Rocky is a KNPV Belgian Malinois import from Holland. Rocky holds the coveted tiitle KNPV PH1. In this video Rocky is demonstrating guarding the article exercise within the KNPV program. This video of Rocky was literary filmed four hours after we picked him up from the airport. Rocky is just another example of one of the top quality protection dogs that we deliver to all our clients.
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Many personal protection dog owners pride themselves in the breed of their dog. However, it is quite often that many owners do not know exactly what breed their dog is, which can be a problem. Knowing the breed of your dog is useful in a number of ways, some are more important and obvious than others. If you feel that you are not one hundred percent sure about your personal dog’s breed is and want to find out, DNA testing has many advantages.
It is important to understand exactly what DNA testing is. This testing involves taking a small sample of tissue or a sample of saliva, which will contain skin cells, or blood. After the sample is taken, genetic profiles are run to determine your guard dog’s unique DNA profile. Once the profile is formed, it is then compared to other profiles from known dog breeds to determine what breed your dog is mostly compared to genetically. Dog DNA testing is simple enough that it is possible to collect the sample at home, and then send it off to a lab. Vets and breeders both put their trust in home kits, because they are strictly tested and monitored to make sure that you are getting a high quality and accurate test. The home kits also make things much cheaper than having it tested at your vet’s office. It can also reduce stress for you protection dog because it will be happening in their own home.
The important question that many ask is if DNA testing is accurate. There are several factors that can affect accuracy. The main one being the actual sample that is collected; if the instructions are not read carefully, you may end up with a sample that does not contain enough DNA, making it useless. If the instructions are closely and carefully followed, then you should be able to get a sample that is accurate. Regarding dog DNA testing, it is really up to the owner of the pet. Some dog owners do not care about what breed their pet is, however with guard dogs breed is very important. Breed is an important factor when it comes to your protection dog, because some breeds do not have the physical requirement like strong nerves to be a protection dog. If you are considering getting a DNA test on your guard dog, ask your vet questions on your next visit. They will be able to give you some helpful hints or brand that are accurate and recommended by many.
Although we pride ourselves on offering pure bread German Shepherd, Dutch Shepherd and Belgian Malinois personal protection dogs. In the real world your family’s personal dog might not be exactly what they say it is, and that is when a DNA test might be a good option.
Health problems like arthritis often referred to as degenerative joint disease affects not only humans, but also dogs as well. Arthritis is the breakdown of cartilage, which causes the bones to rub against each other. This will cause stiffness, pain and loss of movement in the joints. As a protection dog owner hopefully you do everything in your power to keep them healthy. Including things like giving them medicine to prevent things such as heart worms, making sure they have good nutrition, and have a loving home. You will also naturally notice changes in their mood and behavior. Your guard dog will become like another one of your children, and if they begin to act differently in the slightest way, you will be able to tell. If you notice your protection dog not feeling too well, there is a possibility it could be arthritis. Arthritis affects one out of every five dogs in the U.S, and is a source of unbelievable chronic pain.
Being that your personal protection dog will not be able to verbally tell you what is wrong with them, it is your responsibility to look for signs of arthritis. Some signs that your dog will show you is favoring a limb and difficulty sitting or standing, these symptoms obviously result from the chronic pain they are in. Also, their joint deterioration will cause them to have stiff or sore joints, and also a hesitancy to jump, run or climb stairs. If your guard dog, for example your Belgian Malinois has arthritis they will have a large decrease in activity and will begin to sleep more and be a lot less alert. If your dog experiences these symptoms for more than two weeks, take them to the vet to be evaluated for arthritis. Therapies for arthritis may include a healthy diet and regular exercise to maintain a proper weight. Drug treatments will also help relieve some of the constant pain your dog is experiencing. The most common treatment for arthritis is non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS). Also over-the-counter treatments, such as pills or foods which contain glucosamine and fatty acids have been known to relieve symptoms of dog arthritis. Regardless of how it’s done, making sure that your protection dog is happy and free of pain is the most important thing.
Cancer, which is uncontrolled growth of cells on or within the body not only is harmful to humans, but it can also develop in dogs as well. As a guard dog owner, the last thing you want to hear is that your dog has cancer. Cancer can often be fatal, if not treated properly and in time. Commonly found in pet animals, the risk for developing cancer will increase with age. Almost half of the deaths of pets over ten years is a result of cancer. Unfortunately, the cause of most cancers is still unknown, making prevention near impossible. Cancer can occur in any location or body system of your guard dog, for example, the skin, stomach, kidney, bladder, brain and bones.
