Introducing Your New Coonhound to Its New Home

When you bring your new coonhound home, show him his crate, his toys and his food and water bowls. He will soon know which special litte corner of your house is his. Respect his right to be undisturbed while he is resting, sleeping or eating. Don't be surprised if your new coonie whimpers or cries at bedtime or mealtime. Remember, he has a lot of adjusting to do.

Introducing Your New Coonhound to Its New Family

Show all family members the proper way to pet the dog. If it's a puppy, show them how to hold the pup by placing one hand under his hindquarters and one under his chest. Avoid rough plan and handling of your new coonhound. Let him make his own advances. It may take a few days before he feels at home and wants to play. Give him opportunity for quiet rest in his crate. Remember, your new coonhound looks to you, the leader of the pack, for direction, comfort and protection. Everything is new to him, so he may not be playful and frisky at first. But be patient. Talk to him and he'll soon learn to respond to your voice.

Introducing Your New Coonhound to Children

Most children love dogs - and vice versa. But it's important to teach children that dogs are sensitive, living creatures that need love and care. Teach children not to pull the dog's tail or ears, squeeze or poke him, make loud threatening noises or move toward the dog too quickly. When playing with dogs, small children should be supervised by an adult at all times. Educate your child not to chase or tease the dog, try to take objects away from the new dog or disturb the new dog while he is eating or sleeping.

Page last updated on 15 January 2007