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In this video you will see a truly impressive display of K9 handling. The moment I’m referring to is at 43 seconds. Although the handler shakes off the pain, I have no doubt that he has a broken bone in his hand somewhere and deep tissue damage.
Kudos to the handler for not going overboard with a correction. He used just enough pressure for the dog to release the bite and regain control.
The handler’s self control in spite of intense physical pain is testament to the handler’s character. A character that is ideal for working with these kinds of high drive dogs. A worthy handler for a worthy K9.
For the novices out there that see this video and say, ‘That’s the kind of dog I want’. Then you need to know that when your local authorities discover you have a dog like this in your back yard, you’re screwed.
What is also impressive about these Malinois is their hitting power for their size and total 100% commitment to the bite. This is what every handler aims for. Total commitment. Not a moment of hesitation. The offender with the pistol must have felt like he was hit with a sledgehammer.
There is a specific method of developing this kind of commitment and although there are tens of thousands of dogs that can be sent on an attack, there are only handfuls that will ever hit their target with this kind of ferocity. Total quality.
So why did the dog bite the handler? Because when a dog’s drive levels are raised to the point that they tinker on the brink of insanity, sometimes they tip a little over the edge. That’s the price you pay but it is worth it when you can get the results like these.
So what could the handler have done differently? Nothing. It’s accepted as an occupational hazard. Like a formula one driver hitting the wall. Every now and then you are going to get bitten. If you try too hard to prevent this you will never ever get a dog that will attack with this kind of ferocity and stay latched on.
In Summary – A handler that aspires to raise a dog to this level of drive and commitment must accept being bitten every now and then. Realistically a couple of times a year – and that’s if you are really good.
Anyone that has any information as to the origins of this video will be welcomed to comment.
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