German Shepherd Dog Days of Summer

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 Hi Everyone,

Just a hodgepodge update of the going-on at Keystone German Shepherds & Kennels.  Well it is summer and while we have been blessed with rain and cooler temperature than the last two summers, it does increase my workload.  Now that our grass has reached an unseemly height, I have to mow again.

I have been unable to blog the last six days due to our schedule and the fact that I am having to re-surface our asphalt driveway, which distance is over an eighth of a mile.  Due to lack of maintenance over the last several years, it has taken all week to fill cracks and resurface the black top with the help of a wonderful young high school student, Michael.  Even with all the work and time invested, we still are only halfway done with the driveway.  Therefore, my blogs will be Spartan in the next couple of weeks as I will be mowing, weeding eating, and repairing the driveway.  I also have started weaning our three litters that are inside and growing well.  I am excited about the wonderful puppies that we are going to have available starting in mid-September.

I am proud to announce that we had our Canine Good Citizen Testing on Saturday, July 20, 2013.  We had four German shepherds take the test with three passing.  The puppy that failed had only been to Keystone’s Canine Good Citizen Class and Basic Obedience Class four times before the testing and he was not quite ready.  He will pass with a few more training classes.  Nevertheless, congratulations to the Mia and her owners Daniel and Kat Gettel, Tank and his owners Darran and Shelley Douglas, and Glory and her owner Gail Reed for readily passing the Canine Good Citizen Test and earning their Certificates.  We will have our next free Canine Good Citizen Class and Basic Obedience Class Saturday morning at 10:30 AM on July 27, 2013.  Please attend if you can make it. 

Heidelberg's Glory Passed Her Canine Good Citizen Test
Heidelberg’s Glory Passed Her Canine Good Citizen Test
Mia Passed Her Canine Good Citizen Test
Mia Passed Her Canine Good Citizen Test

Please continue to check out our web page as we post updates on this litter and future available litters: http://www.keystonegermanshepherds.com/PuppiesForSale.htm.   Remember that we do ship puppies.

 Ask me a Question and I will provide my opinion.   Also, please see our web page: KeystoneGermanShepherds

Sincerely,

KeystoneGermanShepherds

German Shepherd Dog, Older Male Puppy For Sale

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Hi Everyone,

Today, I am going to discuss a wonderful eight-month-old male German shepherd puppy  that we hope to re-home.  Heidelberg’s Norman v Kelseyq (Elvis) is a normal coated shepherd and has great structure and conformation. Elvis is the son of Grand Champion, Champion Heidelberg’s Nashville v Oklahoman (OFA ‘ed) and Champion Heidelberg’s Kelsey Queridad.  His owners fell into hard times and could no longer keep Elvis.  Elvis is completely trained in all obedience, has great manners, and lived in the house full-time. 

Grand Champion, Champion Heidelberg's Nashville v Oklahoman
Grand Champion, Champion Heidelberg’s Nashville v Oklahoman
Champion Heidelberg's Kelsey Queridad
Champion Heidelberg’s Kelsey Queridad

Elvis is also the litter-mate of Heidelberg’s Nelson v Kelseyq, which we have kept as a future champion and stud dog.  Elvis has an outgoing friendly and happy personalty.  He is confident, well mannered, and a very healthy puppy.

Heidelberg's Norman v Kelseyq (Elvis)
Heidelberg’s Norman v Kelseyq (Elvis)
Heidelberg's Norman v Kelseyq (Elvis)
Heidelberg’s Norman v Kelseyq (Elvis)
Heidelberg's Norman v Kelseyq (Elvis)
Heidelberg’s Norman v Kelseyq (Elvis)

Elvis will be protective and will keep you from being robbed, but he is not a liability and will not bite a child or someone that is supposed to be at your house.  Elvis grew up with small children and is well socialized to people and other dogs.  Elvis would be perfect for a family looking for companionship and home protection, but do not have the time to train a young puppy.

If you are interested in purchasing Elvis, please call me about pricing at (918) 261-4729.  We will sell Elvis for a really good price.

