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 they shot and can't find. And they can't find it because they didn't want to feed a dog all year long and now that they did not plan on maintaining one, and a dog is needed and they want to act like it is sitting on the shelf at the convienence store ready to go!

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

Well as much as I wish it was that simple, I am here to report that unless you put time AND  money into that dog, what makes you think it will work for you now that you need one?

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?

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, 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.

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!