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German Shepherd Puppy

 Call Diane S (262) 251-8325 for Puppy Info or more about the Club


**** READ THIS FROM THE AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB BEFORE YOU LOOK FOR A PUPPY

German Shepherd Breed Standard

Each purebred breed has a written word picture of the ideal example of that breed. Read the breed Standard for the German Shepherd Dog.

Training

We offer many kinds of training for you and your German Shepherd including:
*Conformation
*Obedience
*Rally
*Agility
*Free puppy kindergarten classes
*Tracking

German Shepherd Puppies

Outstanding German Shepherds begin with sound breeding and early socialization. Our breeder referral program and puppy kindergarten classes will get you and your dog off on the right paw.

 

trackingTracking is a canine sport that demonstrates a dog’s natural ability to recognize and follow a scent and is the foundation of canine search and rescue work, along with other working service venues.  Unlike obedience and agility trials, where the dogs respond to the owner’s commands, in tracking, the dog is completely in charge for only the dog knows how to use his or her nose to find and follow the track.  The handler, in the teaching process, forms and guides the dog’s behavior and creates and channels the drive to complete this complex task.

The GSDCW offers tracking classes designed to create appropriate tracking foundation and to educate both handler and dog in the sport of tracking.  Though it requires a time commitment, tracking is a natural as it gets, allowing our GSD’s with their impeccably accurate noses, to learn focused tracking and to enable the handle/dog team to compete in AKC Tracking events such as the TD, TDU, TDX and VST.  For the ambitious, a Champion Tracking Title (CT) exists to showcase the skills of a dog/handler team that obtains a TD/TDU, TDX and a VST.

More practically, tracking is fun and a natural way to empower the dog and enrich the dog/handler bond.  For individuals that show the commitment and interest, it is the first step in any foundation for advanced tracking or service tracking work.  From learning the basics of laying your first track, to teaching correct article indication to solving a long, winding, complex track or urban track, tracking is an incredibly rewarding venue that we are proud to offer.

 

Winners Bitch at the 2005 GSDCW ShowConformation classes teach you how to show your dog in the conformation (breed) ring.

They are useful to help young dogs develop confidence at an early age.

Conformation is much more than just “running around in circles” and “looking pretty.”

Every purebred breed has a standard, a word picture that describes the purpose of the breed and how the ideal dog of that breed should look and act. The conformation (breed) ring is designed to evaluate the structure of the German Shepherd Dog relative to the breed standard. Read the German Shepherd Breed Standard.

Why does structure count? It is very important in the German Shepherd Dog. A correctly structured dog will be able to more easily function while walking, participating in agility or herding, and other tasks that involve running and cornering. A correctly structured dog can run and play longer without tiring as easily because it takes less effort. If you’ve ever watched swimming or gymnastics at the Olympics, you can readily see the impact structure has on successful competition in those sports.

Since the original purpose of the breed was to herd the sheep all day, serve as a companion to the shepherd away from home and protect the shepherd and the sheep from predators, it was important that the dog cover the maximum distance with the fewest steps as well as be healthy and have outstanding character.

A correct German Shepherd Dog is an outstanding blend of health, structure, temperament, character, and trainability and embodies the “look of eagles”.

“Well bred. Well Trained.”

Obedience TrainingObedience training is the foundation for everything you want from your German Shepherd.

Potty training, good manners, enjoyable walks with your dog, tricks, performance exercises, and competition exhibitions are examples of the result of successful obedience training.

We offer a full range of Obedience classes from Beginners through advanced classes.

You are able to train your dog to the level of obedience you desire.  In detail, our training program is comprised of the following classes:

Beginners - This is an 8 week class where you learn basic dog training.  You learn about training equipment, its proper use, getting your dog's attention, basic commands, delivery of a command, praise and gentle but firm
handling.  Most time in this class is spent working with your dog applying what you have learned.  Our Instructors help you to obtain correct results.

Intermediate - Upon successful completion of the Beginners class, you progress to the Intermediate class.  Here you are taught to improve the techniques learned in the Beginners class along with new techniques and exercises.  Items taught are improved leash handling, when to use verbal commands, corrections and praise, use of food as a motivator, consistency, jumps are introduced, and more praise.

Pre-Novice/Novice - This class is a continuation of the skills learned to date.  Stressed here is consistency in performing exercises, praise, and motivation.  You and your dog begin to work as a team, and you begin working
with your dog off leash.  Practice taking your dog over jumps continues in this class.  Training to the fullest extent this class offers, you and your dog are performing all exercises well enough to pass the AKC Companion Dog Degree (CD).

Advanced Obedience TrainingAdvanced Class - By the time you get to this class, you have realized the joy and fun you and your dog are having through obedience training.  Most participants here are showing their dog for their CD or have earned that
degree.  They are now training for the next two AKC degrees, Companion Dog Excellent (CDX) and Utility Degree (UD).  All exercises for both these degrees are performed with your dog off leash.  The basic difference between
exercises performed for these degrees is their difficulty.  Most exercises performed for the CDX (called the Open class at AKC shows) require your dog to be working with you or to be coming to you.  Most exercises performed for the UD require your dog to leave your side to go do something different each time.  Successful completion of these degrees is very challenging and very rewarding for you and your dog.

Competition Class - This class may be offered dependant upon interest.  Its goals are to obtain absolute perfection when performing the required exercises for the three degrees described above.

Rally-ORally is the new dog sport that is taking the nation by storm, a successful stepping stone from a beginners program to the world of obedience or agility. Rally offers both dogs and handlers an experience that is fun and energizing.

A rally course includes 10 to 20 stations, depending on the level. Scoring is not quite as rigorous as traditional obedience. Communication between handler and dog is expected and perfect heel position is not required, but teamwork is emphasized.

The main objective of rally is to produce dogs that have been trained to behave in a manner that will reflect positively on the sport of purebred dogs at all times and under all conditions.

Most of all, it's an opportunity for bonding and fun between you and your dog.

 

Agility is fun to train and compete inAgility began in England in 1978 and is a fun competitive sport for both dogs and humans.

The American Kennel Club (AKC) held its first agility trial in 1994. Agility is now the fastest growing dog sport in the United States and is the fastest growing event at the AKC. An agility team consists of a dog and a handler running an obstacle course designed by the judge.

The classes are divided by jump heights in order to make the competition equal between the different size of dogs.

The AKC offers two types of agility classes. The first is the Standard Class which includes obstacles such as the dog walk, the A-frame, and seesaw. The second is Jumpers with Weaves. This class only has jumps, tunnels and weave poles. Both classes offer increasing levels of difficulty to earn Novice, Open, Excellent and Master titles. Because the same handling skills are used, the GSDCW teaches both of these classes together.

Safety of the dogs is a primary concern in agility. At the GSDCW, there are three prerequisites to joining agility class: (1) The dog must be at least one year of age; (2) because agility is performed off-leash, the dog must come when called; and (3) the handler must be a current club member with paid training dues.

Agility strengthens the bond between dogs and handlers, is extremely fun and provides great exercise for both!

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