Dog trainer who ‘struggles’ with breed warns they could be added to banned list
When it comes to choosing a dog that suits us, there are many things that must be taken into account.
Whether it’s how much time we can spend with them, what the dog needs or what it eats, it’s not always as easy as choosing a cute-looking four-legged friend.
At present, there are currently four breeds and types of dogs banned in the UK – a Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino and Fila Brasileiro.
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However, a canine expert now thinks there should be another added to the list after admitting he would ‘struggle’ looking after the dog on his own, despite being a dog trainer, if not. was not for the help of his team.
Jacob Morgan, founder and trainer of the YorkshireCanineAcademy.co.uk, believes that Belgian Malinois could be added to the red list.
Jacob, who has trained over 2,500 dogs and owns five himself, explained: “This week alone I saw five Belgian Malinois dogs seeking rehoming via Facebook. It’s scary to see because it shows that people buy this breed of dog and can’t take care of it.
“My Belgian Malinois puppy, Stark, is 15 weeks old and I’m with him most of the day training our clients’ dogs. But I also have staff members who can also make sure Stark is stimulated by giving him an activity to do every hour. Even as a dog trainer, if it was just me taking care of Stark, I would struggle.
According to Wales Online, this breed is being sold online for £650 with Google Trends showing a 50% increase in online interest in the last 12 months alone.
The expert dog trainer said he plans to participate in appropriate sports with his dog Stark when he is older with activities that test tracking, obedience and protection skills, as well as assessing whether a dog has the appropriate traits and characteristics of a good working dog.
In addition to being highly intelligent, athletic and energetic, dogs, which can grow to around 30 kg with a life expectancy of 14 to 16 years, are said to have a great prey drive. For this reason, and without proper socialization and training, they will chase small animals, vehicles, or children.
Jacob said: “I had planned to have a Belgian Malinois puppy for two years. I had chosen his name before finding the right breeder, because there are so many people who breed for profit rather than health and good personality traits. I can say with confidence that the Belgian Malinois is not a pet and especially if you have a full time job, you don’t have time for this breed.
“It takes thousands of hours of training to make a Belgian Malinois a ‘normal dog’. So many people are bred to have a “nervous edge,” which is mistaken for a desire to protect. »
He continued: “This breed has strong guarding and guarding instincts, and genetics compel them to chase and bite things. If an owner does not provide an outlet like the training shown in our video, dogs can become anxious and lash out at their owners.
“It’s a perfect storm going on right now and I’m sure it won’t be long before the breed is completely banned. Through no fault of their own, it will be the fault of the thoughtless breeders and owners who don’t haven’t done their research properly.
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