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Delmarva German Shepherd Dog Club
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K-9 Training...

Building up the dog or puppy is done with a variety of club experiences. 

We call it CONFIDENCE BUILDING!

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 on sport and working dog experiences that dates back to 1997. Our club has evolved since then to reflect many factors, needs, and current requests, like adding more AKC title events. The core foundation of our group came from several passionate German Shepherd owners, trainers, and breeders who enjoy training with working lines animals. In 2013, we accepted other breeds into our club and during the summer of 2017, we elected to train mixed breed working lines dogs too. Our reasoning was simple: you can have strong cross bred dogs that can do the work and not everyone is into breeding. Some folks just want a quality outlet where they can train. 

We understand it's hard to find clubs that offer safe and reliable real world training. Other folks have no interest in working towards sport dog titles like Schutzhund/IPO or some of the other venues. 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 needs and applications, and increase the handler's knowledge and skills with the dog they're using. 

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 and handlers have the skills or abilities, some folks need a safe place to begin. We try and bring out the BEST in your 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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Working with other breeds is something we will do with this club.

K-9 Demos

Looking for something unique for a community event?

We offer K-9 Demos for many community events and organizations. It takes a few weeks to develop one for your event. Our K-9 Demo team can provide 30 and 45 minute scenario based action. We feature puppies and adult dogs. Obedience and protection work. And, we've done many over the years. Call us to schedule your 2018 event!

   

Training towards the AKC titles and using utility style obedience!

  

The DGSDC has two certified AKC-CGC Evaluators. We feel that many of the elements found in the AKC-CGC are important to the foundation work of our club. Training and testing can be done for the AKC titles of: CGC, Trick Dog, Urban Dog, and Community Dog. We also can assess for the puppy S.T.A.R. certificate.