Karma 2.5 yr old spayed female - FL
Karma absolutely loves to chase anything that moves, will chase birds that are way too high for her to ever reach.
Karma loves the dogs in her home, but is not kid tested. She does like to play nip when she wants attention which could be misconstrued for biting so she will not be placed with young children. Families with children over 12 will be considered. We are working on making her "kisses" sweeter. She's getting better.
Karma needs a fenced yard but keep in mind that malinois are quite capable of jumping fences so supervised outside playtime is a must. She absolutely loves to chase anything that moves, will chase birds that are way too high for her to ever reach. When she sees something she wants to chase she has no recall, she will chase it down until she catches it. And she is FAST! Karma has considerable prey drive so homes with cats, small dogs or other furry critters will not be considered.
Karma knows sit, down, out, drop it, and we are working on stay and leave it. She walks extremely well on a leash and we are working on the automatic sit. She loves to go on walks and using her nose. She is a very smart girl and very strong minded. If you want Karma to go potty take her out by herself (without other dogs), tell her to go potty, give her a couple seconds and she will go. If you let her out with other dogs all she wants to do is play and she forgets to go potty. But if you miss her cues (she paces when she needs to go potty) when she's inside she may go potty in the house. A regular potty schedule is recommended.
Karma likes to counter surf if food is available. We are working on her kitchen manners but putting food away is highly recommended. She had little to no confidence a couple of months ago but we do lots of confidence building exercises and she's come a long way. She needs an active house, as she would love to run or take really long walks with someone. She takes baths well, will let you trim her nails and clean her ears, and is learning impulse control.
Karma will gobble her food in an instant if not carefully monitored, so I will send a slow feeder bowl with her and some food for transitioning to a new food. She is currently eating Fromm adult. We are getting some tummy issues under control. She came to us with diarrhea, and on a raw diet. Our adult Dutch Shepherd has EPI so we put Karma on the same enzymes to help clear up her loose stools when she first got here. She now has diarrhea VERY rarely, nothing a teaspoon of Pepto can't fix, and she's doing great on it!! We use Enzyme Diane 8X powder her website is www.enzymediane.com, so we have her on the enzymes mixed with her food and add 3 TBLS mixture of sweet potatoes and plain yogurt and her stools are great! Of course her new owner can play around with the recipe and I'll give you all my info so they can call with ANY questions.
WHEN EATING, Here's how I feed her. She gets SUPER HYPED UP when preparing her food. I pre-make her food with the enzymes in it so she doesn't have to wait 20 minutes to be fed. I put the pre-made pre-portioned food in her bowl, then add the sweet potato mixture. I make her sit while I'm doing this or keep her out of the kitchen or she will leap on the counter. I than take her bowl to her kennel without allowing her to jump on me. She will run into her kennel and I make her sit and stay while I put her food down, I than wait a couple of seconds and say "OK" and she is allowed to eat. If she breaks the stay before I give her the OK I take the food out and try again. She knows what she has to do but is overwhelmed with the need to eat. She will drool like crazy but that's alright.
This and her jumping up on me for attention are really the only strong issues I've had with Karma. Do not stick your hand in her bowl while she's eating, she is not aggressive towards people but she will not stop eating despite your hand and you may get bit unintentionally. She is food aggressive towards other dogs so she needs to be fed separately in her kennel and stay there until the other dogs are finished eating. I believe she was starved at some point in her life so it will take time for her to realize that food will come every day. We feed twice a day. Caution… She does eat her own poop and the poop of others so she must be watched and poop must be picked up. She is a super doper pooper sniffer outer!!! She knows it's wrong but we haven't been able to get her to stop. She poops at least twice a day.
Karma is fully crate trained, she's not happy about being in there but does well. She loves Black Kongs and Wubbas. (hey what malinois doesn't???) She loves to chew and play with toys. Also Karma likes shiny things (like rings) and anything else she can get her mouth on. Seriously, shut doors in the house because she will find something to drag around. She loves to chew on shoes and eats flip flops. When she is quiet she's either sleeping or finding something to chew. A good selection of chew toys and bones would help satisfy her need to chew.
Karma bonds quickly and strongly to her person with an extreme willingness to please. Karma is a sensitive girl and takes harsh discipline badly. I am teaching her that the word No is not a slap in the face. Her confidence level has risen and so has her weight. She is a slim dog, but it works for her. She has boundless energy and wants to be doing something but has a decent off switch and will lay next to you by the couch and snuggle. She LOVES attention. When in the house she prefers to be a lap dog but I have been deterring her from getting up on the furniture.
Karma is beautiful, kind, fun, smart, and sassy. She is special, and needs someone with either 1 other young dog to play with or she needs to be the only dog. She doesn't like other dogs sniffing her personal areas or her girly parts. She is skittish with new people at first, but with coaxing and petting it doesn't last long. She will "moan" to let you know when she is uncomfortable or wants something. It is not a growl it's just her way of saying I'm not sure about this. Or hey, I want something. It's cute. Sometimes she does it to the other dogs to let them know she doesn't want to interact right now.
II love Karma, but she needs a family that will have time to play and train her. With some training there is no doubt in my mind she will be a great friend!
For more information about Karma, please contact: Julie.
If you want to apply for this dog, click Karma's Adoption Application which will automatically be sent to Julie, Karma's coordinator.