depending on what you and your dog need and like.
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Scope out the park
Take a few trips to the park on various days of the week at different times. Do this without your dog. You are just scoping the place out to see how many dogs visit the area, what the clientele is like, and how well the park is maintained. You can just drive by in your car or even go in and talk to some of the dog owners to get a vibe for the place.
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Park adventure
Now that you found the right park, bring your dog there so you can see if they like it as much as you do. Is your dog wary of others at first? Try to go at a time when there are fewer visitors until you are both comfortable there. Once you find the best park for you both, visit often and be sure to pick up after your furbaby while you are there.
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Hunting

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Any Day
Moderate
Hard
3 - 4 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Collar
Activity description
If you are a hunter, just take your dog hunting. Bluetick Coonhound Harriers are natural born hunters at heart and will take to it like a duck takes to water. In fact, your dog probably dreams about hunting every night. As a hound, your dog was bred to scent, track, and chase all kinds of critters that you may like to hunt. However, your Bluetick Coonhound Harrier will need some guidance to learn the correct protocol so they do not hurt your prey or themselves during the hunt. Your pooch must be able to follow directions, get along with others, and stay on track. You cannot have your dog running off to play with squirrels when you are hunting foxes or rabbits.
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Training
It will take a lot of training to get your dog to be the right kind of hunting companion. The basics include teaching your dog commands and how to listen when recalled. The recall command is the most important command any dog can learn, especially a hunting dog. If your dog goes running off into the woods and never comes back, ignoring your call, they are not ready to go on the hunt.
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Learning to hunt
Getting your dog used to hearing a gun is the number one thing. They cannot be afraid of a gunshot and go running off at the first shot. Introduce your dog to dead prey is essential to increase the prey drive. They need to learn the scent and know how to gently retrieve the animal or flush them out, depending on what you are hunting. Let your dog practice for a few months until you believe they are able to bring your prey back without eating it or flush the birds rather than chase them.
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Hunt when ready
Once you are sure your dog is ready, get out there and do some hunting. If your dog does not seem ready once you are out there, do not push them to do it anyway. This may discourage them or scare them so give your dog time to adjust. Once you both get used to each other, you will be hunting partners for life.
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Hiking

Your Bluetick Coonhound loves to be outside doing something, no matter what it is, especially with their favorite human. Grab a leash and some water and head out to the nearest park and walk some hiking trails with your pooch. It will be good for both of you.

Agility Training

All dogs seem to love jumping through hoops, running through tunnels, and climbing. Bluetick Coonhound Harriers have the energy, speed, and stamina to enjoy this sport and may even be good enough to be in competitions.

Conclusion

No matter what kind of activities you choose to do with your tail-wagging friend, they will undoubtedly just enjoy hanging out with you. If it involves going outside, it is even better. It will be good for both of you, so get on out there and soak up some sun.