DNA Testing: 

The DNA Repository, co-sponsored by the OFA and the AKC/CHF, collects and stores canine DNA samples along with corresponding genealogic and phenotypic information to facilitate future research and testing aimed at reducing the incidence of inherited disease in dogs. It is only 5 dollars so why not help in any way you can? Submission


Chlorinated Water?  Not For My Dog ! !
Chlorine is a halogen that damages enzymes. It does not belong in our bodies!

Chlorine potentates magnesium deficiency, which can cause almost any symptom you can think of from high blood pressure, to chemical sensitivity or even sudden death. Furthermore it also decreases the absorption while increasing the excretion of calcium and phosphorus. The increased loss of calcium into the urine, promotes osteoporosis. On top of this some people still use plastic water bowls. These absorb and retain numerous toxic materials. Read on Blog >>

Fluoride?  Sure You Want To Know?
Can you imagine the number of law suits if fluoride was recognized as a health hazard? Dr. Phyllis Mullenix of Harvard University’s Forsyth Research Institute (a dental research institute) published a study pointing out that fluoride was more effective than lead in reducing IQ levels in children! Read on Blog >>

Vaccine Scam

Current Veterinary Therapy by Kirk, the textbook bible for veterinarians in general, has an article on canine and feline vaccines by two researchers. Near the end of the article is a paragraph called Annual Vaccinations. It states "The practice of annual vaccinations lacks scientific validity or verification. There is no immunological requirement for annual vaccinations. The practice of annual vaccinations should be considered of questionable efficacy unless it is used as a mechanism to provide an annual physical examination or is required by law." Sure, if we can't manipulate you with annual vaccinations let's pass a law to get you into the office. Nice trick! Blog >>

Rabies is the only vaccine that is mandated by law, yet lawmakers do not understand how vaccines work and that "more" (i.e. yearly) is not better and can actually be harmful to pets.  Anti dog legislation is rampant in this country, and the only way to stop it is for ALL pet owners to band together and contact legislators, both local and outside their area.  These laws spread like wildfire to other areas once passed, and none of us (i.e. our animals) is safe.  Please phone, fax or email your opposition to public officials.  Changing the law in Kansas (and then Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas etc) could stop similar laws from being implemented in your city/state.

Exempt Dogs and Cats When Rabies Vaccinations Will Harm Them

The rabies vaccine research project to address the duration of immunity actually conveyed by rabies vaccine will be performed by Dr. Ronald Schultz, Chairman of Pathobiology at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine.The second phase of the project will finance a study of the adjuvants used in veterinary vaccines, and establish a federal adverse reaction reporting system for rabies and other vaccines.

Safer Vaccinations for Companion Animals

We need your help! You can make a difference. Alone what can one person do? Together, a giant network of volunteers can accomplish anything!

Are You Poisoning Your Dog?
First let’s look at the "raw material" as it is received at the plant. The slaughterhouse for animal carcasses, require that the meat be "denatured" before being sent to the rendering plant to meet government regulations.  Meaning that first it must be contaminated in some way that would make it unusable for human consumption. Materials used to accomplish this task are: carbolic acid, creosote, fuel oil, kerosene, citronella, etc. Once soaked into the meat, it's then fit to be sent on to the rendering plant.

Another source of raw material is the dogs and cats received in nice little green plastic bags from the veterinary community, but also raccoons, possums, deer, foxes, snakes, etc. Don’t forget the grocery industry, that needs to get rid of the spoiled meat cuts that are no longer salable and the fat, bones, etc. that we would consider garbage. Read on Blog >>



The Blue Lacy is not a dog bred for one particular job. The Blue Lacy was bred as an all around perfect dog to do whatever task is laid before them. There are a few with the belief the Blue Lacy was bred for one job and has one sole purpose. They also feel that by having the Blue Lacy perform any other task is taking away from its original design. We believe in an evolving world, the skills of the Blue Lacy serve a much broader purpose to day than they did in the late 1800's. To think of the Blue Lacy as having one set purpose would be selling this breed short. What has never changed are the skills the Blue Lacy possesses. What has changed is a world full of possibilities and opportunity. We are the supporters of the original Blue Lacys, with the forward thinking of the American Blue Lacy Association. With the goal of bringing this incredible dog with all their fantastic skills into this century.

Below is a list of various jobs the Blue Lacy can be trained for:


A dog trained for this job can detect diseases in fruits, vegetables and meats that could cause potential harm to the U.S. agriculture resources. Different size dogs are fit for this job. A smaller dog would best serve working in and around international passengers. However, a medium to large dog would be best at searching the passenger vehicles since they are able to jump in the passenger areas of vans, sports utility vehicles and cars.  


