Here is the long and the short of it by a great horse and dog man, my friend Jake Loiacano:
"I truly believe this about a dog. You can bs(lie to) a human, but you can't bs a dog. If he thinks you are a counterfeit and you don't have his back he'll leave you hanging, But if he's sure you're going to help him, he'll bleed for you. Two things in this world no one can lie to: GOD and a DOG."
Now I got to hand it to Jake for his straight forward insights about what motivates a dog to go into harms way for us. But Jake is a working cowboy who knows that his work is only as good as the horse and dog working for him.
And the irony is that the dog and horse are only as good as the man working THEM!
As a hog dog or cow dog, not only is the critter dangerous, so is the environment that the dog works in!
For a dog to go into an extremely dangerous environment and face off with something as deadly as a mean, mad moma cow, or a wild hog, he has to know that you will be there for him when it is elbows and knees in the dirt or mud and you will be there by his side gettin it done!
Hog hunting, penning cattle, or tracking a wounded buck, are extremely dangerous activities that requires courage, faith, loyalty and team work to get it done right.
Does your dog know that you will be there for him? Can he trust you to have his back?
Below is me, Marcus de la Houssaye with Bobalou in 2004, a dog who took me through some very tough years and he had my back, all the way. Look at them eyes, is he working that camera or what?
If you are interested in owning a de la Houssaye Catahoula, I am a breeder and a trainer, and I can be reached by cell phone @ 337 298 2630 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org