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  • Writer's pictureAmanda Lascari

Nikki | Belgian Malinois | Los Angeles, CA | In-Training

Nikki, a ten month old Belgian Malinois, has joined OffLeash SoCal for our One Week Board and Train program. Nikki comes to us with typical puppy behavior: jumping to greet, being easily distracted and exictable, pulling on the leash while walking, picking up and eating things he’s not suppose to, leash reactivity towards other dogs, and lack of following commands. Over the week Nikki will be working on his on leash obedience and manners. Check in to see his progress!


Pupdate 9/17/2023

Nikki is settling in well at my home. He got to meet the rest of my pack. He was very excited to meet all of them. He showed no aggression towards any of them, but was being too pushy and in their faces that the other dogs corrected him to settle down and respect their space.


Pupdate 9/18/2023

Today Nikki and I went to the park to work on his commands. I introduced and conditioned him to the ecollar. We practiced commands Sit, Place, and Down. Nikki is a smart boy and a very quick learner. Our main struggle was when other dogs were around. We met with other OffLeash SoCal trainers and their dogs, so Nikki had plenty of dog distractions to train around. He was really focused on the other dogs, and would bark and whine. A few times he tried lunging at them. I think it’s out of excitement and wanting to say hi, because he does fine with the dogs at my home. Nikki can be a little too pushy and overexcited, which the other dogs don’t like.


Pupdate 9/19/2023

Today Nikki and I went to the park to work on his commands. We practiced more of his Sit, Down, and Place commands. We started working on his Heel. Heel is still a work in progress, but Nikki is walking much better now. He is staying close to my side and paying attention to where I am going.


Pupdate 9/20/2023

Today Nikki and I went to the outdoor mall to work on his obedience around distractions. He was very distracted with his surroundings which made it hard for him to follow his commands. He did great around the people distractions. We had a hard time when it came to other dogs. Nikki would lung and bark at every dog he saw. After working around them for sometime, he would then settle down and go back to focusing on me and his commands. We will definitely need to continue working around more dog distractions so he can become desensitized

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