Posts Tagged ‘Dutch Shepherd’
Monday, February 8th, 2010
Whether it is the introduction of a new protection dog into a home with an infant, or the introduction of a newborn child into a home that already owns a protection dog, the initial introduction is important in establishing a good relationship between your protection dog and your child. A well-trained dog should already be comfortable around children and infants. However, safety should still be a concern. There are a number of steps you can take to help ensure that the introduction goes smoothly.
Introducing a new child into a home that already owns a protection dog can sometimes be troublesome when it causes an abrupt change in your canine’s routine. Negative changes in routine such as suddenly reducing the amount of time and attention spent on your dog will quickly be associated with the new child. In order to prevent this, it is best to change your dog’s routine well in advance of the child’s arrival. It is also advisable to introduce new furniture into the home sooner rather than later. Before the baby is brought home, you can use an article of clothing or a blanket used by the child to familiarize your protection dog with the scent of the newborn. While your dog is in its crate, place the article of clothing next to the crate, and your dog will pick up on the smell. This will help the dog associate the scent with the comfort and familiarity of the crate. It is important that you do not let the dog mouth the article of clothing in any way.
When the time comes for the actual introduction, do not introduce your protection dog to your child immediately upon entering the home. Wait until your dog is in a calm and relaxed state. Your dog will want to sniff the child to investigate the new arrival. You should allow this briefly, and then return the dog to it’s normal routine. As your child ages, he or she may be inclined to pull the hair or ears of your dog. It is up to you to teach your child the correct and incorrect ways to interact with your canine, and to monitor your child closely until he or she is able to make this distinction.
Common protection dog breeds such as the German Shepherd, Belgian Malinois or Dutch Shepherd are well known for having good temperament and being good around children. Taking the proper precautions when introducing your protection dog to an infant will help reinforce the correct behavior and help build a strong relationship between your canine and your child.
Thursday, January 14th, 2010
Dog parks are often in found in urban areas as means for dog owners to let their dogs exercise off-leash and to socialize with other dogs. However, the benefits incurred by dog parks may not necessarily out-weight the problems that they create.
The first and foremost benefit of dog parks is that off-leash exercise is good for your dog. In regular parks, and other public areas, taking your dog off its leash may be both illegal and dangerous. As a result, your dog is forced to run only as fast as you are able to. For the majority of dogs, this is far slower than their natural running speed and does not provide the same level of exercise as being able to run free. This is especially true of working line protection dogs who are bred to have improved speed and agility. Another benefit of dog parks is the opportunity for dogs to socialize with others of their species. A dog needs to feel connected to those that it identifies as members of its pack. Most often, this means yourself and your family. Socialisation outside of this is mostly a matter of keeping your dog obedient and comfortable in different environments and around different people or other dogs. However, just as you should not allow other people to pet your protection dog, you may also want to limit the ways in which your protection dog may interact with other dogs.
The cons associated with dog parks are centered primarily around injury incurred between dogs. Many dog owners simply allow their dogs to run free and play amongst themselves while in dog parks. Unfortunately, many smaller or weaker dogs may become subject to the rougher play of a much larger dog. This is most often the fault of an owner who does not take the care and responsibility to ensure that their dog plays safely and harmlessly. Unfortunately, the majority of dog parks are unregulated and unsupervised. However, a number of private dog parks do exist. Private dog parks often screen dogs for temperament before they are permitted to enter. Some breeds with a reputation for aggressive behavior are often denied outright. Working breeds such as the German Shepherd, Belgian Malinois or Dutch Shepherd may have to undergo an extensive evaluation of their obedience and temperament. However, a well bred and well trained protection dog or guard dog should have no trouble passing any evaluation of obedience and temperament.
The best option for you and your dog is a stretch of field or farmland in which your dog may obtain off-leash exercise without interference from others. However, this is not an option for many people, especially those who do not own plots of farm land. A private dog park may be the best alternative, as it ensures that all dogs in the park will be trained, with good temperament, and will not harass or provoke your dog. Likewise, the owners are likely to be more attentive to the behavior of their dog.
