Many coon hunters overlook the importance of having a good handling coon hound. Often times we are more concerned with the hunting ability of our coon dogs. How many times have you bought a new coon hound and it nearly pulled you down because no one took the time to properly leash train it? If you take the time you can easily correct this problem and have your coon hound handling like a pro. Follow along as I will detail a few techniques I use to leash train my coon hounds.
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First, the younger the coon hound is when you start trying to leash train them the better. I like to start trying to leash train puppies at about 3 months old. The first thing I will do is get them used to the leash. I do this by putting a leash on them and letting them drag it around the yard for a little bit. Just do this for a few minutes then take it off them and repeat again the next day.
Once I have done this for a few days I will try to lead them around. Start off slowly by just letting them walk around and just kind of follow them while holding the leash loosely. If the coon hound puppy is hardheaded and trying to pull a lot I will tie the leash to a fence or tree and let them fight it. The puppy will eventually become tired of fighting the leash. I will then try to walk them around again. If the puppy insists on pulling I will give them a tug and say “heal”.
If you get an older coon hound that doesn’t know how to walk properly on a leash it may be a little harder to correct. With some older coon hounds you may have to be more persistent and aggressive with your training methods. As I always say it will depend on the personality of your coon hound and you must know your coon dog. Make sure to use a command such as “heal” so the coon hound can associate the training with a correct action.
What I will do is find a good switch and when the coon hound is pulling I will give them a light pop with the switch and say “heal”. Most coon hounds will learn what you are wanting after a few pops. I prefer to have my hounds lead on the left side either beside me or behind me. With enough effort I have been able to have coon hounds heal by my side with out a leash. You can do the same if you follow the techniques I have outlined.