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Amazing History of the German Shepherd

The Amazing History of the German Shepherd

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The German Shepherd has a long history of being a loyal, hardworking, and lovable dog. The name of this breed comes from where it originated and its first job. Before the Phylax Society was formed in 1891, early day breeders were seeking to mate dogs that would have strong, intelligent, and capable offspring. Not long after, in 1899, German farmers started used the German Shepherd to herd and protect their flock of sheep.

After the downfall of the Phylax Society, breeders continued to breed a variety of dogs to produce those that were stronger, more intelligent, and highly trainable. Max von Stephanitz attended a dog show in 1899, and that was where he met a German Shepherd named Hektor Linksrhein.

Hektor was the offspring of a few generations, and he fit the criteria that Max was striving for in ability, intelligence, and beauty. Max purchased Hektor, changed his name to Horand von Grafrath, and started the Society for German Shepherd Dogs.

Horand was bred with dogs that had similarly desirable traits, so that the breed would grow. We now have over 10 million German Shepherds in the world today.

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German Shepherd: The Bravest Soldier

Max’s goal was not only to identify and perpetuate the hardest working dog breed, but he also wanted to use the German Shepherd for military and law enforcement. With their instinctual tendencies to guard and protect, he knew this breed would be ideal as trained guard dogs.

After loaning his dogs to German police departments as the first K9 unit dogs, he quickly found that his assumptions were correct; this breed fulfilled the police’s needs. This confirmation opened the doors to adding K9s to German military units for service during World War 1.

The German K9’s main jobs included duty as:

  • Messengers
  • Ammunition Carriers
  • Sentries

As they performed their duties, they also helped on the battlefield by leading injured and blinded soldiers off the battlefield so they could receive medical attention.

The brave German Shepherd was immediately given great recognition due to its courage in stressful and dangerous situations. As a result, both the Americans and the English wanted to know more about this fantastic breed.

By the time World War II started, Germany wasn’t the only country using the German Shepherd; the United States started using them as well. This led to the establishment of many K-9 training camps throughout the U.S. for not only war dogs, but also for law enforcement.

Guarding and Protecting Americans

From herding sheep to assisting soldiers, the German Shepherd has a long and successful history of protecting. They guard and protect the U.S. from drugs, criminals, terrorists, and a variety of other security concerns. Because of the German Shepherd’s treasured qualities and work ethic, we all can rest a little easier knowing they are hard at work making sure we’re safe.

Purchasing K9 Dogs for Sale at Scott’s Police K9

The military, law enforcement, government organization and families seek out Scott’s police K9 because we are commitment to providing the highest quality trained German Shepherd dogs. Our guard dogs have impeccable bloodlines to ensure the good health and natural abilities that this breed is known for.

If you’re looking for a top trained guard dog and best friend, Scott’s K9 has the very best German Shepherd guard dogs for sale. Contact us today!

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All About the Belgian Malinois

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At Scott’s K9, we generally work with two breeds of dogs – the German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois. Many of the people who come to us know all about the German Shepherd, but not as many know about the Belgian Malinois. For that reason, we wanted to provide you with some more information on this amazing breed.

All About the Belgian Malinois

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Belgian Malinois: A K9 Superstar

The Malinois is a squarely built breed that stands 22 to 26 inches tall. He is strong and built of muscle. He is not bulky; rather he is elegant and sleek. This breed is built for working hard on their feet.

Colors can range from a deep mahogany to a rich fawn. The eyes are dark brown; often compared to the color of Belgian chocolate.

The Belgian Malinois is easily trained by professional trainers. They are so eager to please that they absorb commands and positive reinforcements immediately. Belgian Malinois can be trained in as little as 10 weeks or sooner depending on the work he will be doing. Since they are a sensitive breed, they respond best to calm, pleasant, but consistent and firm commands.

The Malinois does best when worked hard on a daily basis. This includes physical and mental exercises. It’s what makes this breed such an excellent law enforcement K9, military dog, or family protection pet.

Working side-by-side with his owner is where the Malinois wants to be each day. This breed is highly emotional, and understands the world of work and how to be an affectionate companion.

The Malinois can decipher when there is a threat, and responds with appropriate aggression (as trained to do so properly). It is part of his instinct and the Malinois does not hesitate to bite in certain trained situations.

