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Introducing Onyx

Post by Kootenaywolf » Fri May 31, 2013 8:53 pm

We have a new family member! Onyx is my new Malinois puppy. I adore her!!

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Post by HiTenshi16 » Fri May 31, 2013 10:26 pm

Pretty lil girl, love her colouring :D
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Post by Taz » Fri May 31, 2013 11:04 pm

Lovely. :) :)
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Post by JoaquimJoe » Sat Jun 01, 2013 10:42 am

Nice name for her, nice puppy
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Post by Tiantai » Sun Jun 02, 2013 7:22 am

She looks like a runner already! :shock:
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Post by Kootenaywolf » Mon Jun 03, 2013 4:29 am

Tiantai wrote:She looks like a runner already! :shock:
I hope so! :) Neither Jasper or Yarrow really likes going running with me so hopefully Onyx can be my running companion.

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Post by Nino » Thu Jun 06, 2013 1:59 pm

My girlfriend is in love with Onyx ;)
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Post by Tatzel » Tue Jun 11, 2013 9:12 am

Cute!! I love the color, and the name fits perfectly :D
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Post by Gaby » Thu Jul 04, 2013 12:45 am

Wow, stunning Malinois! Beautiful colour and perfectly fitting name! Did you choose for a shepherd especially instead of another wolfdog? Great playmate for Yarrow and you have a taste for pretty dogs. ;) :D Does she come from a kennel? And do you have pictures of her parents? I like Malinois!

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Post by Kootenaywolf » Mon Jul 08, 2013 5:21 pm

Gaby wrote:Wow, stunning Malinois! Beautiful colour and perfectly fitting name! Did you choose for a shepherd especially instead of another wolfdog? Great playmate for Yarrow and you have a taste for pretty dogs. ;) :D Does she come from a kennel? And do you have pictures of her parents? I like Malinois!
Thank you! Yes I decided that my next dog was going to be a shepherd (decided between working line GSD or Malinois) because I wanted a higher drive, more biddable dog, to hopefully compete in sports with. She is an amazing dog, so much fun to train!!!

She came from Dservan Kennel in Mexico...kind of random, but a breeder I knew here in Canada had imported a few dogs from Dservan and I really liked the look and sound of them, so I went for it!

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Here are a few new ones of Onyx. She turned 4 months on July 1st.

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She loves rolling in grass!
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Figuring out this swimming thing
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Post by HiTenshi16 » Mon Jul 08, 2013 5:40 pm

Such a great looking pup :D Nice looking parents too!
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Post by akaye531 » Mon Jul 08, 2013 10:14 pm

She looks like a bundle of fun :)

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Post by AZDehlin » Tue Jul 09, 2013 12:19 am

She is cute

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Post by Tana » Tue Jul 09, 2013 2:20 pm

Wow, very beautiful malinois. I like her dad :) Are her parents from IPO lines (maybe on working dog.eu)?

I have malinois as well and train her for IPO and SAR. Now, I have the opportunity to compare tamaskan and malinois in the work. I must say tamaskans surprised me, in good way!

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Post by Kootenaywolf » Tue Jul 09, 2013 3:54 pm

Tana wrote:Wow, very beautiful malinois. I like her dad :) Are her parents from IPO lines (maybe on working dog.eu)?

I have malinois as well and train her for IPO and SAR. Now, I have the opportunity to compare tamaskan and malinois in the work. I must say tamaskans surprised me, in good way!
She has a mix of Ring and IPO dogs in her pedigree. Also on her dad's side many detection dogs.

Are there photos of your Malinois anywhere? I'd love to see some!

That's great that your Tamaskan is doing so well in training. I find there is a huge difference between my ANCD and Onyx in terms of ease of training.

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Post by Tana » Tue Jul 09, 2013 5:12 pm

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She has a mix of Ring and IPO dogs in her pedigree. Also on her dad's side many detection dogs.

Are there photos of your Malinois anywhere? I'd love to see some!

That's great that your Tamaskan is doing so well in training. I find there is a huge difference between my ANCD and Onyx in terms of ease of training.[/quote]

Nice! :)

Here is a photo of Li.
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Post by Gaby » Thu Jul 11, 2013 12:06 am

Wow, good looking parents! I like their dark coats. I'm very curious how she will grow up. She is probably quite easy to train with that background! Beautiful puppy. :D

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Post by Kootenaywolf » Thu Jul 11, 2013 4:15 pm

Tana wrote:
Here is a photo of Li.
Gorgeous!
Wow, good looking parents! I like their dark coats. I'm very curious how she will grow up. She is probably quite easy to train with that background! Beautiful puppy. :D
Thanks, and yes indeed, soooo easy to train, which is exactly what I was looking for!

Here's our latest little training video from a few days ago, there are also lots of others on my youtube channel


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Post by TerriHolt » Wed Jul 17, 2013 2:12 am

She is adorable!
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Post by Kootenaywolf » Wed Sep 04, 2013 3:57 pm

Here is a little update of Onyx, she just turned 6 months (ALREADY!!). Time goes way too fast with a puppy around!

