First let me say, that it is not easy keeping a straight face when you’re looking at a face like this. How cute is she? And yes, you really need to learn this stuff, Sadie.
I had previously trained this family’s older dog Tobey a few years back, so returning to visit and training this little one was the best of both worlds. I just had to refresh the memories of mom and dad to get Sadie on the right track. I also had to remind them that she was NOT Tobey. A Bluetick Coonhound is completely different from a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Not only are they obviously two different breeds, but also two very different personalities which required a different understanding of training.
That being said, we got right to it. One of the most challenging things when training a hound is working against their natural instinct of keeping their nose from the ground. That simply means you have to work harder to keep the dog more engaged with you rather than the great smells on the ground.
Now that she has her feet wet with the basics, maybe her next milestone should be a job? How does tracking sound, Sadie? See you never stop learning!