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What to look for when choosing a German Shepherd Dog.

There seems to be a very vague definition within dog sport as to exactly what constitutes strong working dog temperament. Is it the dog that demonstrates incredible intensity in the holding? Is it the dog that, on the courage test, runs at the helper with great speed and strikes with tremendous power? Perhaps it is the dog that bites the helper with an extremely hard, crushing bite. These are not necessarily skills. These are all examples of powerful instincts which are important and necessary components of working dog temperament.

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What is Schutzhund/IPO?

This working dog sport offers an opportunity for dog owners to train their dog and compete with each other for recognition of both the handler’s ability to train and the dog’s ability to perform as required.  It is a sport enjoyed by persons of varied professions, who join together in a camaraderie born of their common interest in working with their dogs. Persons of all ages and conditions of life — even those with significant disabilities — enjoy Schutzhund as a sport. Often, it is a family sport.

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Basic Commands used in Training

Basic training is usually done utilizing German commands. Click below to see translation and pronunciation for common training words for Kraftwerk K9's German Shepherds.

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Grooming Tips for your new German Shepherd

One of the most important, yet overlooked aspects of routine care for pet dogs is grooming. Every dog requires some sort of grooming on a regular basis, though the effort required for each individual varies from breed to breed. Learning to maintain your dog’s healthy appearance is an important step in ensuring that it lives a happy, comfortable life with you.

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German to English Pedigree Translation Help

Provided as a free resource, this is a translated list of every term
used in original pedigrees for German Shepherds born in Germany.

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