Actor Channing Tatum had not anticipated this backlash when he was shooting his film “DOG”.
The official synopsis reads, “With a dog named Lulu by his side, Army Ranger Briggs races down the Pacific Coast to make it to a soldier’s funeral on time. Along the way, Briggs and Lulu drive themselves completely insane, break a handful of laws, narrowly escape death, and learn to let their guard down for a chance at happiness.
The dog Lulu is played by three different canine actors in the film. Everyone has asked 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 not to adopt a Malinois
On Tuesday, law enforcement officer and dog trainer Shane Ross warned the public that the Belgian Malinois breed is not as friendly as it looks on screen. The Facebook post, which has since gone viral, begins: “There’s a movie coming out on February 18 called ‘Dog’. It stars Chanum Tatum and a highly skilled Belgian Malinois. It’s a road trip/buddy movie.
“People are going to see this movie and many will want their own Belgian Malinois,” he continued. “It’s not going to end well for this breed.”
“A highly skilled Malinois is a work of art,” he continued. “Michelangelo’s statue of David too, 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 go and meet Malinois of all ages at your local rescue first.”
“Be honest with yourself about how much time you have to spend training one of these dogs,” he added. “Not the person you want to be, but the person you are right now. Sitting on you is a– and reading this post.
“If you’re still determined to get one. You can stem the inevitable tidal wave of Malinois who will go to shelters by sourcing your dog in one of 3 places:
Your local shelter
A local Malinois rescue
A true ethical breeder (finding one is hard work, but an ethical breeder will prove their dogs and demand that you return the dog to them if you can’t keep it)”
“Do NOT get a Malinois from the guy around the corner,” he added. “Don’t help backyard farmers line their pockets. Purebred is not synonymous with good breeding.
“If you see the popularity of these dogs skyrocketing and think you can make a quick buck by breeding them. May all your financial ventures fail one after another,” he warned.
“From the bottom of my heart, I love this breed,” he continued. “I know what’s coming, and so do shelters and rescues.”
Alpha Instincts dog training echoes Shane Ross statement
His statement was echoed by Alpha Instincts Dog Training, which caught people’s attention with a photograph of a K-9 named Arco.
“Tomorrow the movie ‘Dog,’ starring Channing Tatum, will officially hit theaters,” they wrote in a separate Facebook post.
“It features a well-trained Belgian Malinois in a light-hearted road trip traveling across the United States with an Army Ranger to attend the funerals of his original masters,” 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 get out and bring one home as a pet, as 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. So is Michelangelo’s statue of David, but I don’t necessarily want that in my living room. This breed can to be exceptional in the right hands, but it needs a lot of everything.
“These dogs require incredible dedication to training, and rescues are already preparing for the influx that will inevitably follow when people realize why this breed is primarily used for military and police work,” they continued. “They thrive on hard work; they literally exist for this.
“They won’t be couch potatoes,” they added. “They’re not well equipped to just be a running buddy. They won’t protect you without extensive professional training.
They again quoted Ross, saying: “‘Be honest with yourself about how much time you have to spend training one of these dogs – not the person you want to be, but the person you are NOW .'”
“Hollywood has a history of romanticizing animals, and backyard breeders are just waiting to make a quick buck on ignorance,” they warned. “Please, even if you just like the idea of this breed, do your research.”
Vets are warning the public: you can’t handle a Belgian Malinois!
Where are my people? Dog with Channing Tatum comes out tomorrow with a highly trained Belgian Malinois. We strongly believe as a community that most people should not own this breed. #vettech #vetmed #veterinary #vetgirl pic.twitter.com/ezk5HauiuV
— VETgirl (@VetGirlOnTheRun) February 18, 2022
A vet has taken to Twitter to warn the public about the dangers of owning a Malinois with a 1992 ‘A Few Good Men’ meme.
“Where are my people? Dog with Channing Tatum is dating a highly trained Belgian Malinois tomorrow,” said the Tweeter read. “We strongly believe as a community that most people should not own this breed.”
“It’s a strong breed that needs an experienced trainer. Not for everyone,” one comment said.
“I know I can’t!” another wrote.
“Okay,” said another user.
“Oh no, seriously? It will be bad, sales will skyrocket! 😱 I’m a vet and wouldn’t dream of owning one, I know my canine limits,” another shared. “I can’t bear to think 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.