We adopted a Bluetick Coonhound named Gunner!

We adopted a Bluetick Coonhound named Gunner!

by Christina

(Kenosha, WI USA)

Our 3 year old son reading to Gunner

Our 3 year old son reading to Gunner

Gunner, has been an excellent addition to our family! Extremely gentle with our child and our other animals. However, one of our cats is not very tolerant of him which tends to set off his howling. We are working on this.

We love our constant companion and all the affection he gives! Mommy loves taking him as many places as she can to exercise his body and mind.

Our Bluetick Coonhound is 5 1/2 years old and I had him ready for canine good citizen in 3 weeks. He only knew sit when he first joined us.

I was rather surprised to see the comment that training can be difficult, unless you are referring to how distracted a puppy can get, especially with all the new smells.

Gunner has been my first experience with this breed and he has made me a HUGE fan!

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Bluetick Coonhounds Can Be Stubborn

by: Pat

Hi Christina,
Thanks for sharing your story. It sounds like you found a really great family dog!

The comment about how Bluetick Coonhounds can be "challenging in the dog training" department refers primarily to their stubbornness. While all dogs are not the same, this is generally the case with this breed.

Actually, their stubbornness is what makes them such great trackers and trailers in the hunting realm. As long as you use consistent and positive dog training methods, the stubbornness can be overcome and will likely become your dog's greatest asset.

Blueticks are highly intelligent dogs, but they are "blue collar" dogs, so to speak, in that they need something to do. They were bred to hunt, they want to go to work, and someone needs to be there to guide them, consistently and positively.

Congratulations on such a great find. Have fun!

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