I adopted Hammie at six weeks old from a shelter. He is extremely easy to train, but he needs a strong voice to really get through sometimes. As he has grown in the past six months, his confidence is oftentimes met with defiance, especially around two rowdy children. However, most of his barks are playful and he shows affection by sitting at their door every morning for playtime. His appetite is massive and his excitement to see those he misses is hyperactive. While sometimes too much for guests, most of us just find it endearing.
He is incredibly intelligent, knowing a number of commands and tricks. He understands the tonal differences between varying emotions and the proper reaction towards them, but is prone to remaining distracted amidst all of the youthful chaos at home.
Hammie is also incredibly mischievous- my son is seven and he acts just like a canine version of him. They like to actively get into things they know they aren't supposed to get into together and wrestle like boys. Always keeping the nails trimmed!
Much like a hound is to their hunter, he is incredibly loyal to me- Of all who attempt to command Hammie, his distractions are far fewer when I am present in the room. I'm not prideful, but proud that he adores me as I do him! His nightly routine began when he was a puppy. I would coo him to sleep by holding his muzzle and neck in the palm of my hand. It gave him so much comfort only a day after we brought him home from the shelter that he almost always wanted his head in my hand. But his curiosity grew alongside the children's, and they went to venture outside together one day— now they only seem to come back for meals and game time. :)
But due to the high demand at work, I've unfortunately seen my pup develop more aggravated behaviors— growling and barks. His favorite person has been away. This is why I feel it is so important to emphasize- for those with a frantic family lifestyles or busy, elongated occupations- for those considering a Labahoula to understand the amount of time they have to offer once taking this dog into their homes. I'm lucky to have a job that is now slowing down so that I can focus on my pet once more, but these dogs require an adamant, consistent level of attention and training. It takes a great deal of patience, some sacrificed sleep, a bold voice— a leader without aggression, and a lot of genuine love. This breed of dog is easily the most loyal companion I've ever experienced in my life— but he has a stone will and a domineering presence upon his territory. I believe Labahoula's are a breed of dog which could be more susceptible to aggressive behaviors than most family dog breeds if their respected owner is not consistent and present. These dogs could make for excellent herding companions with their high energy levels, territorialism and protectivity, and a modest/regal like dominance. Equally, these are wonderful pets for people who can cater to their playful, curious, active and nurturing souls.