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I have a 2 yr old female walker that I took off a guy's hands because he's really hard of hearing & can't hear her that well & I have no trouble hearing her & I like the hound. Here's the problem. She's hard to beat on track & tree, she's impressively accurate too. Now, this hound has never been hunted by herself until I got her 2 months ago. He's always hunted her with his other hound. I've been taking her out & walk hunting her. I've been told that will do her no good because she'll get used to me going with her & will become dependent on me. I've taken her out, let her out of the box & I'll just sit on the tailgate of the truck. She stays right around the truck for over an hour, hour & a half at times. If she does go off, it's no more than 20-30 yards & she'll come right back. It's like she has a trust issue. This is the only thing stopping me from putting this hound in hunts. Which this is a big problem, lol. The second she's with another hound, she shines. What can I do to get her to hunt herself? I'm not giving up on her. She's making a coonhound. She just needs to hunt by herself & gain the independence she needs.


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I have a dog that did that for months, but he was much younger. I've seen three methods work to get a dog started off going on it's own.

1. Just wait. Bring a book, a campchair, and a reading light. Sit down and ignore the dog completely. Spend hours sitting there. Do not even acknowledge the dog. Let it get bored and go find something to hunt. They will figure it out. This is what has worked for me.

2. Trap a coon, release it in familiar woods (to the coon) without the dog seeing it. Release him a few minutes later. I'd do this maybe once or twice, spaced a month or so apart. But only if you have #1 a good shot for a few months.

3. Get a switch. Whip it off your feet. I know peopke who this has worked for. It may work for you. I wouldn't do it. Can make a dog awfully hard to catch in the woods.

How long have you been hunting this dog? How many times with other dogs? How many chances have you given it on its own. It may just need time to warm up to you.


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Tango wrote:
I have a dog that did that for months, but he was much younger. I've seen three methods work to get a dog started off going on it's own.

1. Just wait. Bring a book, a campchair, and a reading light. Sit down and ignore the dog completely. Spend hours sitting there. Do not even acknowledge the dog. Let it get bored and go find something to hunt. They will figure it out. This is what has worked for me.

2. Trap a coon, release it in familiar woods (to the coon) without the dog seeing it. Release him a few minutes later. I'd do this maybe once or twice, spaced a month or so apart. But only if you have #1 a good shot for a few months.

3. Get a switch. Whip it off your feet. I know peopke who this has worked for. It may work for you. I wouldn't do it. Can make a dog awfully hard to catch in the woods.

How long have you been hunting this dog? How many times with other dogs? How many chances have you given it on its own. It may just need time to warm up to you.


I've had her for around 3 months now. She has never been hunted by herself until I got her. The guy I got her from has always hunted her with other hounds. I usually hunt more than one dog at a time myself but I do like to have each one of my hounds to have some independence in them. I have been turning her out & ignoring her. I'll sit on the tailgate of my truck & play a game or something on my phone. She does eventually go but it takes about an hour for her to do so. Thank you for the reply & advice Tango.


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