Monday, February 24, 2014

2013 Has Been A Great Year For Man's Best Friend

I have so many stories to tell about this past year and hunting season, I wish I had a secretary to dictate...but wait, isn't there a voice dictation program in the computer??? OK, does it understand Cajun, Ok, here we go...

Any way, my dogs have a lot of scars on the head from fighting with wounded bucks, 2 displaced hips, but no broken legs, like last year when we had like 5 broken legs, no joke, 2 on one dog in two separate incidents 6 weeks apart!

But all that being said, understand it is a testament to the dogs incredible working abilities, and question not if they will work, but at this point in the game, one big thing I learned about selling blood tracking dogs this past year is that most people want to pick the dog, but when it comes to a de la Houssaye's Catahoula, unless they PICK YOU, don't waste your time trying to merely buy them,  and fail to connect on a deeper level as a friend, because they will never be your working dog.

I like to advise people who ask if it is my dog, that no, it is not my dog, I am their man.

At this point, I have come to a place where I will not jump through hoops trying to impress a potential dog buyer, because I could say everything you want to hear, and still isn't it the dog THAT YOU,  need to qualify as a working dog, not what I SAY over the phone?

You see I have nothing to prove to you in a phone conversation regarding these dogs working abilities, because it doesn't matter what I say, and furthermore, I am not trying to sell these dogs, you are trying to buy them. And as far as I am concerned, I do not need to sell them.

 Now, I know they will they work for me, but the real question that you must face as a potential dog buyer is: will they work for you? And that means that they must WANT to work for AND with you, because YOU want to work WITH THEM, starting as a pet for the kids, or as a fishing partner or just BEING your best friend. And that relationship takes time to build, and you as the buyer bear the burden, not me! So,if you want them to hunt FOR YOU come hunting season in October or November, you need to buy them now, so they can get to know you.

and that being said I generally do not sell blood tracking dogs during the hunting season because most people who just shot and lost a deer, think they can call me last minute, buy a dog, haul it away from my driveway expecting it to work for them the next morning to find their lost deer, and that is an absolutely ridiculous expectation of a new dog! But you should hear the critisism of those who don't listen to the plan and try it.

However much a Catahoula may make a great pet(with the right people), you ain't gonna make them do anything they don't WANT to do, and when it comes to hunting, they will never hunt for someone they don't know and generally they don't hunt for people who don't integrate the dog into the family as a pet or into an active outdoor lifestyle, and treat them as a respected member of the team on a regular basis.

 Call her a pet if you like, but Catahoulas are very unforgiving of people who think the Catahoula is "just a dog" and incapable of intellect and compassion, and just because you do not understand dog, do not presume that she does not understand English!

And don't make the mistake of  presuming it is OK that she be tied up in the back yard, and is only fed on a chain, never petted, and ONLY feels a human hand IF THEY GET TO GO HUNTING.

OK, THAT SYSTEM WORKS FOR SOME PEOPLE with certain breeds of curs and hounds, but for these elite, high performance, pure bred, de la Houssaye's Catahoulas that are bred to hunt, you cannot take credit for "training" them to hunt, because if YOU are not THIER best friend, most likely, they will not hunt for you!

Here is where I have to say if you want them to be your best friend in the woods, but not at home, it is very important that they be part of the family and that could mean being the KID'S pet, or some one else's best friend.

All that being said, when a man makes a dog his best friend, that dog has a problem!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Blood Tracking Dogs For Sale 2014

Well it has been the greatest year yet for me and the dogs and still I have to ask everyone why are you hunting deer without a tracking dog to back you up?

You can read a tracking adventure story here if you like: Pecan Island Buck

We spend so much money and time on guns, ammo, camo, bug spray, deer scent, climbers, treestands, ATV's, boats, seed, feed, fertilizer, lease fee, gasoline, license, instructional videos, etc.

And after all that you got a deer down, and you can't find a tracking dog at the last minute? Why? Because you didn't plan ahead, and buy one last year(like now!) to be ready for next year.

So what is a good time to buy a tracking dog? I can't answer that for you, but trying to find one WHEN you need it is often too late for that deer!

REPEAT: NOT when you need one, because you have a deer down somewhere ... in the middle of nowhere....and now you can't find without the help of a dog! and ....yesterday is gone, worse tomorrow never happens...all we really have here is one day at a time.

