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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 www.ImpressiveHounds.com 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
valleys
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 wisdomarabians@msn.com 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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Bree   Dayton, OH

10/19/2010 9:26:58 AM

I have an almost year old Lab/Red Bone Coon hound mix. My boyfriend and i have tried to train him and we are having no luck. It seems like every time we try a technic it works for a while then he goes back to his old self. We just don't know what to do anymore. We have even tried a Shock collar as a last resort. and Ceaser's techniques are slowly failing to if any one knows a way of getting through to him please let us know!!!!! He have tried taking him to a dog park so he can play and even that is Not working he is Getting more Aggressive and we have stopped taking him there. We just need some help so if anyone can let me know please!!!!! my Email is Sabrinadenman@gmail.com Thank you so much

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Cindy   Greenfield, NH

7/26/2010 12:53:00 AM

I rescued a 5 month old puppy from TN. See is the most awesome puppy. Her name is Zetta!! She is a mix they thought shepard/lab mix? But she has hound in her. Folks mentioned ridgeback? Redbone coon hound? So I checked out both breeds:) I do not know which one. Well she is very friendly towards everyone but she really loves her four legged buddies and me. She looks like an old soul when she looks at you. She listens and pays attention to conversations. Example: She does open doors to let herself out or to get treats out of the closet. So I needed to use a rock to block the porch door so she could go out. I know that I mentioned it to friends but I did not think she heard me. Well she did, instead of quickly opening the porch door when I let her on the porch she laid down, checked under the door and saw the rock and triedd to me it!!! She also climbs on things. Oh and one thing she did. Zetta and I lost our 13 year old German Shepard Colt. She loved him darly. I went to woek that night, I let her sleep on the couch as always. Now I live in a raised ranch. I open my windows from the top because the dogs have stuck thier noses through the screens. I get home in the morning and Zetta greeted me all upset and shaking. I thought did she open doors? I was so upset because I could have lost my puppy. Well no doors open. I went into the livingroom to find screen on the floor. Zetta had moved a tray table over to the window, She climbed on another table and crossed over to the other table and climbed up and out the window. This is about a 13 or more drop. To say the least I just sat and held Zetta and cried and she shook. She really misses Colt and I. Now I close the crate at night and she is safe. I am adopting another dog and I know she will not feel alone when I am at work. Zetta is a really cool and smart dog!!!

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RT   Nashville, TN

3/24/2010 11:52:48 AM

I've had coonhounds since I was young and they are wonderful dogs. You really can't make them mad. They are so sweet and good natured. The other side to them though is that they are very energetic and need to have lots of exercise. While my Black and Tans have been fairly calm dogs, I currently own a 2 year old Redbone male who is more hyper than a Border Collie! He never voluntarily sits or lies down and is constant "GO" mode. Handful does not even begin to describe
Jed.
Dog parks are good options for these dogs so they can run off their energy if you do not have a farm or a piece of big open land for them to run
on.
They will truly close their ears when they don't want to hear you no matter how much obedience training you give them. They are stubborn but sweet and they are the best with children. Just be careful that in their exuberance they don't knock a very little one down. Some are calmer, some more hyper but all are great. They are my favorite
breed.
And Guy from Virginia..I might be up your way this fall. Because of a job change we will probably be moving to Maryland. Email me and maybe in the future, we can set up some coonhound play dates. :)

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Guy   McLean, VA

2/20/2010 6:11:34 PM

We are the proud parents of a rescued T.W. Coonhound. We renamed him, "Sully", after Laurence Washington's plantation in Northern Virginia. His "formal" name is Sully, Sic Semper Tyrannis, the motto of the of The Old Dominion. He is only about 15 months old, a bundle of ball lightning, taking constant trips to the dog park to burn off steam, and will begin basic training and obedience class as soon as all this snow goes away. He is pretty as a picture, and seems always to have a good whip of slobber to attend
to.
All in all, he is exactly what we needed, and the feeling appears to be mutual. Right now, he has a bit of trouble hearing us call him to come when he is romping with his friends at the park. I am tempted to spritz a shot of raccoon urine on myself when I call him. Not. Does anyone know a source to find out if there are other owners of Walkers in the Northern, VA, Wash. DC area, who get together for lure coursing, fun days, etc. Sure like to connect with other owners for moral support and advice, for me and the dog. From Ole Virginny.

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Kathleen   Milford, NJ

2/4/2010 8:03:18 AM

My husband and I adopted a treeing walker coonhound and didnot know much about the breed initially. Believe me, she is a handful!! She requires a lot of exercise!! Jazzy is good natured, smart,loving, and we truly feel lucky to have her !!

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