A dog trained for this job helps children that are considered "at risk." The dog helps the child place its efforts toward positive goals, instead of going down the wrong path. The child is given a puppy, which we all know provides unconditional love. This could be the first positive experience for the child. This could be the first time they have felt love, or felt they deserved to be loved. The dog also shows the child how to be close with another. The child will learn rules, how to control things and what it takes to maintain good behavior.

blue lacy hunting dog AUTISM SERVICE

In order for a dog to be considered for a child with Autism, the dog must be calm, strong, and be able to have an even reaction to the various movements and audibles that may come from an autistic child. A family raising an autistic child may experience a high amount of stress. The dog can assist the family in provided them a certain amount of calmness. When a family with an autistic child brings a service dog into their home, it has shown to help the child have fewer outbursts, help the child focus, and improve the attention span. This helps reduce the amount of stress in the entire family. Sometimes a dog can reach an autistic child where people can't. They are also very gentle in herding an autistic child back towards home.

texas state dog COUNTER-TERRORISM

A dog trained for counter-terrorism has a very important job. The counter-terrorism dog searches for explosives, which in turn saves lives. The training involved with this particular job is between four and six months. With the growing number of terrorist attacks, the counter-terrorism dog can sniff out a bomb. This helps save lives and reduce injuries that may be otherwise catastrophic to a civilian population. There are some dogs being bred just for this particular job. However, a dog does not have to be bred for this job in order to be a great fit. A dog in your home or from an animal shelter can be trained for this task as well. 

blue lacys as companions CRISIS INTERVENTION

Like other emergency workers, a dog trained for Crisis Intervention is on call 24-hours a day, seven days a week. These dogs are brought to crime scenes, accidents, sexual assaults, murders, suicides, hospitals, nursing homes and even in court. The purpose of the crisis intervention dog is to bring love to the individual who is suffering through a crisis.  

blue lacy diabetic alert DIABETIC ALERT

A dog trained in diabetic assistance are used for children and adults that are insulin-fed diabetics. These dogs are trained to identify a change in the individuals hypoglycemia levels. When this change is detected by the service dog, it alerts the individual so they can react accordingly, which can save someone's life. 


A dog trained as a guide dog is often referred to as a "seeing eye dog." The dog should be a strong breed with a very calm and even temperament. The dog is raised as a puppy by a volunteer for their first year. Then they are trained for 4 to 6 months by a professional trainer before they are paired with their handler. They help individuals that are blind by directing them around obstacles, which could be extremely harmful to someone that is visually impaired. The dog is trained to guide them through traffic, parking lots, stores, and just every day life.

blue lacy game dog HEARING ASSISTANCE

A dog trained for hearing assistance helps an individual that is deaf or extremely hard of hearing. When the dog hears something like a doorbell, oven timer, crying child, or other alarms, the dog will alert the individual and bring them to the sound.  

blue lacy game dog MOBILITY ASSISTANCE

A dog trained for mobility assistance helps individuals with disabilities. These dogs can help the individual balance, pull a wheelchair, support the individual, carry things or pick up something. These dogs can do so much to help. They are trained to open and close doors, turn a light off and on, retrieve a telephone or something from the refrigerator, and pick up something the individual has dropped. They not only help in numerous areas, but they also provide love and companionship.  

blue lacy game dog SEARCH AND RESCUE

A dog trained for search and rescue, referred to as SAR, provide a variety of tasks. The SAR dog's job is not to just find people buried in wreckage, but to help locate the missing. There are SAR teams that are first responders to a natural disaster or terrorist attack. There are also individual SAR handlers that will volunteer to help locate a missing person.

blue lacy game dog SEIZURE ASSISTANCE

A dog trained for seizure assistance helps the individual before, during and after a seizure. Some dogs can detect when a seizure is about to occur and can alert someone before the incident. If a seizure has occurred, the dog will protect the individual while they are unconscious. Seizure patients are typically provided an alarm to wear, at which point the seizure assistance dog will press and alert emergency service. They are also trained to go for help, retrieve a telephone or medical pack and can help the individual up from their episodic attack.

blue lacy game dog THERAPY

A therapy dog brings love and companionship to individuals living in nursing homes, mental institutions, retirement homes and hospitals. The affection provided from the dog helps lower blood pressure, relieve stress and brighten the patient. The therapy dog is also good for those that have suffered a traumatic event.  