So let's look forward, but first, let me rub it in some more... you had a trophy down in rough terrain this year ....Then, before you could even work the blood, factor in the winter weather covering the track with snow or washing the blood away with a light rain, making it impossible to track visually, (but all that actually helps the dog track scent wise). Do you not realize how much time, meat(or trophy), and frustration you could save yourself,  if you had only invested in a dog BEFORE you actually needed one!

Because you may never actually have had an opportunity to witness a  tracking dog work, you may never have experienced the joy or witnessed the relief of everybody (especially the kids first deer) celebrate the dogs hard work in the woods for finding a lost dead deer, after tracking for only 5 minutes(and they[5 people], just wasted 5 hours(tracking visually) with no luck, before you and the dogs got there).

IF you had a dog to HELP you find your deer, you might have more than just a memory of that huge rack that ran off after you knocked him down,(but he got up and ran off much to your dismay and now, you do not have a nose to track for you unless you called me this time last year and actually bought one).

If you get a dog from me to track blood, that dog automatically pre-paid, comes with a training course that you must take and pass in order to properly handle a Catahoula tracking dog. Otherwise most likely the dog won't track for you, because you don't know how to "handle" them properly and forget "you" trying to train them to track blood, because if you knew how to track in the first place, YOU WOULDN'T NEED A DOG!

And worse if they weren't "bred" to track genetically you ain't putting nothing in them training wise!

Do not call me and ask what is the price range of my dogs that you have not seen yet much less tested their working ability, because I will answer that question right here, and right now: $0-$10,000 depending on the dog.


How can I price a hypothetical dog? You have NOT picked one yet, and worse if the dog doesn't "pick" you first, the dog could give a rat's ass what you paid for it, and without YOU being trained, I don't care how well bred, raised, trained, and EXPERIENCED the dog is, most likely you will not be a satisfied customer of de la Houssaye's Catahoulas, because you failed to come to school and learn what your dog already knows.

And now what? You you want me to send you pictures in an email so you can chose "your dog" before driving all this way? NO! NO? that's right... NO! It ain't your dog just because you drove 5 hours one way, and now want to give me money to TRY work and to own them, and furthermore, I don't sell dogs on the internet, or by photos. I sell them in the woods, where they show you what they can do, and not from a chain in my yard, a telephone conversation, or worse a photo on the internet. And why are you wasting so much time shopping on the internet?

If you want one of my dogs, you can't buy them on the internet, you must come to me, and go through me, because money alone does not qualify you to be owned by my dogs. That's right! What if the dog is smarter than you, but you don't know it? Who owns who? I can admit it? I can! They(the dogs) are smarter than me! You want proof? OK, I have never seen a dog smoke a cigarette. There....proof positive, dogs are smarter than humans(in general). Hey, don't take this personal, I am not talking about you, I am talking about me, having experimented with tobacco personally, I'm lucky, because could I quit! Looks like the dogs were smarter than me in the first place having never started smoking!

Now...  because I am not trying to sell these dogs, that's right...

and you are trying to buy them,

understand this upfront: I do not "need" to sell them, they got a good home right here for the rest of their life if you ain't wise enough to accept that.

Now all that being said, I am in the business of breeding, raising, training, AND working tracking dogs professionally every year during October through February. Based upon my experience, unless you are a business man operating a high fence hunting preserve with the facilities to house, work, and ''OWN" a Catahoula year round, you need to come to school so I can train YOU, and not the dog you think you need to buy, and then "you "train?

I have had great success placing finished dogs with hunting clubs and hunting preserves, because they are all business when I get there with several options for them to choose from. And ideally I place or leave several dogs in kennels, in their secure fenced in area, all at the same time, so they(the buyer) can find the one one that wants to hunt for them. And I benefit from my dogs being on several blood trails almost every day during deer season, and the buyer can then find the dog that picks them!

If you never trained a dog to hunt, and worse never even owned a Catahoula, .... son you need to go to school, AND NOT THE DOG!

I am Marcus de la Houssaye, and I can ONLY be reached by cell phone, but please don't waste my time texting me, if you can't call. I don't sell dogs by text either!

337 298 2630

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Finished Blood Trail Dogs For Sale

I am writing this article for 2 reasons:

#1.  I have several dogs that are finished in their own right and hunt for me,
AND #2, I am willing to sell them, but  95% of the people calling who are looking for blood tracking dogs, want a finished dog that will hit the ground running without any transition time for the dog to adjust and hunt for the new owner. This is a big problem faced by dog buyers who operate from the presumption that buying a finished dog is a surer and time wise shorter means of getting a blood trailing dog to work for you during this ongoing deer season.

And...               I couldn't disagree more!

