Getting a puppy is a big responsibility. Getting one that is a specialized dog from gun dog breeders like a treeing Walker coonhound poses a whole new set of challenges. With a strong urge to hunt, this breed tends to be rambunctious and can mistake family pets, like cats, rabbits, or hamsters as prey. However, with the right care and training, these natural-born hunters can be both a great family pet and a skilled partner in tracking, search and rescue, hunting, or plain old hiking.
Here are a few puppy tips to get new treeing Walker coonhound owners started.
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1. Start training them early.
Typically, treeing Walker coonhounds are smart, playful and outgoing animals. Because they learn quickly, it’s wise to start training you puppy the day you bring him or her home. This is also a major part of getting them trained at all; treeing Walker coonhounds are headstrong and stubborn, and often get harder to train as they get older, according to Vetstreet
. Keep training sessions short, as these dogs have a short attention span and can quickly lose interest in favor of a new activity or smell to chase. Positive reinforcement works well with treeing Walker coonhounds, especially treats.
2. Give them room to move and run.
This breed was meant to be outside on the hunt, so they do not do well in an apartment or condo setting, according to the Dog Breed Info Center
. Even taking them on daily walks or jogs won’t be enough. They need a large yard to run and play. Because they are so strongly motivated by their noses, treeing Walker coonhounds need to be kept in a well-fenced area so they don’t break loose and disappear on the trail of something.
3. Use routine to help them learn.
Just like children, treeing Walker coonhound puppies feel reassured by routine, according to Your Purebred Puppy
. If their food and water dishes are kept in the same place, they always know where to go to eat and drink. Feed them at the same time every day. Show them where their toys are kept. Help them learn what time they go to bed, get up and go outside. Being consistent in their daily routines can take away some of the stress associated with raising a new puppy.
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