Milo was due to be euthanized after attacking his owner. He is a Belgian Malinois, and requires proper and appropriate training, which it appears he never received.
We sent him to a professional trainer for three months, and we are looking to find him a new owner with the knowledge, patience and skill to continue to train him as a working dog.
We know that many people will message us to adopt Milo just because he is a famous breed.
We will only consider new owners who understand how to handle a working dog and who are also willing to allow Milo to be part of the family. Milo has been castrated so he can not be used for breeding.
If you are interested in adopting Milo and believe you have the knowledge, patience and skill to continue to work with him and allow him to thrive and live his best life, then please get in contact through our Contact Us page.
In December 2020, we rescued a Belgian Malinois that had been surrendered to a vet for Euthanasia. The dog, which we have called Milo - had attacked his owner, leaving him in a critical condition with fifty stitches.
When a dog attacks - despite what many people think - it doesn’t do it 'out of the blue' - there is ALWAYS a reason that is for the most part due to lack of understanding and knowledge of dog psychology.
Belgian Malinois are amazing dogs - they are highly intelligent, easily trainable, fiercely loyal dogs. BUT, they are also very sensitive and need to be raised and trained appropriately.
They are bred as working dogs with a high prey drive - which means they have a natural drive to chase and catch. They have a high amount of energy that needs to be used up every day and channeled.
They need at least 2 hours of high intensity exercise DAILY to satisfy their natural urges and they can be highly aggressive and dominant if not trained well.
Many people get Malinois because they have seen them in movies such as John Wick or Max, and then they think it would be cool to have one, but they have no clue how to interact with them or train them. Very often they are kept in a cage for 23 hours a day and just brought out to poop and wee. This is a recipe for disaster. YOU CANNOT CAGE A MALINOIS and expect it to be obedient and calm and follow your instructions.
You have to build up a relationship of trust and not let the dog become dominant, but you cannot earn its trust and loyalty through hitting or shouting at the dog. Without sufficient daily exercise, the pent up energy will end up being directed at anyone who tries to control it. This is what happened to Milo. One day he likely had just had enough.
Caging a dog for any length of time causes brain damage - especially if caged from early in its life. Luckily Milo being 2 years old can be rehabilitated.
Milo has spent 3 months boarding with a professional trainer and now he is ready for re-homing.
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