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October 20, 2019

– [Announcer] Dogumentary TV. Producing the best breed
documentaries on YouTube. (dog barking) (bright instrumental music) – My name is Michelle Lamour, and I own a Belgian Malinois, a
female Belgian Malinois. Belgian Malinois are loyal,
they are full of adventure, every day they’re excited,
they’re passionate about what they’re doing, I don’t think they’re for everybody, but I found out through some hard work and
commitment, working with my dog, that she’s the best friend that I’ve got. So Bronte comes from a working line, she’s a pedigree Belgian Malinois, she, actually her father is
Dewey Temple of the Tree, who belongs to Danny Craig,
and her mother is Flicka, and I don’t know all the
titles attached to Flicka, but she belongs to Debbie
Skinner in Temecula, and they both knew that I
was interested in this dog, they also knew that I wasn’t experienced with the Belgian Malinois, they also knew I wasn’t interested in
doing the competition with Schutzhund or French
Ring, but they knew that I was an active person,
and so after an interviewing and all that, they were
okay with me taking her. Now, knowing she comes from a working line and not doing all those sports, that requires a lot more effort on my part to find activities for her and exercise, so that at the end of the night, she will sleep for eight hours. – They want to work. – What I love about
Bronte is that every day, she’s just so happy. The morning begins as she
feels me stirring from bed, she thinks, “It’s time for frisbee, “so I’m gonna go get
it,” and so she brings me a whole bunch of frisbees,
jumps up on the bed, and she’s ready to go. There’s never a dull moment around her, and she’s just so much full
of love and passion for life, kinda envious of that, ’cause sometimes, you know, everybody has bad days, I don’t think she ever has a bad day. That is how I am with Bronte today, that’s our relationship now, but it didn’t start off that way, we
had a rough beginning, I wasn’t experienced
at all with the breed, I was experienced with German Shepherds and felt that maybe this
would be a good breed for me, something different from
what I had grown up with, and what I had previously had. (solemn piano music) I had just recently lost my dog. I had him for 16 years, so it
was a very tough time for me. It was probably maybe five
or six months after that that I got Bronte, she
was about eight weeks old, and I was hoping that I was
gonna get a cute, cuddly puppy, ’cause she looked really cute
when I saw her at five weeks, and it was a big shock to see
that while she was very cute, she wasn’t as cuddly as I had hoped for, and I wanted something that I could hold to kinda compensate for
the loss that I had. We had some challenges in the beginning. I had always learned through obedience that you never wanna end
an exercise on a bad note, you always wanna make it positive, and we had been playing
frisbee out in the field, and she was paying
attention to me, but there, because she was off-leash,
and she wasn’t really, she was only eight months old, she wasn’t trained well enough to be off-leash and then come back to me, there was a distraction
from another dog nearby. She wasn’t being a problem
or anything, hi, baby girl. No play. She just wanted to go greet the other dog, and when I called her,
she didn’t come to me, so I did what I had been
told that I needed to do, go and get her and bring her to you. And when I pulled her,
she didn’t like that, she basically let me know that she wasn’t gonna be pulled like
that, and I told her no. I grabbed her collar again,
and she tried to bite me again, but this time she was making contact. So I scolded her for the contact
that she made with my hand, and this time, I was
trying to tell her no, come to me, and she wouldn’t come, and I was just making the situation worse, I wasn’t getting a
positive reaction from her, I was getting a very negative one, and her emotions were
escalating, mine were escalating, to where she literally attacked my hands, and it was an embarrassing,
devastating moment, and I was so full of anger and hurt, but I realized I had
made a really big mistake in how I was correcting her, I knew, Michelle, just end the situation, walk away from the
situation, it’s not good, and you’re not helping your dog. And that’s when I called her trainer that I had just started working with, and so she took her for a week
and worked on her behavior, because she doesn’t like to be told no, and I know that Malinois in general are very sensitive to correction, so I didn’t handle the
