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How to Introduce a New German Shepherd to Your Dog Family

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Interested in buying a German Shepherd guard dog for your home, but not sure if it will work with your existing pets? Don’t worry; most people who welcome a new pup into their home have a positive, pleasant experience. It’s all in how you do the introductions.

Bringing Your New German Shepherd Pup Home

Introducing a new dog is an exciting experience for a family. Along with excitement, there is also usually a bit of anxiety. This is very normal, and part of the adjustment process and both your new dog and your family get used to having another dog in your home.

First impressions matter, so you want to make the experience as positive as possible. To help make the transition as smooth as possible, Scott’s Police K9 brings each trained guard dog home with us. This helps the dogs get used to being in our home with our families and our other pets.

Introduction of New German Shepherd Dog

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Introductions Away from Home

Introductions should initially be done away from the home.

This will keep your pets from defending their territory. It will also seem like a playdate, which is a fun experience for most dogs.

The first meeting should be done slowly. Let the dogs see each other through a fence or barrier. If there isn’t any aggression, allow one of the dogs to enter the area to mingle with the other.

Allow the dogs to sniff one another. If any aggression occurs, correct it with a loud sound. A bottle with pennies can get their attention and stop undesirable behaviors.

You will know the dogs are comfortable with one another when they are calm together.

Bring Them Home Together

It’s best that the dogs come home together rather than bringing the new dog directly into the home with the resident pet already present.

To do this: Have your new dog get into the car with your existing pet already in the vehicle. They will transition better into the home environment when they get to go into the home together (rather than having the new dog enter into the other’s territory).

Allow Existing Pets into the Home After You

You should be the first one to enter the home. Then, bring in your existing pets, and finally the new dog. This welcomes the new dog into the pack. You are the leader of the pack, which is why you enter the home first.

By letting your resident pet come in after you, the new one has the opportunity to welcome your new German Shepherd or Belgian Malinois.

Be the Leader

As your new family protection dog adjusts to life in your home, you will need to be the leader of the pack. Stay calm and authoritative.

Our family guard dogs are socialized to easily blend in with any family environment and to start working right away. Clients are always pleasantly surprised to see how affectionate our trained dogs are!

Buying a German Shepherd Protection Dog

Now you know how easy and possible it is to bring a new pup into your home. At Scott’s Police K9, we have many Belgian Malinois and German Shepherd protection dogs for sale in California.

Simply call us to discuss details about your personal guard dog needs. We would love to match you up with your ideal friend and protector.

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How the Human Touch Benefits a Dog

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Petting a dog is therapeutic. It lowers blood pressure, stress levels, and anxiety. But, does human touch have the same effect on man’s best friend?

The simple answer to this question is yes. Dogs have been shown to receive therapeutic benefits from being petted.

When a human pets a dog, both of them experience a significant increase in their oxytocin levels. This is the same hormone responsible for the bond that forms between mother and baby shortly after birth.

This hormone not only helps humans and pets feel connected to one another, but it also affects their thoughts and behaviors. Dogs that are petted regularly are less likely to exhibit negative behaviors.

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Why Dogs Love Being Petted

Even though there are physiological reasons for dogs wanting to be touched, let’s dig deeper into why they love it so much.

It Feels Good

Just like you may like someone rubbing your back, a dog loves when a human does it. It’s similar to a massage or getting someone to scratch a spot you can’t reach.

Helps with Communication

While dogs and people can’t communicate with each other using back-and-forth words, touch is the next best thing. Researchers have found that dogs may be able to tell how a person feels just by how they are touched. This can help them respond in a comforting way, which is why many people feel as though their dog understands what they are going through without even saying a word.

Petting during training a dog is a great way to bring your pooch’s attention back around to the task at hand, especially after he has done something correctly. A simple pet on the head along with a hand command is all you need to get him ready to learn more.

Provides Health Benefits

Petting provides health benefits to canines, just like it does for humans. These include a reduced heart rate, lowered blood pressure, and decreased stress…all of which can help our furry friends live longer, healthier lives.