She is still really little (35lbs and about 20.5 inches tall), which I am kind of liking, I'm hoping she stays small.

We will be starting agility classes pretty soon, and have done some online IPO foundations classes, and we're working on foundation Disc stuff as well. She's super smart and very easy to train!

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Her slightly crazy look....THROW THE BALL!!!
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And silly faces for good measure

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Post by HiTenshi16 » Thu Sep 05, 2013 12:16 am

She is so pretty :) love the crazy faces.
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Post by Lynwae » Thu Sep 05, 2013 8:14 am

I like her :D

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Post by Czertice » Mon Sep 09, 2013 4:27 pm

Onyx is lovely! And you shoot some awesome photos!
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Post by Gaby » Tue Sep 10, 2013 9:27 pm

Wow, she is looking great!

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Post by Kootenaywolf » Wed Sep 11, 2013 2:54 am

Thanks everyone!

I know I just posted a ton but I took this shot the other day and I think it is my current favourite...she is starting to look more grown up! Pretty girl.

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Post by HiTenshi16 » Wed Sep 11, 2013 3:00 am

She looks so sweet, and innocent.
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Post by Kootenaywolf » Sat Oct 05, 2013 4:34 am

My baby girl just turned 7 months old (already!). Super pleased with how she is turning out!

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Post by HiTenshi16 » Sat Oct 05, 2013 5:41 am

Her colouration is so pretty :) Also loving her "say cheese" face :lol:
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Post by Tana » Sun Oct 06, 2013 7:27 pm

Beautiful girl! :D You have a purpose to compete with her in the IPO program? Or in other sports?

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Tana wrote:Beautiful girl! :D You have a purpose to compete with her in the IPO program? Or in other sports?
Yes, I would like to, though I live very far away from any IPO clubs, I have been taking online classes through the Fenzi Academy. I am also really interested in Disc, so I would like to do some competing in that and possibly agility, we will see :)

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Post by Tatzel » Mon Oct 07, 2013 9:29 pm

She's so cute, and it's just a joy to see you training with her, she seems to try really hard to impress you!
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Tatzel wrote:She's so cute, and it's just a joy to see you training with her, she seems to try really hard to impress you!
Thank you, and yes she tries very hard to please. I love that about her!

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Post by Kootenaywolf » Mon Nov 11, 2013 1:08 am

Onyx update! She just turned 8 months, and she's right at 40lbs. I think she is probably nearly done growing.

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Post by HiTenshi16 » Mon Nov 11, 2013 3:15 am

So cute with the jacket!
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Post by Nino » Wed Nov 13, 2013 7:13 pm

I think that Onyx and Skygge has the same eye color almost :)
She's so pretty
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Post by Kootenaywolf » Thu Nov 14, 2013 9:50 pm

Nino wrote:I think that Onyx and Skygge has the same eye color almost :)
She's so pretty
They do, don't they! Both a bit lighter than to their breeds' standards, which I love. Onyx's are really quite yellowish in direct light, but I find they don't pick up the light quite the same as Yarrow's do.

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Post by Nino » Fri Nov 15, 2013 9:15 pm

Kootenaywolf wrote:
Nino wrote:I think that Onyx and Skygge has the same eye color almost :)
She's so pretty
They do, don't they! Both a bit lighter than to their breeds' standards, which I love. Onyx's are really quite yellowish in direct light, but I find they don't pick up the light quite the same as Yarrow's do.
It is exactly the same with Skygge!
Sølve had a bit lighter eyes but caught it much easier than Skygge does.
I wish Skygge had much lighter eyes, but I am just so very happy that she has this light eyes, because I don't like it when I cannot see the pupil when training because it makes it too difficult to see where the dog is looking.
I am really hoping Skygge will be able to be bred to a light eyed male so that she can produce some beautiful bright eyed pups.
But we will have to see, she turns 1 years old tomorrow (November 16th) and the day after we are having graduation of our Obedience (which we need to pass to be able to do the higher training like IPO)
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Post by TParham86 » Sat Nov 16, 2013 3:39 am

Love the sweatshirt photo :D it's awesome that you got her winking at you :D so cute

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Post by Hawthorne » Sat Nov 16, 2013 3:49 pm

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Post by Tiantai » Sat Nov 16, 2013 9:38 pm

Did you name him Onyx after a chalcedony?
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Kootenaywolf wrote:
Tana wrote:Wow, very beautiful malinois. I like her dad :) Are her parents from IPO lines (maybe on working dog.eu)?

I have malinois as well and train her for IPO and SAR. Now, I have the opportunity to compare tamaskan and malinois in the work. I must say tamaskans surprised me, in good way!
She has a mix of Ring and IPO dogs in her pedigree. Also on her dad's side many detection dogs.

Are there photos of your Malinois anywhere? I'd love to see some!