Tuesday, January 12th, 2010
Many of us may take shelter for granted. We live in well-built homes that keep us warm in winter and cool in summer. Our homes have electricity, insulation and running water. While many dogs are naturally able to withstand harsh weather with durable double coats, this does not mean that they do not require shelter. While a dog house may not be able to provide electricity or running water, it still needs to keep your dog warm and dry.
One of the most important aspects of choosing a house for your canine is size. A dog house needs to be large enough for your dog to comfortably turn around inside of, but small enough that your dog’s natural body heat will collect inside the dog house to keep it warm. Most working breeds, such as the German Shepherd, Dutch Shepherd or Belgian Malinois, are between 22″ to 26″ at the whithers. A dog of this size would require a sleeping area of approximately 22″x38″ with a ceiling height of about 30″. Many animal welfare organizations offer published documents outlining specific measurements for the ideal dog house for different sizes of dog.
Other important factors to consider are proper insulation for climates with harsh winters, and a soft bedding material such as straw. It is recommended that the dog house be slightly elevated by bricks or cinder blocks to prevent the floor from absorbing moisture from the ground. A canvas flap can also be used to further protect the house from harsh weather.
Although there are literally thousands of different designs of dog house to choose from, we at Command Control K9 feel that the best dog house on the market is the k-9 law enforcement dog house: http://www.doghouseplans.com/ We house all of our protection dogs, and guard dogs, with the same plan, on our 105 acre state-of-the-art facility. We at Command Control K9 feel that a balanced dog is a happy dog, so we give our dogs free range in a natural environment.
Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009
As a German Shepherd, Belgian Malinois, and Dutch Shepherd breeder, we at CCK9 have the opportunity grow with each litter that we breed. As you know, no matter how long you have been in business, or how many litters you have bred, there is always something one can learn from each litter. We at CCK9 breed, train and sell the majority of our protection dogs.
We are not a whole-sale seller that turns over dogs. Yes, we do import protection dogs from Europe, but it is a small percentage compared to the number of dogs that we breed, train, and sell.
One of the reasons that we do our own breeding is because it is getting harder and harder to find good, true protection dogs. Most of the dogs that are coming from Europe in today’s world, whether they are from Holland, Germany, France, or the Czech Republic, are sporting dogs that are biting in pray, which is not real protection. When we breed and train our own protection dogs, we not only learn with each dog, but we know exactly what the dog is all about. We know that the genetics are there, the training is correct, the dogs are doing real protection, and that they are very social and great with children.
To breed and train our own protection dogs is a lot of hard work. It takes time, patience, and discipline, but who is complaining? We are having a lot fun, and I would not trade it for anything in this world.
Wednesday, December 9th, 2009
The hot topic of the day when it comes to dogs usually has to do with diet. Every article relates to what we feed our dogs, yet no one ever seems to talk about the importance of the water that we give them. We always address this when we are delivering a personal protection dog, since it isn’t a topic that seems to get much press, if any.
It has been my experience that dogs are best served by receiving non-chlorinated water. Not only is there the elimination of unnecessary chemicals introduced into your canine’s system, but it may extend the life of the dog; often by years.
Command Control K9 is fortunate to have a well on its 105 acre, state-of-the-art facility. However, we realize that not everyone is so fortunate. The good news is that there are several other options. Many of my clients purchase a water filter that can either be attached to your faucet, or to the top of a pitcher. Another method involves leaving tap water in a bucket for 24 hours with an air stone for aeration. Leaving the water in the sun also removes the chlorine. Lastly, non-chlorinated water is available for purchase at your local grocery store.
Personal protection dogs are a big investment. Giving your dog non-chlorinated water is one small way to increase the life span of your German shepherd, Belgian Malinois or Dutch Shepherd. Our dogs not only protect us but are part of the family too.
