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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!

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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 agility jump

What is agility?
This modern dog sport is all about speed and accuracy. Modeled after equestrian show jumping, the goal of the handler and their dog is to complete a set of obstacles in the fastest time without any disqualifications. The most common obstacles are the bar jump, tire jump, tunnel, chute, teeter, A-frame, dog walk, weave poles and pause table. Courses are designed to test the team with tight turns, close obstacles, distance work and much more. In addition to standard agility, some organizations offer classes like jumpers, gambler’s choice, juniors and relays. But whether or not you want to compete, agility training is a great way to challenge your Lacy both physically and mentally.

How do agility dogs work?
The most important quality of a winning agility team is obedience. Dogs must run through the course without a leash, treats or toys. A close connection between the dog and their handler is extremely important. They must be in constant communication via hand signals and voice commands to successfully navigate a challenging course. Dogs also need to be accurate in order to earn a qualifying score for their round. To earn credit for the dog walk, A-frame and teeter, they must touch the yellow contact zones at the beginning and end of the obstacle. When negotiating the weave poles, the dog must enter to the right of the first pole and proceed through the entire series without missing any. They also must negotiate the tire correctly, jumping through the center ring, and cannot knock down jump poles. Speed is icing on the cake. Of the dogs that complete the proper course with no faults, the fastest round wins. 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.

What is a trap line?
Trapping is a form of predator control. Trappers set up lines for coon, coyote, fox, bobcat and hogs that are killing livestock, destroying crops and causing habitat damage. Many professionals use a long chain and drag on their traps. This lets the animal run into the brush, where they feel hidden and settle down faster, preventing further physical damage and stress. The drag will usually create a good trail to follow, but if the ground is rocky or has a lot of dead grass, the drag will leave little or no sign. This is where the dog comes in.

How do trap line dogs work?
Starting where the animal was caught, the dog works the track to find the trapped varmint. Once they find their quarry, they must bay up to alert the trapper to its location and keep the animal in one place. So the dog must learn to trail any varmint that is in the trap. They also need to be able to deal with anything the trapper catches, which can range from an ornery wild boar to a treed black bear. With a competent dog controlling the situation, the trapper is able to get close to quickly dispatch the animal. Read the rest of this entry »

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