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Delmarva German Shepherd Dog Club
Promoting the Working Lines

The Portal of Things to Come

Welcome to the Delmarva German Shepherd Dog Club Website!


Training is TOUGH!

The Delmarva German Shepherd Dog Club is a private organization, one which promotes the working lines German Shepherd  breed and other approved breeds on the Delmarva Peninsula. We offer real world training for real world needs and applications. Most folks want a well mannered and obedient family pet. We can train for that. Others want a prospect for personal or business protection or to alert them to a  stranger who might be approaching. We can train for that. Lastly, others just want to work towards fun goals like those offered with the American Kennel Club. Yep, we have that one covered too! So what does the club offer in a family friendly setting?

Through a variety of structured activities and scenarios, we train the dog and the owner as one, a team. Our teams train in: on and off leash utility style obedience, control and capping drills, environmental agility and conditioning,  tracking and area searching, and K-9 personal protection using bite sleeves and suits. We also offer training and testing for the American Kennel Club's, Canine Good Citizen title, the Urban and Community Dog titles, the Trick Dog title, and the puppy S.T.A.R. certificate. Our club has two certified evaluators who can train and assess your pet for these areas. Both Charlie Tanner III and Howard Gaines III have extensive backgrounds and real experience. When it comes to working with you and your pet doesn't knowledge, skill, experience, and wisdom mean something? We think so!

Memberships require your dog or puppy to be up to date on shots and flea and tick treatments, clear thinking, from working lines or working with some show, and your personal pet...not something you're training for resale. Exceptions to this policy are few and those done will be on an individual basis. Because we train all year, club memberships are usually available year-round and assessments of your dog or puppy are FREE!

A "portal" is described as a doorway or means of entrance. We would like to think our club is that "entrance" for you and your dog to find out what working dog training is about and why our members enjoy it. Thanks for checking out our website and we look forward to meeting you in person. Don't forget to check out our Facebook site as well and to hit that LIKE button!


2020 our focus on the future is to continue with the success that we had last year...join us in the fun.

Atlas earned his AKC Trick Dog Novice title...