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    Getting your dog to bark at the appropriate tree, and then to continue barking until you arrive, can be a difficult hurdle to overcome.  Furthermore, some dogs develop at a slower pace than do others when it comes to this area.  Barking on the trail is one thing, but barking at the end of the trail is another matter altogether. 

    Indeed, there are dogs that, while in the process of running a raccoon, will end up doing little or no barking.  This is fine because an absence of barking can actually enable a dog to get closer to a coon and thereby put it up a tree quicker.  Coon dogs that do this are commonly called "silent trailers."  Yet, even a silent trailer needs to learn how to tree.

    Once your dog has actually treed, it is important that a significant amount of time be spent urging him or her to continue barking.  Encouraging your dog to bark at the tree can usually be done by. . . .

George treeing


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