situation well at all, but I learned through trial and error that the best thing to do would be just not give up and be committed
to working with her, learning about her, learning
how to work with her, but looking back, I know
exactly what I did wrong, I started off on the wrong foot with her, giving her so much, giving her
so much freedom and leeway, that I really had to
work hard and get serious and admit to my mistake, and
just remembering all the time, consistency was the most important thing, and love and a lot of patience, and today, I do remember
some of the difficult times, but they’re so overshadowed
by how much fun I have with her today, she’s
just like the greatest dog. So when I first started with my trainer, when I said that I grew
up a lot working with her, I was always petting
her, and always saying, oh, good baby girl, and I
was always loving on her during our exercises, because
I couldn’t take my hands off her, ’cause I just love her, and Teresa would always say, “Michelle! “Stop babying your dog! “Michelle, stop petting
your dog all the time,” and just whipping me into
shape, which is what I needed, because any time she
got a strong correction with an e-collar, she
would cry, and I’d say, oh, it’s okay poor baby,
it’s okay, and everything, and that’s when I needed to stop, so that helped us both get stronger. So one of her favorite things
to do just most recently is go to the field and play with her Belgian Tervuren friend, Irvin, we just by chance met
them, it was a new couple that moved into our development here, and, you know, what a
shock, we have family here, so they took to each other quite quickly, ’cause I guess Belgians are,
I guess relatives, right? So one of the things that they love to do in this high grass field is play with the frisbee back and forth. She always wants the frisbee
that Irvin has, though, and he only has one frisbee in his mouth, and she has to have at least
two things in her mouth to make her happy, but
they run back and forth and they chase each other and everything, and it’s a lot of fun,
and it’s one of the things that I think it gives her
mental stimulation as well, because she’s out there
playing with her friend, and when he gets tired and takes a break, she has to go lay down with him, and it’s kind of a neat friendship. So a lot of times we spend outside getting physical activity,
whether it’s me running with her, or taking her out to a field
to let her play frisbee, or having her play with
one of her doggy friends, or taking her to trail to walk around, that doesn’t seem to be enough, and if it’s raining,
like it has been lately, you gotta make do with what you have. Okay come, come on, come down. No, closer. Closer, Bronte, closer,
no, come on, closer! Closer! Closer! Okay, good girl, ‘kay, ready? Are you able to get her?
– Mm-hmm. – Okay Bronte, come on! So fortunately, we have a
huge house with an upstairs, so one of her favorite
things to do in the house is run down the hallway catching a frisbee and then running up the stairs, and then you either, from downstairs, throw the frisbee upstairs,
or if you’re watching TV in the loft, you just flip
the frisbee over the couch and down the stairs, and she
runs downstairs and gets it, and that provides a lot of
exercises during the day when you either don’t have
time to go drive to the field, or you don’t have time for a long run, that definitely helps,
it’s something that we do in the evening before she goes to bed, it’s like one last-ditch
effort to get her tired. A typical day with her, to get her a full days’ worth of exercise can be a variety of
different things at one time. We just spent that time
in the field with Irvin, maybe approximately 45 minutes or so, we walked there and she was
already excited, ready to go, she carries her frisbees there, and then on the way back,
I thought she was tired but she gets here, and she’s
already trying to play again. It’s not just the field
that she will get tired, or will be enough exercise for her, we could go for a three or
four mile run in the morning and then in the afternoon go to the field, sometimes we run together
and then I’ll let her go swimming in my mom’s swimming pool, I won’t swim, but she’ll swim
for like an hour and 1/2, almost two hours just
going around in circles, playing with her toys,
and she’s still not tired, endless amounts of energy,
but I’ve also learned from the breed, and with
her, that she doesn’t know when to stop, so it’s your
responsibility to know when’s a good time for
her then to take a break, and when is too much, and all that, ’cause as you can see, she won’t quit. I am going to put her in agility, because I know that that