Thursday, November 12th, 2009
The Dutch Shepherd, also known as the Hollandse Herdershond, is a medium-sized shepherd dog valued for its intelligence, loyalty and quick reflexes. Having been bred for their working ability, their build and mental capacity remain fairly consistent, but the length and colour of their coats can vary greatly from dog to dog. The Dutch Shepherd’s coat comes in three varieties: short, long and wire. The short and long coat varieties each have a very straight, coat that should lay close to the body, with the long variety being obviously longer. The wire coat variety has a thick, rough, medium-length coat. Unlike the German Shepherd, who’s long-coated varieties lack an undercoat, all Dutch Shepherds have a thick undercoat, regardless of their coat’s length.
Grooming a long coat Dutch Shepherd is typically no more trouble than grooming a short coat. Both require about the same amount of regular brushing to remove loose hairs. Without regular grooming, a longer coat may become matted more easily, but both varieties should be groomed regularly regardless of this fact. Grooming the wire coat variety can be more involving, as brushing can ruin the undercoat. Wire coat dogs often require professional grooming.
Outside of The Netherlands, the Dutch Shepherd has yet to reach the level of popularity enjoyed by other working breeds such as the German Shepherd or Belgian Malinois. However, the Dutch Shepherd is a strong, versatile breed. They are excellent guard dogs and protection dogs. Aside from the excess grooming required of the wire coat variety, the length of coat should make no difference to their working ability. Each variety has a thick, weather-proof undercoat that makes them suited for work in a variety of conditions.
Wednesday, September 30th, 2009
There are lot of ways which one can train their protection dog for food refusal. One of the many training methods for food refusal that we use at Command Control K9 is, first to make sure that every time you feed your dog whether it’s dog food, or a bone, it is always presented in a bowl. Second, always make sure that your scent is the only scent that is on the bowl and food. It is important that you always clean your hands with hot water and soap before massaging the food. To prove the food refusal we also use a special substance that we pour on the food. This helps as a deterrent for our protection dogs to not take the food. All of our Level III Elite Executive Protection dogs are all trained for food refusal.
When using these methods to train for food refusal it is a lot easier to start when still a puppy. With that in mind, if we have a litter of German Shepherd puppies, Belgian Malinois puppies, 0r Dutch Shepherd puppies, and if we know that one or two out of a litter have the genetics to be trained up to a Level III, we will start them early. This makes it 100% Guarantee for food refusal.
The method that we use is very effective unlike what you will see in the sporting world where the dog is in a down stay on a groomed field and the decoy presents the food. This may look impressive, but this is not real food refusal. To train your protection dog for food refusal is not easy, it requires communication, patience, consistency, discipline.
Friday, June 26th, 2009
The focus of CCK9 has always been on providing elite, executive German Shepherd, Belgian Malinois and Dutch Shepherd protection dogs for sale. Frequently, I receive calls and emails asking exactly what the difference is. A hundred years ago, not so many differences. Now? They are a breed unto their own.
We’ll focus on the Dutch Shepherd in this post and in the coming weeks the other varieties will be detailed (promise).
Dutch Shepherds have been distinguished from the other varieties of working line shepherds in a relatively short period of time, a little over a hundred years. Originally used by human shepherds to herd, guard and defend flocks of sheep on the flat fields of Holland, they were prized for their workability and guard drive.
The late nineteenth century brought a reduction in the amount of sheep herds in Holland and therefore a loss of work for shepherds and their Dutch Shepherd dogs alike. Interest started to develop in owning and showing these highly intelligent dogs and the Nederlandse Herdershonden Club (Dutch Shepherd Dog Club) was formed as a result. Early members included founders of the K.N.P.V.
Attention started to be paid toward creating standards for the breed, including color, coat length, bone density and size. Formal breeding practices evolved to produce dogs that met the criteria. “Undesirable” traits, especially pertaining to coloration, were bred out as much as possible. As a result, Dutch Shepherds became more common in appearance.
Traits that have always been a part of the Dutch Shepherds’ genetic makeup include a high degree of intelligence, adaptability, courage and natural born guard drive. With the proper training foundation, they make excellent protection dogs. Also great with children, they love to socialize and especially exercise with their handler.