                                                   Toulouse with his nose on the ground...
But first.... let's consider what you could be missing by NOT having a tracking dog
 that WILL work for you NOW!
Such as...
Your daughter's first deer
~photo courtesy of Sarah Whatley Stringer~
this fine 12 point that was harvested in Michigan yesterday and.... was tracked and found courtesy of Michigan's deer tracking dogs, and he can be reached at: (810) 240-4891 
here is another shot of this 12 pt. just so you can compare it to this BIG man...
Just shoot that and try to suffer NOT finding it without a dog if there is no blood visable!
Back to blood tracking dogs for sale...

But actually what may be the quickest, and in the long run the easiest means of owning a tracking dog in this season is in getting a started puppy,
about six months to a year old from me that has been trained in my facility and eating raw meat all of its life,
and is ready to fire off, especially NOW that the deer season is in progress and that my friend, is the quickest plan in my opinion, to have a blood tracking dog work with you now.
And I know you want a finished dog, but, after getting a puppy way ahead of the hunting season, the next best thing is to get a started dog DURING deer season and put them on real blood trails as much as possible, because as you can see above, eating deer meat at my facility is an ongoing part of life.

And... if you really want a finished dog, remembering the title of this post... why is it that this is the absolute best time of the year, now that deer season is in progress? Because when it comes to training a started OR finished tracking dog, the rubber meets the road
and real blood trail dog training occurs during deer season, not in the off season, and this is a great time and way to help your new dog understand that you want them to track blood because you can at the very least feed them raw deer meat, and put them on multiple blood trails even if you have found the deer already, because the more you give them in blood experiences, the more focused they are.

 Remember that they were trained to track FOR ME, NOT YOU! And therefore, no mater how well trained they were by me, they were trained to track for me, not you.
This is your best time of the year to spend a lot of time with your new dog and develop the relationship factor ASAP, because it is a busy time of the year and the dog is capable of being a part of a lot of the goings on such as, the holidays with family,(and lots of left-over treats for the dogs),
and it is hunting season with dead deer on the ground, and you are going regularly to the hunting lease monitoring feeders and stands, and scouting, etc..,
and staying in at home during bad winter weather(with your dog in the house or camp!). Because of ALL of the above, you can spend a lot of time with the new dog, and easily overcome the relationship transition factors most people experience and do not understand that the dog is in an emotional transition, and more easily get a started OR finished dog to fire off and work for you.

And... #2.

95% of those people think if it is a "good" dog, it will hunt for anyone, anywhere, and anytime! And if #2 were actually true, then getting a finished dog makes a lot of sense, but the truth is: tracking dogs are part of a team of men and dogs, and if they don't know you, they won't hunt for you...

and because dogs are neuvo-phobic, meaning they are afraid of anyone or anything new, and a new place often causes them to stay close to your side, and not range out very far, so that way they don't lose you OR get left behind, so YOU must give them time to adjust, and work with them by moving them along, on leash or off leash until they warm up,  ...and if the dog is having a bad day, they won't hunt FOR YOU any and every time you want them to.

Why? For instance if a dog has broken ribs, because they fought with a live healthy buck yesterday on the last track, and every breath now hurts, they may not be as aggressive a hunter as they were yesterday. And you may want to bring in the back up dog,,,, Or if their best hunting partner is not around(such as their momma, or brother,) they may not hunt because(in the dogs mind) the team is not all there. Although an older dog works well solo,  often times a younger dog will not work alone, or just works better as a team with other older and more experienced dogs.

And....I'll let you in on one of my secret training methods, I don't train pups, my older dogs train the pups...sssuuussshhhhhh!


Here is the bottom line: If you wanted a finished dog for this hunting season, why didn't you buy a well bred puppy that was weaned on deer meat 3 or 4 years ago?
OK, maybe your dog just got lost or killed, and you don't have a back up... well you are in a bind that could have been avoided by having a back up plan, and that means you buy a new dog about every 3-4 years, and let it live with you and your finished dog, or as an option if you can only keep one dog, place it with someone as a pet in your hunting club, friends, family, etc... So, if you need a back up for what ever reason, you have one ready to go ASAP!

Let me share a true story, one that is repeated again and again among Catahoula breeders...

OK, ... Now here we are, I have several fine, well bred, well raised, well trained, and experienced blood tracking dogs for sale, and someone comes and picks one up and is convinced in less than 1 week that this dog will never be a blood tracking dog even though it has already found deer with me AND them, AND in less then one week they presume to know the dog better than I do, and I have spent years with the dog!(this a true story!)


