|Barked: Mon Jul 8, '13 3:24pm PST |
|What a cool mix your dog is. Unfortunately coonhounds (and pretty much all scenthounds) have selective hearing if they're on a scent. If they're tracking a scent when you call them, they'll ignore you. I had a purebred beagle before Abby, my 1 1/2 year old Treeing Walker/Beagle mix. She was the same way and Abby definitely likes to ignore me if she's busy sniffing something or exploring outside. They're very determined and driven.
This probably isn't the best way to do it, but most of these dogs are food motivated. Once in a while, Abby will come in when I tell her "come", but sometimes I have to promise her (or show her) a cookie or peanut butter, her favorite snack. That usually gets her to come. She also loves going for walks, so I will show her the leash and that will get her to come. Anything that your dog loves or excites him - a favorite snack or toy - try showing him that and saying "come"... soon he'll learn to associate it with that.
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