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German Shepherd Purchase Policy

We strive to produce the most stable healthy German Shepherd Dogs possible. We do not accept deposits for litters until we know for sure that the dam is pregnant. We post upcoming litters on our web page.

Steps to Purchasing a Local Puppy or Adult German Shepherd

1.       Contact us and let us know what you are looking for. Do you want an imported dog, an adult dog, or do you want a dog from one our litters? Are you looking for a male or female?

2.       We need to know what you want to do with your dog. Are you going to use the dog for sport, protection, police work, detection, or SAR? We need this information to make the right choice for you. All puppies and dogs are temperament tested. They are also tested for natural abilities.

3.       When you decide to buy, we will need $500 deposit to hold him for you and will need the remainder before shipping. Shipping is approximately $450 within the United States. This includes a health certification, two sets of puppy vaccinations, shipping crate and the airline ticket. Our pups will be ready to ship when they are nine weeks old. Shipping outside of the United States may cost more.

4.       You will need to make the deposit through Pay-Pal and the final payment will be by money order, direct wire transfer, or bank draft. We do not accept personal checks. Currently we cannot accept credit cards.

5.       We will need you name, address and phone numbers a few weeks before shipment in order to set up shipping and for the airlines to confirm shipment.

6.       Deposits are non-refundable. The reason for this is that it is very important to place all pups at 10 weeks of age to insure that proper socialization occurs in any given family.

 

7.   All records and registrations will come later through the mail.

 

Steps to Purchasing an Imported
Puppy or Adult German Shepherd Dog

1.       Much of the selection process remains the same whether puppy or adult.

2.       When you have made your selection, we will need full payment prior to shipping. Your Dog or Puppy will be shipped to the closest MAJOR airport to your address, for adult dogs it usually takes about 10 days to 2 weeks for shipping. Puppies are shipped one week after their second set of vaccination, at 10 weeks of age. Becasue of the distance, shipping is more expensive.

 

3.       The dog’s pedigree and paper work from Europe may take up to 6 months to receive.

 

 

 

My dog isn't behaving like I expected? His responces aren't crisp,
he seems afraid, what happened?

3 Phases Your New Dog Will Go Through

  1. Bonding
  2. Partnership
  3. Ownership

These phases are very important to how quickly your dog is able to assimilate into its new environment. Each of these phases must be worked through in order to establish a pack dynamic that is conducive to the right relationship between you and its new dog. These phases in the very best ideal situations can take up to 8 months to completed. Sometimes unwanted behavior manifests itself along the way but over time and with a few modifications things work themselves out.

Let's take these phases one at a time and review their significance and relevance.

The Bonding Phase starts immediately upon delivery as soon as we are out of the way. This phase is really the beginning of trust and the open line of communication between the dog and new owner. This is a must and needs to be between the main care giver and at least 1 other adult in the household. This is when your dog puts its trust in you. This is where the comfort zone for learning begins in his new pack environment.

The Partnership Phase is exactly what it says. You are coming together with your new dog and building that bond to accomplish tasks. It is the phase where you and the dog learn how to work together in unison as a team. This phase can be where the biggest behavioural problems occur. If the handler approaches this as obedience with a very heavy demanding hand he or she can cause the dog to be over-sensitive to the handler and shut down and go into avoidance. Remember, you want to cooperate with your new dog, not over-dominate him. Earn the right to be heard in a partnership. This is how to build a team.

The Ownership Phase: This is where things are all coming together and the dog has found his place in the pack structure. He is sure of his boundaries and how to operate within them. This is where a lot of freedom for the dog comes in to play. This is where the skill sets that the dog has been trained in can be fully recognized and utilized.