Please continue to check out our web page as we post updates on this litter and future available litters: http://www.keystonegermanshepherds.com/PuppiesForSale.htm.   Remember that we do ship puppies.

 Ask me a Question and I will provide my opinion.   Also, please see our web page: KeystoneGermanShepherds

Sincerely,

KeystoneGermanShepherds

German Shepherd Dog Male Adult For Sale

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I am happy to announce Max has been adopted by a wonderful German Shepherd Dog family! Way to go Max, we are glad for for you!

Hi Everyone,

Today, I am going to discuss a fantastic five-year-old neutered male that we hope to re-home. Heidelberg’s Kenichi v Queridad (Max) is a long-coat and is the litter mate of Grand Champion, Champion Heidelberg’s Kodiak v Queridad (OFA Excellent).  Max has a wonderfully sweet, playful,  and confident personality.  His owner fell into hard times and had to move out of his house and can no longer keep Max.  Max is completely trained in all obedience, has great manners, and lived in the house full-time.

Max just turned five at the end of May and is in perfect health.  Max is protective and will keep you from being robbed, but he is not a liability and will not bite a child or someone that is supposed to be at your house.  Max would be perfect for a family looking for companionship and home protection, but do not have the time to train a puppy.

Max is five; however, he has seven good years left and will be a wonderful addition to a home looking for an adult German Shepherd Dog. Max is very large and the below pictures do not do him justice, size-wise.  Also, he needs to be bathed and combed out, which we will do. In person he is a much more impressive and beautiful long-coat Heidelberg than what these photographs show.  He has a partially lazy ear on the left side that sometimes he holds down.

Heidelberg's Kenichi v Queridad (Max)
Heidelberg’s Kenichi v Queridad (Max)
Heidelberg's Kenichi v Queridad (Max)
Heidelberg’s Kenichi v Queridad (Max)

If you are interested in adopting Max, please call me at (918) 261-4729.  Please continue to check out our web page as we post updates on this litter and future available litters: http://www.keystonegermanshepherds.com/PuppiesForSale.htm.   Remember that we do ship puppies.

 Ask me a Question and I will provide my opinion.   Also, please see our web page: KeystoneGermanShepherds

Sincerely,

KeystoneGermanShepherds

Building the Confidence of Your German Shepherd Dog, Puppy or Young Adult

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Hi Everyone,

Throughout the development of your German shepherd puppy, they will go through different phases and one common phase is to have a lack of confidence about themselves in regards to the new world around them.  Some shepherds demonstrate this lack of confidence by showing the fight or flight response.  Therefore, a puppy that lacks confidence may be overly fearful or overly aggressive towards new and challenging situations including strangers and other dogs.  The best way to build confidence in your young German shepherd dog is through regular obedience work.  These obedience exercises do not need to be laborious or boring.  Take your German Shepherd Dog, puppy or young adult on a walk and periodically stop and make them sit, down, and stay.  Also, throw into the walk a couple of stays then have them come to you.  A couple of blocks a day will do wonders for the confidence of the developing psyche of your young dog.

Invariably these walks will provide training opportunities such as loose dogs approaching you and your puppy.  If your young dog shows undue aggression a quick correction with the choke chain will develop confidence and allow you train for the appropriate behavior while meeting a strange dog.  If your shepherd shows anxiety towards a strange loose dog, you can build their confidence by verbally reassuring them, and by presenting a confident and relaxed demeanor to the situation.  If you come across strangers during your walk, have treats with you, and have the stranger offer a treat to your puppy.  In addition have the stranger pet your puppy while you reassure your puppy with a calm-confident voice.

Basic obedience training builds confidence by providing boundaries and expectations for your German Shepherd Dog, puppy or young adult.  As they perform your commands during training provide your puppy with a lot of praises and treats.  They are not so different than people, and when you are praised and rewarded for a good job, you are encouraged, emboldened, and empowered with confidence to continue doing a good job.

