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Belgian Shepherd Malinois  : :  Female (spayed)


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About Diva - TX

  • Status: Available for Adoption (adoption info)
  • Species: Dog
  • Current Age: 1 Year 9 Months (best estimate)

“Diva” is available to an active pet home or a sport home.  I have put her TKI on her and started her on foundation work for Rally, Agility, and Scent Work.  She was also exposed to Sheep at 6 months and Dock Diving, but I haven’t had her back out.  I would highly encourage someone to work her in lure coursing, scent work, and potentially herding.  Diva is not 100% reliable off leash, but she is frequently allowed to drag a 30’ as a safety net.  She does very well! 

Foundations: Rally – her work includes primarily rear end awareness with pivots and light heel work.  Agility – 2x2 weaves.  Scent Work – paired with Birch.  Herding – on sheep at 6 months with an AKC Herding Judge and Trainer, showed age-appropriate tendencies.  She did not like Dock Diving as a puppy, but greatly enjoys her kiddie pool to cool off. 

As with Malinois in general, this girl needs a job.  She has a terrific work ethic and is highly food motivated.  She will tug but prefers food.  She is soft, while still being hard headed.  I would not recommend her for bite work, as she is too soft on corrections – she practically melts. Diva picks up on new tasks very quickly, and you can easily shape behaviors.  She absolutely loves playing fetch with a tennis ball.  Strongly bonds to one person, usually the woman – but is a HUGE people lover overall.  She’ll choose her person over another dog almost any day.  She is amazing with kids of all ages.  You know your kid better than I do – I’ll let you make the decision if your child can handle her. 

Diva needs slow introductions with stable-minded dogs. She was dog reactive on leash when I got her as a 12 week old (which is a story in itself!) She has made huge strides and does just fine with our pack here (male and female, ages 11 months to 10 years – all over 50 lbs.)  On leash, she will bark and raise hackles when she sees another dog out walking.  We have worked on her sitting, focusing, and also rewarding for lack of reaction to other dogs when she sees them.  She plays very rough, putting her paws on the back of other dogs frequently, but will submit to corrections, especially from older dogs.  She enjoys barking to encourage play, as well.

She’s a heavy, heavy chewer, does well with the standard Kongs.  Will shred ropes, tennis balls etc, if unsupervised, in no time.  She WILL need to be crated when not supervised.  She cannot be around small animals / cats.  Her prey drive is way too high.  For fencing, I would recommend a 5’ or taller fence, preferably wood.  She has shown no interest in climbing, but if a prey is too tempting, I wouldn’t put it past her to climb a non-wood fence. 

Please feel free to reach out for more information.   

Brandi J.  
twisterknl@gmail.com
Between Houston & College Station, TX 

 

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