Advance in cancer research have helped to give us the knowledge of knowing different signs to detect cancer before its too late for treatment. Each type of cancer has its own symptoms and own signs to look for. Skin tumors in dogs are quite common, the most diagnosed are melanomas, lipomas, basal cell tumors and mast cell tumors. If you ever see a lump or mass of any sort on your German Shepherd protection dog, take them to the vet to be examined. Lymphoma is another common cancer in dogs, that affects the digestive system, which will lead to lethargy, vomiting, and diarrhea. This cancer can also affect the liver, resulting in lethargy, vomiting and a yellow shade to the gums and skin. If you notice your protection dog is constantly coughing and having a difficulty breathing, take them to the vet to have a check up. A sign to look for if you are for example the owner of an older female Belgian Malinois is a lump in the breast tissue. It is difficult to make an early diagnosis for abdominal tumors, which include hemangiosarcoma, mast cell tumors, lymphoma, and prostate cancer. Signs too look for in your guard dog are weight loss, weakness, pale gums, protracted vomiting, continual diarrhea, and abdominal enlargement. If you notice anything that could possibly be these symptoms of cancer, consult with your vet right away, it is better to be save than sorry. This is because if found early, most of these cancers can be cured with surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy or a combination. As a responsible personal protection dog owner, pay attention to your dog’s health and behaviors, it is crucial to keeping them healthy.
Founded in 1907, K.N.P.V., otherwise known as the Royal Dutch Police Dog Association has the job of certifying dogs with coveted certificates. Located in the Netherlands (Holland) this association is divided into eleven provinces, each one having its own board. Each provinces’ board represents the members of the K.N.P.V. at the Head Board meetings. As of April in 1994 there were 509 K.N.P.V. clubs in Holland. According to many, Holland is a very dog loving country. Especially in the southern area where many of their clubs are located. In Holland, if you leave one of the training fields you are already headed into the next. That shows just how dedicated and involved the people of Holland are in the K.N.P.V. organization.
Holland’s clubs have always been different from other countries like Germany, Belgium, and France when they train dogs like the German Shepherd or Belgian Malinois. They prefer to hold onto the old fashion dog training, to make sure that only strong dogs are produced. In other countries, training programs have changed significantly over the years, but not in the Holland K.N.P.V. clubs. They have never changed their rules, exercises, or making sure that they are breeding qualified dogs like the Belgian Malinois. Unlike other countries that changed their program to fit the breed of dog rather than starting off and dogs fit for the program. The Holland clubs know that K.N.P.V. wants working dogs and not just show dogs.
The members do everything they can to make sure that dogs accepted into the program are qualified. Members of the clubs are usually people who previously owned a dog. Most of the time they come to the club for the social aspect, commodity, and to be with other dog lovers, or enthusiasts. Many of the club members are already into dog training before wanting to join. If they do have a pup or young adult dog, they must be qualified for the program unless they do not keep them. Either the dog is fit for the program and gets a title, or else he gets sold immediately. This may seem harsh to other people, but the main reason for doing this is getting the dog titled as soon as possible. The main goal for all members of the Holland clubs is to train their dogs in the proper way to make them strong and qualified. By setting this goal, the Holland clubs are great examples of how all K.N.P.V. clubs should strive to be like.
Please note that just because a German Shepherd or Belgian Malinois dog receives a K.N.P.V. title certification it does not mean that they are certified as a protection dog as the K.N.P.V. is only a sporting title. But if your protection dog has one of these prestigious titles it is an additional asset.
Reno is a three year old KNPV Belgian Malinois import from Holland. He is a very hard independent dog, but at the same time very social and loves to spend time with his family (that has two young girls). Reno has a lot of street smarts, he works on the street each and every day and loves to go on bike rides with his family. He has a very high desire to please his handler, but at the same time he is calm in very day life. In his protection he absolutely devastating, he comes in fast and hard with a bone crushing bite. The pictures do not do Reno justice as he is absolutely stunning to look at. Reno would make a perfect fit for any one with a busy household.
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As your guard dog gets older they begin to go through different physiological and physical changes. It is your job as a responsible protection dog owner, to make sure that they are provided with the proper nutritional needs to keep them healthy. Senior dogs will require a well balanced diet, which is lower in calories but still containing protein and fat. There are specially formulated senior dog diets that help to create a feeling of fullness. A diet that is higher in fiber, is the type of diet they will benefit from greatly. This is because older dogs are more prone to developing constipation, so they require a diet with 3% to 5% fiber. A tip to help increase fiber in their food is to add wheat bran. Along with their special nutrition needs, senior dogs can be given supplements which will help to supply them with some needed nutrition. A daily supplement like glucosamine and chondroitin, will help to support their joints. Any deficiencies that can develop can be prevented by a vitamin and mineral supplement. Extra antioxidants are also a good way to improve their diet.