would be another way that we could continue
strengthening our bond, our relationship together,
it’s an interactive sport, she’d be great for it, ’cause
she’s got a lot of speed and endurance, but it
also will get her mind on something different, something new, ’cause I always have to
come up with new activities, you can’t do the same route
when you’re running with her because she needs a
little change of scenery once in a while, so, the
agility would be good for her, and it’s something that I’d be okay doing, something that’s within
my means and commitment. So Bronte is basically, or
primarily an indoor door, she goes outside for her
exercise and to do her business and everything, but
otherwise, she’s indoor. I supervise her when she goes outside, just to make sure, if I
tell her to do something, that she actually does it,
’cause she likes to pretend that she’s peeing and she’s faking it, I don’t know why she does it, probably ’cause she can’t wait to
get back inside and play, but anyways, I also have her indoors, and mostly because she’s
a part of the family, and I don’t have my family
members live outside, so I’m not gonna have her live outside. And we also live in a new development near a huge canyon and trail, and we have a lot of coyotes, and I
don’t feel comfortable there at night leaving
her outside unattended, because at any given moment, I don’t know if that’s gonna be that
time when a coyote comes in, so I probably micro-mom her a
little bit more than I should, but I like to keep her indoors, ’cause that’s where it’s
safe and it’s with me, so she sleeps on the bed, she
sleeps with me and the cat, and it’s a good life for both of us. I think the only drawback
to having her indoors all the time is mostly
because of the mess. There’s, everywhere you go, in every room, even the bathroom, ’cause
she’s never not with me, is that there’s always a
frisbee and a squeaky toy somewhere on the floor. I can’t take a shower without
her being in the bathroom with a frisbee waiting for me to throw while I’m in the shower,
I blow dry my hair, I put my makeup on, she’s right there and she wants to be a part of it, and I don’t really see that as a drawback, but that is what you have
when you have an indoor Belgian Malinois, that
she’s very people-oriented, so she’s always with me
and always ready to play. I think the biggest drawback, though, is really, just there’s toys everywhere, so you’re constantly picking them up, and as you pick them up, she’s
taking them back out, so. I think the rules that I have for her are just when we tell her
to be quiet, be quiet. She is allowed on the furniture, however, if we’re eating dinner,
and we’re eating upstairs, she knows she’s not supposed to beg, so she’s supposed to wait, she usually wants our attention to play frisbee, but we tell wait until we’re done eating. And just tell us when you
have to go to the bathroom, I mean, basically, I know
it sounds kinda funny, but I never really thought about it, there’s just things that I expect from her that she gives me back, so she never makes any mistakes in the house,
and when I tell her no play, for the most part, she listens. Her rule is to not jump. So if you ask her to
jump, or you go like that, that would be okay, but when she, as soon as Dave comes home,
my boyfriend comes home, she wants to greet him, he knows
she always has to sit first before she gets petted. If somebody comes through the door, she’s supposed to sit,
she’s not supposed to jump, and then she gets petted. When we have people come to
the house, especially family, they all know her, they all know how crazy and silly she
is, but I do remind them that if you are gonna
play frisbee with her, you’re gonna be playing frisbee
with her for a long time, so if you don’t wanna do that, don’t pick up the frisbee,
don’t agree to play with her, and if you are gonna play frisbee, be very careful when you grab it to make sure she doesn’t
grab it at the same time, because she’s very quick and
she might get you by mistake, but she doesn’t mean to. If the dog is left alone
too often too long, you can have some serious
problems in terms of discipline, you could have some destructive
behavior that can develop, so that’s why mental stimulation is always very important,
because they get bored, especially if they’re indoors
and they’re unsupervised, they have a lot of
damage that they can do, so if you’re gonna be gone for a while, definitely make sure that they’ve had the exercise that they need,
you can leave them with toys, I’ve noticed with her,
