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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



Training starts with an understanding of what you want from your puppy or dog. Genetics takes us into the training venue with non-canned techniques that help bring out the best in your pet. All animals are required to do obedience, the AKC-CGC title is part of our training program.


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 feels 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, 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.

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"Gaines Farm Einstein"

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.


John Chambers working with his German Shepherd, Major.


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! 

Personal Protection Work

DGSDC senior member, Vernon Murray with his German Shepherd.

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.