When it comes to caring for a Malinois puppy that we’ll be using for breeding- we want to make sure that the puppy is given the best attention possible from the start.
The success of any breeding program lies in healthy, breed worthy dogs.
And in order to ensure that- we have established a program that will guide you through the best practices and will give you the best advice- (not available anywhere else).
One of the advantages of working with us is that you will get information that you would otherwise not find.
Additional Note: In this post, we will focus on the health aspect for you to follow through.
Principles of Health
There are three main factors to good dog health.
These are diet, parasites, and toxins.
We have to properly provide nutrition, we have to keep parasites in check, and we have to remove toxins from the environment as much as possible if we want to have a healthy dog.
Now, there are various ways to accomplish this.
Some of these ways are more efficient than others.
Others are not so good and are actually counterproductive.
Mainly, there’s a conventional approach.
And then there’s the alternative approach.
Conventional Vs. Alternative
There are both positives and negatives to both/either of these approaches.
However, what actually matters is what gives REAL results to the specific situation at hand.
When you hire a handyman to fix an appliance, he will reach for the most practical tool in his toolbox to fix the problem.
Same with our philosophy in regards to health care.
Some conventional protocols are useful in some cases but TERRIBLE and even harmful in others.
The same with alternative health care (although to a lesser extent, admittedly).
The whole program that we direct is based primarily on a HOLISTIC and wholesome approach.
We try to work systematically and address the root cause of any health problem with our dogs.
And to accomplish this we sometimes (although rarely) have to reach out to conventional medicine…
But for the most part- our work is focused primarily on PREVENTATIVE alternative healthcare.
The conventional approach to diet involves feeding kibble.
When searching for a kibble brand- we each have different criteria for choosing one over the other.
Some of us search for the most popular brands, others search based on the ingredients, and others search based on the price.
If you have read some of our past publications- you would know that first and foremost- the best diet for any dog is a home-made diet.
We advocate for home-made meals for dogs because we know all the benefits it provides.
However, we know that not everyone has the time and discipline needed to practice this alternative diet.
Hence this short guide to buying kibble.
Here’s a link to a blog post we have created in the past about shopping for and choosing the right dog food at Costco.
When searching for kibble- you have to look really closely at the ingredients list.
Make sure there are no grains in your formula.
Grains are cheap fillers that cause gastrointestinal problems and allergies later in life.
Look for MEAT as the first ingredient.
Typically ingredients are listed in order from the highest to the lowest in concentration.
Then, avoid meat-by-products.
These are typically dirty meats that contain little to no nutritional value.
Also, go ORGANIC.
By going organic you avoid GMO’s, pesticides, herbicides and other toxins from seeping into your dog that can later cause illnesses.
When it comes to vaccines. With all of our co-owned dogs, you will avoid ALL vaccines that are unnecessary.
You will not go through the typical vaccination routine that most recommend.
The only vaccine that you will have a vet administer to your dog will be the rabies shot- and ideally, you wait until the pup is older, approx 5-9 months.
Instead of going through the traditional vaccination program (many which are cash cows for pharmaceutical companies), what you’re going to do is a once a month immunity boosting herbal recipe.
This recipe will boost your dog’s immune system to a point in which you will have no need for vaccines.
Parasites are EVERYWHERE.
Your dog has them. You have them. They’re unavoidable.
What you can do, however- is keep them in check.
What I mean by this is that you keep them in safe levels where they don’t take over your dog’s system to a point of weakening it.
The conventional approach to parasites is one that we find VERY problematic.
Not only are the parasites killed- but many other functions is your dog’s body is severely compromised.
It’s best to avoid these chemical dewormers and instead adopt a NATURAL 30-day deworming practice that we will share with you.
This practice will keep all inner parasites such as worms- and outer parasites such as fleas- in control without causing harm to your dog like the conventional chemical dewormers do.
You will do this once a month and repeat every 3-4 months.
Usually with every change of season.
So we just covered the basics when it comes to caring for dogs that will be in our co-own breeding program.
We expect that all members in our program adhere to our principles earnestly as this is the foundation on which we stand as a successful community of Belgian Malinois lovers.
In our program, we strive to bring on board only the most dedicated dog owners that will participate and contribute to the noble work of breeding healthy dogs- and in a way paying it forward by giving someone else the gift of owning a Belgian Malinois.
Because without the work of all of us involved- the breed wouldn’t exist as it does today and most of us wouldn’t have access to them.