actor Channing Tatum didn’t anticipate this backlash when shooting his film DOG.
The official synopsis reads: “With a dog named Lulu at his side, Army Ranger Briggs races down the Pacific coast to make it to a soldier’s funeral in time. Along the way, Briggs and Lulu drive each other completely insane, break a handful of laws, narrowly escape death, and learn to neglect their guards for a fighting chance at happiness.”
The dog Lulu is played in the film by three different doggy actors. Everyone has been asking about the dog’s breed to find their own adorable canine companion, but vets are warning that owning a Belgian Malinois is a bad idea.
Dog trainer Shane Ross warns users against adopting a Malinois
On Tuesday, law enforcement officer and dog trainer Shane Ross warned the public that the Belgian Malinois breed isn’t as friendly as it looks on screen. The Facebook post, which has since gone viral, begins by saying: “There’s a movie coming out on February 18th called ‘Dog.’ It stars Chanum Tatum and a highly trained Belgian Malinois. It’s a road trip/buddy movie.”
“People will see this film and many will want their own Belgian Malinois,” he continued. “This will not end well for this breed.”
“A highly trained Malinois is a work of art,” he continued. “The same goes for Michelangelo’s statue of David, but I don’t necessarily want it in my living room.”
“This breed can be amazing in the right hands, but it requires a lot of everything,” he explained. “If you are considering getting a Malinois, please first meet a few Malinois of all ages at your local rescue center.”
“Be honest with yourself about how much time it takes you to train one of these dogs,” he added. “Not the person you want to be, but the person you are now. Sitting on you – and reading this post.”
“If you’re still determined to get one. You can stem the inevitable tidal wave of Malinois being abandoned at shelters by looking for your dog in one of 3 places:
Your local refuge
A local Malinois rescue
A genuine, ethical breeder (researching one is hard work, but an ethical breeder will screen their dogs and request that you return the dog if you can’t keep it)”
“DO NOT get a Malinois from the guy on the street,” he added. “Don’t help backyard growers line their pockets. Purebred does not equal good breeding.”
“When you see the popularity of these dogs, you can make a quick buck by breeding a few. May all your financial ventures fail one after another,” he warned.
“I love this breed from the bottom of my heart,” he continued. “I know what’s coming, and so do the shelters and rescue workers.”
Alpha Instinct’s dog training takes up what Shane Ross said
His statement was echoed by Alpha Instincts Dog Training, which caught people’s attention with a photo of a K-9 named Arco.
“Tomorrow the movie ‘Dog’ starring Channing Tatum officially hits theaters,” they wrote in a separate Facebook post.
“It stars a well-educated Belgian Malinois in a light-hearted road trip movie, traveling across the States in an Army Ranger to attend the funeral of their original handlers,” they continued. “While this film addresses some of the growing pains and learning curves that come with owning a ‘Maligator,’ many will still want to go out and take one home as a pet – just like they did when John Wick III came out. ”
“As Shane Doss mentioned in his viral post, ‘A highly trained Malinois is a work of art. Michelangelo’s statue of David too, but I don’t really want it in my living room. This breed can be exceptional in the right hands, but it requires a lot of everything.’”
“These dogs require an incredible level of dedication to training, and rescue workers are already preparing for the influx that will inevitably follow as people realize why this breed is primarily used for military and police work,” they continued . “They live by work; they literally exist for that.”
“They won’t be couch potatoes,” they added. “You’re not well equipped to just be a running mate. They will not protect you without extensive, professional training.”
They again quoted Ross as saying, “Be honest with yourself about how much time you have to put into training one of these dogs – not the person you want to be, but the person you are NOW.”
“Hollywood has a long history of romanticizing animals, and backyard breeders are just waiting to make a quick buck out of ignorance,” they warned. “Please, even if you just love the idea of this breed, do your research.”
Vets Warn Public: You Can’t Handle a Belgian Malinois!
where are my people Dog with Channing Tatum will be released tomorrow with a highly trained Belgian Malinois. We as a community stand firm that most people should not own this breed. #vettech #vetmed #vet #vet pic.twitter.com/ezk5HauiuV
— VETgirl (@VetGirlOnTheRun) February 18, 2022
A vet took to Twitter to warn the public of the dangers of owning a Malinois with a meme from 1992’s “A Few Good Men.”
“Where are my people? Dog with Channing Tatum will be released tomorrow with a highly trained Belgian Malinois.” tweet read. “We as a community stand firm that most people should not own this breed.”
“They are a strong breed that needs an experienced handler. Not for everyone,” says one comment.
“I know I can’t do this!” another wrote.
“Agreed,” said another user.
“Oh no, seriously? This will be bad, sales will explode! 😱 I’m a vet and wouldn’t dream of owning one, I know my canine limits,” shared another. “I can’t bear to imagine what’s going to happen to so many of these dogs and some of these people.”
As Shane Ross suggested, anyone looking to buy a Malinois should do their research and speak to an experienced handler before considering adoption.