she sleeps while I’m gone, she doesn’t play with anything, she doesn’t chew on her bones or anything, but as soon as I come home, it’s on. “I’m gonna chew on my
bone for a couple minutes “and I’m gonna play frisbee, I’m gonna do “everything that I should’ve
done while you weren’t here, “but I’m gonna do ’em now,” and so, just, if you’re gonna be gone for a few hours, make sure you’ve got the
energy to play with them for the rest of the night. So, what I also learned with Bronte, this breed itself, is that
they’re extremely intelligent, so it is easy for them to get bored, they will find something else
to entertain themselves with, so, if for instance,
she still wants to play and I’m busy doing something else, she’ll bring me a ball or a frisbee, sometimes to be exceptionally
cute, to get my attention, and it always works,
she’ll bring her blankie. And she’ll bring it to
me and she’ll shake it and start growling with it, and that means that I’m supposed to play with her, so they will come up with
means to entertain themselves and bring you into the game. She was never a destructive puppy because she was never left alone for too many hours very often, but I would know that
the minute I came in, she’d greet me for a second,
and then she’d bring me all the frisbees and remind me, “Okay, now you have to play with me,” so I have to make up that time. So in order to make sure
that nothing that’s important or valuable to us is lying around and could get potentially
damaged or destroyed, in the hallway, we put very little, very little things in the hallway because the frisbee goes
flying through there, we have to be careful of the pictures that we do have hanging, they are anchored as best as they can be, but
a frisbee will make it askew. There’s a planter that’s on the table that does get knocked
over from time to time, but nothing in the house
is really valuable, I do try not to hit the
frisbee when I’m throwing, I’m sorry, throw the frisbee at the TV when I throw it upstairs, we are careful not to have candles burning
when we are doing frisbee play, ’cause that could be
potentially dangerous. She has quite a wicked
tail when she’s excited, so we don’t put anything
on the coffee table. As for her getting into anything, she doesn’t take anything off the counter, she doesn’t steal from the table, she doesn’t steal from our
dinner plates or anything, so, and she’s allowed on all the furniture and she doesn’t destroy it, so I think it’s just basically the hallway that we’re pretty careful about, but nothing we’re really worried about. The type of owner that I think is ideal for a Belgan Malanois is obviously somebody who’s extremely active. It’s not enough just to
play frisbee with them, or play ball, or whatever
the sport might be, you really have to be engaged
in the activity with them, so, in my case, running is very helpful, it doesn’t seem to be enough,
but probably an adult, somebody who’s been around
other types of big breeds and knows how to handle them. That person has to be committed and willing to do obedience training to learn how to live with them, but if it’s somebody
who’s going to be working seven, eight hours a day
and leaving the dog alone for long periods of time, it’s
not a good breed for them, they get bored very easily,
they want attention, they wanna be with somebody,
and fortunately enough for me, I have my own business, so
I can make my own hours, and a lot of times on the weekends, she goes to work with me, and I know after about an hour and 1/2,
that’s all she can stand waiting for me, and then I have to stop and go play frisbee, so it’s gotta have, it’s ideal to have a big-enough house so you have the space
to play with her indoors if you need to, or a big backyard, but definitely, she
needs a lot of exercise. (cheerful piano music) So, because they are working dogs, they may not always be an
optimal choice for you as a pet, because they need constant
stimulation, constant training. They’re always looking for new challenges, they need mental stimulation all the time, and so you need to be committed
to training, discipline, you have to be the leader,
so you have to know what you’re doing, you
always have to maintain structure with the dog. If you’re not going to do the
sports that they’re bred for, whether it be French Ring,
or Schutzhund, or agility, then you need to find
another type of exercise to keep them mentally stimulated, because that’s the most important thing. She works for me just because we’re doing all of those things,
and we’re always finding new activities together, so I think that she’s the optimal breed for me, but you need to make sure that this breed is the perfect one for you.