Some senior protection dogs may suffer from lack of weight gain and disinterest in food. If you notice your German Shepherd, Belgian Malinois, or Dutch Shepherd guard dog not eating well and becoming too thin then you should take them to the vet to be examined. If no signs of any type of diseased come up then you must try to get the dog to eat. Many older dogs have a hard time chewing large hard kibble, so try giving them smaller pieces that is moistened with water. You could also try adding broth to the food, to give it more flavor and become more appetizing to them. Some dogs prefer cat food and will eat it eagerly. However, cat food is high in protein and should be avoided, if possible. Formulating a homemade recipe with milk eggs, boiled, rice, vegetables, chicken, etc could be very beneficial to you dog’s nutrition. Do not try and create one yourself however, because the correct amounts of vitamins and minerals is crucial. Instead have ask your vet which type of homemade diet would be best for your dog. As your personal protection dog grows older, their needs change and it is your responsibility to take care of them properly.
Today, one of the most dangerous health problems facing dogs is obesity. It is your job as a responsible protection dog owner to do something about it. Dogs that are overweight are known to live unhealthy and shorter lives. Extra weight creates a unneeded stress on bones and joints, which could lead to arthritis problems. Dogs that are overweight usually are less able to exercise and do daily activities comfortably, because it becomes much harder for them to breathe. They are less able to resist infections, and they may be at a larger risk for problems during surgery, compared to healthy guard dogs.
There are many health problems that may develop due to obesity. One is Joint or Locomotion difficulties, this is when extra pounds and stress causes the the joints, bones, ligaments and muscles to become aggravated. This could in time lead to larger problems such as arthritis, hip dysplasia, and spinal disc disease. Heart and Respiratory disease is another health problem triggered by obesity. It is when excess fat tissue in the chest cavity and around the heart muscles. This causes the heart and lungs to work harder to simply provide the correct amount oxygen and circulation. Overweight personal protection dogs are also more prone to diabetes, pancreas inflammation, and liver disease. Heat Intolerance is when excess fat makes it more difficult for the dog to tolerate heat, causing them to feel uncomfortable quite often. Also skin problems can occur when rolls of skin build of fat deposits, they can often hold dirt and bacteria.
Your protection dog will most likely become overweight when they are not exercised well enough, and from eating more food than is required. Overeating can cause your dog to become greedy, bored, and overfeed often. If you feed your dog leftovers or give them treats a lot, cut back significantly because this behavior leads to obesity in dogs. You can tell if your guard dog is overweight by a simple procedure. Place a flat palm of your hand and feel their ribs, if you have a difficulty feeling the ribs, then they are most likely overweight.
If you discover that your dog is overweight, start by taking them to the vet to have them set a goal for your dog and recommend how much food he should eat each day. The food that you choose for your dog should satisfy their appetite but also contain the vitamins and minerals they need. Keep in mind that a gradual transition from their old diet to the new one may be needed. Do this by feeding them a mixture of the two and increasing amounts of the new diet, while slowly decreasing. Regular exercise is needed to increase the amount of calories they burn, do this by taking them for a daily walk or run. If your dog is old or in poor health, check with your vet first to make sure increased exercise is safe. Your protection dog may not lose the weight as quickly as you might think, so just be patient and keep sticking with the new routine. Eventually your German Shepherd, Belgian Malinois, or Dutch Shepherd will be happier and healthier, and you will have helped them increase their quality of life.
The practice of mating selected specimens of guard dogs with the intent to maintain or produce specific qualities and characteristics is known as dog breeding. The person who intentionally mates a dam & a sire to produce puppies is known as the breeder. A good breeder has to have good knowledge when breeding for top level guard dogs. One of the key factors is to make sure that both the dam & sire are proven, and that they have done the work, the work meaning both dogs have been trained in true protection work, and not for sport. One of the other important things to take into consideration is that both parents come from parents that have worked as true protection dogs.
It is very important to make sure that both dam & sire are in good health, and that they have clean x-rays. Another important thing to verify when breeding good protection dogs is that both parents have good bone density, a good head, and good pigmentation. In the case of breeding a good guard dog one has to take into consideration size, when it comes to guard animals, size does matter. A good guard dog has to not only be good at protecting but also look the part. The real key ingredients to producing a great protection dog all leads back to whether or not the dog has strong nerves.
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