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Testimonials Belgian Malinois Protection & Adult Dogs

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  Hala Toubbeh, New Mexico
We were seeking a personal protection Malinois and chose Ruidoso Malinois Kennels without reservation as our first and only choice. We visited Irene's kennel for 5 days after we were perfectly matched with Zmed as the dog most suited for our personalities and life-style. Zmed is a perfect balance of calm confidence, affection and just the right amount of ball drive for a Protection Dog. He fulfilled every qualification to be a devoted companion as well as a trustworthy protection dog, with no concession to fear or threat. We saw that Irene's tireless efforts at obedience training are a crucial component to the foundations of personal protection, and defense. She will take the time necessary to go through the process of bonding, teaching obedience and enforcing good bite technique with all new clients. She understands that each owner has a different learning curve and with patience, information and clear instruction ensures that there is success. Her property and kennel are impeccable and a beautiful environment in which her dogs can be soundly raised, trained and released to owners with full confidence that each dog is matched to the needs and temperament of its client. Her dedication to excellence shows in every aspect of her property and product. We would not go anywhere else for our second dog.

  Steve Duncan, Alaska
I began a search for a Belgian Malinois after meeting an Alaska State Trooper K9 Malinois. I settled on Ruidoso Malinois after speaking with several other kennels. I have owned many dogs of different breeds and did not know what to expect from a Malinois. Having five children I was concerned of course about their safety first. After speaking with Irene Howcroft she quickly alleviated all of my concerns. I was assured that the dog that we chose would be both social and friendly, as well as protective when asked to do so. We took delivery of Dakar in early June 2012. He arrived with a Ruidoso Malinois delivery trainer Omri. Omri is a consumat professional, he made the time it took for Dakar to transition from him to my family almost immediate. He paid special attention to my wife who was a bit apprehensive at first. Within minutes she had Dakar on command and following every single one perfectly. It was truly amazing to watch. His obedience and manners in public are perfect. We take him everywhere and have dined at several restaurants, gone to the movies, as well as many different grocery stores. All of this was done off leash and not one time did he break command. People often stop and watch. I cannot count the number of compliments that have been offered by total strangers. The last two days that the trainer spent with us were all bite work. I have seen videos of various k9s in action and in every single one the handlers be it a police officer or whomever always had to remove the dog physically from the target. Not so with Dakar. His attacks are aggressive and fluid. He drives his bite deep into legs and arms. With one single command he will stop. Another command and he will either return to my side or continue to guard the target. Once again all of this was off leash. Irene Howcroft and Ruidoso Malinois offer a professional organization that exceeded our expectations. All stages of our purchase as well as the delivery and training of my family and i were smooth and hassle free. To say that i would recommend Ruidoso Malinois would not be enough.

  Max Horowitz, California
I had an absolute wonderful experience with Ruidoso Malinois-I can tell Irene is passionate about what she does and cares more about the dogs than making a profit. I purchased my Malinois from her approximately a year and a half ago and he has paid for himself. I was traveling in British Columbia approximately one year ago and was approached by a gentleman in an alleyway who brandished a knife and demanded my wallet. My dog performed flawlessly, biting on the gentlemen's hand while I removed the knife from it. As I was unarmed at the time, I am confident the outcome would have been different if I did not have my dog. Irene does an excellent job and I will definitely acquire another dog from her in the future, as well as recommend her to anyone who asks.

  Chad & Hannah Williams, Oklahoma
While my husband was on tour in Iraq he worked with the Malinois breed and quickly fell in love with them! So we decided to purchase one from Irene because honestly she seemed to be the most upright and honest about the entire transaction. We couldn't have been happier with our new family member Niobi! Irene was very respectful and even let us spend the day with her to get used to the breed and Niobi in particular. She even made sure we were commanding her correctly and made sure we were a perfect fit before we left! It is clear that Irene is fantastic and honest at what she does. We love Niobi and she is very protective of our family which is exactly what my husband wanted for us as he continues his career in the military and is gone for a year at a time. I now feel safer when home alone because I know Niobi is well trained and will protect me should anything happen. Irene breeds Malinois of the utmost quality and if we ever get another she will be from Irene.

