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Registered: Aug 2013
Location: Seneca, Mo
Originally posted by Ron Ashbaugh
I don't want to assume anything but is it fair to say you have never trained one without shooting every coon they tree? I can't say I have never trained one shooting even a very small %.
Im not saying one way is right over the other, I am just wondering if you have had a bunch stop treeing coons if you didn't shoot them out and that is why you do it, or you just enjoy shooting coon. I know i do not, if it took me shooting 5 coon a week, I would quit.
It has nothing to do with any of that how many, how often ect ect ect... it is that it is the ultimate reward for a dog. Should they get or need every coon no. That would be a good way to get your dog to return to trees when game was not given. There is a balance in everything. Do you need to give this ultimate reward some to help develope the strongest coon lust in a dog, yes. All prefer it to those sausages and a pat on the head. The best dogs typically have true hatred of coons not just the want to track and tree.
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