I sadly won't be able to get another Houla for a while, I was lucky to get her! She's extremely smart, she knows what No means and will stop whatever she's doing in a heartbeat. She knows commands like sit, lay, shake, speak, come, and stay. She has just started to learn to bark at the door to go outside.Hi there Catahoula lover! Welcome. Love your dog's name.
Yep, we are owned by two female houlas, the mentally challenged one, Addison, lived with hoarders in Kansas and Chloe was found in the Arizona desert with cacti sticking out of her! Don Abney's book on Catahoulas is a source (ignore the dominance/packy stuff tho) and actually, Wikipedia has a good history. You can also google "the history of the Catahoula Leopard dog....I am always visiting the Catahoula Rescue sites for information and connections! EXCELLENT SITES!
Briefly, houlas are very protective of their "family" and need to be socialized early with young children and people....they have a strong prey drive - so don't say the word "squirrel" around one. They can become destructive if bored and can experience separation anxiety (like many dogs). THEY NEED A JOB TO DO in your family, whether it's picking up clothes, monitoring your front house window, or getting rid of chipmunks in the yard. I would strongly advice you to microchip, once they scent prey, they can disappear into the next county!!! Seriously, sigh.
Obedience training with ONLY positive reinforcement is extremely important as soon as possible...houlas are like potatoe chips...you might want to get another one like we did, lol. LOTS OF EXERCISE, EXERCISE, EXERCISE. Our Chloe knows over 60 words, we started spelling, she caught on, so now we are sometimes using Spanish words, she eavesdrops a lot. Addy...well...she's "different", stunted developmentally and psychologically....she barks at planes thinking they are geese, and won't go upstairs without a nightlight on,,,seriously! Read all the stickies on DF and training videos..you can do a tag search...counter surfing is a favorite houla sport! As is trash raiding, eating bad toxic stuff in the backyard, etc. Hope this is useful. I will keep watching for your posts, get ready for your life to change with a houla in the house!! OH, look at Hyperbole and a Half website....those are the epitome of our two dogs...you will fall off your chair laughing. WELCOME HOULA LOVER!