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The winning team receieved over $3,000 in cash and prizes, including these Texas Dog Hunters Association buckles.

The winning team received over $3,000 in cash and prizes, including TDHA buckles.

Of the 73 teams who  registered, 35 officially weighed in.

The first of 35 teams arrives at weigh-in with their hogs.

Hogs were weighed and inspected before being processed for donation to Hunters' Harvest.

Hogs were weighed, inspected, processed and donated to Hunters' Harvest.

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The official weigh-in for the 2009 Hunt for the Hungry was held at the Wild Board Expo in Halletsville. Since we were co-sponsoring the charity hunt, we decided to set up a booth the promote working Lacys. President Jimmy Brooks, Vice President Robby Leek, Secretary Shannon Collier and Director Betty Leek did a fantastic job of setting things up and talking to all our visitors. And Lucy Lou Leek served as our official mascot, greeting everyone who stopped by. We were able to connect with people new to the breed as well as Lacy owners interested in the association. Thank you for your support!

Jaime, Betty, Shannon, Jimmy and Lucy at the Wild Boar Expo.

Jaime, Betty, Shannon, Jimmy and Lucy at the Wild Boar Expo.

Red, white and blue Lacy pride.

Red, white and blue Lacy pride.

Working Lacy display at the Wild Board Expo.

Working Lacy display at the Wild Board Expo.

Robby and Patch welcoming the hunters after weigh-in.

Robby and Patch welcoming the hunters after weigh-in.

Celebrating a successful Hunt for the Hungry with fellow Lacy lovers.

Celebrating a successful Hunt for the Hungry with fellow Lacy lovers.

And we want to thank the TDHA for making this event happen!

And we want to thank the TDHA for making this event happen!


In addition to teaming up with the Texas Dog Hunters Association and Hunters’ Harvest to sponsor the 2009 Hunt for the Hungry, the National Lacy Dog Association will have a booth at the Wild Boar Expo this weekend.

The Wild Boar Expo is 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Wilber Baber Complex, 499 County Road 200 in Hallettsville, TX. Weigh-in for the Hunt for the Hungry will be held at the Expo from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday.

In addition to plenty of educational information about Lacys, the NLDA will be collecting pedigrees and inspecting dogs for CDHPR registration. If you have any questions about the CDHPR program, this is a great opportunity to talk to the officers in person. We’ll have coloring pages to keep the kiddos busy too. And Jimmy Brooks will have a trapping demonstration set up with trapping equipment for sale.

For anyone that is interested in hunting and the outdoors, there will be tons of vendors to check out, including hog dog gear, traps, blinds, feeders, ATVs, archery demos and a 3D tournament.

On Sunday afternoon, the NLDA will present the bonus check for the Heaviest Boar brought in for the Hunt for the Hungry. Last year this hunt raised over 20,000 pounds of pork for charity, so we’re very excited to support such a worthy cause. We hope to see you there!

There is no single, surefire method to train a Lacy on hogs. Each dog is different and what works for one hunter may not work for another. However, these are some of the things we’ve found most successful with our own dogs as well as other dogs we have trained. Please remember safety first and be patient.

The first step, regardless of the dog’s age, is introducing them to a hog. Our own pups start that process at six to eight weeks old, always on a hog of equal or smaller size. The puppies typically see the piglet as a playmate until the piglet nips them, which is usually what “keys” the pup off. Older dogs may need a companion to help them find their way. We use one of our finished dogs to teach older pups and dogs the first few times. After that introduction, we have them work alone for a while so they learn to trust themselves.

As the dog progresses and gains confidence, as well as knowledge of how the hog moves and thinks, we graduate them up in hog size until they can control a 200 to 250 pound boar efficiently. Repetition is important, working the dog on a daily bases increases their drive and helps keep them focused. A young pup will have a short attention span, so five to ten minutes a day is enough. Older dogs can work anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes. It’s important not to overwork your dog. Give them breaks and let them get a drink. Read the rest of this entry »

The world of hog dogging can be broken into two distinct fields: bay pen competitions and woods hunting. Each requires intelligence, endurance and agility. The Lacy dog excels in both arenas. But there are a few differences between woods dogs and bay pen dogs. It is important to understand the nuances of both venues to maximize your Lacy’s potential.

lacy baying a pig

In a bay pen competition, the dog is placed in a large round pen with a boar. Two or three judges are evenly spaced around the pen to evaluate how well the dog controls the hog. The dog is required to bay the pig continuously for a timed period without looking out of the pen. They are judged on style, intensity and focus. Catching or holding is a disqualification.

Sounds simple enough right? Wrong! Bay pen dogs must develop an intimate knowledge of their quarry. They need to understand the nature of the beast in order to control it. Read the rest of this entry »

Lacys were developed to be an all-around working dog. Our new series, Lacys at Work, explores the numerous jobs the breed excels at.

lacy hog dogs

What is hog hunting?
Tracking and dispatching feral hogs is both a sport and an important public service. Feral hogs are an issue for ranchers, farmers and homeowners alike. Rooting and wallowing activity can destroy agricultural land and disrupt delicate ecosystems. They eat and trample crops and the eggs of ground nesting birds. Wild hogs can also transmit disease such as pseudorabies and brucellosis to domestic animals. With over 4 million feral hogs in the United States and nearly 2 million in Texas alone, the objective of hog hunting is to control the population and minimize damage.

How do hog dogs work?
Because feral hogs are extremely hardy and intelligent, hunting with dogs is often a more efficient way to control the population than trapping or traditional hunting. Often working in a pack, hog dogs use their keen sense of smell to track their quarry. When they find and corner a hog, they “bay,” which is a type of repetitive barking. Baying helps contain the hog while alerting the other dogs and handlers to its location. Should the hog break and run, the dogs pursue and stop it. Like a herding dog controls livestock, a hog dog works to keep their animal in one place until the handler arrives. Read the rest of this entry »

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