  Maria Stevenson and Medusa, Arkansas
First and foremost I want to thank Irene Howcroft from the bottom of my heart for making this an awesome experience for myself and Belgian Malinois, Medusa. If you have ever considered a service/protection/working dog, you cannot go wrong with Ruidoso Malinois. My testimonial is to set the record straight for Irene who has dedicated her life into helping people by providing outstanding canine services for whatever need they might have. I have personally been a guest at her home and her kennels in which she run a "tight-ship" operation. For people who think that running kennels is a 5 star hotel service for dogs, you will not find that here. By this I mean that her dogs have been put through almost every circumstance you can imagine and are resilient when they are released to their new owners. Irene loves her animals more than anything and provides these dogs with excellent training and care. Her kennels are well maintained, and organized. My dog Medusa is a service dog providing warning and protection being as I have an eye condition. Medusa is a sweet girl who isn't fazed by anything. She listens and her obedience is impeccable. Irene made the bonding experience one I will never forget. She also provided outstanding training with Medusa while I was there so we can work together as a team. Since I have had Medusa I have found her to become my new best friend. The most impressive part about Irene is her ability to understand the individual with their personality and pairing them with the perfect dog. No one could have found a more perfect companion such as Medusa for me. I recommend Ruidoso Malinois to anyone in need of these kind of services. Before you completely decide on a Malinois, call Irene, she will tell you about the characteristics of the breed and be straight with you if this is the right decision for you.

  Barrett & Roxanne Flowers, Utah
For many months I looked for the "right" Belgian Malinois for our home. We wanted both a pet and protection/service dog combination. The dog would have to get along with our older dog as well as three exotic cats that we have. I ran across Ruidoso Malinois run by Irene Howcroft. After contacting her and explaining our needs, she said she had the perfect dog for us-Sam. We exchanged many e-mails and phone calls, checked her references and talked to other people. We finally decided that we'd take the trip to her kennels personally and see all of her dogs, not just Sam. Long story short- Sam was the perfect dog! We purchased him and brought him home with us. Our vet checked him over very carefully and gave him an excellent bill of health. We couldn't be happier and Sam is a great dog, even tempered, very smart, wants to learn and please and gets along with our exotic cats very well. We could not give Irene Howcroft or her kennel, Ruidoso Malinois, any higher praise and would recommend them to anyone looking for this type of dog.

  E. Miller, Mazur Properties, LLC, New Mexico
About four months ago, we purchased an adult Malinois from Ruidoso Malinois. I should report that the dog is not exactly as was represented. He is, in fact, quite a bit better! I very much appreciate not being subjected to exaggerated claims. I prefer to be surprised when I get even more than I expected or was promised. Ruidoso Malinois appears to have many fine dogs and there are a good number of people and organizations out there who could utilize them for companionship, personal protection, police patrol, detection, sport, or security purposes. The key to a successful placement is the proper match of dog, handler, and intended application. Even a great dog may not be the ideal match for a given capable handler. From talking to references and from our experience, the staff at Ruidoso Malinois seems especially adept at determining needs, assessing the handler and then making the best match possible. I sense a genuine concern for the dogs with their welfare put ahead of profit.

  Jeff Genser, New York
Irene, I wanted to take the time to let you know how happy I am that I found your website way back in January of this year. After my long visit in February during which I chose Trojan as the dog I wanted, I now know that my guardian angel was watching over me again. It's been almost a month that I've had Trojan in my possession. From that Sunday night you handed me him on the leash and I returned to the campground and my trailer with him, I truly realize I am a very lucky person. From the first night, even before we began my training on his handling, I knew I had found the greatest friend I've ever had. The week of my learning to handle him was fantastic and our bond can now never be broken. My New York to New Mexico drive and the return trip home with Trojan will always be one of the highlights of my life. From the first day, I knew I had the smartest, best trained dog I'd ever come across. Next to my wife and children, he is the most fantastic being I've ever met. He has become the center of attention at home and wherever we go together, which is everywhere I go. I never leave him home because I would miss him too much. His behavior is beyond anything I could have imagined. He is wonderful with my family, my 13 year old Rottie female, and every other dog and person we've come across on the trip home and everywhere we go together. My Vet was extremely impressed with his looks, his health and his behavior. I just don't know how I could ever thank you for the way you brought him up from a puppy and the 100's of hours you had to have put into his training. Rest assured I will treat him right and do the best I can maintain his training. I can only offer myself to you as a reference to any of your potential customers, and there have already been people who wanted to know where he came from and how I found him. I can only hope that one of them will acquire a dog from you so he will have a friend of his high caliber to play with in my area. I really don't know what else to say. Thank you so much for Trojan and I will look forward to when we meet again. You have treated me with kindness and respect from the first phone call until I drove away with him from your facility in Capitan. I know I've made two friends for life, Trojan and You! Thank you, and best of luck in the future.

I have since purchased a second dog from Ruidoso Malinois (January 2013) and am very happy with her. Her training is excellent and her temperament everything I could ever have hoped for and more. I would recommend Ruidoso Malinois to my own children, as well as anyone else. The dogs are well cared for in a clean spacious environment, well fed, and attended to with love. Totally satisfied in every respect.

