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Delmarva German Shepherd Dog Club
Promoting the Working Lines

The Portal of Things to Come

"Promoting the true utility nature of the breed"

Welcome to the Delmarva German Shepherd Dog Club Website!




DGSDC member Charles Tanner III and his Rottweiler, Apollo.

Yeah, we know it's not a GERMAN SHEPHERD...


2015 Memberships Available to Approved Dog/Handler Teams

The Delmarva German Shepherd Dog Club is a private organization, one which promotes the working lines German Shepherd  breed on the Delmarva Peninsula. Through a variety of club related activities and scenarios, our dogs and their owners can meet for training sessions, clinics, K-9 demonstrations, and to promote upcoming litters from responsible club breeders.

We understand it isn't easy to find clubs like this in the area. In 2013, we opted to accept other approved breeds into the club. We generally require animals to be registered through the American Kennel Club or other approved registry and from working lines, though some work/show lines will be accepted. Memberships are available year-round and assessments 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!

Facing the issues in training...and the challenges!

If you expect nothing, you will get nothing!

You purchased the working lines puppy and now see that it's full of drive and biting issues. Some well meaning folks will tell you to grab the muzzle and smack its face. Other folks tell you to squeeze the muzzle until the puppy hollers. You purchased a working lines animal for a reason...if the puppy knows it can be hurt by its PACK LEADER, why would it feel comfortable "defeating" someone it doesn't know? You've just taken the first steps in ruining your animal with misinformation like that.

Your dog or puppy is like a savings account, what you put into now will showcase in the years to come. This is why we use marker training in ever venue. Our protection style of training works more from the concepts of positive, prey development with the dog and a simple understanding of the methods for the handler.

We feel it's better to spend quality time training our dogs and less time testing them. When the venue is fun for all, great things can happen! See the action for yourself.


 "The breeding of shepherd dogs is the breeding of working dogs and this must always be the aim or we shall cease to produce shepherd dogs." -Max Von Stephanitz