The Black and Tan Coonhound is a large breed dog that needs plenty of space to keep it busy. As with any other dog, it also needs plenty of mental stimulation as well. Left to its own devices for long periods of time, the Black and Tan Coonhound is likely to take to howling and chewing to communicate boredom or frustration. With the large jaws of the Coonhound chewing up random objects to ease their anxiety, owners can find themselves staring in the face of a fair amount of damage. Black and Tan Coonhounds that have plenty of strong toys to stimulate their mind during the day are less likely to resort to destructive behaviors.
All dogs need to chew to some extent. What can last forever with some dogs lasts all of twenty minutes for others. Large sized treat dispensers such as Kongs are a great option for the Black and Tan Coonhound. Not only will the tough rubber properly exercise their jaws, a treat inserted in the center of the toy is a most proper challenge for the breed. The smell of a tasty treat stuck in the middle of the toys is likely to keep the Black and Tan Coonhound busy for hours, as they are extremely focused. Another like option is the treat dispensing Buster Cube that comes in sizes that are perfect for large dogs.
Nylabones are another good toy for the Black and Tan Coonhound. One of the main challenges for many large dog owners is finding anything that can stand up to their dog's powerful jaws for more than a day. Replacing toys destroyed within a matter of minutes proves not only frustrating but expensive as well. The last thing an owner can do is hold their Black and Tan Coonhound responsible for simply doing what comes natural. The only choice is to move up to the sturdiest chew toys possible. While they may not last forever, it is something that can at least keep the Black and Tan Coonhound busy when bought in quantity.
Commonly used for hunting, the Black and Tan Coonhound is one that has a strong instinct to chase small and scurrying animals. One of the best toys for the breed is a simple ball. Whether using a tennis ball or soccer ball, the breed loves to run and chase anything rolled across the ground. Owners however must be careful when using tennis balls as the strong jaw of a Coonhound can pop the ball. If chewed into small pieces and swallowed, this can lead to a stomach upset or blockage. Toys should be examined regularly and thrown away should they begin to break down or display signs of extreme use.