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Dave Richards
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Originally posted by high ridge
Yes there are trees we may send mixed signals too
But, that dog catches on pretty quick. He knows you spending more time and petting him more around them coon trees.
I never stroke a dogs side at a tree or say a word till I find a coon. Then I praise a bit.
It donít bother me to grab one up in the middle of the summer and get into their rear end on the biggest leafiest tree you can imagine. Yeah, have I knocked them off some coons before yes has it been a lot heck no.
A person letís them get by with it all summer making excuses on leaves then when fall hits and the leaves drop we got look for more excuses

I realize I am different than most. My dogs get best of feed, medical, a very comfortable kennel, played with in the lot etc.
But, when I pop a snap that dog is my tool not my buddy until it reaches an old age.
Would you keep trying to work with a broken wrench or throw away and buy a new?
I look at it same way with a dog, if you canít perform I donít need a pet and if the tool canít be mended I toss it like them.

Emotions versus reality is the seperation in life. Not only dogs but anything
I wanted to play basketball but I 5Ē5. Emotionally I thought I was as good as anyone realistically I wasnít and thatís hard to accept sometimes.

Quit worrying you gonna make a dog nervous around a tree and he leave. If he leaves a slick you are making progress. But, keep it up. Most people half break dogs from slicks and possums and thatís why they leave as you get close. Carry the mission out

I not advocating abusing a dog. Do whatever you want to encourage good behavior and discourage bad


It must be done over and over and over. It must be done so much that you question your sanity for being in the woods that much. Itís missed ballgames of the kids, itís an upset wife because you missed another family function, itís tired church services, itís wore out boots, itís tired mornings headed to work, itís a dwindled bank account, a truck thatís falling apart, and miles and nights away from the ones you say you love.

The work part above is what separates the top ability hounds from just the dog that can tree a coon.

AND, in realistic thoughts none of the above mentioned things is worth it in the big picture of this world but the addiction is real for many and that addiction will cause that type of hound you dream about to become reality.

X2, Billy, that's what it takes to have a top coon dog and that's why most hunters will never have a top coon dog. Is it worth it? That's up to each man to ascertain. Dave

Dave Richards Treeing Walkers Reg American Saddlebred and Registered Rocky Mt. Show Horses

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