How can I train my coon dog to tree?


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Dean Smith on Critters 360 explains that after a coonhound is taught to track and find a raccoon skin, it is time to begin work with a live raccoon. Trap a raccoon, and release it so it runs up a nearby tree. Set the coonhound to follow the short scent trail to the treed raccoon, and praise the hound for finding, sounding and working the treed raccoon.

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Smith explains the process of training a coonhound to hunt from puppyhood. He says that at least 20 minutes a day is necessary to train a coonhound. The first step is to build a bond with the puppy and to train basic obedience commands. Next, the puppy is rewarded for showing interest in a raccoon skin. The raccoon skin is then dragged to leave a scent trail and hidden, and the puppy is rewarded for finding it. The scent trail is made progressively longer, and the skin is made more difficult to find. Work with a trapped raccoon is then introduced. Once the young hound is proficient in treeing a trapped raccoon, training the dog to hunt raccoons commences. Smith explains that the best way to train a young coonhound to hunt is to send it out on a hunt with an experienced coonhound.

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