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Delmarva German Shepherd Dog Club
Promoting the Working Lines

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About Us


"Don't let being up a tree keep you from your task."

Charles Tanner's Rottweiler, Apollo.


The Delmarva German Shepherd Dog Club

Our History

The club was founded by several passionate German Shepherd owners and trainers who enjoy training with working lines animals. We added to this mix other members who also enjoy the same experience but with different breeds. 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 individual's differences and interests, attempts to create a fun and worthwhile training outlet, and help 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 that offer real club level protection work without that sport dog attitude. While the vast majority of our members own German Shepherds, we will work with other approved breeds without issue. K-9 personal protection, obedience, and the AKC-CGC are some of the training areas our club explores.

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"Gaines Farm Pepper ACK-CGC/PPD"


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

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.



K-9 Valor and Lance Wilgus getting ready for hedgrerow protection work.


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 groups, hunting, fishing, or motorcycle 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 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, they've 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 things well! 

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.