Bluetick Coonhound Puppies — Hunting Partner Extraordinaire
As the official state dog of Tennessee, the Bluetick Coonhound is both an excellent hunting dog and family pet.
If you are considering a Bluetick Coonhound puppy as your next furry family addition then you must be up for adventure! This graceful and sometimes goofy puppy is always eager to please and excited to learn new things to provide some form of work for you. With his unique blue and black ticked colored coat, hound ears and athletic build your puppy is gearing to go on a new adventure with you every day, either in the agility ring, a field trial, or just out for a morning hunt!
Built to hunt
The original purpose of this dog was to aid hunters in capturing penning a variety of different sized game from rabbits and racoons to wild boar. The Bluetick would work well in a pack or with only another dog and his human hunting partner. The dogs will corner the animal, often times in a tree, until the human could catch up and dispatch the game.
With a nose and ear set built specifically to track and chase the game, he could become a potential problem without training to learn and control his instincts. Even his eyesight was meant to be able to hunt well during the twilight hours when light is scarce in a forest. Bluetick Coonhound puppies tend to start learning how to tone their instincts and learn how to become amazing pack hunters as well as relying only on their own senses to lead their human partner to the game.
A loyal pet
If you do not intend to train your Bluetick Coonhound puppy to aid in hunting or compete in field trials, there are other sports the two of you can become involved with. His keen senses and high intelligence make him an excellent search and rescue or cadaver dog. He has the ability to literally follow his nose to the hidden item or person that needs to be found.
Other activities your breed of choice does well in are flyball, as it relies on his athletic build and ball drive or competition obedience where he will be focusing on you and your ability to communicate clearly with him. Blueticks are often overlooked breeds for this work, which is a real shame as they really have what it takes to win some titles with the right amount and type of training.
Even with all of these different activities you could possibly train your Bluetick Coonhound puppy in, he still makes a loving and loyal family member for almost any household. The breed tends to do well with calm children if taught not to jump up, and absolutely loves other dogs of all sizes. If socialized with cats and other small pets at an early age he may ignore or get along with them, but as a hunter he should never be trusted with other small animals without supervision.
Your best friend
Hunting dogs tend to bond very closely with their leader, as there are driven strongly by their instinct of following the pack. However, without a strong foundation of obedience and a trust between human and dog, the puppy may even try to take charge of his new human pack. This could lead to behavioral problems that may seem like aggression, such as resource guarding, pushiness and destructive chewing. These unwanted behaviors are not done in spite of his family, but is his way of coping with the stress of trying to run the family! Give him a break, and provide for him the leadership he needs so that he can relax and enjoy your time together.