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Delmarva German Shepherd Dog Club
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About Us



Owned and handled by Vernon Murray.

Helper work by Randy Combs.

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 clubs, or one of the many motorcycle clubs in our area. For the working dog owner and specifically German Shepherd folks, there isn't much out there that allows you to tap into the genetics of your pet.

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."

Our club goals are simple: help the owners understand the genetic drives of their pet, use non-patterned training techniques and scenarios which offer a real world need and application, and increase handler's 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 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. Next, we dovetail those skills into the protection venue. 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, how can a "canned" program serve YOUR needs? Guessing they can't!

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Building Defense

We work many dogs in this club. Not all dogs come from the some lines or have owners that need the same training. While each dog is very different, the basic training remains the no harm to the animal. Randy Combs applying body taps to Mina to test her defense and willingness to stay on the sleeve.

The DGSDC has two certified AKC-CGC Evaluators, Howard Gaines III and Charles Tanner III both from Harrington, Delaware. We feel that many of the elements found in the AKC-CGC are important to the foundation work of our club.

Along with verbal marker training, our dogs respond to the positive training techniques and not the OLD SCHOOL style of "yank and crank." The CGC is also an entry point for the CGC Advanced title and used for Therapy Dog certification from other training venues.


Howard Gaines III working his German Shepherd, Pepper on a protection scenario. 

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