Trax came into rescue as a young dog. His original family acquired him from a breeder, not really understanding what they were getting themselves into when getting a malinois. Trax has been in rescue for approximately 8 months while his foster family worked on improving his kennel habits. He is now a little over a year old.
Trax is currently fostered in a pretty busy household. He is fostered with dogs that range in size from 6lbs to 70lbs, some dogs that are altered and some that are not in both males and females. He would do best with another dog companion that enjoys his busy and rough play style. Trax is fostered with chickens and has done well with them up to this point. He is also fostered with cats. However, Trax is only fine with 3 out of the 4 cats in his foster home so this can be a hit or miss.
Trax does well with his house training when taken out on a regular schedule. Trax did struggle with crate training but has made great strides. He does not attempt to escape from a kennel. But, Trax suffer from fear-of-missing-out. When he hears a lot of commotion going on without him, it can wind him up. He starts barking and spinning and out of frustration, urinates. Trax foster family has found the best arrangement for his is to kennel him in a separate area of the home from the other dogs. He is also let out first before the others can cause him to stir. In addition, his water intake is monitored as he can be a super tanker at times. With these measures in place, Trax's accidents in the kennel have become infrequent. And as a side note, Trax has never had an issue with keeping his kennel clean while in the car. He does excellent for car rides. He just curls up and settles in for the ride. He‚Äôs even been on a road trip to Texas and back.
The good news from working through his kennel issues is that Trax is great for grooming since he had many baths initially. He can be bathed indoors in the tub or with the garden hose- it doesn't matter. He does well for a high velocity dryer. And, he is used to having his nails dremeled.
Trax has tried out several sports and activities during his time in his foster home. They have been working on his obedience. He has worn a weight-pull harness several times and pulled various objects such as weights and chains. He had no hesitation with this. He LOVES frisbee. He competed in an UPDOG competition in January at approx 6 month old with rollers and has recently started working on catching discs out of the air. His is food motivated, so teaching him fun tricks -like to crawl and ride a skateboard- are usually accomplished in a few sessions. His biggest sport exposure has been dock diving. Trax has competed in several UKC dock diving comps. He has earned his senior and master titles and has 4/5 legs for an elite title. His personal best is 23'9". He has been introduced to a treadmill and has worked up to a couple miles at a time on it.
Trax would be a great "intro" mal for an active/beginning sport home looking into getting into the breed. He is definitely not as driven/over the top/completely nuts as some mals can be. With that said, he is still a mal. Working on impulse control is a big thing for hi as he always wants to be in the middle of everything. Trax will survive an off day or two, but will thrive in a home that works him both physically and mentally pretty regularly. He enjoys all toys- although his purple jolly egg is probably his favorite. He isn't picky with food or treats and doesn't have a sensitive stomach.
With so much potential and enduring qualities, there has to be a family out there for him!