Understanding this part of the Malinois is important when training a Malinois to be a family pet. Scott’s K9 personally brings all of our trainee dogs home with us so they can be around small children and other dogs. This helps to socialize them to be the ideal guard dog and family companion.

Due to the active nature of the fun-loving Malinois, he’s perfect for owners who love to spend time outdoors. Running and long hikes are some of this breed’s most loved activities. Just be ready because he can outrun most anyone! The good news is that his passion for protecting his owners will keep him from getting too far ahead.

Our Belgian Malinois for sale are guaranteed to be free of genetic defects that could negatively affect their health. Most are imported from Europe to ensure the genetic bloodline is healthy and pure. This allows us to provide dogs that have incredible temperaments, excellent health, and tremendous work ethic in how they serve their owners.

Find Trained Belgian Malinois for Sale at Scott’s Police K9

We know the Malinois breed inside and out. For more information about how the Malinois can help you with law enforcement, military service, or family protection guarding, contact us today.

We would be happy to tell you more about this hardy, wonderful breed!

Interesting Fact About Police K9s

10 Interesting Facts about K9s

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At Scott’s Police K9, we pride ourselves in knowing quite a bit about law enforcement dogs. After all, we work with them on a daily basis to ensure they are trained to be the best guard dogs in the business.

Even though we know a lot about them, there’s always more to learn. Here are some facts that we thought would be nice for our readers to know.

The following are 10 interesting facts about K9s.

#1: New York City Debut

NYPD debuted police dogs in 1907. The K9 dog unit was called “Patrol Squad 1.”

#2: War Dogs

German Shepherds were used in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. They are strong, intelligent, and hard workers, which makes them phenomenal for protection and military service. 

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#3: Early Retirement

Police dogs only work for 6-8 years. The rest of their life is spent at home with their owner. Sometimes, the owner is the handler who worked with them. Other times, people who know how to care for these trained breeds adopt them.

#4: A K9’s Sense of Smell

You know that K9s have a good sense of smell, but did you know that their sense of smell is 10,000 times stronger than ours? It’s true!

#5: Some Police Dogs Start Life in a Shelter

Not all police dogs are brought into the K9 way of life as puppies. Some start at an animal shelter with unknown pasts. However, at Scott’s K9, we personally import our pups and adult dogs from Europe to ensure the purest bloodlines.

#6: Differentiate Between Identical Twins

Identical twins (humans) are no match for K9s. They can tell the difference between them without difficulty.

#7: Fast Searchers

Trained guard dogs, especially the German Shepherds and Belgian Malinois can search areas much faster than any human could dream of. This makes search and rescue efforts far more effective than with humans alone.

#8: Pets

K9s can be family protection dogs, but they need to be with owners who understand how to utilize them in a way in which they can use their natural instincts. Trained law enforcement dogs want to work, and they feel good when they do their work well.

#9: Sniffing It Out

K9s can sniff out a car in about three minutes. When we say sniff, we mean finding whatever they have been trained to alert their handler to (drugs, etc.).

#10: Thanks, Germany!

The first K9 came from Germany. We owe it to Germany for opening us up to the potential of their amazing dogs.

Scott’s Police K9 – Your #1 Resource for Trained Guard Dogs

We hope you enjoyed reading these facts about K9s. Please contact us if you would like to learn more about them, our k nine dogs for sale, or how we skillfully match our fully trained German Shepherds and Belgian Malinois to their ideal owners.

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Top 5 Skills a Working Dog Should Have

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The American Mantrailing, Police & Work Dog Association (AMPWDA) is one of the many reputable organizations that Scott’s K9 is proud to be associated with. Their K9 training and certification programs equip dogs to serve in the police force, military, and as personal protection guard dogs.

Read more to learn about the top 5 areas that working dogs are trained in.

 

Mantrailing

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Mantrailing is when a dog pursues the scent of an individual, both on the ground and through air-based scent molecules. Specifically, the dog’s nose picks up the scent of skin cells that have been shed by the targeted individual.

According to AMPWDA, the dog may switch from sniffing the ground to sniffing at the air in order to determine which direction to go in.

Mantrailing dogs can detect a person’s scent even if it happened more than 30 minutes prior to when the dog arrives on the trail. Tracking dogs, however, are usually trained to detect a scent that occurred within the prior 30 minutes.

