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This Seattle K-9 team is hoping to win the title of ‘America’s Top Dog’ on the new A&E series

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By Erica Browne GrivasSpecial to The Seattle Times Seattle Police Department dog Pele regularly nabs robbers red-handed, but can she chase down the title of “America’s Top Dog” in A&E’s new reality show? The show, basically “America Ninja Warrior” for dogs (and from the same producer), tests four police or military dogs and one civilian (the “underdog”) on their speed, agility, scenting and teamwork in three timed rounds. The “underdogs” come in every shape and size, from bulldogs to catahoulas. Contestants race for $10,000 plus $5,000 donated to their favorite animal charity and a spot in the finale. “America’s Top Dog” premieres on A&E Wednesday, Jan. 8, at 9 p.m., and will feature Pele and her handler, SPD Canine Officer T.J. San Miguel. The…

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“Kraftwerk K9 is the best German Shepherd breeder in America!”

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Germany’s Der Speigel magazine comes to the United States and names Kraftwerk K9 as the best German Shepherd breeder in America! Dick und doof Einst war der Deutsche Schäferhund eine Ikone. Doch inzwischen gelten die Vierbeiner als hüftlahm und antriebsschwach. Bei der Polizei werden sie durch aggressivere Malinois aus Belgien ersetzt. Nun will ausgerechnet ein Amerikaner die klassischen Zuchtideale retten. Wayne Curry lebt in der amerika- nischen Provinz. Dennoch hat er sich im Laufe der Zeit ein beacht- liches deutsches Vokabular angeeignet. Der Mann beherrscht die Kommandos Fuß! („Fooss“), Sitz! („Tsitz“) und Aus! („Oooowss“). Wayne Curry liebt Deutschland. In sei- ner Garage stehen ein Porsche und ein BMW. Am meisten aber liebt er den Deut- schen Schäferhund. In der kleinen…

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Kraftwerk K9 Family Protection Dogs

Kraftwerk K9: Family Protection Dogs

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The Tactical Parent series is written for parents who take an active role in protecting their family. Recognizing the unique challenges associated with protecting more than just yourself, we aim to provide tactics and equipment to help you keep your loved ones safe while maintaining a busy family lifestyle. It was in this effort that I discovered the incredible family protection dogs bred and trained by Kraftwerk K9. In this four-part article series I will share the story of my visit to Kraftwerk K9, the function and benefit these dogs offer individuals and families, how these German Shepherds are molded and trained for their role, and will conclude with the story of my family bringing one into our home. After...
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Kraftwerk K9 Concealment In Plain Sight

Kraftwerk K9: Concealment In Plain Sight

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When a trained Kraftwerk K9 protection dog is invited into a family, they not only get a loving and loyal companion but they also get an extra set of eyes and ears, and teeth if necessary, watching over the safety of their pack. In this second article of our four-part series, Doug shares examples of where Kraftwerk German Shepherds are protecting people in places you’d expect and in places you probably wouldn’t.

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Kraftwerk K9 Family Protection Dogs

The 200 Score in Obedience – A Study in Perfection

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by Ellen Mantel Pfann – German Shepherd Dog Review / July 2015 In a sport where it is a big accomplishment to pass a class and perhaps earn a title, every Obedience Team has one thing in common: each one of us steps into the Ring with a Perfect 200 Score. Deductions can start as early as teams cross the threshold. A touch to the collar prior to the start of the first exercise or a happy bark could cause an immediate deduction. Most never expect perfection. Obedience is hard, after all. And there are also Obedience Judges that will tell you they will never give out a 200 score, because there is no such thing as perfection. In a…

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German Shepherd - Atze vom Weggefährten

Watch the sable color change from birth to adulthood of sable German Shepherds.

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Dark sable at six weeks. Dark sable at 8 weeks. Loss of black guard coat occurs. Side view of dark sable at 8 weeks. No black guard coat present except on top of the back. Black guard coat starting to come in at four months. Black guard coat continuing to develop at five months. Black guard coat continuing to develop at nine months. Dark sable at five years old.
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Kraftwerk German Shepherd Training Press Hunger Games

Kraftwerk K9 Nikolai Vom Kraftwerk makes the silver screen! Due to appear in the anxiously awaited Hunger Games Sequel!!

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Many Kraftwerk K9 German Shepherds do great things, competing at high levels in Schutzhund competitions and serving our police and armed forces. Sometimes though, doing something great doesn’t involve great feats of bravery. Nikolai Mikhal Vom Kraftwerk, or “Mikey,” has proved to be an amazing dog in the highly intense Hollywood  movie production, Hunger Games. His owner, Joey Rodriguez, shared this story with us: A couple years ago, I went thru one of those completely unpleasant and wholly unexpected breakups. I was just miserable for a few months as I tried to get my collective “stuff” back together. One day, when I was particularly upset and completely unprepared to deal with humans (or dogs), I took Mikey to the small park were we…

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German Shepherd - Why are there no more KKL1 and KKL2 ratings?

Why are there no more KKL1 and KKL2 ratings?

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As of January 1st, 2012, the differences between KKL1 and KKL2 ratings were ended in favor of a universal breed worthiness test. Either the dog is breed worthy or not signified by KKL. The change was approved to promote functionality of dogs rather than just appearance. This new change makes KKL more difficult to achieve while leveling the playing field between “show” and “working” types, with more focus on the importance of functionality. This is a great step forward in returning the breed standard to its original, sturdier form, Kraftwerk’s standard from the beginning.

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