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Delmarva German Shepherd Dog Club
Promoting the Working Lines

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About Us


Protection Prospects

Howard Gaines III working with Randy Combs', Belgian Malinois, Havoc.

The Delmarva German Shepherd Dog Club

Our History

Many folks have outlets or clubs that reflect their interests. These can be baseball, football, or soccer teams, horseback riding groups, hunting or fishing clubs, or one of the many motorcycle clubs. 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, trainers, and breeders who enjoy training with working lines animals. In 2013, we accepted other breeds into our club. As of the summer of 2017, we have also elected to take on a few mixed breed working lines dogs. Our reasoning is simple: you can have strong cross bred dogs that can do the work, and not everyone is into breeding, they just want a quality outlet to train...hence the new policy. In Europe, some folks will mix the Belgian Malinois with the German Shepherd. This gives you a working dog with qualities from both breeds used for real work purposes.

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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Planning a Demo...The BIG Conversations!!!

We offer K-9 Demos for many community events. It takes a few weeks to develop. Our team was discussing the line up for the CR RIDER PRIDE was good!

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.

One More Bite!

Charles Tanner III working with Bandit. 

Owned and Handled by Howard Gaines III.

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.