Vice is a 3 year old, neutered Belgian Malinois. He weighs 65 pounds and stands about 26 inches at the withers. He is an affectionate dog who much prefers the company inside the house to that of being left outside (unless you are outside, too). His current vocabulary includes: down, stay, come, crate, & heel. Plus, he can even flip the light switch on! Vice has put paws on the kitchen counter at his foster home, and while not really counter surfing, a simple verbal correction and redirection is all he needs. Aside from this, he has good house manners and is quite respectful.
Vice lives with 6 dogs, male and female as well as two of those being small dogs. For the most part, he ignores the other dogs
Vice's favorite pastime is being with his people- as long as he is near you, he is happy. If you're in the backyard, he wants to be in the backyard and will happily engage with you, play ball or grab a nap on a dog bed. He will be your shadow, love sleeping with you, lying near you and generally offering you stellar company! Due to an old, healed fracture in his right shoulder, Vice tires easily. Therefore, he should not be taken jogging or on long hikes.
Vice’s human pack drive is a huge motivator as he works hard to please his people. His food drive is phenomenal making him a trainers dream dog.
While Vice is crate trained, he does possess some separation anxiety. Because of this, a standard wire kennel is not adequate for containing him he will need one with a four way lock. When no one is home Vice should be crated or he could be destructive. When kenneled in the house, he can be reactive to people standing close by and not letting him out. Due to this anxious behavior, Vice cannot share his home with children under 12. Vice is excellent riding in the car crated. If you are taking a short ride he could ride loose but if you plan to get in and out of the car he should be crated. His anxiety has greatly improved to where we notice no anxiety. Vice was originally on a premium kibble but he he wasn't eating it well so we switched him to raw and use honest kitchen preference as a base. He is doing extremely well on raw! His coat improved as well as his weight.
Vice is environmentally solid and has been exposed to a wide variety of external stimuli. No one is a stranger to Vice and anyone is welcome in my home when he is loose. He is good on leash and has proven to be relaxed and trusting at the vet. He will make a great companion dog who could excel in Nose Work and he showed interest while attending a Barn Hunt event. Vice’s personality and temperament, coupled with his bomb proof environmental stability and atonement to his handler would make him an excellent ESA/PTSD candidate. Unfortunately mobility work isn't an option for him due to his shoulder.
West Coast adoptions only, HOWEVER, if application is strong we may consider placement in other Western US states.
Must have previous or current, purebred Malinois experience OR other high drive working breed experience. I would prefer Vice be the only dog to start with unless you have an older dog that doesn't require as much work, or extensive experience. There will be an adjustment period for Vice. Vice is a dog who wants to go places and be with you. We will continue to progress his training til he finds his perfect forever
I have put a lot of time and training into Vice. There is a huge benefit to receiving a dog that has had this type of work. He has been exposed to a wide variety of environments to test stability, he has been taught the start of a basic retrieve for items not limited to glass, keys, etc. He has learned to turn on a light switch, sit, down, heel, potty on command, and some house manners. His collar and leash will come with him as well a short tab we use in the house. I will offer support free of charge as well as help you continue his training via phone conference or video if there is a distance. My goal is to see him find his forever family and succeed.
Our adoption process includes- completion of an application, followed by a telephone interview. If that goes well, we will arrange for a home visit . A crate must be in place for him and a fenced yard. There is an adoption fee and transport is available for an additional fee.
Transport along Interstate 5 is available but cost not included in adoption fee.