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Give the dog a treat or not?

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    Give the dog a treat or not?

    I have this wonderful Coon Hound.... she is just about perfect. But Coon Hounds are crazy when it comes to catching a scent, as you probably know.



    She listens VERY WELL...... when she is indoors. And she never does anything wrong..... she is 4 years old and I have never been able to 100% have her come when I call her if she is outside and has her nose on a scent. Sometimes I will offer her a treat to come - just as I did when I was training her. 98% of the time she responds to a treat.

    But tonight she would not come because deer had been in our yard and she was smelling the grass. I told her I would give her a treat.... and this usually gets her to come ASAP. But not tonight, so I walked away, and about 20 seconds later she was at the door. I did not treat her, but wondering if I should have..... my guess is "no", but she did do what I wanted, but she just took a little bit of time.


    Ooops.... just saw the training forum.... sorry.

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    a reliable recall means she comes when she's called no matter what she is doing. But being a scent hound you may never be able to fully trust her to come. My neighbor has two bloodhounds, they can never be off leash, they will not come when called and will follow their nose and not come back. She can't help it, tracking is what she was bred to do and you can't change genetics
    he is your friend and protector, he will love you unconditionally, you owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion

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    20 second is not too long, I'd probably have given her the treat. Extra forgiveness for a bloodhound.

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    yeah me too Alpha at least she came 20 seconds later! Good Girl!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lovemylittleboy View Post
    yeah me too Alpha at least she came 20 seconds later! Good Girl!!!
    Better late than never!

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