I own a Belgian Malinois. I have owned a Belgian Malinois for 30 plus years. There were many over the years. One thing they all had were teeth. Since Malinois for Police and sport work are bred to bite they can use those teeth, Some more than others. That is not a bad thing if that is the purpose of the dog. Then you have those that say they are gentile and sweet. By a year that may change. Over the years I have seen drastic changes on Malinois at certain ages, some do some don't.
Malinois are by far the elite dog although they are kind of when you know how to raise the breed. Sometimes I can feel my dogs power and know what she is capable of. And for her it is all how she wants to play. Yep. I know this so we do things to play and she likes to play hard. Malinois need an outlet, even if they are good in a home, they still need that interaction.
There are A to Z types of Malinois. Fear, Brave, Submissive, Pushy, Compliant, Non-compliant and so many more. Personalities can be different in so many that when someone sees a compliant Malinois they think they all are. Or a Non-compliant Malinois who has had tons of training. Stay away from breeders who just want to breed a Belgian Malinois without reason or purpose. I was her breeder and I choose this puppy. My puppy was the worst as she was a runner. I do not mean to run away, she likes to spread out and run large circles farther away than most dogs. She comes back but she needs room because just because that is part of her genetics. I noticed this at 5 weeks old. She had no footing problems and loved to climb. She was independent which was good but can be bad. When a friend saw her at 7 or 8 weeks he said she was way too independent and did not care how far away she was from us. This has carried on through life although she is very attached to me and always comes back once her circle is made. I have taught her boundaries so she can move around but stay within. She likes to be on a mission and doing something. Still she can somewhat chill in the house but sometimes she brings me toys. Malinois do this ya know.
Read up on this breed and be sure to spend the time to make sure the pup you are looking at is for you. There are many types of Malinois. Do the research to find what is good for you. There are many types of breeders also. Ask around and watch their facebook on their dogs. I am seeing far too many Malinois and Dutch Shepherds being surrendered to facebook pages, rescues and shelters. Happy Malinois training.
As a dog Behaviorist I see a lot dogs. The new dog owners with the puppies who reach out are the smartest. They call and get advice and future training. Those owners and dogs have the best chance for keeping that puppy.
It is easier to mold then to fix. Some come born with temperament issues. If left alone those traits grow stronger.
Ex/ Shyness, noise sensitive, fear. Many times if not managed they come to the bite stage.
If your new puppy or adult dog is showing behaviors you do not like you need to change them or resolve to live with them. I like to change them.
Your cute puppy lunges to visit the neighbors dog. When you can not stop this another behavior appears. The pup gets frustrated and shows another frustrated trait. Barking is one. Now lunges and barks. If this behavior is stopped here as a puppy it does not grow. If not it does until it looks like a raving mad dog trying to kill another. Very scary but also embarrassing to the owner of the crazy looking dog. If this was stopped at the lunging at other dogs stage the rest would never show up. Since it has shown up it can be eliminated. It can.
The older the dog and the longer the dog has done the bad behavior the longer it will take to go away.
When it does grow . Dog lunges, barks, shows teeth. Finally we as humans accept that because we just do not know what to do. I can but most can not. So yes they need a dog trainer at this point because you have
Harsh I know but those are the choices I hear with the dogs I meet and train.
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Service Dogs are getting a bad rap. Today I was questioned by a kid asking what my dog is trained for. Then he said "PTSD". I said no and walked away. Walking in the world with your dog is not easy because people do not understand why that dog is there. For you the handler.
A Service Dog needs a good temperament to be in public and be highly trained. A Service Dog can be in many capacities. A person can use their own dog or pay for a trained one which is $25,000.00 according to the AKC.
There is a 2nd kind of Service Dog that would not fit in the full fledged SD. This is the dog at home with the person who will task train their own dog at home but not use it out in the world. Task Training. Pick up the cell phone, open the fridge, bring me my socks, and more. Tasks to make someones day easier.
Calls Trainers receive.
Caller 1: Can I make my dog into a Service Dog?
Trainer: How old?
Caller 1: 6 years old
Trainer: How is your dog out in the world?
Caller 1: Very bad. Jumps barks and will not listen.
Trainer: Taking a deep breath. I can help you with your dog. I can never promise you can make it a service dog.
Caller 2: I just got a puppy and want to train it to be a service dog.
Trainer: How old is your puppy?
Caller 2: 12 weeks old.
Trainer: is it potty trained?
