By Adam Katz
My good friend who is a dog trainer offered me his 5 year old
Belgian Malinois for adoption. He is trained as a protection
dog so he can guard his master, bite on command, release the
bite on command, stay until released and others. He has a
trophy as third placer in Level 1 protection in a protection
dog competition. I have two dogs at present: A one year-old
a nine month-old Labrador... both are females, obedience
and not neutered.
I would like to adopt him and I know I can take care of him.
Will he accept me after being my friend's favorite dog for 5
years? My friend assured me that he can transfer the loyalty
the dog to me. He is a fierce dog when in competition but a
quiet dog when outside the training ring. In fact my friend
brings the dog with him all the time and I know of several
occasions that the dog is off leash. He is giving him up
because he wants to replace him with a younger dog.
Should I take him up on his offer?
Yes... the dog will transfer his loyalty to you.
Here are two major issues you should consider before adopting
1. The Belgian Malinois (especially one that is bred and
trained for bite work and protection dog sports) will require
lot of work ON YOUR PART to learn how to handle this dog.
going to need a lot of training... one-on-one style... to
successfully integrate this dog into your life. It's like
driving a Ferrari or a race car. The car already runs great,
but if you don't learn the right way to drive it, you'll end
killing yourself. And just because you already know how to
a Subaru doesn't cut it... we're talking Ferrari, here. And
Belgian Malinois is a Ferrari with the tricked out Turbo
2. The breed is an extremely HIGH DRIVE breed. This dog needs
TONS of exercise and mental stimulation. TONS. Please take the
time to recognize that adopting this dog will be a major
If you decide to do it, and you are successful, you'll have an
amazing companion. The breed is quite healthy and you can be
content in knowing that you own a KING OF KINGS as far as
working dogs are concerned.
Part of me has always wanted what you're thinking about
getting. But my lifestyle and dedication to the exercise and
training requirements are something I do not have at this
current point in my life.
P.S. Make sure that the dog isn't dog aggressive before you
decide to take ownership.
That's all for now, folks!
About The Author: Adam G. Katz is the author of the book,
"Secrets of a Professional Dog Trainer: An Insider's Guide To
The Most Jealously Guarded Dog Training Secrets In History."
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