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  1. What should I do if my neighbors have a Belgian malamute but just leave him in the back yard all day. I feel bad for him because they never take him out for a walk and just go see him to feed him and that's it, he looks pretty sad out there all day alone can someone help

  2. I’m really grateful for this person to share their story of owning a malinois for the first time! I learnt so much from her and as I’m looking to get a malinois puppy (mainly to do protection training with and to be a friend for my social Border Collie for when I go to work) I appreciate her retelling her experiences so much so I can learn from them! ^^

  3. " … she wasn't as cuddly as I had hoped for. I wanted something to hold to compensate for the loss that I had." This is an important lesson that dogs are not cuddle-on-demand toys that are here to coddle your emotions. They're animals. It's a good thing this owner tried to correct her train of thought to try to give Bronte(?) a fulfilling life. I hope they're both happy nowadays.

  4. Owners need to be more aware with the types of dogs they are getting. RESEARCH is key. Mals are extremely different than Shepard’s and this seems like a spur of the moment decision for the loss. Please research your pets.

  5. This breed is amazing but definitely needs work and commitment. I had a doberman rescue and that dog was so crazy. The previous owners thought they were getting a beautiful dog, which they were, but did not prepare themselves for a working dog. He took over the house and became aggressive towards people because he was left at home.

  6. Malinois=Domesticated Wild Dog. The real ones have a wildness in them that is unique to them.

    Understand, only about 40 out of 100 Malinois pups are worth training and will represent the bred as it was intended for use. Police and military K9 units love them for various reasons. They bite and hold which is great for apprehending people. Like a bulldog they will not let go. They thrive to do what you want them to do. (By the way Louie Louie my Malinois is the craziest dog I have ever trained or owned. ) They do without thinking, they are impulsive no matter the consequence, they hurt themselves doing what they or you want them to do. You can push them to do all the crazy things you see people doing with them in videos like climbing trees, biting a rope and hanging 15 feet off the ground. I chose not to push my dog that way cuz the crazy bastard hurts himself all on his own. A broken leg, back or screwed up hip means your cool dog is not 100% for a while or you need to get another one. Been there done that.
    At 47 days of age Louie has been biting and releasing on command. He has a built in ON and OFF switch. I never used a shock collar and he is hard as any Riesenschnauzer I have ever owned. When he was three months old, one afternoon after working, my Yorkie ran off and would not come back. He ran and grabbed her lead, I immediately said, "Get Roxxy! Good Boy!" He paraded around with his tail in the air and a grin from ear to ear, just like he had done something so cool. After that it was, "Get Roxxy and immediately he would take her lead and walk her. Super intelligent. Another day after working I let him go to the little river for drink and to cool off. Roxxy, with lead her ran down to the river and went in. The next thing I knew she was swimming and going down stream fast. I said, "Louie get Roxxy!" This dog at 5 months of age did not hesitate. He ran, grabbed her lead and brought her up a 15 foot bank to me. It took him two tries but he did it. I hate him but I love him.
    On the evening of December 8, 2017, Louie jumped on the roof of the neighbors house chasing a cat when I was not at home. Crossed the roofs of 5 houses, scaring everyone at home, then leaped 15 feet to the ground and was missing for 5 days. He was 10 months old when he did this. I feared the police would kill him because he is wild and aggressive when stressed. The truth is away from home he was docile and reclusive as people that saw him and tried to feed him to befriend him, told me, so. When I found him 5 days later in a park 2 miles from home in Cali, Colombia a city of 2 million, his face showed disbelief. Roxxy, my Yorkie is his adopted mother and he showed an appreciation you would not believe. I will never forget how he looked at Roxxy and me. If a dog could cry, he would have cried. He had been eating human excrement for five days and smelled it. His pads were gone from walking on cement and he was skin and bones.
    Malinois' stress easily and become aggressive instantly when they feel no other way out. I can show Louie love and affection but if it becomes excessive he becomes aggressive because he cannot handle too much stress. Pet him once say, "Good Boy!" and that is all he needs. Never once have I given him kibble, used a clicker or Shock Collar on him.. Louie does for me because he wants to, his reward is GOOD BOY and then his tennis ball.
    I love my dog and spend a lot of money for him. I cook for him and give him real food. He costs me a lot at the vet for his craziness but I love him. They are great for police work or military work or one on one personal protection.
    For a family dog which is super protective and great with kids plus defend against multiple attackers I prefer the Riesienschnauzer. They bite hard tear holes in flesh and release, then attack the closest person to them. You can effectively work them against multiple attackers. They bite repeatedly and will not stop until told to.


