Those of you who have started following along, I wanted to introduce my two Maligators
Raven will be 2 this year, and Cadman will be 5 this year.
I don’t have a history of loving this breed or even an interest of working with K9s, it just sorta happened.
In fact, three years ago when I got Cadman I knew absolutely nothing about training dogs or obedience. I didn’t know anything about this breed and honestly couldn’t say #malinois let alone spell it 😅
I had a pretty bad encounter with a stocker who flew into my town trying to find me at my business here in Virginia Beach.
Another incident happened not too long after while in Vegas with a pretty well known rapper.
These two moments made me begin researching my options when it came to protecting myself and my boys. This is when I was introduced to a company that trained protection K9s and offered me a solution.
When Cadman was integrated into my life, I got one full day of training on how to do/be anything for him. I didn’t even have a kennel, dog food or any gear. I was honestly terrified at first. So much so, I was intimidated to even the collar around his neck. I was asking myself what did I get myself into. Knowing the weapon he his and to the degree of his training-
I had to catch up, a lot. I began doing research, studying weekly at online academies and reaching out to other handlers, @falcok9boston who were definitely hard on me but pushed me to be the best for him – That’s what I wanted.
To have a working k9 like Cadman aka Bones you have to be confident, so I worked hard, really hard and trained, training myself mostly and teaching him new things.
I can’t begin to describe the bond that I have with this dog. As a handler, it’s our responsibility to be the best for them.
I’m constantly holding him accountable and continuing to learn everything I need to learn by picking up pieces from everyone – so I’m thankful.
My life wouldn’t be the same, and I’m here with him today because I had to go through some tough and somewhat scary things. The investment in these dogs is considerable. Money, time, education. It’s worth it. All of it.