Monday, November 17, 2014

Blood Tracking Dogs For Sale Or Hire

The last post generated so much conversation, I need to do a part 2 and clear up some confusion!

First, I breed, train, work and hire out my Catahoula cur dogs to track wounded deer.
Now that being said, I understand that most people reading this do not have a clue what a de la Houssaye's Catahoula is.

But... my training methods apply to almost all breeds, and for instance:

#1. Hungry dogs hunt!
Which is why most dogs of any breed(INCLUDING CATAHOULAS) do NOT make a GOOD HUNTING DOG, if they are also a pet, because THE FAMILY DOG as a pet is almost always over fed 24/7/365, over weight, and that ALONE over rides what motivates a dog to hunt in the wild: HUNGER! But when it comes to Catahoulas or

And if that is what motivates a dog to hunt in the wild, why are you not using that to train, motivate or handle your working dog in a domestic situation?

Bottom line: the reason most dogs that are "made into pets" do not hunt is because they are not conditioned by the diet to hunt.The only hunt in them is to go to the back door every day to eat dry dog food.   Plus they are almost never fed raw meat, so they do not recognise the smell of fresh blood as associated with food and therefore do not regard it as desireable food. Yet bring a dog that eats raw meat to a blood trail when that dog is hungry, and watch what happens!


Hiring a Catahoula cur tracking dog is like hiring a taxi, meaning it comes with a driver: as in yours truely.

Now should you want to hire my dogs without me, I suggest you come to my house and visit regularly and camp out and live with them like I do, so my dogs can get to know you BEFORE  you call upon thier services to track for you, otherwise they most likely will not hunt for you like they do me. AND... as you get to know them and you learn how to be a part of a blood tracking team, you will learn to guide, assist, AND TRUST  the dogs natural instincts. You see the world, and dogs smell it, put those together, and you have a team which works together to help you find the deer.

 I breed, train, work and write about Catahoulas in their infinite expression of natural working abilities. My dogs have taught me a great deal about loyalty, honesty, devotion, courage, service and instinct. Do I get credit for anything here? Yes, I was humble and just barely smart enough to recognize that my dogs were smarter than me when it came to hunting, and from that point forward I began to learn a more from them than I ever taught them.

Very important point here: I do not NEED to do anything to train puppies except haul them around with my older dogs, and they learn from the older dogs example.

So If you ask me, "What is the best way to train a puppy to track wounded deer?

My honest answer: "Use an older dog, and wait until deer hunting season!" It is OK, to make liver drags, and lay out blood trails during the off season, etc, etc, but when it comes to training, the rubber meets the road during deer season as the dog will learn more in ONE day of deer season than you will teach them "by training them" in the off season.

That's how I train 'em.

 And... because most people do not know how to train a dog to do anything, much less hunt, AND because raising and training a puppy requires at least two years input, but worse they do not have an older dog to help to train it for them, I recommend buying a finished or started dog from me that was raised and trained by my older dogs in my blood trail dog training facility to be your family pet and help you track wounded deer.

now if you ask me, "What is the best time to start or train a puppy to track wounded deer? I don't care what age the dog is, the best time to start training them is DURING DEER SEASON!

  This is Simon who found his first deer before he was 2 years old.

If you are interested in buying a dog or asking questions,

I am Marcus de la Houssaye, and I can be reached by cell phone at 337 298 2630.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Deer Blood Tracking Dogs For Sale or Hire

Well here we go, it is that time of the year

where everyone wants a finished blood tracking dog and I mean they want it now because they have
a big deer down somewhere that they shot and can't find.

And they can't find the deer because they didn't want to feed a dog all year long and now that they did not plan on maintaining one all year long, and having one ready to go, and a dog is needed, they want to act like it is sitting on the shelf at the convienence store ready to go! Well, actually it is there waiting on you, but in the short term it comes with a handler or driver, like when you hire a taxi or a delivery truck!

 So yes, blood trail dogs are available "for hire", but they come with me to handle them. Why? Because no matter how well bred or trained and experienced they are, a blood tracking dog, like most working dogs, is part of a team, and unless you are accepted as a team player that dog won't work for you no matter how much money you spend on them, because they don't measure things monetarily the way we do!

That's right let's go to the blood trail dog convienence store and get one ready to go!

Well as much as I wish it was that simple, I am here to report that unless you put time AND invest money in that dog, what makes you think it will work for you now that you need one? The point I am trying to make here is that dogs do not work just because they are bred OR  TRAINED TO WORK! They are motivated to hunt by their desire to please the master AND they hunt harder when they are hungry, but more on the blood trail dog diet later.

Unbeknownst to most people, they work because they are eager to please thier master, and if their master is ALSO their best friend, a Catahoula and I suppose most breeds also, will actually work harder to help find the deer.

I am available to travel and track for you if you are close to Lafayette, La., but why are you hunting deer and do not have a dog lined up yet? I will be glad to sell you a finished dog, but I need to know that you understand that the dog is trained, but the potential buyer needs to go to school to learn how to handle it.

OK, I have puppies, started dogs AND  finished dogs, and if you call me to ask the price of my dogs, like it is a generic price across the board, I will most likely ask you to tell me what this hypothetical dog you have never seen is worth to you.

Also, I need to know what you expect this dog to do, and you better be specific if it is a finished dog.

I also train dogs for other people, but most people want me to do ALL the work, and then they "buy" something that can only be earned as far as the dog is concerned. What I am getting at here is what motivates a dog to hunt is a relationship with the owner, not the training or the breeding. Sorry if this is not what you want to hear, but I have been doing this for years, and  most people come to buy a dog with unreasonable expectations that I AND the dog cannot fulfill.

I can be reached at 337 298 2630 if you need to discuss blood tracking dogs.

I am Marcus de la Houssaye, and I breed Catahoulas as working dogs.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Blood Tracking Dogs for sale 2014

Well it is that time of the year where I defrost the freezer and pull out all the huge roasts of last season and as a roast defrosts it releases deer blood, and that goes right into the puppy training program.

Now as far as I am concerned, when it comes to retraining or tuning up an experienced dog as they say, the rubber meets the road during the deer season,  when we have a dead or wounded deer and fresh blood on the ground.

Therefore, when it comes to experienced dogs, stop worrying about your dogs ability to perform when you need them unless... you have failed to build on the relationship, and spent time "quality time" with that dog during the "off season".

Let's define quality time: It is time spent fishing, hiking, camping, birthday parties, family BBQ's, visiting the hunting lease, the hunting camp, the beach, etc.

I think you get the picture, that the dog needs to be a regular part of the hunting club, or a part your summertime fishing trips, etc., or an active member of the family outings as much as possible, AND  released from the chain, or allowed to run around the yard OUTSIDE the kennel ideally every day, or as much as possible.

And that my friends is the biggest mistake you can make as a deer hunter who wants a tracking dog and think you can park that dog in a kennel or on a chain for 7 months a year and then have a top notch blood tracking expert to help you find lost, dead or wounded deer when you really need it.