"The First Step...Knowing What You Want."
The Delmarva German Shepherd Dog Club
The club was founded by several German Shepherd owners and who enjoy training with working lines animals. We added to this mix other members who enjoy the same experience but with other breeds. Setting aside any egos of "only German Shepherds can do this" has helped make this a family-friendly group. "It can't be THAT simple?" Really, it is!
Our goals are to help owners understand the genetic drives of their pet, to use non-patterned training and scenarios which increase handler knowledge and skills, and to create a network with other responsible German Shepherd owners. Training works with an understanding of the individuals differences, attempts to create a fun and worthwhile training outlet, and helps the owner achieve their personal goals with the dog they have to use. In some sport venues, you have few choices when exploring working dogs. You're either locked into a stylized mode of training or you use methods which don't seem practical in the real world.
In 2013, the Delmarva German Shepherd Dog Club decided to accepted other breeds into our training venue. We understand it's hard to find clubs like this in our area. While the vast majority of our members own German Shepherds, we will work with other approved breeds. K-9 personal protection and obedience are the two main training areas for this club. Enjoy the rest of the website!
German Shepherds have long been used for police, security, and protection work. K-9 Major is training for our K-9 Demo Team and is owned and trained by John Chambers. It's a safe bet this isn't a "sleeve happy" sport dog! Photo by: Peter Forbes
Form and Function...It Works When You Work It
Many folks have sports outlets or clubs that reflect their needs and interests. These can be baseball or soccer teams, horseback riding associations, hunting or fishing clubs, and the many local hobby groups. For the working dog owner and specifically the German Shepherd folks, there isn't much out there. When doing any website search, you'll find this to be true.
The German Shepherd was designed and bred to fill many uses and personal/professional needs. This is a large, herding breed animal. Like many pack animals, they're willing to fit in with the pack and serve the human IF the human is a pack leader. Setting rules and providing outlets for their energy are important elements to owning this breed.
Smart and highly trainable dogs, they've been used for everything from war dogs to S&R helpers, from law enforcement partners to herders of sheep or cattle, from security dog to trusted family pet. The form and function of a well bred, working lines, German Shepherd seems to make this breed one that might be able to do all things and all things well!
Non-German Shepherd Breeds...We Work Them Too!
Above left, Charles Tanner III working his Rottweiler male, Apollo. To the right is Brian Lynch and his Rottweiler, Kane. James White, shown below, was working with his Presa Canario female. Hidden sleeve or regular...you pick!
DGSDC member, James White checking the progress of his dog on the hidden sleeve (L) and the regular sleeve (R).