  7. Do a bunch a amphetamines every morning so you can keep up. These dogs are wired for sound 24/7. I had the privilege of owning a groenendael, supposedly the most "calm " Belgian. Which is an oxymoron. She was so smart. Needed action. I miss her.

  8. Beautiful animal. She almost looks like a thoroughbred horse when she's running. If I was younger, maybe. Now, it'll be a pair of cats again when we lose the current love of our lives.

  9. What an amazing honest woman………..I admire you with all of my heart……..good on you for your dedication….you are a wonderful master

  10. This lady stuck with a tough situation and did not abandon the dog. Most people would have dropped it off at the pound or even the roadside so stop and enjoy her video. Non dog owners should keep quiet.

  11. Good that you didn't let her down during the difficult times. I know what you mean, I got an malinois from a rescue station and it was not always easy, but in the end she was the happiest dog I've seen. I lost her last winter at th age of 14 and it felt like I lost a child and a best friend at the same time. I don't want to miss a second, from the beginning till the end. Well done Michelle 👍

  12. It's nice to see someone care for their dog like how I care for my German Shepherd. This video was very nice to watch.

  13. What is it with Americans always using ecollars for training?! It’s cruel and abusive and not necessary for dog training.

  14. To have at home a super dog must be a challenge for the owners. I love this kind of dog but I am a lazy person. I couldn't handle it. A dog must suit the owner. Cats suit me. Otherwise this dog is amazing in so many ways.A majestic dog!! 😍😍😍

  15. What a GREAT video! I lost my Boxer 25 weeks ago and need to learn to move forward. She would go to work with me and clients loved her….I need to have that again and I would love a Malinois……I am in So. Ca., Inland Empire……any suggestion?

  16. I commend Michelle. She's doing everything she can to make sure her dog has all the exercise and fulfillment she needs. It sounds like a full time job.

  17. I think people are being too harsh on her. The expectation of training ALL malinois to be guard or attack dogs or even show dogs is unfair. Also the notion that malinois are only for experienced people is dumb. I’m a first time malinois owner and yes, I’m aware that the dog is a lot of work. I’ve done my research and I feel that as long as you’re a responsible owner and are aware of the kind of activity (physically and mentally) the dogs need (in this case the malinois breed) to be healthy you’ll be fine.

    If you find that you are able to meet all the dogs need (train them, constant activity everyday, mentally stimulate them, and have the money to afford whatever they need) you’ll be fine.

    Of course, it goes without saying that A LOT of patience is needed with these little piranhas. They bite EVERYTHING.

    still love my baby though haha.

  18. Get rid of the dog, he is a bit of a nutter. And to all over smart dog lovers commenting here how their dog is perfect and this lady is doing it wrong, hope your dog bites you in your nuts. Show your love then.

  19. Great vid….you are right about the coyotes…they are "Pack" animals…protect her!! I assume you are in California…….?….Lost my Boxer of 10 years….killed me…..thinking of a Mal….. had really great obebient Rotts…no agressession issues ever…. does my training transfere to a Mal?

  20. This made me realize that no matter how bad I want a Belgian, there is no way I could provide enough time and exercise to them. It simply wouldn't be fair. Thanks for the great video

  21. So sorry about your loss……..I know the severe heartache it causes. I am so glad to see you with your dog now and I believe you'll be reunited with your baby ultimately. You're a fantastic mom to your animals, that's obvious!

  22. I feel she's doing great with this special breed. It's a learning experience and she's very honest and so willing to learn best handling/training for her breed.

  23. I m 1st time owner and luckily I got belgian malinois when he was of 10days. He is very sweet. Now his age is 3 months. They r Nice guard dog. I m very much happy with this breed.

  24. very informative. most people don't give enough time to process a pets death before getting a new one. Glad that she realzied her mistakes and corrected the dog before it was too late.

  25. I’ll give her props for sticking with the dog but she is a very bad fit for this breed. She messed up straight out of the gate. It’s sad about the older dog but that is one of the most ill mannered Belgian Malinois I’ve seen. Very poor person to interview about this breed.

  26. It's irressponsible for the owners to sell the dog at only 8 weeks when the minimum is 13.
    However, she seems so passionate about the dog, so I guess it worked out.