That's great that your Tamaskan is doing so well in training. I find there is a huge difference between my ANCD and Onyx in terms of ease of training.
Could you explain the difference with a little more detail? :)

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Post by Tana » Sat Jan 11, 2014 3:09 pm

Tamaskan vs. malinois:
true comparisons can't be done because they are selected for completely different things. In general:

-most of Tamaskans (not all of them) are very food motivated, so you can easily use this in training. But you have to be careful to train them, when they are a little bit hungry to keep them high motivated or in other words to train them, when they are in good mood. Otherwise they quickly get bored (they are just to smart for doing so many repetitions ;) ) Malinois are selected for working with handler and they want to work for/with you all the time. Tamaskans don't, they like to cooperate but only for good payment.

-Tamaskans are very sensitive, they feel the slightest change in your mood. They need to know they are the best otherwise they can quickly shut down. Most of malinois dogs aren't soo sensitive. Females are more sensitive than males.

-Tamaskans don't have "drive" like malinois do. They like to play, if you play with them in the right way from the beginning... To change the ball for food, to play a short time, while motivation is on highest point etc. In this way you can "build" some prey drive (redirect hunting insinct to the toys). Malinois have high "ball, prey drive", they are crazy for the everything moves. And also they have "fight drive", courage, aggression to fight for the ball, sleeve. They like to bite. Tamaskans not, they don't have any aggression. A completely different principle.

It should also be borne in mind that dogs/lines differ from each other. Hope this can help you.

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Tana wrote:Tamaskan vs. malinois:
true comparisons can't be done because they are selected for completely different things. In general:

-most of Tamaskans (not all of them) are very food motivated, so you can easily use this in training. But you have to be careful to train them, when they are a little bit hungry to keep them high motivated or in other words to train them, when they are in good mood. Otherwise they quickly get bored (they are just to smart for doing so many repetitions ;) ) Malinois are selected for working with handler and they want to work for/with you all the time. Tamaskans don't, they like to cooperate but only for good payment.

-Tamaskans are very sensitive, they feel the slightest change in your mood. They need to know they are the best otherwise they can quickly shut down. Most of malinois dogs aren't soo sensitive. Females are more sensitive than males.

-Tamaskans don't have "drive" like malinois do. They like to play, if you play with them in the right way from the beginning... To change the ball for food, to play a short time, while motivation is on highest point etc. In this way you can "build" some prey drive (redirect hunting insinct to the toys). Malinois have high "ball, prey drive", they are crazy for the everything moves. And also they have "fight drive", courage, aggression to fight for the ball, sleeve. They like to bite. Tamaskans not, they don't have any aggression. A completely different principle.

It should also be borne in mind that dogs/lines differ from each other. Hope this can help you.
One more thing. Tamaskans (can) quickly become anxious. Separation anxiety-not good. But for training is a good thing. Example: before training Tana becomes completely crazy, start to whining, moaning, howling, everything. Good activation for work. And then, if I hiding the balls for example, training for searching microlocation, she is stubborn enough to not give up until she finds the ball.

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Post by Kootenaywolf » Sun Jan 19, 2014 5:52 am

I took some video the other day out on our walk. Some heeling, a few tricks, and recalls off distraction (playing with the other dogs, and midway through chasing a stick).

She's working for a stick the whole time. She is just a dream to train and work with! (sorry we are so distant and tiny, I set the camera on a log and didn't realize we'd be quite so far away!).



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Love this one. She has really beautiful movement!
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Post by HiTenshi16 » Sun Jan 19, 2014 4:59 pm

Smart little girl :) I just love her colouring
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Post by Tatzel » Mon Jan 20, 2014 11:54 am

I'd be interessted to know how you feel like your dogs compare in regards to level of energy, demand and biddance.

From the looks of it Jasper seems to be very laid back and not as energetic as Onyx, but that might only seem that way because Onyx is still so young?
Would love to hear your opinion!
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Post by Kootenaywolf » Mon Jan 20, 2014 11:41 pm

Tatzel wrote:I'd be interessted to know how you feel like your dogs compare in regards to level of energy, demand and biddance.

From the looks of it Jasper seems to be very laid back and not as energetic as Onyx, but that might only seem that way because Onyx is still so young?
Would love to hear your opinion!
You are very right, Jasper is a super laid back dog, not very energetic, undemanding, he's content to sleep most of the day. He is definitely older but he has always been that way. Rough Collies have really been watered down from the working dogs they once were, bred to be show dogs and pets. I consider him to be low energy and pretty low drive. He's fairly biddable, but doesn't have a ton of stamina for training and doesn't really use his brain that much, haha!

Yarrow is medium energy, he needs to get out for a run but he sleeps most of the time otherwise. He is not very demanding, he's pretty independent and mostly does his own thing. He is not very biddable. If you want him to work for you, it needs to be low distraction and you have to have very very high value rewards.

Onyx is very high energy/high drive, and very very biddable. She is also by far the most demanding of my dogs, she needs lots of stimulation, otherwise she's a little demon. I got her precisely for this reason though, so I love it. She is incredibly fun to train, she'll work forever, for almost any reward. She also DOES have an off switch if her needs have been met, which isn't always the case with Malinois. Malinois are almost entirely bred as working dogs still, so very different from the Collies. I would not recommend Malinois for most people - in the wrong hands they would be disastrous! She is even relatively easy for a Malinois. For me personally, I am completely hooked :) I will always have at least one Malinois I think.

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