Caller 2: Sometimes and sometimes she goes on the rug.
Trainer: So your pup is not potty trained?
Caller 2: Correct
Trainer: Ok, lets start with potty training.
Caller 3: I want to train my dog to be a Service Dog.
Trainer: How old
Caller 3: A year old.
Trainer: Perfect if it is social in the world.
Caller 3: My dog is good out in the world.
Trainer: Awsome, lets set up a meet up.
Caller 4: I want to train my dog to be a service dog to help me in my house.
Trainer: How old?
Caller 4: 6 years
Trainer: Is this just for in your home and not a full service dog to go everywhere>?
Caller 4: I am home bound so will the dog be.
Trainer: Awsome we can train tasks in your home, lets set up a meet up.
Task training is fun. Teaching a muzzle is fun. All dogs should learn even if not used.
My first Belgian Malinois was an import for a client to be a drug detection dog. He wanted a crazy ball driven dog. Ok, I located one.
At the airport I had no clue what I was picking up. My first time hanging with a Malinois and an adult at that. I picked up the crate in the office. With all doors closed I took him out on a slip leash. He was friendly with paws up on everything. I had a tennis ball in my pocket and wanted to bounce off the floor one time just to see. I never thought the ball would go into this high garbage can in the office. The Malinois jumped in head first before I blinked an eye. I loved this fun behavior. And my journey began.
The 2nd Malinois was an unregistered small mahogany 1/2 tail Malinois who had over the top drive in all kinds of ways. This dog just quivered with excitement to work. His name was was Sammy.
I was training my German Shepherd for Schutzhund 3. I brought Sammy to the club with me. He got his BH and he was a sharp dog. Sammy got his Schutzhund 1. He was fun to watch in the bite work. He outed though,. He was sold as a detection dog as intended. A little detour for hiu.
I wanted to breed Malinois for Police but with a pedigree.
Good Working Malinois with a Pedigree.
FCI for AKC registry in the USA.
One day a video from Europe came with dogs on it for sale. No facebook. And there was my Malinois with a pedigree and all kinds of other titles for beauty and work.
I saw this crazy barking in the blind Schutzhund 3 dog. Jamey.
A week later he came to the USA. Nothing phased this dog. He was just happy. I was happy.
I was blessed to be able to find and buy my 3rd Belgian Malinois VDH CH, V1, AM & SKC James des Deux Pottois (1985) LOSH 544045
SCHHIII, BTR, ZTP, CD, TT, CGC, ROM, CACIB
For pedigree go to:
Pedigree Data Base
to be continued
Zippy the living dog and Harmony my little love bug dog who is not here anymore.
My little dog left this world a few days ago. It's been 3 days and my heart aches but life goes on. Watching the remaining dog's dynamics is amazing.
The 2 dogs were always together. That is all the living dog knows since she was born. They were always together. Whatever I did with one dog there was always the little dog tag along. They did not play together but they walked and sniffed and rode in the car together. One in the front and one in the back. They were together. We walked together for many years but the long walks started to end when the little one started showing signs of tiredness.
With the other dog gone the other is sleeping a lot. Yes a Malinois just sleeping. More than normal.
My remaining dog has glued herself to me. Both dogs used to follow me from room to room but sometimes stayed. Mostly follow. Zippy tries to out think me. Am I making a right or left. To the bathroom or bedroom or front door etc. Like she is saying where should I go that you are going to be in one second. lol Her racing me seems more frantic. All that has happened can bring on anxiety which I am seeing now. And a Malinois and anxiety means destruction. Big time.. MALINOIS DO THIS YA KNOW. All anxious dogs do this. Some more than others. Anxiety is a scary thing in a dog. The safest place for my dog when I leave without her is her crate. She is quiet and comfy in there. Makes her feel safer I think. At least I do not come home and want to rip her up because my house is destroyed.
I will watch her closely and take her out frequently to run and play and training. Keeping her mind busy.
Takes time for grieving even in dogs. I've seen it in my other dogs over the years. When my little dogs bff died she would not go out in the back yard alone for a month or so,
I saw this many years ago with a pair of Cocker Spaniels I groomed. When the solo dog came in after his bff died a few weeks prior, he was sad and stand offish to me which was not normal.
Dogs may not think of it like we do but they do feel something is missing or changed. Dogs do not like change.
Training with Kindness to the dog.
Shen do you make the choice? Are you able to spend and spend to keep them breathing? Are yo able to spend making them comfortable? What can you do for a dying dog?