  27. I go to school 7 hours a day but play for about two hours in the morning at the park than I have a gobone witch is a dog toy that moves around by itself and a dog mind game he is aways happy but after school for 2 more hours we go to the park again his name is max he is 2 1/2 years old and is 72.4 pounds he is awesome is trained in the basic commands sit, stay, down, come, off, heel, and no. He does great with small dogs I have two dachshunds who he loves he is amazing and also loves to swim in my pool you don't need a large backyard or house just give them 3-4 hours of exercise a day. Please do not get one if you do not have time for one

  28. Ask a person from the USA a question? This is the first thing that you hear. THERE A FULL BREAD. 😂😂😂. Never tell you there a lot of work and need attention all the time. We know the next time

  29. Oh boy, I had this the hard way. I am currently an owner of a 1 yo BM for 4 months now and, man, it's hard. It's as if the dog's always on redbull or something. But I guess it's destiny, my brother used to own my dog but unfortunately he's got to work out of town so he's got no choice but to leave the dog to me as he can't take him with him. Man, the first month is total hardcore.

  30. So Malinois, I raised my Adagator from 7 weeks hence her nick name tells a lot but they are worth it but you will have to get it 150% . My lived t age 15 yrs

  31. She really looked like she could understand every word you were saying… The animals used to talk to us you know before we were thrown out of the garden.

  32. To me you need to work with any and every dog. The idea that only certain dogs need more work than others is stupid to me. To have a good well behaved dog, you need to work with them day or night. Dogs are only bad if they have a bad owner.

  33. I’m glad she learned how to “handle” and what to do with owning a malinois… but the opening content from her had me screaming. As well to the breeder or whoever she got the dog from … how did they not educate her on what it means to own a malinois? Im watching the video as I post this and I’m just … speechless. I understand this video is for positive and educational purposes and a feel good film… but my go… this woman really has no business owning a malinois. She’s doing this breed a disservice and it’s saddening to me. This dog may appear to be 100% happy… but I honestly just don’t believe it is. This video is a poster child for people who shouldn’t own a malinois. Wow. Unbelievable.

  34. Wow, how do you keep up with her! I can see why many of these lovely dogs are now in rescue as they require so much energy and input. You are a amazing Mom to her and I hope you have a long happy life together. Thanks for.the video.

  35. get a doberman pinscher you had hard work , my next dog be a Malinois do not treat them like a baby thay a working dog

  36. I am not a dog trainer or anything and you don’t need to be one to have a malinois. I have a female and she just had 6 puppies, they are 2 months old, they already know what they can and can’t do. Few things for sure, they are very attached to their owners, they know where is their territory and they do not cross a line over it (literally). They are easy for training, I literally just snap my fingers and she comes to me immediately all happy with their big gorgeous ears. 🥰

  37. I’ve been raising well bred working imports of this breed for over 27 years now. This woman was bit by her pup because she’s not meant to have this breed. Most people who know a little bit about dogs are concerned with the dogs temperament. This is right. However, we also must match a high end working dog with a person of the correct temperament. When the temperaments don’t line up, a responsible breeder says no to the wrong person. When they just want money they sell to this lady and she gets herself bitten.

  38. They really are the best dogs if you can keep up with the activity they require. Congrats on being a awesome Belgian owner of a great dog!

  39. as for any relationship in your life, u need to put effort in that, or it will not work. As long you treat your dog as a pet (not a baby, not a plush or furniture) youìll do great whit any dog! so kudos to the owner for her committement!

  40. I rescued a dog from the local pound, she was 7 months at the time, thought she might be part German Shepherd , but after further investigation and talking to local trainer found out she is most likely a Belgian Malinois mix. She fits everything said about the breed, what a eye opener. This video has really helped understand her. Thanks!