  Dave Messer, Tennessee
I recently purchased and pick up a Belgian Malinois from Irene on June 13th 2013. When I first contacted Irene in March, I told her I wanted a companion pet for me and my other dog, obedience training on and off leash, and house manners. Irene later called me back and said she had the perfect dog in mind for me. Well she nailed it!! Maximus is everything I wanted and more. He was great on the 16 hour ride hour and once home he was terrific with my 5 year old Weimaraner. I take him to the park and he minds extremely well even with all distractions of other people there. He is the perfect companion and everything I was looking for. Max was also a hit at vet. They said he looked great inside and out and is a wonderful dog. Thanx again Irene.

  Julia Burns, California
I first contacted Irene in December 2012 as I wanted to purchase a Malinois puppy for personal protection. I am a former prosecutor, and needed a reliable family dog who could protect the children. After talking to Irene, she suggested that what I needed was a fully trained dog, not a puppy. So the children and I packed up and drove to New Mexico. We found that Irene's kennels were full of wonderful dogs who were all impressive and healthy. Her pups were very friendly and confident. As a layperson, it was obvious that I would never have had the skills to train a Malinois and the suggestion that Irene had made of purchasing a full grown, trained personal protection dog was the best idea for our family. We immediately loved "Cor" and found that he was a wonderful animal and also was incredibly well trained. He had the urge to protect and please us, and he probably is going to be the best dog I have ever had. Irene took several days with us so we could bond with Cor, learn his commands, work him in obedience and finally bite work. She brought in a K-9 officer who was a decoy for the bite training and he had wonderful things to say about Irene and her dogs. This dog is so well trained that my children, 10 and 13, can command the dog to bite, then release. She went through these steps with them so they will know what to do if someone broke into our home. Cor is different than most dogs that I have had in that he is far more intelligent, but he is also very loving and compassionate. There is no doubt in my mind that he will protect me and my children, if the need arises. I do suggest purchasing a fully trained Malinois. Irene lovingly trained this animal and now we have the pleasure of adding him to our family. Her ability to train these animals is incredible. She does not believe in compulsion training, and showed us all how to make the dog behave. As a result of her hard work, Cor has a great character. He rode for 20 hours home with us, and he did not bark once. He did as he was told and spent most of his time with his head in my children's' laps watching their iPad. We spent several nights in a hotel and he was very well behaved. Even when I took Cor to our local vet, they remarked that Cor has a much better personality than the other Malinois they have as patients. I am extremely pleased with Cor. He is an incredible animal. I wholeheartedly recommend Irene and Ruidoso Malinois.

  Marc & Julie Mirsky, Arizona
I grew up with Dobermans and was immediately captivated by the first Malinois I was introduced to during a hike with friends. The Malinois' had everything I was looking for, intelligence, focus, loyalty, drive and athletic capabilities. After our 12 year old Malinois Questa died of cancer in early 2010 I started to research Malinois breeders throughout the US as our prior breeder had retired. I contacted Irene and she identified several prospective dogs. After evaluating the candidates my wife and I selected Mia and spent several days with Irene conducting obedience and protection training. Irene even invited us to watch her and Eric conduct drug detection training in the local town with some of her K9s in training. We are very pleased with our newest family member. Mia is obedient, alert, affectionate, protective, confident, intelligent, inquisitive, healthy, and has very high drive. Mia travels with us on vacation and regularly receives compliments for her public behavior and great looks as she is beautiful. Mia loves to hike, retrieve and do on-going protection training and has received compliments from her current trainer for her obedience and protection work. Irene still keeps in touch on a regular basis and is very interested in Mia's adventures. We look forward to our continued friendship with Irene and appreciate her helping us to obtain Mia.

  Christopher Clark, New Mexico
My first encounter with the Malinois breed was while crossing through a Border Patrol checkpoint. I did some research and then located Ruidoso Malinois online. I spoke with Irene several times before visiting the site and she went out of her way to work with my busy schedule. The day I met Rex, my new dog, I was so happy! Irene demonstrated his excellent protection abilities and I visited Rex several times before making my final decision. Rex is now my new best friend! He goes everywhere he can with me and his manners around my family are astonishing. Both of my daughters love him so much!! Rex has never shown any aggression towards any family members once he was properly introduced. However, Rex will alert to the presence of strangers and is very protective of us as trained. His health is excellent and the local Las Cruces vet was impressed by his temperament while at the clinic. Rex is a wonderful dog and Irene has continued her relationship with me following my purchase. She has answered all questions in a timely manner and we plan on visiting her site again soon for maintenance bite work training to keep Rex conditioned.