Member Questions 6-23-24


Hello to you Robert and your family, thank you for the answer to my last question.

My malinois hold her tail in a very submissive position while eating, up under her stomach.

This is extra clear if there are some pressure in the feeding situation. I think this is something she has picked up from my huskys and mild wolf dogs, she has been around this types of dogs since she was 8 weeks old. In those dogs this is completely normal they live like a pack. I wonder if you see this behavior In shelter dogs if that situation is so stressful for some dogs that old wolf like behavior comes back.


I used to be able to train and motivate my now 13 months old Malinois with Kibble in Training and when i went for walks. For maybe 2 months now, corresponding with him sexually maturing and getting aroused by female dogs, he got more interested in his surroundings when we went for walks, so i upped the reward treats to more no expensive training treats. Now he shuns those aswell and prefers sniffing around. I lowered the food rations at home to get him more hungry, but no change so far, he just lost weight. How do i unspoil him?


In your Shelter Course material, you run the yard and intervene when necessary. Does this apply to two dogs in your home also? Specifically, should I intervene if my 2 year old female intact GSD corrects a new 16-week old male GSD that we recently adopted? If not, can you elaborate on the difference environmental situations (shelter vs home)?

Anthony H

My 15m Malinois has attacked me twice (food aggression, touching hind quarters after neutering) and bitten 2 guests. I resolved to let him go. The local K9 unit was interested and gave him a run-through at their training facility. The Master Trainer (40y experience) felt as though the dog is overly attached to me and would be dangerous unless he is trained to obey from others. The trainer used words like “will bite,” “might hospitalize,” “could kill,” and “personally liable” which

perked up MY ears. It looks as though I must euthanize him, but will do so with a VERY heavy heart.


Richard B

I have a roughly 3 ½ year old high drive, reactive and anxious America English coonhound and pit mix named that I took him into my home to avoid sheltering or worse after he did not get the care needed elsewhere. Thanks to many of your techniques we are making progress. However, there is still one are that I have been unable to address, aggressive reactivity to strangers in the home. I ‘m feeling a bit helpless with this. How do I begin to safely train my dog to accept strangers in the home?

Bill M

Hi Robert, Two weeks ago we received a 2yr female BMalinois (obedience and protection trained). She is smart and emotionally sensitive, and responds quickly to low-volume firm commands and 2-finger light touch on the leash. <Problem habit> She uses her paws and crawls up on your lap to gain attention. <Unsuccessful solutions> 1) Stepping on her leash while sitting on the couch. 2) Giving a sit command, and after sitting a few seconds giving praise. <Context> I realize her mind and emotions are unsettled, yet we need her to gain better manners.

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