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Annual Cost of Owning a Trained Belgian Malinois

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.

 Annual Cost of Owning a Trained Belgian Malinois. Blog by Scotts K9, your #1 choice in family guard dogs.

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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.

How the Human Touch Benefits a Dog

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.

How the Human Touch Benefits a Dog. Blog by Scotts K9, your #1 choice in family guard dogs.

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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.

 

 

Top 10 Reasons Why We Train German Shepherds and Belgian Malinois

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.

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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.

The Amazing History of the German Shepherd

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!