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Costs of Belgian Malinois

Annual Cost of Owning a Trained Belgian Malinois Protection Dog

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Before buying a trained Belgian Malinois for sale, it’s important to know what to expect financially. Our dogs are healthy and lead long lives, but just like humans, they need adequate health care and a healthy diet.

The following are some financial considerations to prepare for when becoming a proud owner of a beautiful Belgian Malinois.

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Annual Expenses for a Belgian Malinois Police Dog

The amount of money you spend on a dog per year depends on many factors:

  • Type of dog food
  • Veterinarian fees
  • City you live in
  • Insurance you choose

The following are averages. The expense ultimately is up to you.

According to CostHelper.com, the average amount people spend on kibble is around $200 to $400 a year for one dog. Canned food or raw food can drive that cost up to $1,000 a year.

Annual veterinarian bills for a healthy pup add up to about $235. This includes the initial exam and any vaccinations. Some vaccines need to be given annually, while others, such as the Rabies vaccination can be given every three years.

A dog license for your city depends on where you live but isn’t usually expensive. Most places charge about $15 for the year.

Health insurance for a healthy canine is about $200 a year. Many pet owners invest in this coverage because if there is ever an accident or illness, insurance kicks in and the expenses overall are greatly diminished.

Miscellaneous costs such as dog grooming, toys, treats, etc. vary greatly and depend on the owner’s budget. Most people spend about $100 a year on these items. However, for dogs that shed a lot or those who need to be comfortable during the summer months, grooming costs could be more.

Using these numbers, we see that the low end of the annual cost of owning a Malinois is about $750, while the high end could be as much as $2,000.

Life-Long Commitment

We urge those who are interested in owning Belgian Malinois protection dogs to not only think of the cost each year but also for the next 15+ years. Unexpected financial hardships happen all the time to people, but in normal circumstances, it’s important to ensure that your financial life can afford this wonderful breed.

So, if you can afford about $1,000 a year in anticipated expenses, you are more than able to care for one of our pups.

Buying Belgian Malinois Guard Dogs for Sale from Scott’s Police K9

We take great care in the training we give our dogs. Rest assured, your dog will be trained according to what you need, whether it be a family protection dog, police/government dog, or military dog.

If you’re interested in buying one of our Malinois police dogs, contact us to start the discussion. We would love to pair you up with one of our elite trained dogs.

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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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Does the Belgian Malinois Make a Good Family Dog?

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One of the most frequently asked questions we receive is if the Belgian Malinois is a good family dog. This is a two-part answer….yes, and it depends.

The Malinois is not your typical family dog. It’s true the breed is intelligent, beautiful, and loving. All of these attributes make them great family dogs. What people also need to know is that they are extremely hard working.

The Malinois thrives on stimulation. This stimulation is ideally achieved through both physical and mental activity. This breed wants to learn and is always eager to please their owners. Don’t be surprised when your Malinois wakes up in the morning ready for a full day of activity.

This temperament may not fit into every family’s lifestyle, especially if everyone is gone for most of the day and evening, leaving their furry friends at home alone. While this may be perfectly fine for some other breeds, the Belgian Malinois wants more from their day.

The best type of owner or family for this breed is one that is ready to play and work with their furry friend. For example, a morning run with some tricks along the way would be a great way to start the day. After a break, the Malinois will likely be ready to tackle the next order of business. This could mean a ride in the car to his owner’s workplace or a trip to a field or dog park for more active work/play time.

By the late afternoon, this pooch will be ready for some affectionate down time with his owner or family. Before settling down for the night, a stroll around the neighborhood would complete the day.

A Fun, Active Family Dog

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So, do Belgian Malinois’ make good family dogs? Absolutely! They are fantastic family dogs for the right family.

If you have an active life and want a dog that is eager to join in, then this breed would be ideal for you. He will be the one to hike, run, and play with you. He will help you get your work done, and then rest by your side. If you’re ever in danger, he will protect you with fearlessness and skill.

For active families, he will happily join whoever wants to spend time with him. He is loyal to not only his owner, but also to his pack. This means children can help keep the Malinois’ busy while also having a best friend and playmate. And, of course, mom and dad will always feel at ease with the protection that this highly trained dog provides.

Adding the Belgian Malinois to Your Family

The best Belgian Malinois for a family is a trained one. Our fully trained Belgian Malinois for sale are ideal for guarding families as well as working with law enforcement. This is why at Scott’s Police K9, our Belgian Malinois training includes teaching the breed how to live with people of all ages and with other family pets.

To learn more about our Belgian Malinois for sale, contact Scott’s Police K9 today.

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!