If I could would I save my dog to be miserable? Just keep it living but no quality of life? Who chooses what is quality and what is not? Would I? Would I keep my dog alive via surgeries or pills even if it made her sicker or healthy for a day. I say her because this is the point in my life I am at with my little dog of almost 15 years old. Harmony fit her name and brought that peace into my life. She was my emotional support dog when she rode with me and I could pet her when I wanted. When you have a dog who loves this then it is great. Harmony was my Harmony in life.
My dog is riddled with lumps and bumps. We (meaning her Vet & I) are keeping her comfortable. That was last week.
Our Vet showed me how to do a Calendar for good and bad days for my dog. Friday was her last better day. She is still hanging and following me and wants to be near but the eating is slowing almost to a stop. She is drinking which is very important.
Now she just sleeps. So when is the time? We have our own thoughts on this but it is something we share if we have dogs that get old and sick.
We have been to the Vet and she perks up. She is not fond of a table or a Vet.
I saw friends dog died suddenly although he did have a kidney problem. The owner said he was to blame and should not have taken him out. The dog died at the vet. Is it more sad when you get hit with it suddenly? Is it more sad because I have to make the decision to kill my own dog? I do not have that answer. Did this person have to make the death decision for his dog because the quality of life for the dog was over. I don't have that answer.
It is never easy when you love dogs. Never Easy. I've gone through this many times for my entire life. Making these choices and hoping and praying for the best. Each time is never easier or the same.
In my head I think that my little dog is ok and happy to be with me. Or is it the other way around? I am ok and happy to be with my little dog since we have done the same for almost 15 years.
We are blessed that we can help our dogs out of this world. At least that is what I tell myself because I would do anything for my little dog but there is nothing left to do. I pray then that I am correct because tears are tears and start with this thought, this blog. The thought of it is over is difficult but is the act of choosing to make it over harder?
My last dog was so difficult as she was part of my life and this dog was part of hers and mine. Maybe it is that an era is over so onto the new. I will cry and hurt and my eyes will be reder than ever for a bit but I have my other dog who also needs me. They give me purpose so I still have that. I think if I did not I would foster the world. Now I just train one at a time.
See just that little second of talking about saying goodbye helps.
One more thing. I see the sad posts and had friends and family who lost their beloved pets. Everyone says so sorry and try's to console but only you the one who lost that pet knows the pain and will deal with it the best way you know how.
Should I put my dog out of misery or pain? Should I wait? Should I try this new drug and how long to wait before I see if it works or not. How much pain will my dog suffer before I help it?
What do I do after? Leave the body? Cremate it? Take it home and bury it?
It is the same if your dog goes suddenly. The pain that is.
When you look at Roxy's pictures, You can see she came over slowly. No pressure nor any calling her over. I just practiced Animal Reiki from a distance. Roxy is in a shelter environment which can be very stressful. I do not know why she is there but she is and looking for a new home. At 10 years old. This is a perfect dog for someone who wants a calm companion and one who needs a little walking. Keeps everybody more fit. Not running just walking.
What is Reiki ? Animal Reiki is mindfulness meditation practiced “with” our animals, rather than an energy therapy done “to” them. Animal Reiki meditation is taught as a state of mind with flexible physical forms. Touch is used only when animals seek it out, and then only as a compassionate support.
We were in our little hide away room for about 30 minutes. I did not force her to come over but when she did I gently put my hand on her. You can see Roxy came over little by little. In the end her head was on the dog bed pillow I was sitting on. She slept very soundly once she came over. I did not call her nor say a thing to her, Except when we went in the room. I said her name told her now we do Reiki together. Yes, I know she does not understand but using a soothing tone of voice I am sure she understood I was not going to harm her.
I have my Reiki People Practitioner degree which I did to understand Reiki better before doing it with Animals. My goal was to study it for the Animals. People can tell you their experience and people could do it on me and I on them. Understanding Reiki was important for me and with the People Reiki I could do that. And then I went to Animal Reiki School and got that Certificate. And here I am helping one dog at a time. I understand Reiki and finding the Animals do also.
Volunteering at the local Animal Shelter gives me the opportunity to help one dog at a time. Roxy was my first and as you see from the pictures she was ready to come over to me on her own. I did not speak a word to her after my initial words.
I do not want to sound like a crazy person because I believe in something that most can not see. I am not a fix it all person nor a Dr. who can diagnose and fix. It does not take much time with the Animals for them to know what is going on. It takes more time for us humans to see.
