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Darryll   Rome, New York

5/16/2015 8:52:48 PM

I'm the proud owner of a red tick/be able mix. she's coming up on 4 years old. The drool doesn't usually show up until food does. But even then if we put a plate on the floor for her she will actually sit and wait until she is told it's ok to eat it before she lunges for it. She is an absolutely amazing and loyal dog for our family and loves our 2 kids to death. If she's outside she's all about getting attention, but go ahead and come into our apartment unannounced or uninvited and your likely to leave missing a face. We couldn't ask for a better dog and I won't ever own anything but another hound again! Although I would love to stop constantly cleaning bathroom trash from the toilet and tub.

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Ashley   Winsted, Minnesota

3/20/2015 7:25:49 PM

I have a 2 year old b&t Coonhound/Sheppard mix that I adopted last July 2014. I have been religiously working with and training him since I got him. We moved into our new home November 2014 and have made sure that the transition has been smooth and commands and corrections have been made in the correct manner when and how they're needed. Here's my problem, he's been peeing and pooping in the house... He does it about once a month and it's completely unprovoked, he doesn't alert that he has to go out, which he otherwise ALWAYS will do, he doesn't even act any differently. Just goes into the dining room and squats. Please help! I make sure his energy is expelled, his hunting needs are met ext. I'm at the end of my rope with this. I'm a studied behaviorist and trainer and I'm all tapped out.

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helene   Woburn, Massachusetts

1/19/2015 3:41:54 PM

I agree with the intelligence, indendence and cuddling but not the drooling my redtick and English coonhounds hardly drool at all. Both hounds are athletic but my redtick would be delighted to sleep 18 hours a day. I'm have to wake her to cuddle her and she just sighs. They have many more positives than negatives and I wish the article reflected that.

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Jay   Glen St Mary, Florida

12/20/2014 4:24:14 AM

Good article but there's way too much emphasis on the not-so-positive aspects of coonhound ownership. They are affectionate, loving and playful family dogs who, contrary to common misconception, love their human family nearly as much as they love their groceries and their sleep. Yes, they're active and stubborn, but they're also devoted and cuddly and at times hysterically funny. They are also the third-most euthanized breed (ok, group of breeds) in the nation behind pit bulls and chihuahuas, and that's mostly because so many of them never make it to the shelters. They get dumped in the woods, abandoned- or worse- instead. If you can manage another active larger-sized breed like a dalmatian, a boxer or a lab, you can manage a coonhound

What gets me is that people will fall all over themselves to adopt beagles- and beagles are great dogs, don't get me wrong- but there really isn't any significant difference in behavior between a beagle and a coonhound- size is the primary difference.

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David Smith   New Market, Tennessee

9/3/2014 6:15:06 PM

What age does a female Bluetick Coon usually goes into heat and how long does it last?


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tiffany   emmett, International

4/4/2013 12:20:05 PM

I have 2 adopted b&t and I love them to death. Even when they are bad. This article describes them perfectly:)

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Tammy Samson   Sedalia, Missouri

12/15/2012 7:30:04 PM

I have had hounds since I was 5 years old and could not imagine life without them! I am 47 now. I believe all breeds of hounds make great all around dogs. To see pictures and read about my almost 10 year old companion Boomer visit and go to black n tan page. I sometimes have a few hounds I am rehoming that have came from abusive or unwanted homes. If you are looking please consider contacting me.

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lizzy   Christmas, FL

12/9/2012 6:46:27 PM

I have always wanted one of these dogs. If I ever get one I think I'll get either a black and tan or a blue tick.

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Jess   Farmingdale, New York

11/18/2012 1:07:09 PM

I adopted a Treeing Walker/Beagle mix (looks just like a Walker but a little smaller from the Beagle influence) from a rescue group about 8 months ago when she was a young puppy. She's now just over a year old and she's a really sweet dog. She has a very high prey drive and loves to tree squirrels and other animals, and she's very energetic. I take her on longs walks though and that helps burn off her energy a little. She has a great bay/chop bark when she finds an animal and a great deep, warning bark whenever she's looking out the window and sees someone. She's a wonderful watchdog. I adopted her when I was going through a tough period in my life and she's been my best friend. Don't know what I'd do without her.

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James   Nashvillef, Tennessee

9/29/2012 1:34:28 PM

I adopted a Black and Tan 2 years ago. Best dog I have ever had. He has a back yard but generally prefers the screened back porch where he is a lazy happy dog. He does not like thunder and barks and bays at it. He has never torn up anything. Not even shoes left on porch. We give him rawhide bones which he loves. While he has a dog house, he has taken possession of the porch(so to speak). He and our cat drink together. He(Hancock) has never been aggressive towards our cat. He mostly only barks when someone walks down pour back ally or trash pick up. He also barks and greets my wife when she arrives from work and he knows he gets fed(I am retired). He loves people and kids. He is without a doubt a dog from God. So if you are looking for a great dog who responds to love and affection, I do know a Black and Tan like we have been blessed with is well worth having.

