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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


Pupdate 9/21/2023

Today Nikki and I went to the mall to continue to work on his obedience around distractions. We met with a couple other OffLeash SoCal trainers and their dogs so he could practice around more dogs. He did very well with all the people distractions, but was very reactive towards dogs and wheelchairs. I know it is not to be aggressive, because he gets along great with all the dogs at my home. Out in public it becomes frustrating for him because he wants to go say hi to the other dogs but isn’t allowed to. We will continue to practice and work on his dog reactivity.


Pupdate 9/22/2023

Today I noticed Nikki had an upset tummy. His stool was very soft. I fed him pumpkin and probiotics to help settle his tummy. I will keep an eye on him to see how he is feeling tomorrow. Nikki and I trained at home today. We practiced all his commands. I used his friends as a distraction and let them play while we trained. He did very well and stayed focused. We also worked on Nikki’s food manners, teaching him that he is not allowed to touch his food until given permission. Just because it is on the floor does not mean it belongs to him. This will help with him not picking things up off the floor or trying to eat things he’s not suppose to.



Today I Nikki and I went to the park to work on his commands. He did very well. He was focused and obedient. He spent the rest of the day socializing and playing with his friends before he goes home. He still had soft stool today. I gave him white rice and chicken broth to help soak up whatever is bothering his tummy. I am very proud of Nikki and the progress he has made. He can’t wait to go home tomorrow and show you everything he has learned!


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