BLACK BEARS sybils den
Welcome to Sybil's Den.  This site is meant for information purposes  on raising  pet exotics animals based on my experience.  There are care sheets for black bears, foxes, raccoons, emus, farm animals and domestic animals.   Also please find a very informative message board with a lot of great members.

For some of the species of animals I have or had information on, You will find their photo gallery.


DOG Pictures
and Information

Brandy Rose
Anna Belle
Lucy Lou
At this time, I have two bluetick coonhounds and one Lemon color  beagle. All three are females. (Read more about my beagle on Lucy's Page)

Notice how dark Brandy Rose is compared to Anna Marie.
Blue ticks can be very dark, where others can be marked light, as Anna is.
Bluetick coonhounds come in a multitude of patterns and shades.  Most have large black patches and ticking, where the rest of the body could be tan and white on them. They generally have a very soft fur. They generally don't shed a lot.  I know they don't shed near as much as the other breeds of dogs I had.

Blueticks have long floppy ears, which is generally prone to ear infections.  It is just a matter of keeping them clean with an ear wash.

Blue ticks and treeing walker dogs can be really nice pets and are very intelligent animals.  However, most coonhounds usually require a lot of exercise . My dogs have free roam of about 8 acres that is fenced in.

Bluetick coonhounds are generally mild-mannered dogs.  However, they have a lot of energy, this is why it is important for them to have enough exercise daily.  Generally when these type of dogs reach about 3 years old, they seem to slow down, assuming they are raised with ample exercise.

These type of dogs should never be put a chain with no attention or exercise. Coonhounds love being around people, and will become very dedicated if given the chance.  I often hear of people having problems with their dogs and can't understand why.  The biggest reason for any dog's misbehavior is generally due to stored energy, lack of exercise and lack of attention.  It  is really sad, because many people end up putting their dogs in a humane society, because they can't handle them.   This all boils down to "common sense".    My famous motto:  "A bored dog is a bad dog"

Blueticks are very intelligent dogs. If given the chance they can prove their intelligence.  However, sometimes (mostly males) can be a little hard headed.  Training, love and attention will bring the best out in coonhounds and any dog for that matter.

Coonhounds have a very strong scent, and have been bred for hunting. Coonhounds are known for  chasing and/or killing smaller animals.  yes, they will in wild.  My dogs seem to understand what is wild and what is not.  My basic reason for having coonhounds was to guard my  chickens/ducks/geese, which does  work out well.   However, some of the coonhounds were very easy to train to understand that my poultry is off limits to them.  This is why I mentioned previously, that some coonhounds can be hard headed.  What I did for the hard headed ones, was put a shock collar on them.  As soon as they would chase chickens, I zapped them, but, prior to that, I would hit a "warning button" which don't shock them.  Usually the first time, they won't respond to the warning button. When they don't respond, I zapped them, but, the good part is, they associated the warning button with a zap button.  So thereafter, I only needed to use the warning button.  On a shock collar NEVER set the intensity too high. I also start out with a low setting, if they didn't respond, I would raise it a little each time, until they respond.
It might take a few days of this, but, generally the dog will have to be reinforced in a week or so. A shock collar should only be used as a last resort. 

Once a coonhound reaches about 3 years old, they really calm down a lot.  They don't seem to be as active or get in any trouble.  When using a shock collar, it is very important  to understand the correct usage prior to using it.  The dog MUST understand the connection of the collar and behavior problem. Otherwise, all that will happen is the dog will be confused and not understand.    It takes time and patience to use a shock collar.

My coonhounds also help keep hawks from taking any of my small poultry.
Sometimes, I get 1-5 hawks flying above.  Once the hawks see the dogs,
they move on. On another note, I would think any type of dog would help.

Most coonhounds will get along fine with a cat or other animals. 
My coonhounds get along great with my cats, raccoons, foxes and black bears.
With any new animal, it is always best to do an introductory, if the dog is an adult.

Most coonhounds have different type barks.  When I hear them bark, I can generally tell if they are hunting or found prey or if someone is here.  Their bark tone seems to change.

I know many people use them for hunting, I don't take mine out to hunt. But, again, they are very intelligent and great pets if given the chance and understanding.  I just hope that all the people that hunt their dogs, realize what a great pet they really are.

I would also like to mention, that not all coonhounds have a great  interest in hunting.  Some of my coonhounds  had no interest in hunting.  Seems, it  is mostly the 'treeing n Walkers" hounds.  Sadly, sometimes coonhound hunters will kill a hound or give them up to a animal rescue league that are not good hunters.