Important Resoures for the German Shepherd Owner

Additional Information

 

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  United Schutzhund   Club of America  

 Northeast   Regional Website

 American Working Dog Federation

 

The following are helpful links related to the German Shepherd Dog.

Official AKC Breed Standard
Illustrated Standard of the German Shepherd Dog

German Shepherd Dog Club of
America Breeders Code of Ethics

German Shepherd Dog Club of America

Verein fuer Deutsche Schaeferhunde

English translation of: Verein fuer Deutsche Shaeferhunde


Additional useful dog related links

American Kennel Club

Orthopedic Foundation for Animals

Animal Poison Control Center

Veterinary Information for Dogs

IPO Protection training explained


We endorse these sites:
Vitaly Science dot Com
German Shepherd Dogs on Youtube





Training Articles:
 Vongontahaus and The United Schutzhund Clubs of America have teamed up to provide an archive of the best articles published in USCA's magazine.  More information about Schutzhund or membership information goto USCA's website at
www.GermanShepherdDog.com.

 Illustrated Standard of the German Shepherd Dog

 Housebreaking Your Puppy

 Tell me about your dog

 Specifics of a Training Program

 Motive - Emotion - Learning

 The Building Blocks of Tracking

 Tracking Building Blocks and Beyond

 Introducing Articles for Tracking

 TOP Tips Vol. 8

 Preparing Your Dog for a Conformation Show

 Choosing and Raising a Puppy For Search and Rescue

 Search and Rescue Dogs In Disaster



High Quality Dog Trainers we recommend:
1. Mike Dogman,  Southern Brooklyn NY. Cell: 917-570-3085
2. Joe Moldodvan, Bucks County, P.A  Cell: 917-692-3650
3. Pat Murray,  Westbrookville, NY 12785
cell: (914) 774-6398, and NY/NJ/PA border
4. Igor Chertov, Staten Island,
(347) 306-8128



Berta v Lapp, mother of our stud dog Jake von Gonta Haus

Berta v Lapp, mother of our stud dog Jake von Gonta Haus

Your Dog Requires Training

Training is mandatory

You own a German Shepherd, one of the very best breeds in the world. Make sure it's sociable and trained.  Take your puppy with you everywhere: the store, the park, around children and around different kinds of surfaces: sand, gravel, cement. Make the puppy comfortable walking up and down a stair case. Make him feel secure and confident.  I highly recommend you take your new puppy to a puppy kinder-garden class at the local A.K.C club. For us in the NYC metro area, that is the Staten Island Companion dog club at 75 Ellis Street, in Staten Island NY.  I have also listed a number of high quality trainers in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania you can use. Training your dog is not optional. You have a powerful and intelligent breed and you're responsible for training it.  There are excellent videos on puppy essentials raising puppies and housebreaking that can be used.  Raising your puppy, with Michael Ellis is a good video. How to walk your dog nicely on a leash, or that is to say, loose leash walking is covered very well by the Tyler Muto videos.


Your puppy is a sheep-herding dog. They are wicked smart and wickedly quick learners. They also have something called "prey drive".  So the puppy running after your pant legs, our being mouthy as a puppy, is not aggression: it' simply the puppy needs an outlet for its prey drive. You as the owner want to redirect the prey drive from non-appropriate objects, to instead, appropriate objects. We find that a ball on a string attached to a broom handle, or  a flirt pole, moved along the ground like a mouse, will make  your puppy chase it and give it a way to have drive satisfaction.  So redirecting prey drive to an appropriate object, instead of inappropriate objects.  A good video of how to redirect prey drive toward a ball and later use it as motivator for obedience training is called "Building Drive and Focus" with  Barnhard Flinks.  Other great videos of using food or toy reward with Michael Ellis exist for your to purchase.


However, the biggest concern is to avoid dog bites. Make sure your dog is highly social and well trained, or you may be paying higher insurance premiums. Dog bites account for more than a third of homeowner or rental liability policy claims last year, with an average claim of $24,840 says the Insurance Institute.  Most companies will cover dog bites, but one free bite is all you get.  After that, your company will charge you a premium or may exclude your dog from coverage. Some firms require liability waver or charge more for breeds deemed dangerous, such as Pitbulls and Rottweilers...and yes, in some cases, So as as seller of German Shepherd puppies for sale, we are providing you helpful information be a responsible dog owner.  Keep an eye on children.   Make the dog wear a muzzle in public if you feel it's needed. Take your dog to a dog trainer.  Training videos can help and can educate you a great deal. However, most problems are avoided with good socialization and good foundation training.  We highly recommend Leerburg.com for training videos.  But we even more importantly recommend working with a good dog trainer.



To rear a dog  you must complete what the breeder  began.    The breeder can indeed lay  the foundation of a good and  serviceable dog, but the owner as trainer  must see to it that they  bring their dog to the highest possible  development of both the  physical and mental foundation already laid.



We offer discounts if you train your dog.


The   puppy needs to be exposed to the outside world, other people, animals,   the movement and noises associated with being away from home, as well   as, at the very least, basic obedience training.



This   well spent time and commitment at an early stage, will in a short   period make you the owner of a well behaved and nice-to-be-with dog. German   Shepherd s are naturally protective of their family (pack) and   territory.  They are extremely loyal.   Put in the time to socialize and train your dog and you will have a great friend and companion!



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