Treeing Walker Coonhound Question

We have adopted a 2 1/2 male Treeing Walker Coonhound, our first for this breed. He wakes us...

We have adopted a 2 1/2 male Treeing Walker Coonhound, our first for this breed. He wakes us almost every night between 3 and 4 am to go outside and once outside he is on the hunt for prey (rats love our yard because we have a pool and they are looking for water.....sounds gross I know) It takes an average 20 minutes to get him back inside. Nothing seems to break his concentration once he is on the scent. I am losing sleep and getting frustrated!!! Any suggestions on getting him off the scent of prey? He does not respond to the command, "come" and is very stubborn.

    In Treeing Walker Coonhound - Asked by Anonymous - 7/26/2011 9:07:34 AM
Getting rid of the rats may be your only solution, unless you can find some sort of rat scent . If you could find the scent and attach it to your Treeing Walker Coonhound's collar for a period of time he will grow tired of smelling it and will not want to hunt it . You could also use a voice activated shock collar to stop the barking .
    Answered by Anonymous - 9/9/2011 10:12:30 PM

My Treeing Walker Coonhound wakes me up at 4 every night too. Driving me crazy, Sweet dog tho.
    Answered by Anonymous - 10/2/2011 10:50:48 PM

My TWC is a 2-1/2 year old male. He goes out, trots in a one acre circle and bawls. Hard to get him to come in. However, at night I am able to distract him with the beam of a flashlight. He'll follow it in as though it's prey. Doesn't help you in the day, of course. I crate him at night and, with a soft bed, he snuggles for the night and doesn't wake up until he hears our alarm.
    Answered by Anonymous - 1/29/2012 7:59:44 PM

Been there done that. Treeing Walker Coonhound's are very vocal dogs and love to explore and hunt. They are very focused when they are hunting. They require a strong handler. A shock collar ( don't yell) on a low setting may help. It doesn t hurt him but it may curb this behavior. If you don't find a way to change this behavior you will just have to live with it. They are dogs that can just be house pets.
    Answered by Anonymous - 2/22/2012 10:51:58 PM

We recently rescued a TWC who is about 6. She would wake me up every night between 2 and 4 to go pee. I learned to wake her up at 10 p.m. to go out. She now lets me sleep through the night...mostly! As we don't have a fence, I clip the leash to her and stand outside with her, but let her go free. She'll look longingly at the back yard (we have A LOT of critters back there!), but she'll usually come right back when she's done her buisness. Unless the neighbor's cat is stalking in the yard, then, I do need to grab the leash. I'm not sure if she gives up the trail because she's older or because she doesn't want to get lost again. Either way, it only took a few days of that to get her to sleep through the night.
    Answered by Anonymous - 3/30/2012 10:09:48 AM