This is the first episode of The Puppy Training Diary… where we’ve adopted Gidget– an 8 week old Belgian Malinois puppy, and we’re going to document every step of development, from puppy to adulthood using the same techniques I write about in my book– Secrets of a Professional Dog Trainer– which you can download and start reading almost immediately, at DogProblems.com.
The Belgian Malinois is one of the most high drive, high energy dogs you’ll find. And although there are breeds that would fit better with my … mostly sedentary lifestyle… I adopted this breed for three primary reasons:
1. I wanted to demonstrate that my techniques work well with even the most difficult dog breeds. This breed was not intended to be a pet, they are bred to be working dogs. But by joining me on this journey– you’ll learn how a difficult breed can still make a fanastic companion animal, if you’re dedicated to learning the right techniques and giving your dog the mental and physical outlets he needs.
2. I wanted a breed of dog I could use for practically any dog-related activity or dog sport. The Belgian Malinois excels at pretty much everything it does.
3. I believe that this dog breed is put together the way a dog should be, as far as size, coat, structure and atheleticism are concerned.