I do not receive as many requests for Dutch Shepherds but a small percentage of my clientele insist on owning nothing but. One of my clients has four CCK9 Dutch Shepherds and claims that they are more watchful and alert than her human bodyguards.
Versatile, beautiful and most of all protective, Dutch Shepherds have proven themselves to be among the best of the working line shepherds. CCK9 only breeds or imports the cream of the crop; please contact us if you have any questions.
Friday, June 5th, 2009
Life is about choices.
So CCK9 respects the fact that not all of our clients prefer a German shepherd as a personal protection dog. I often receive calls requesting information regarding Belgian Malinois as well as Dutch shepherds.
It seems every time I turn on the television, there is a show or documentary regarding the military and police department’s use of the highly intelligent Belgian Malinois. The extended media attention and availability of information have increased the demand for “Mals” from civilians as well.
One of the main reasons some clients request Malinois dogs is that they have a shorter coat, and therefore shed less. This is true. Don’t be concerned that their short coat won’t allow them to acclimatize though; generations in the wet, windy climate of Holland makes them highly adaptable. Robust in many ways, they also experience less health problems than Dobermans or Rottweilers.
We at CCK9 are particular about the Belgian Malinois we supply our clients with. Individual genetics are the most important factor; we carefully select each dog by looking into his or her background. All of our dogs are purebred. We source most from Holland instead of France. French “Mals” don’t meet size standards and do not possess the guard drive necessary for defense. This is why they are often trained for French Ring Sport (at which they excel) due to their high degree of prey drive. Their temperament is not balanced and the average family would have a difficult time dealing with their off-the-wall frantic energy.
A CCK9 Belgian Malinois, however, must live up to our citeria. Levelheaded, emotionally stable, and aesthetically pleasing with a dense bone structure are just a few phrases to describe our extraordinary dogs. Their balance is such that we never have issues with placing two or more males together in the same household. Animal aggression is strictly not tolerated for any reason with any of our dogs. In fact, I have a male German shepherd and male Belgian Malinois (along with my female shepherd) who all live peacefully in my household.
We are willing to obtain a sporting dog from France if our client desires, but we always ensure that they understand that French bred Mals are not suitable protection dogs. We also have our own line of outstanding dogs and currently have Belgian Malinois puppies available for reservation. All are qualified for our Level III program.
CCK9 does everything it can to ensure that our dogs have the proper background and genetics to do their primary job: protect.
Friday, May 15th, 2009
Ever go to someone’s house and their dog is frantically running in circles, pacing and chewing inappropriate things- like the furniture? It’s really quite an uncomfortable situation for all involved, especially the dog itself. Fortunately, I was at an acquaintance’s house and I was in the position to be blunt. The problem was easy to solve- the dog needed exercise, ASAP.
Both large and small dogs require structured walks with their handler. Running in the garden or chasing a ball doesn’t fill the requirement. Since domestication has only occurred within a relatively short time frame (about 15,000 years or so), canines still have the instinct to roam. They want and need exercise.
You’ll benefit too. Walking your dog on a leash by your side lets them know that you are their leader; it reinforces your role. The health benefits of a fit dog are obvious as well. However, the benefit you’ll notice in the short term is their balanced, calm state of mind. Inappropriate behavior in the house is often the result of anxiety and the anxiety is often curable with a 20-minute jaunt around the block.
German shepherds and other herding dogs such as Belgian malinois and Dutch shepherds need to be walked. Sometimes my clients will see this as a drawback to owning a personal protection dog. Yet once they get into the habit, they view it as a great opportunity to strengthen the bond they share. Exercising with your dog is akin to the human/family bonding ritual of eating dinner together.
Exercise can help a host of behavioral problems in dogs just like it can help reduce anxiety and other health problems in humans. Family members should alternate walking duties. Ideally, two twenty-minute walks or at least one longer walk each day is needed. I know that there are days when you just won’t feel like going for a walk. But just think: as much as you don’t want to, your dog DOES want to…and needs to.
So consider the benefits. Your dog protects you and the family, looks after the home, provides companionship, and makes your life happier and safer. A good way to return the favor? Grab the lead and go.
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