Vocal Praise – Is It the Same?

Many people ask if vocal praise is as effective a reward as petting, especially when training. Not surprisingly, vocal praise is good but petting is better.

Researchers have found that dogs prefer people who touch them over people who only use vocal praise for rewarding and showing love. In addition, these studies found that vocal praise doesn’t have as much of an effect unless it’s coupled with another positive interaction, such as giving a treat.

So, while your pooch may like that you’re saying, “Good boy!” he would much rather have you pet him.

The Best Places to Touch

Dogs differ in where they like to be petted. The following are some of the most common favorites:

  • Upper chest
  • Hips and haunches
  • Ears
  • Belly
  • Under the chin
  • Shoulder
  • Back

It’s best to start with the back and shoulder if you are just getting to know your furry friend. As you both become more comfortable with one another, you can move to more vulnerable areas such as the upper chest, face, ears, and belly.

Contact Us About Our Trained Malinois and German Shepherd Guard Dogs

We sell trained guard dogs, such as Belgian Malinois’ and German Shepherds, to become police, military or family protection dogs. If you’re looking for this breed to join you in one of these capacities, feel free to contact us.

We would love to share why Scott’s Police K9 is your elite source for purchasing German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois protection dogs.

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Top 10 Reasons Why We Train German Shepherds and Belgian Malinois

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People ask us all the time if we train other dog breeds for protection services. We know that the Doberman Pinscher, Cane Corso, and Mastiff are all suitably trained guard dogs, but our passion lies in German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois training.

There are many reasons why we prefer these two breeds, but here are the top 10.

Trained Family Protection Dogs

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#1: Intelligence

The German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois are highly intelligent. Through our nearly two decades of experience, we believe they are considerably smarter than most other breeds.

#2: Experience

We have the most experience with Belgian Malinois and German Shepherd protection dogs. These breeds are elite because they are most often utilized for police, military, government, and personal protection work. As a result, we started with these breeds many years ago and we still prefer them today.

#3: Trainability

Simply put, our dogs want to learn. They are so eager to be trained that they usually want to continue working long after we’ve called it a day. It is truly a joy to train them.

#4: Best Breeder

After much research and experience, we have identified the best breeders in Europe for our German Shepherds and Belgian Malinois. We only accept puppies and dogs that are full-blooded and have the best genetic makeup.

#5:  Loyalty

These breeds are highly loyal to their owners, and we want to provide that exceptional level of dedication to our clients. While many dog breeds are loyal, there’s something about the German Shepherd and Malinois that takes this quality to the next level. They want to work alongside their owner to offer world-class protection in any situation. They also want to serve as a companion and best friend.

#6: Affectionate

Even though these breeds will guard their owner(s) with necessary aggression, they will also seek and accept affection often. They need to feel loved on a daily basis. We believe these two breeds are so affectionate because they have a truly deep love for their owners.

#7: Kid-Friendly

Kids love the fluffy fur and big stature of these dogs, and they also love being doted on. Families with one of our dogs often talk about how sweet it is to see their children have a best friend to hug, kiss, and play with.

#8: Aggressive Appearance

We love these dogs because they do look fierce. This is important, especially if the dog is working in law enforcement or as a guard dog. Their appearance alone is often enough to keep the “bad guys” away.

#9: Long Life

Most owners can expect at least a decade of fun, protection, and love from these dogs. While we never want to think of our furry friend leaving us, we’re glad to report that these breeds have long lives.

#10: People Love Them

We couldn’t finish this list without mentioning how happy our customers are with the dogs they’ve purchased. We always have customers contact us afterwards letting us know how special their dog is, and how appreciative they are to have found a reputable, experienced trainer.

Belgian Malinois and German Shepherd Trained Guard Dogs for Sale

If you want to buy a fully trained protection dog, contact Scott’s Police K9 for more information. We would be happy to help you see our available dogs for sale, and to find the best one that meets your specific needs.

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.

History of German Shepherd Protection Dog

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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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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

Firefighter Working Dog

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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.