blue lacy game dog VETERAN ASSISTANCE

A dog trained for Veteran assistance helps individuals in the service that have returned from war. The Veteran assistance dogs bring love and companionship to these individuals that may be suffering from post traumatic stress or disabling injuries from the war. The Veteran assistance dog is there with unconditional love to help these individuals get through the horrible effects of war. They are often trained as mobility assistance dogs because so many of our servicemen and women return with extreme injuries bringing them to use a wheelchair the rest of their lives.

blue lacy game dog COMPANION DOGS

A dog trained to be a companion dog goes through similar training of the service or guide dog.  Unlike the service dog, that assists the individual at home and in public, the companion dog is only used in the home.  A companion dog is typically used for individuals with physical or mobile disabilities.



As previously stated, the Blue Lacy is not a dog bred for one particular job. We believe in an evolving world, the skills of the Blue Lacy serve a much broader purpose today as an all around dog than they did in the late 1800's. To think of the Blue Lacy as having one set purpose would be selling this breed short. What has never changed are the skills the Blue Lacy possesses.

Reputable dog organizations like the AKC provide certification programs to dogs with good manners at home and in public. Good Manners and Good Citizen programs provide an excellent basis on which to build numerous performance events like rally, tracking, trailing and agility. Therapy Dog certification programs are for dogs trained as companion, therapy, crisis and other service assistance dogs.

Agility is a timed event where the handler and its dog maneuver through an obstacle course. Flyball is an event where dogs race against each other through a line of hurdles, to a box releasing a tennis ball which the dog catches upon its release and brings back to their handler. Rally is an event where the handler and its dog move through a course of various stations at their own speed. Training for these various athletic events requires teamwork, conditioning and concentration on both the handler and the dog.

There are various activities and testing created to allow dogs to use their ability for which their breed has been designed. Activities such as conformation classes, herding, lure coursing, retrieving and testing help the handler concentrate on the distinct ability of the individual breed. Conformation events help preserve the dogs historical traits. The dog is judged against their breed standard. Earthdog testing measures the dog's hunting and working behaviors. Herding competitions helps develop the dog's herding skills, while retrieving competitions preserves the work of a retrieving dog. Lure Coursing events determine the sight hound's coursing instinct. All of these activities help maintain the jobs in which these dogs were originally bred.


The Blue Lacy is a highly intelligent, energetic, working dog that needs lot's of stimulating challenges and human interaction on a daily basis. They were developed for generations to meet the high demands of ranchers and hunters. We understand not everyone lives on a large ranch with cattle or has access or even an interest in hunting. There are plenty of other energetic demanding ways to work your Blue Lacy in today's environments. We just thought we'd provide a few links to great, creative ways to work today's Blue Lacy dog and provide an outlet for their incredible working instincts.

Assistance Dogs - extensive links from Dr. P
Assistance & Service Dogs - extensive links
Avalanche Rescue Dogs and more about Avalanche Dogs
Canine Companions for Independence
Canine Work and Sport by Category - many links
Disaster Search Dogs- in times of earthquake, tornado,more
Dogs for the Disabled- in the UK
Dogs with Jobs - meet working dogs, the working breeds
Dogs that Work - features career dogs
Dog's Work - many different jobs and sports for canines 
Finding Pipeline Breaks - Of Biosensors and Buddy's Nose
Herding Dog Resources - from Herders-L 
Herding Dogs - from Herding on the Web
Herding Page- from the DogPatch
Hunting with Hounds
Hunting with Retrievers - from Working Retrievers Central
K9s in the Classroom - teaching safety and K9 careers
Livestock Guardian Dogs - what's their job? and Livestock Guardian Dogs
Military Working Dogs
Police Dog Service - in Canada
Police Working Dogs - dogs honored for valor
Police & Search Dogs - working Malinois
Protection Dogs not attack or guard dogs - with diagram
Search and Rescue Dogs - honoring their contributions in the aftermath of 9/11/2001 and Search & Rescue Dogsand Water Rescue Work
Service Dogs - basic information on canines assisting people with disabilities, plus official U.S.Service Animal Information
Service Dogs FAQ - in-depth resource
Sheepdogs to gundogs to rescue dogs - from Here Boy, a British
site with information from many working dog clubs
Therapy Dogs - a primer
War Dogs - America's forgotten heroes
War Dog Program - U.S. Army's K-9 Corps
Working like a Dog - a look at dog activities today
Working Dogs FAQs - from Cindy Tittle Moore
Yahoo's Overview of Working Dogs



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