Rush is a higher medium drive malinois. He LOVES to do things. He is an active dog who will absolutely need a home who will continue his training. Rush has competed in dock diving (dock dogs, SRS and NADD). He qualified for the 2015 NADD National Championship and the 2015 SRS Crown Championship. He competed at both and did well. He has his Dock Junior title through NADD and Dock Dogs. He has started competing in vertical and speed retrieve as well. His personal bests are big air: 16'6", vertical: 4'6" and speed retrieve (he's only competed one time) 9.754. Rush has also been used for dock diving demos, in front of thousands of people at huge fairs and was TOTALLY focused on the task at hand.
Rush has been in training for IPO both w/his previous owner and a bit since returning to foster care. He really enjoys bitework. He would be a great club level dog. Rush has been started on basic obed training, but has not been started in tracking.
Rush has traveled all over the country, from Montana to Alabama, to Nebraska to Florida; he is an A+ traveler. He rides great in the van (crated). Rush is good w/other dogs, but is a bit too much for cats. Rush can be reserved when he casually meets new people and it can take him a few minutes to warm up, however if he meets someone when he's working, he's all business. Rush loves to play w/his ball and has been started in disc, but he isn't overly coordinated in that venue. He'd be a fun hobby-level nosework dog, but does NOT have high enough toy drive for detection work.
Rush has been exposed to all of the equipment in agility. He's fine w/things moving under him, noises, etc. He's environmentally sound. He's also been started in weight pull.
Rush is looking for an experience malinois, sport/performance home ONLY. Rush would do best in an adult home and has respected the 6' fence in foster care. He is house and crate trained. He sleeps loose just fine, but it's recommended that he's crated when you leave the home. Rush LOVES to push boundaries; due to this he needs a person who will have clearly defined rules and expectations for him. We will be extremely specific on Rush's new home. The sky is the limit for this boy.
Potential Malinois Adopters Please Note: We receive *many* applications from people who are retired military and law enforcement (and the general public). Many of those applications have experience with the malinois breed from those occupations. Please keep in mind that the dogs which are used in the military and law enforcement are specifically bred for those jobs. They have hundreds, if not thousands, of hours and dollars put into their training, and they have jobs 24/7/365. Those dogs are specifically selected for those tasks. THESE ARE NOT THE DOGS IN RESCUE. The malinois' in our care often have had no training and probably even fairly indiscriminate breeding. These dogs are normally the products of someone getting the breed and having no clue what to do w/them once their house is destroyed. These are dogs who are desperate for physical and mental stimulation; these dogs need jobs. They do not come ready trained and these are NOT the dogs you used to work with. This breed is bred to work, work, work (which is why they are awesome for military/law enforcement) and if they have that work/training/jobs/outlets, they are amazing dogs to work with. However,if they are not provided with that, they will destroy your home, your kennels, everything. They are also NOT "small" German Shepherds, in fact the breeds are not even remotely similar. Given that, unless you are willing to put in all of hours/training that the dogs you have experience with, have had, then a malinois (ANY MALINOIS) probably isn't for you, short of a retired MWD/CWD. Please be sure to read each dog's bio for their specific adoption requirements/needs.