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post #1 of 335 (permalink) Old 01-28-2016, 01:03 AM Thread Starter
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Meet K-9 Boru

Here is my new K-9 Partner "Boru." Named after the legendary King of Ireland, Brian Boru. I mentioned that I had the opportunity to get a very nice dog that wasn't working out with his team mates. Boru is a KNPV titled Belgian Malinois X Dutch Shepherd tested, selected and imported in November by some very talented trainers that work with a very elite unit. Boru wasn't working out as intended for them, he had an issue with multiple handlers working him. As I mentioned in another thread, he nailed a couple of handlers and a trainer. This was not an option for the types of missions these guys do.

I got Boru last Thursday and noticed a couple of issues which I mentioned. One was that he had some apprehension about "loading up" in the car. Initially, I didn't want to fight with this dog and was trying a take it slow, more motivational approach. He is just over 3 years old, very large, very strong and very intense. I don't like to fight with dogs and especially not this dog knowing some of his history. Well, the first days were a little rough getting him into the car. I used food and waited, and waited until he jumped in. I think it took 20 minutes one very cold and rainy night. The fact that it was midnight and I wanted to take care of my other dogs and tired, didn't help. I have fed him 3 x a day in the car. All his meals were fed in the car and he had to get in to eat.

I kept at it for 4 or 5 days and I could see the anxiety go away and the time shortened. We bonded and have an awesome relationship. He is a great dog, that is actually very affectionate and fun. I think his association was that he had with the car was being put away for hours and the fun was over, combined with some E collar work to get him in the car.

We have a 12 acre fenced training compound with multiple buildings to use. I brought him there Monday, locked the gates and let him run. I played the "two ball game" to work the out and recall. Hid in a large building and called him in to find me. A fun easy way to start building search training.

I gave him his toy and he laid in the grass chewing on it. I placed cheese in the back of the car, opened the cage to the front seat and left the rear door open. I drove about 20 yards and he came running to the car. He then jumped in and ate the cheese. The cage was open and I petted and praised him. He jumped out and I put more cheese out and he jumped in and out.

I am very happy to say that getting in the car is no longer and issue and something Boru really enjoys. He was in and out with ease today at training with a very eager jump in. He now waits when I open the door and will stand to be praised, petted and loved on when he hops in.

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No handler aggression with me, quite the opposite, I feel that I have had this dog his whole life. But, he is a drivey, civil dog and today was the first day of bite work with him. Wow, he is a beast and a bad ass, in a good way. I was expecting a very edgy dog, that I would have to work on capping and him not being frantic. Man, he is clear headed, took a lot of pressure and was very comfortable with me approaching, petting and handling him on the bite. He has that real full, pushing KNPV style of bite that I really like and brings some real nice power. He impressed the decoy, the two PDs that were there and me. It was super nice.
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Did I say that I am super happy? I am super happy with this dog, I hit the power ball with him. Oh, and excellent hips, elbows and spine. X rays were fantastic.

I was told that he is a "one person" dog and needed to work with one handler. His original occupation called for several handlers and he did not do well in that environment. I have spent time drinking coffee with this dog outside and he just wants to hug me and drink my coffee. In less than a week he is exceeding my expectations and progressing faster than I would have thought. I can't wait to certify and catch some bad guys with this dog.

Tomorrow more bite work and hard surface tracking. I will get some video to post if anyone is interested as we train.
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OMG, that is the first Mal/Dutchie I've ever seen! So that is the don't like multi handlers guy! And of course, video's nice work on the car thing.
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Wow! Lucky dog getting YOU. And that picture of you two hugging ... that says it all. Gorgeous dog! Very happy for you both. Awesome!
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Very interested in video and following your training with this dog. He sounds fantastic, just needed the right handler. He looks huge in the pictures!
Congrats!
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Beautiful dog and he sounds amazing! May you have a productive and safe career together, definitely keep us updated on his progress and go kick some butt Boru!
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Slamdunc very cool posts and pics.
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Thanks! What a happy post. I'd say I'm jealous (I am) but I have neither the ability or inclination to work with such an amazing dog, so I'm content to live vicaryously through you. I read every word, would LOVE to see videos.
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What a great story. And thank you both for all you do.

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