Jim and Kay in Nashville


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Geri   Manchester, Connecticut

9/10/2012 3:38:21 PM

I too, have a Walker's coon hound named Maggie (Magnolia). She's a rescue from Georgia and was abused. We've been a team for 1.5 years, and she is shaping up to be a well-adjusted, happy pooch. She's cool with the cats, and with me working. However, the weekends belong to her at dog park. She's a loving, grateful girl. Just the tops!

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Desert Dog Lady   Tucson, AZ

5/27/2012 9:10:31 PM

My Treeing Walker was rescued from a hoarder. Most of the time, dogs that are rescued from hoarding conditions are totally messed up psychologically. But Maggie (aka Ms. Magnification) seems to have come through it with her laid- back hound temperament in tact! She loves to be loved on, and loves to (and needs to) go on runs and long walks with me and the other dogs. She does run circles and bay in the yard for seemingly no reason. This could be left over behavior from being kenneled by the hoarder, or it could be her just finding something to do, as other coonhound owners have mentioned. It could also be because she suffers from tick fever, which can affect a dog neurologically. So for those of you whose hound appears to be crazy, and especially if they were a stray running in tick infested areas (many dogs from the south and midwest have tick borne illnesses) then have your dog checked for Lyme Disease, Tick Fever (both of these can cause neurological symptoms) and Rocky Mountain Spotted fever. Maggie's OCD behavior is significantly better now that she is on meds. When she is not running or laying out in the sun, she likes to be in my lap - a 60 pound lap dog. Ahhh, life with a coonhound is good!

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Ellen   Arvada, CO

4/28/2012 9:29:01 PM

One year ago I adopted a Treeing Walker from a shelter. It was clear that he had been terribly abused. He was terrified of everyone and made my daughter's closet his home for a month. He is easing his way into life again and now charms all of the women at the dog park. He stays far away from men. I had wondered about the barking and baying at every little sound! He does it too! He is the sweetest dog I have ever had, in spite of the barking and baying.

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coondoglover   middlefield, OH

3/19/2012 7:47:33 PM

I think coon dogs are ammmazing n the sound of them howling on a dark peaceful beautiful night just sends chills up my back:-)

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Bill   Black Hills, SD

3/8/2012 11:46:34 AM

The sound of these timber tenors in the hills and
will soothe the soul.

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tyashia   38668, MS

1/25/2012 12:17:13 PM

i htink that coon hounds are a beatiful kind of dog...

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Nancy   Owasso, OK

7/10/2011 9:32:11 PM

Everything is somewhat true. I have trained ours to be house broke. By the way she needs a great home as my daughter is off to college and cannot keep the black and tan coonhound anymore. If seriously interested please email me at for more info.

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Talea   New Lenox, IL

6/17/2011 6:13:46 AM

Everything said soooo true! Our Redbone is all the above and more. He has trained us more than we have trained him. He knows that a "cute ear look" and a tilt of the head with get him anything. He hates being alone, so we got him a Lab as a friend. He also has trained her with all his "bad" habits! It is truly a love/exasperation relationship. There are many nights, especially in the spring, when we get no sleep because Tempo is baying at raccoons stupid enough to have babies in our eaves. I will often get up and look out the dog door into the run and see him jumping straight up about 5 feet off the ground looking at the eaves and barking. He has gotten "arrested" and fined several time when he has escaped. The only thing he love more than running and eating is going for car rides. When he escapes and I have to go look for him, I always give him a 5 minute ride so that he knows it isn't a trick. He barks out the window then entire time he is in the car even when there isn't anything to bark at. I always say he does it because he is bursting with joy! :)

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Libby   Roaring Gap, NC, NC

6/2/2011 5:43:38 AM

Have you ever heard of a Plott hound? Not only do they hunt raccoon but they chase bear, boar, and large cats. I rescued mine--two broken back legs. He and I now travel NC teaching people about this incredible hunting hound and its two- and four-legged predecessors.

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Tyler   Sharpsburg, GA

12/16/2010 7:12:18 PM

I have a T.W Coonhound. Jake is about 2 years old. He keeps getting under our fence some how. We've tried a shock collar but that didn't work. He ended up taking it of some how. Jake also burns alot of energy running outside but sometimes I think he doesn't burn just enough energy. Jake also has a hard time hearing us when we call if he doesn't want to hear it.I really he hope a little of this energy will fade as he grows old. But only a little bit.

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