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Delmarva German Shepherd Dog Club
Promoting the Working Lines

The Portal of Things to Come

"Serious Training for Serious People"

About Us


"When SPEED and SPACE End"

Working fast dogs isn't easy, in fact, it takes skill and timing to prevent injuries to the dog and the helper. When the helper doesn't get the timing down or work the dog correctly, a jam or major injury can happen. John Chambers working Tyarda Gardefense in a correct manner. The dog's energy and drive are set to the outside of the helper and not driven into them with a SUDDEN take up of space. So who is working YOUR dog and are they safe?

Tyarda is owned and handled by Howard Gaines III


The Delmarva German Shepherd Dog Club

Our History

Many folks have sports outlets or clubs that reflect their interests or needs. These can be baseball, football, or soccer teams, horseback riding groups, hunting or fishing associations, or the many motorcycle clubs in our area. For the working dog owner and specifically the German Shepherd folks, there isn't much out there that allows you to tap into the genetics of your pet. When doing any website search, you'll find this to be true.

The Delmarva German Shepherd Dog Club was founded by several passionate German Shepherd owners and trainers who enjoy training with working lines animals. In 2013, we decided to accepted other breeds into our training venue. We understand it's hard to find clubs that offer real world training without that sport dog attitude or the requirement to push for organizational "titles" on their pet. While the vast majority of our members own German Shepherds, we will work with other approved breeds without issue.

Our club goals are simple: help the owners understand the genetic drives of their pet, use non-patterned training techniques and scenarios which are real world based in need and application, and increase handler knowledge and skills with the dog they are using. The DGSDC also offers problem solving and breed specific help for the first time working dog owner.


Because CANNED Can't Work!

Anyone who tells you that "ONE SIZE FITS ALL" with dog training is blowing smoke. Canned can't work! Not all dogs are equal and not all handlers have the skills or abilities to bring out the BEST in their pet. Our training mindset works with an understanding of the individual's differences and interests. We attempt to create a club setting that is both fun and worthwhile as a training outlet.

We take your pet from the foundation level using on leash obedience and marker training. Dovetailing those skills into the protection venue becomes and ongoing effort. STEP BY STEP TRAINING!  When you explore some groups or clubs, you have few choices with their working dog training. You're either locked into a stylized mode of training or you'll use methods which don't seem practical in the real world. So who long does it take to develop a protection prospect? A lifetime!

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Sleeve Work

K-9 Renley is a Belgian Malinois and handled by Joel Griffith

This is one of a few breeds that we work with other than the German Shepherd.

The Delmarva German Shepherd Dog Club has two AKC-CGC and S.T.A.R. certified evaluators.

We feel that many of the elements found in the AKC-CGC are important to the foundational work. Marker training is something else our club does with the dogs.

Howard Gaines III and Charles Tanner III both from Harrington, DE.

We're more than just protection based club, we train the TOTAL PACKAGE! While working dogs have higher drives and different genetics than the average pet, it's our club goal to put the Canine Good Citizen title on as many dogs as we can. The AKC-CGC is a good goal to work towards in the journey of working dog training.

Form and Function

"It Works When You Work It."

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 human 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, the German Shepherd has been used for everything from war dogs to S&R helpers, from law enforcement partners to herders of sheep and cattle, from security dogs to trusted family pets. 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 do all things well! 

Slowly I Step...Inch by Inch

Randy Combs working Rottweiler, Apollo as his owner looks on.

Apollo is owned and handled by Charles Tanner III

Need a K-9 Demo for your organization?

We're taking requests for 2016. Demos can be designed for 30 and 45 minute time periods.

Call us for more information and to book us... 

NOTICE! Please refrain from contacting us regarding your unwanted, abused, or shelter bound German Shepherds. We are a training club, one whose members love and take care of their working lines, high drive animals.