Pytalism, or excessive drooling, is common in the Black and Tan Coonhound. Their extra loose and floppy jowls do not do much to keep the slobber inside their mouths. For some, this is an endearing trait; for others, it can be a nuisance. However, drooling is every bit a part of this breed as its tail and little can be done to stop it. Plus, this trait very much plays a part in the Black and Tan Coonhound's extraordinary ability to track scents. It is said that much can be told about a person by the way they deal with their Coonhound's drool.
Those who find drooling to be an undesirable characteristic in a dog should probably opt for another breed. While there are many techniques or products that claim to reduce the amount of salivation in a dog, this is usually unfounded. The Black and Tan Coonhound is of course not bothered by this trait in the least and owners often learn to adjust. The use of chew toys is frequently encouraged as it can promote swallowing; however, it does not cut down on the amount of saliva produced and may in fact stimulate production. Wiping the dog's mouth from time to time usually tends to be the most help.
The Black and Tan Coonhound is perfectly at home in the field and loves to hunt. Once it has treed its quarry, it customarily bays or howls its position to the hunter following behind. Each Coonhound's voice is said to be so distinctive that even in a group of three or more dogs, owners can easily pick out their own dog's vocalization. The Black and Tan Coonhound will also use this form of communication to vocalize when they are lonely or bored. They may also howl at sirens or certain tones played on a musical instrument. This is merely another characteristic of the breed that makes the Black and Tan Coonhound what it is.
Loud howling and baying is one of the many things that make the Black and Tan Coonhound a thumbs down choice for apartment living. Even with a good amount of outside space, it is crucial that the Coonhound be given plenty to keep busy with and an abundance of attention. The howl of the Black and Tan Coonhound is loud and meant to carry for miles. Even in a rural setting, excessive howling can be a nuisance to nearby neighbors. Howling is a natural trait and owners should never expect to be able to train this characteristic out of their dog. At the same time, excessive howling that increases or persists beyond all efforts to alleviate the situation warrants an immediate visit to a veterinarian.