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Style Points for St. James Farm Family Field Day Demonstration

June 3, 2012 by · 3 Comments 

German Shepherd Search and Rescue Dog Association (GSSARDA) was honored to be invited to demonstrate at the St. James Farm Family Field Days in Warrenville Illinois on May 26, 2012. The weather was great and over 4,000 people attended to see demonstrations by falcons, horses, and dogs. The entire team was in attendance along with […]

Shane and Rosie and Bill and Koda Go Operational

January 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Wilderness Testing On November 19th the testing started. Originally the evaluations were to be in September but getting outside evaluators turned into a serious problem and delayed testing for two months. The original test was to be to Search and Rescue Dogs US (SARDUS) standards, however, when it became clear evaluators were not going to […]

Gatlin and Liz Earn “Ultimate K9″

November 7, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Gatlin and Liz participated in a friendly yearly competition at MC’s Ultimate K9 in Addison, IL on October 16th, 2011. Fourteen dogs and handlers participated in two classes; intermediate for on leash dogs and advanced for off-leash dogs Gatlin competed in the advanced group. The requirements: The obedience was a modified Begleitenhund routine combine with a […]

House Breaking a Puppy Before It Breaks Your House

March 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

This post is about how to house break a puppy and goes into prevention of accidents, the use of a dog crate in training how to house break a puppy, how to encourage a puppy to go outside, the timing necessary on the part of the handler to help the puppy with house breaking, how watering and feeding the puppy impacts house breaking, use of a schedule to help in house breaking your puppy, and looking for subtle signs and clues as to when your puppy needs to go outside to encourage the house breaking process.

Don’t Get Lost

March 9, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

We actually expect our team members to be comfortable with both a compass and a GPS.

Gatlin and Liz Earn CD Title

January 31, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Gatlin and Liz finished off their 3rd leg for his CD title with a score of 191.5 at 10 months old.

Ruff ‘n It 2010

November 22, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

On September 19th Susan, Mike, Jim and Sherri along with canines Gryphon, Lektor,  Belle and Rosie participated in the DuPage County Forest Preserve Ruff n’ It day. The event was held in the Greene Valley Forest Preserve. The team demonstrated techniques and obedience used on searches and answered questions from the crowd. This is the fourth […]

A BH and Schutzhund 1 at the Prairie State Dog Trials

November 5, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The team is pleased to announce two members added titles to their dogs. Wayne and Vello made their first attempt for a Schutzhund 1 title and Shane and Rosie trialed for the Begleitenhund at the Prairie State Dog Club on September 25, 2010 under SV Judge, Gunther Muellegger.

Susan and Gryphon Pass USAR Test

September 22, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Susan and Gryphon certified NAPWDA and NASAR

Running With Your Canine

June 30, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Where we have common ground is we both run with our dogs. It started out as a safety issue. We ran before work on lonely trails that made us potential victims. Someone bent on violence is less likely to select a runner with a German Shepherd as a target than a woman alone.

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