Friday, January 9, 2009

Krash Malinois!

We have another Belgian Malinois ... Krash has been with us for just over week now and settled in easily. He is a very loving, affectionate dog and thrives on human contact which will make rewarding him quite easy ... once he learns what a reward is! Taking on an older dog is quite different to starting off with a new puppy and certainly something I never thought I would do … so here I am faced with the question of “where to start?”

During his first few years of life Krash has had a couple of homes, not because of bad behavior on his part nor abuse or neglect on any owners part, simply because of human-life circumstance. He has had minimal training and I don’t believe he has been treated badly by humans … he appears to have no inhibitions when meeting people, he greets some with a hug, and he wants to trust us when concerned about new things.

I have to thank Lyn & Greg Baile (Kiatasee Kennels, Mandurah WA) for allowing Krash to come and live with us and also Amanda Camiller (Vanrusselhof Malinois QLD) who was responsible for breeding him.

Establishing a relationship with Krash is my first job, which includes learning to read him, learning his likes and dislikes, strengths and weaknesses. Then teaching him about rewards and how to earn them is the next challenge, along with setting some rules and reinforcing good manners.

To look at, he is quite an awesome dog, very powerful and intelligent. Quite different to that of the “show line” Malinois (like Chilli), with a lovely strong head but gentle eyes and expression. He is a nice size, compact and on the smaller side - I am guessing that he’s around 56-57cm.

Krash will go to a few shows towards the end of January to get out and about, and hopefully gain some challenge points towards his Australian Champion title - he already has 12 … only 88 to go!

I will post updates as Krash settles in and as we get to know each other better.


Amber-Mae said...

Krash is such a handsome dood. He's lucky to have found you!

Butt wiggles,
Solid Gold Dancer

discoroc said...

Hiya bud

he is an awesome big man - can't wait to see him in the agility ring, looks like he's got the power anyway - go the big dogs :-))

Jules :-p