Mantrailing from the human’s perspective is used for locating a suspect that has fled or to help find a missing person. Search & Rescue workers, EMT’s, and first responders are among the many professionals that should go through mantrailing courses. This allows them to pick up on evidence in the environment to help guide them toward their target (without needing a dog).

 

Narcotics

Border patrol, DEA, police, military, FBI, and other organizations use K9 dogs to sniff out narcotics that have been hidden from sight. These dogs are specially trained to pick up on the scent of certain illegal drugs. Their drug-sniffing skills help them find drugs in furniture, cars, and inside of walls just to name a few.

 

Search & Rescue

Air Scent Live Find (ASLF) is one of the skills needed for search & rescue missions. ASLF utilizes a dog’s ability to sniff the air and follow the scent of an individual to where they are located. This skill is also used in disaster recoveries, to find human remains, and more. Other skills such as mantrailing and human remains detection are critical for a dog that is working search & rescue missions.

 

Obedience

Obedience training involves following commands, withstanding temptations, and controlling the impulse to do what the dog wants. This training usually also includes work-specific training the dog will be exposed to such as knowing when to stop or go and whether to attack or not. Exposure to loud noises and high-distraction situations can also help a dog learn to stay focused on the job at hand.

 

Protection

It takes the right breed and the right type of training to produce a truly stellar protection guard dog. These dogs can help protect police officers and military personnel or be used for personal guarding or family protection. The dog must be exposed to hundreds of hours of drills before it can be certified to protect.

Trained guard dogs must be courageous, fearless, and highly intelligent. Some of the top breeds chosen for protection services include Belgian Malinois and German Shepherds. These two breeds also make great companion pets after a day working out on the field.

Find Trained Belgian Malinois for Sale at Scott’s Police K9

In addition to Belgian Malinois, we also train German Shepherd guard dog pups and adults. Our founder and head trainer Steve Scott has trained thousands of dogs over the last 15 years. His team of expert trainers and guard dogs are ready to protect your family or organization.

Give us a call today to learn more about our available dogs, our pricing, and the family integration training we offer.

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How to Know if Your Guard Dog Trainer is Legitimate

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Getting a trained guard dog for personal protection or for police or military work is a serious decision. These dogs are hard-working, life-saving companions. Before buying a trained Belgian Malinois or German Shepherd guard dog, here’s what you should look for in a legitimate trainer.

 

Real-World Experience

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Book smarts are not the same as street smarts. You want a trainer who has “been in the trenches,” so to speak. Hours of experience training and working with dogs in a variety of scenarios are what will yield you the best results. Look for a trainer that has trained police K9 dogs, military dogs, personal protection dogs, and family guard dogs. Many times, trainers have not done all of these.

This wide range of training skills will allow your trainer to meet your unique needs. Every client is different, so being able to match you up with your ideal dog is crucial. Since this kind of discernment is only possible with years of experience, a trainer with thousands of hours under his or her belt is your best option.

 

Knowledge of Excellent Blood Lines

It takes wisdom and knowledge to accurately decide whether a puppy has what it takes to serve as a K9 or as a personal protection dog. This doesn’t just come from surface observations of the dog’s temperament. It also matters that the trainer knows where the dog comes from.

European kennels produce some of the best dogs in the world when it comes to German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois puppies. Discussing genetic lineage with a kennel or breeder can tell an experienced trainer how good the pups are likely to be for protection-related services.

 

Family Integration

Whether your protection dog is coming home with you each night after a long day as a police K9 or being a full-time family protection dog, integration training is key. Guard dogs are adopted into families and organizations with all the protection training you need them to have.

A legitimate trainer will also be able to help integrate your new dog into the home environment by:

  1. Teaching socialization skills to the dog during its training time.
  2. Instructing owners (all family members) on how to best utilize their dog’s training to accommodate any setting.

 

Choose Steve Scott & Scott’s Police K9

It is extremely rare to find a trainer who has not only served in the military and on the police force (as lead K9 trainer), but has also trained thousands of dogs. Steve Scott has over 15 years of experience in the U.S. and in Europe sourcing the best trainers, kennels, and trained guard dogs.

With so many years of experience, you can trust Scott’s K9 to meet your organization’s and family’s needs. Contact us today to learn more about the police, military, and personal protection dogs we have available.