What made me believe in acupuncture? My dogs. Taking a limping dog who is an athlete to the acupuncture Vet and it can run and jump after tells me something. The dog tells me. It is not full proof but for slightly injured dogs it worked. At least on mine it did. As of this time in my life I still will take my sport dog to get acupuncture before a big dog sport event.
What made me beileve in Reiki? My body when it was done on me. My dogs and their reactions after a session. Yes, seeing is believing. Sometimes you need to see to believe. I do not have to convince the dogs. They just show me how they are feeling. No questions asked.
This is not saying I can heal a dog. This is saying I can make some comfort for that dog. Be it stress or pain Reiki can help. I saw that clearly with Roxy and felt it on me.
It is hard for me to shut up and just chill with a dog in the shelter. I want to hug it and pet it and hug it more. We had a lot of outside noise that we could hear. For her to shut all that out and me to consul her mindfully was a wonderful thing. I even got to put my hand on her and she was calm. She fell into a deep state of sleep. May have been her first good sleep since her arrival. It is loud and scary in a shelter especially with so many other dogs around barking. But for that 30 minutes and a nice walk after I am sure I made one dog feel better for a bit.
We are done now as our 30 minutes of Reiki is up. She is getting up to go with me. Rather than put her back in her kennel we went for a long walk and then said our goodbyes.
When helping an owner and dog the dog trainer asks questions to find out the problems even before meeting the dog. 1. How old is the dog? 2. What breed? 3. How long have you had the dog? Usually the question of where did you get the dog?, is not necessary as the dog owner has already told you. They rescued the dog and it was abused and on and on the story goes without really knowing the truth about it's past.
So you have had this dog since it was about 4 years old. It is now 10 years old and you want it trained not to bite you when you pick it up? Am I Correct? Is that what you are asking?
So you have raised this dog since 8 weeks old and it is now 2 years old and you blame its dog aggression on being a rescue. It may have dog re-activeness that was not tended to as a puppy or it has "dog hatter" in it's genes. Something the dog owner nor the trainer will ever know.
Dog Trainers get many different answers which are not close to what the reality of it is. The trainer must talk and evaluate the situation. The trainer must talk and evaluate the owner and the dog. Once all that is over the trainer only has that one dog in front of them with a vague history other than what the owner has told or the dog has shown.
With out going into training methods, this is where the trainer pulls all the tricks out of their bag and get to work. With just the dog in front of them. If training the owner they now have the owner and dog in front of them. The owner will always fill in the blanks even if it is their imagination. My dog does this because. Not true. Your dog does this because it can and is a self rewarding measure for the dog. Dogs like that. Dogs like when it works for them. And on and on the training goes until the dog no longer wants to attack dogs or humans.
Reactive Dogs can be Non-Reactive Dogs. That is the trainers goal.
Disclaimer: This is not all dogs but what many trainers see on a daily basis.
When people see the word Trick Dog they do not fully understand what trick training is. Dogs learning different behaviors. Trick Training is simple process that can be used for different behaviors including obedience. Stop jumping up on you. No problem teach your dog a sit trick. When a dog is sitting they have 4 feet on the floor. Sit is a trick, sit is an obedience command, Sit is Sit.
The basic commands are part of a trick dog program. Sit, Down, Come, Walk on a loose leash Look at the owner and more.
Therapy dogs come to learn how to so that they can do demos for their visits.
Service Dogs come to learn tasks. Get the leash, open a door, close a door.
Tricksters come to learn fun things to do with their dogs. Human/Dog Enrichment
Step one was taking Reiki for people. After days of practicing on people and many times being practiced on I felt it and understood. And then to Animal Reiki.
As an Animal Reiki Practionar I am ready to help dogs. My study begins at a shelter. One dog at a time.
Reiki found me. I love dogs so am going to put it to use. One dog at a time.
What is Animal Reiki? It is Reiki done on Animals.
What is Reiki? Reiki is a Japanese techie that is like a laying of hands. The energy moves through me as I hold each place 3 to 5 minutes or in a scared dogs case sit with and envision it. Animals love this because my hands get warm and the energy is soothing as well as healing. If the dog is scared I can envision it to them. Mental Telepathy as some would say. It is a gift I have.
This is continued education for me and a good feeling for dogs. Win Win... More to come with Dog #1 next time.
One dog at a time.
These are my pets. Harmony the old girl and Zippy the youngster.