  41. When she talks about her dog of 16 years, my heart tightened. My dogs 6 going on 7.. And I dread just knowing that day will come. I don't know what I'm going to do. I know it's fucked up of me to think of it, but I can't help it. She's my best friend. I wish they could live as long as we do.. and when I die, she dies with me…so that we can still be together in the field in the sky…

  42. Hmmm. Sounds very similar to my dog. He was advertised as a Shepard/Lab mix but as he grew, he turned into a dog that looks exactly like this dog but with floppy ears. Acts like this dog and hated being pet til he was about 3.

  43. Mine is having a nap behind me and is pretty chill; as a rule

    The idea that a Belgian Malinois can only be barely controllable rockets can be a lot of elitist non-sense in which the dog is a status symbol for someone seeking status. Treat them well and like a dog, and many may find better results? Common sense and good upbringing is a good first start. If you plan to get any dog and park it it a cage all day, forget about a dog period and consider another animal. They depend on us and must be treated as if you were caring for a child or teenager if that analogy helps

  44. Currently debating on whether or not I want to get a malinois pup. I am an obedience trainer and a shift leader for a kennel, but don't have any experience in training this breed, and only a little experience in managing these guys. Seems to me they're no different than any other working breed. All working breeds seem to get into trouble if they're not properly exercised every day; both physically and mentally. If I got one it would be able to go to work with me every day. We have a huge property at work, pond, fields etc. I'd be able to train and exercise every day. Anybody have experience with this breed that can offer any advice or insight?

  45. I have a GSD and we struggled her first couple of months with biting and getting angry with us. It took time, but now she is an absolute doll

  46. As an old man I purchased a beautiful purebred male Australian Shepherd. Holy Cow! You talk about energy. This was work for me, but the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done, they need so much exercise, but 5 years later this has been one of the greatest joys in my life.

  47. I was interested. I will just stick with my German Shepherd. He will bite his own leg off, before he bites me. Never bite the hand that feeds you. Dumb dog.

  48. She is a thoughtful, responsible dog owner. Being candid regarding her mistakes is super helpful to other dog owners like myself.

  49. I train MWDs for the USMC I have a 130lb Maligator with years of Combat time if Afghanistan. Everyone wants this breed, but everyone should never have this breed. I walk my MWD 10 to 15 miles everyday. Plus working with them.

  50. Love that she spoke about her challenges and mistakes and how she learned and grew from them, clearly a strong lady and she definitely has my respect.

  51. lol when she said they don't know when to stop, and the thing about her hating the word no, reminds me of my working breed mix puppy (hes my first dog, he's doing really well for 9 going on 10 months but damn he's got huge amounts of energy), his name is Roman, he's a boxer, amstaff, blood hound, gsd, Siberian husky, unknown mixed (unknown from Asian, hound, terrier and companion groups). honestly I probably could have chosen an easier first dog but I love him to bits and he's worth it.

  52. Malinois are more likely to live longer than German Shepherds and also not suffer from the same health issues German Shepherds seem to be plagued by do to overbreeding.

    I just had to say goodbye to my beloved boy GSD at only 5.5 years of age he suffered from kidney decease.

    I purchased him from an American show line breeder who owns a kennel and was a judge in the AKC.

    Lee Parker Kennel was the place I purchased my boy from and he had health issues and showed up after he reached two years old.

    My yearly vet visit never turned up any health concerns until I complained after 4 months after his UTD shots he started loosing weight and he always needed help jumping in my truck and wasn’t as active as my female, who is a year younger and purchased from a different breeder.

    I also was thinking about one of these Malinois but I’m not sure because I have my female and she and my boy were together for 4 years and I believe she misses him and depends on me more than ever now that he is gone…

    Good video and your dog is beautiful…My girl is with me allowing only to go to work without a hassle but lately she wants to go to stores with me and as long as they are pet friendly I bring her along.

    I spent hours of time with both dogs socializing them in puppy kindergarten classes which last six Saturdays when they were both pups…

    I never understood why people get a dog only to leave them alone and sometimes chained outside…Dogs are pack animals and need a role in a pack.

    I am the Alfa and in your heart you have to use both Love and command to imprint on them…

    I’ve owned four German Shepherds since owning my own home and it’s always been a real struggle to say goodbye.

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