 

 

Home Invasion Statistics 

Because of its relation to crimes more heinous and violent than burglary, home invasion is a particularly frightening possibility for homeowners. Home invasion, defined as “burglary of a dwelling while the residents are at home,” typically leads to other crimes once the intruder has entered the home, sometimes as serious as sexual assault, rape or murder. The most frightening fact about home invasion is that the perpetrator can often perform the crimes without being detected by neighbors or potential aid just outside your home. Criminals who might perform a home invasion will rely on this privacy, so you must ensure that they do not enter your home. Though the chances of home invasion may have never occurred to you as particularly high, recent statistics suggest that this form of burglary is on the rise. According to a United States Department of Justice report:

  • 38 percent of assaults and 60 percent of rapes occur during home invasions
  • One in five homes undergoes a home invasion or break-in
  • There are more than 8,000 home invasions every day in North America
  • 50 percent of home invasions involve the use of a weapon; the most common weapons used are knives or other cutting instruments
  • In 48 percent of home invasions, victims sustain physical injuries
  • Victims age 60 or older make up 17 percent of home invasion victims
  • In 68 percent of home invasions, victims and the accused are strangers; in 11 percent of these cases, victims and the accused are friends, business associates, or family
  • Thugs will go to another home if a trained guard dog is protecting you and your family.


The best defense is always offense, so prepare yourself, your home, and your family to defend against home invasion:

  • Use doors with solid cores rather than hollow wooden doors, complete with heavy duty locks
  • Install security devices in windows such as alarm systems or bars
  • Utilize all locks on any entrance into your home
  • Use four three-inch screws to secure heavy duty lock strike plates in door frames
  • Install and use a peephole in your doors to assess visitors prior to opening the door
  • Install and set home security systems to prevent a home invasion while you are asleep
  • If you are suspicious of visitors, alert neighbors or Neighborhood Watch groups
  • Talk to your family about the possibility of a home invasion and proper preventative measures.
  • Have a trained companion/protection dog to send them running! 


By educating yourself and others and remaining cautious, you can protect yourself from possible home invasion.

 

 

Using Guard Dogs to Protect Your Property

Dogs have been an essential component of security throughout the whole of history; the Greeks and Chinese used dogs as protection. Some dogs are naturally aware and suspicious of strangers, which makes them ideal for security.

 

The general stereotype of a guard dog is either a Doberman or an German Shepherd, and with good reason. These breeds of dog are excellent companions and highly efficient at guarding, especially when properly trained, as their natural characteristics such as temperament and size mean they can hold their own against foes.

 

German Shepherds and other breeds of dog can be taught and trained to differentiate between those persons who are welcome within the home and those who are not. The distinction is not just between friends and enemies, but also includes "permitted" visitors as well such as the mailman or the boy who delivers the morning paper. If there is a stranger then the dog will typically begin to growl, usually as a warning to the "intruder" as well as alerting the owner as well. Should this initial warning not suffice then the dog will move up to a sharp bark, and then inflict a bite so as to incapacitate the intruder.

 

Guard dogs can be defeated, either killed, or knocked out cold, but to be honest, this is a big risk for the typical burglar, and certainly one he would not be willing to make lightly. Thus, having a guard dog is a fantastic way to deter potential criminals and send them off. The mere presence of a guard dog, which can run faster than a human can, is enough to scare most would-be thieves away.

 

Dobermans and German Shepherds are not the only breeds of dog that will be able to provide a decent security presence. Any dog can be effectively trained to become a master guard dog; a dog simply requires adequate training and conditioning from the handler.

 

However, a dog that is too sensitive and barks at everything is worse than useless. The master, who will become eventually so fed up and used to hushing the dog after yet another false alarm, will simply fail to respond that one time that the dog is indeed correct at the presence of an intruder. This can be remedied by appropriate training by the owner, so that the dog will bark at only the potential and the most dangerous/likely of threats.

 

Allowing your guard dog to "patrol" both inside and outside will mean that the entire perimeter of your home will be covered efficiently. This will also give your guard dog some much needed fresh air and exercise. If you do decide to allow your guard dog access to the outside, make sure that it can readily and freely access the outside. This can be achieved quite easily by means of a doggie door, which is large enough to allow entry of a dog, but is too small for a human intruder.

 

Make sure to clearly display the fact that you have a guard dog on the premises, as this will serve as a warning to the would-be burglar.