Training A Lacy

Handling and Care

Lacy dogs can be a dominant breed. Very pack oriented, they need to know who is the leader and may need to be reminded throughout their lifetime. The lacy is very energetic and dedicated to the job they take on automatically. A stable and dominant owner is necessary with a balanced touch, for a heavy hand can send a dog to anxiety or lack of dominance and result in undesired behavior. Lacy dogs can be exemplary companions for the right owner, but it is important to know the breed’s specific needs and behaviors. Proper training and socialization are essential for a Lacy dog to be happy and healthy.


This breed is incredibly intelligent, easily trained, active, and highly driven. Most respond better to stern or soft commands because they are sensitive to yelling. They are naturally territorial and protect their property and family. The breed needs to be socialized from a very young age, or it can become anxious and aggressive. They should be exposed to a variety of people, including children. They should be taken to places with dog traffic, so they get used to being around other dogs. It is also imperative to provide them with plenty of exercise and training, as they are very active and need to be kept busy. They should also be exposed to firearms and livestock.

Every lacy needs a job, therefore not everyone needs a lacy. They are so energetic, active, and intelligent that without proper daily activities they can become bored and destructive.


Lacys are highly intelligent and naturally jump right into a job, but they require training to excel at their jobs. They will instinctively herd cattle, bay hogs or varmints, and follow a trail; however, a good dog can be made great through proper training. No animal is naturally born with manners and obedience, and a Lacy can be very independent. They will think for themselves if they are not taught something. In other words, they need direction and shaping in their behavior and activities.

Lacys are bred to have a combination of physical traits, such as strong legs, a keen sense of smell, and a powerful bark. In addition, they have behavioral traits, such as courage, intelligence, and loyalty. These traits make them ideal for a variety of tasks, such as tracking wounded game, herding cattle, and baying a hog or treeing a coon. With targeted training, natural instincts, skills, and drive can be enhanced. The TLGDA and LGDR provide different events and seminars, along with a large Lacy community full of knowledge about tracking, herding, baying, and all things Lacy. Keep an eye out on both websites for information and event dates!

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