 And here is the problem: I told him the dog would go through an adjustment period and the best thing for him to do to help the dog in this transition would be to keep the dog for a week or two, and if it slows down, then bring it back to me for a time, and then bring it back to the hunting club again, and see if it can get more comfortable with the program of tracking for other people(and this customer lived close enough to make the transport back and forth very practical).

Here is the solution: If I sell a finished dog, you must work with me in person or over the phone to facilitate as smooth a transition as possible.

 So... I call, leave messages, get no call back, and then a month later, he called to advise me that the dog is not working for his family! Big surprise! You failed to communicate with the breeder/trainer who spent many months OR YEARS with the dog, raising, training, socializing and knows a lot of tricks of the trade to help you connect with the dog, and facilitate a smooth transition!

And... here is the rest of the story: After five days of the dog doing really well with him, as I told him it would, he left the dog with his family contrary to my advise while he went offshore for 30 days to work, and the dog did not like being abandoned by the new owner! Although it was doing well for a few days with the new owner, when that man left, the dog was suddenly abandoned by his new friend and felt all alone because he was left with people he didn't know and maybe didn't like, and really needed to come home to me for it all to end well.  Then if the dog had went back at the end of the 30 days it might have gotten into the hunting season and the new owner had a tracking dog that had been there before and all ended well last time simply because it got to come home again in the first  "transition" period.

 I had been calling to help you facilitate the transition from me to you, but you don't communicate with me, and only communicate rejection to the dog by only looking for faults in the dogs performance, and thus the dog gets no positive reinforcement for THE THINGS DONE RIGHT.

 And believe me,
                                     my breed, the Catahoulas are very sensitive to such nonsense!

And then before you actually give the dog a chance to warm up and work for you, you reject the dog under the presumption that this one year old PUPPY should be acting like a 5 year old, well trained, and experienced blood tracking dog that YOU actually raised from a pup!

If you want to SAVE TIME and short cut raising a dog from a pup, you will pay for it in other ways, starting with the fact that I am putting 1 or 2 years of MY TIME AND MONEY into making YOUR FINISHED DOG a finished dog, because I travel thousands of miles every year visiting hunting clubs, and tracking for many difficult, hard to find deer, and some are not dead and are fighting mad when we get there as can be seen in the injuries Jessie girl sustained tracking a 9 point this month!
In case you are wondering, this buck was shot in the foreleg, and was otherwise a very healthy buck in full rut, when the dogs got there. Every time the deer tried to run, Jessie was nipping and biting it on the ass so bad, it had to turn and fight! As a result of his assaults on her head with hooves and antlers, you can see in the photo above that her head was still swollen 3 days later!
And here is smiles from some of my satisfied customers who bought puppies that ran blood tracks 500-600 yards long at only 3-4 months old!!

 So, if creating a finished dog is a process that is going to cost me time AND thousands of dollars, up front, and you are looking for a "good deal" in a finished dog, forget trying to luck out and find something for cheap with me!  Finished dogs are not cheap!


 I collect and store deer blood during deer season...

and I store heads, skins and legs during the hunting season...
and, I am constantly collecting deer, sheep, goat, and beef ribcages year round to simulate blood trail dog training exercises AND THE FEAST AT THE END OF THE BLOOD!
Not to fail to mention the cost of feeding, watering, medicating, worming, etc....

Another way you will pay is that a finished dog no matter how experienced, OR HOW MUCH YOU PAID FOR IT, will not work for you until you invest time into developing a close personal, warm relationship,
AND THEN... here is your biggest challenge: you also need to be taught by the person who raised and trained the dog!        Duhhhh!


And...Most people who want a finished dog have grossly unrealistic expectations of what a "finished dog" should be doing and at what age.  In my opinion: a dog is never finished until they die because they just get better and better the older they get. Just get a puppy and invest in the long haul...and if you get a smart one based upon genetics, they may actually teach you how to track!

And if you buy a finished dog, there will always be a reality check on the fact that it is not now nor will it ever be the same dog with you as it is was with me! It could be better or it could be worse. Sorry there is no getting around the best way to have a finished dog is to raise them from a pup. This truth is not open to negotiation or discussion, and you can believe what ever you want. I and all the old timers can't ALL be if you have to learn the hard way... good, because I don't want to argue about it.

So if you want a blood tracking dog, you can call me at 337 298 2630 and I will be posting more photos of finished and started dogs in my sell sites ASAP.

for a link:  de la Houssaye's Catahoulas