You already know that Shiva was born from a Malinois police dog, so obviously she would have some characteristics of a police dogs… Here she is: Shiva is the protective Belgian Malinois by excellence.
When I choose her what I noticed is that she wouldn’t let any other of her brothers or sisters come to me. Then as soon as I got her, she was 3 months and I started to socialise her, which it’s essential for a Malinois and if you don’t want any trouble with your dog (I will talk about that in an other article).
I used to bring her everywhere (restaurants, beach, stores…) and I had the chance to be allow to bring her at the office which I have to admit was very convenient for me to always keep an eye on her. However I was so close to her that it might be what bring her so protective. Several time her personality came out: protective and dominative .
For exemple since she is a puppy, she doesn’t like people that she doesn’t know to touch her, she would have growl at them or even bite them. I recall, she was still a puppy (4months) I was at restaurant on the terrasse and somebody try to sit on the table behind me, here Shiva jumped, barking and ready to bite! I stopped her at few inches of the poor lady who didn’t wanted to hurt me but was getting ready to sit and have a peaceful diner… This time was when I decided to be very careful with her. So now I always take a muzzle with me when we go out. I explain to people she doesn’t like to be paddle by unknown.
Even with me, when she was still little, one time, she had done stupidities in the house so I was mad at her then she started growling and staring at me !! Right away I took her by the back of her neck and put her back down, when your dog is dominative he cannot dominate you. You have to set up the hierarchy, like a wolf pack. It doesn’t mean you have to be violent, never! It means you have to understand the personality of your dog.
Then if you scare of being bite, do never adopt a dominative dog because even with the sweetest Malinois it can happen. Which by the way happened to me only few weeks ago, with Sky when he jump on the food of Shiva and in front of her I tried to pull Sky out of the dish from the neck… It was my fault I put him in a dominative position when I always try to place him as a dominant in front of Shiva. Anyway it was just a pinching. If a Malinois wants to really bite you, you can say bye to your arm or your hand.
This to say that Shiva is not a bad dog, she have her personality and I believe that as soon as you respect your dog and establish clear rules at home everything will be fine.