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Confidence is a Necessity in Protection Dogs

One of the prerequisites of a personal protection dog is confidence.  If/when this dog’s services are needed, it will be during an extremely stressful situation.  Personal assaults and home intrusions are very stressful indeed; for the victim, the aggressor, and the dog.  If dogs are to be successful in preventing or averting these types of… Continue Reading

A Real German Shepherd Dog

There are many creatures out there that look like a German Shepherd dog, have a certificate and pedigree that says it’s a German Shepherd Dog, but are disgusting excuses for the real thing. The most important aspect of a German Shepherd is his/her temperament.  Color and pedigree are secondary!  (Never pick a GSD because “he’s… Continue Reading

When Does Protection Training Begin?

You want a protection dog, right?  So when should training begin:  8 weeks, 8 months or ???  It’s a common question. Simply, training should begin before the pup is even born.  Yes, I know, a trick answer.  But truly, if you want a solid protector, your dog’s parents should have the character traits you desire… Continue Reading

Training Protection Puppies

Before you continue with this article it is recommended you read our article entitled, “Protection Puppy Training”. We are taking for granted that you have a puppy who is genetically capable of doing the work you desire and that the pup is being properly socialized to many different kinds of stimuli and situations (see our article… Continue Reading

German Standard of the GSD

Please bear in mind that this is a German Standard of the GSD (German Shepherd Dog).  It differs somewhat from the American Kennel Club standard. The SV (German registry) standard was originally created in 1899 based upon proposals made by A. Meyer and Max von Stephanitz, the “father” of the German Shepherd Dog. It is… Continue Reading

German dog training commands

The following commands are given with their German dog training commands equivalent and a pronunciation guide. Command                  German                               Pronunciation Heel                                Fuss                                         foos Sit                                   Sitz                                          zits Stand                              Steh                                         shtay Stay                                Bleib                                        bly’b Down                              Platz                                        plotz Come                              Hier                                         hee-er Retrieve                           Bring                                        brring Jump                               Hopp                                        hupp Go Out                            Voraus                                     for owss Guard                              Wache                                     watch-ay Bite                                 Packen                                     pock-en Let Go/Out                      Aus                                          owss… Continue Reading

Max v Stephanitz quotes

Max Emil Friedrich von Stephanitz (December 30, 1864 – April 22, 1936) is credited for the development of the German Shepherd Dog. He was once a Captain in the German Cavalry. It was in the 1890’s that he was able to devote his time and talents to developing the “shepherd dog.” On April 22, 1899… Continue Reading

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