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Gun Dog: Are Treeing Walker Hounds Good Dogs for Family Pets?

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If you’ve been attracted to the handsome, treeing Walker coonhound, you might be considering having one of your own. These gun dogs make good pets – in the right family. Gun dog breeders say coonhounds are first and foremost, working dogs with lots of energy. They are sweet and easy going, but they make a lot of noise and need a lot of exercise. As with any dog you might consider for a pet, consider the job the dog was bred to do and the qualities that come with it.

These dogs are strong, motivated hunting dogs that can run for hours in the woods. They can withstand heat and cold, and they do not back down from big game prey. Every coonhound needs a great deal of exercise, even if they never see a forest, according to Vetstreet. A long jog, swim, or hike is needed every day to keep these dogs physically and mentally fit. Without this release of energy, the dogs will become bored and can turn to destructive behaviors. When exercise needs are met, the dogs are calm, enjoyable pets.

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Like any dog, a Walker puppy should begin training and socialization as soon as possible. Puppy classes provide opportunities to learn to enjoy other dogs and people. The classes should also help owners teach basic commands using methods that are appropriate for this impressionable age group. When the dog matures, owners should continue working on obedience commands, either in another class or by working with the dogs at home. Special training for hunt, trials, or dog shows should be planned by owners who plan to participate in any of these activities.

Even with training, the dogs are distracted by their instinctive characteristics, according to yourpurebredpuppy.com. Their highly developed sense of smell provides distractions, and their response to chase is hard to overcome. Off-leash activities should only be attempted with dogs that are highly trained. The dog’s will to track will also kick in at unexpected moments, and it may follow its nose and try to lead you. These dogs can be dominant and stubborn, so an experienced dog owner is best for this breed.

Grooming needs are moderate. No scissoring or lengthy brushing sessions needed. But the dogs should be brushed often to remove loose hair and dirt, especially during shedding season in the spring. Occasional bathes are needed, because these dogs can get that “houndy” odor. The ears can become a source of concern, especially if water or mites invade the area. Parasite control is important for all dogs, but especially critical for dogs that run through brush.

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