If you are an experienced dog owner, then make way in your home (and your hearts) for a beautiful BT Walker. With parents of Boxers and Treeing Walker Coonhounds, all they want to do is please you, go hunting, have a job to do, and protect your family. Along the way, they will also enjoy playing games, hanging out with other pooches, and acting the clown. BT Walkers are a lot of work, but it’s work that’s not without its pleasure. If you’re ready to welcome a BT Walker into your family home, then here are a few ideas for how to stimulate both body and soul.
Unless you can live in the countryside with fields for neighbors, you may find yourself having to carry out bark training with your BT Walker. These pooches love the sound of their own voice and stop at nothing to alert you to every bird flying by, the mailman, and of course, people stopping in for a visit. While you can’t blame them for being protective of their property, it can provide a sense of relief if you can control the barking to a degree. This free but challenging activity is one that requires persistence, five-minute training sessions, a treat, and toy.
Both the Boxer and the Treeing Walker Coonhound used to have important jobs to do. Boxers were first used in the police force, while the Coonhound was an avid hunter. Give your BT Walker a sense of purpose by inviting them on a three-hour long hike. They will get to test themselves mentally and physically while you get to benefit from this activity’s free price tag and all-weather versatility. You will need to take a leash, harness, water, and a doggy waste bag, but a hike will become one of your dog’s favorite pastimes that will tire them out for the remainder of the day.
When it’s raining, you may find it hard to come up with things to do with your BT Walker. After all, they are a large breed and entertaining them indoors is not all that easy at the best of times. Hide and seek may become an excellent option. It’s cheap, has a regular difficulty level, and you only need treats and toys. It can also fill up half an hour of your day - or even longer - all the while offering your dog something fun and stimulating to do. If you’re at a loose end, it might be time to get involved in a game of hide and seek.
If you want to burn off more energy in a short space of time, then consider going to a dog park with your BT Walker. They tend to play well with dogs of all ages and will run around and act the clown until it’s time to go home. This fun, free activity is also one that can help to socialize your dog.
If the sun is beating down and you can’t seem to get any relief, then treat your family and pooch to a dip at your local watering hole. Find a dog-friendly lake, beach, or pool that will cater to you all. You can then bring along a toy and spend the day romping in the water and having a blast. While not every Boxer likes swimming, the inclusion of the Treeing Walker Coonhound may make a difference.
If you want a fun-loving and happy dog, then you’ve found a pawsitively delightful addition to the family in a BT Walker. This beautiful breed will add so much happiness to your life, while also ensuring you do something fun and different every day to keep them entertained. While they are not a dog that’s suitable for a new owner, they will most certainly keep you on your toes!