A confident 12-month-old German Shepherd Dog Puppy, Caesar with his owner Jason
A confident 12-month-old German Shepherd Dog Puppy, Caesar with his owner Jason

Please continue to check out our web page as we post updates on this litter and future available litters: http://www.keystonegermanshepherds.com/PuppiesForSale.htm.   Remember that we do ship puppies.

 Ask me a Question and I will provide my opinion.   Also, please see our web page: KeystoneGermanShepherds

Sincerely,

KeystoneGermanShepherds

German Shepherd Dog Female Available

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 Hi Everyone,

Germane to yesterday’s discussion, we had a beautiful, just turned one-year-old intact female returned to us due to a family crisis.  Heidelberg’s Mia Yasminp, born July 12, 2012 is a Grand Champion, Champion Heidelberg’s Kodiak v Queridad OFA Excellent daughter.  Mia is a long-coat with perfect structure and will be large at a lean weight of 85 pounds.

Grand Champion Heidelberg's Kodi, Mia's Dad
Grand Champion Heidelberg’s Kodi, Mia’s Dad

We have Mia offered up for sale at the low price of $1,526.00, which includes the cost for her tattoo.  She will be sold with full registration and no contract, and she is breedable quality. 

Heidelberg's Mia Yasminp
Heidelberg’s Mia Yasminp

Mia is fully trained in obedience and house trained.  She will not fowl your house or chew on your furniture.  She does not have any separation anxiety issues.   Mia needs to go to an Alpha owner because she is highly intelligent and exhibits alpha tendencies.  She will be fine with cats and other large breed dogs.  However, due to her alpha personality, she will not be good for homes with small breeds such as terriers that will challenge her dominance. 

Heidelberg's Mia Yasminp
Heidelberg’s Mia Yasminp

In addition, she should not go to a home with a weak owner or she will manipulate this person with her high intelligence imposing her will taking advantage of  the weaker human.   Mia is high drive and very playful so she would be good for an active family that jogs or go on walks on regular bases. 

Mia will be protective and will bite someone that tries to break into your home or that attacks a family member.  However, Mia loves kids and people and will readily accept anyone that you invite into your home.  Therefore, she will not be a liability or a concern for the new owner.  Below are current pictures of Mia at 12-months-of-age:

Heidelberg's Mia Yasminp
Heidelberg’s Mia Yasminp
Heidelberg's Mia Yasminp
Heidelberg’s Mia Yasminp
Heidelberg's Mia Yasminp
Heidelberg’s Mia Yasminp

 

 

If you are interested in seeing Mia, please call me at (918) 261-4729. Please continue to check out our web page as we post updates on this litter and future available litters: http://www.keystonegermanshepherds.com/PuppiesForSale.htm.   Remember that we do ship puppies.

 Ask me a Question and I will provide my opinion.   Also, please see our web page: KeystoneGermanShepherds

Sincerely,

KeystoneGermanShepherds

Registering German Shepherd Dogs With The American Kennel Club

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Hi Everyone,

We register all our German Shepherd Dog puppies with the American Kennel Club (AKC) because it provides the highest possible protection for those puppies throughout life.  Registering all pure blood dogs with AKC adds intrinsic value to those registered dogs.  Dogs that are valued through their pure blood registration are less likely to be dumped, discarded, abandoned, used for fighting, etc.  Even the worse examples of certain breeds have an increased chance of a good and loved life if they are registered through AKC.

Newman and Nelson Noah Puppies
Newman and Nelson Noah Puppies

We have no idea what the future involves in our life, and any of could find ourselves through life circumstances unable to care for the puppy in the future that we purchase today.  If your puppy is registered it is going to much easier for you or your breeder to find a new home for that puppy that you can no longer keep.  Therefore, when a customer purchases a puppy from us, we collect the AKC registration fee from them and have the customer fill out the registration before leaving with their new puppy.  We then mail in several registrations via certified mail to AKC, thus making sure all our puppies are registered. 

We have several customers each year tell us that they do not care about registering their puppy because they are not going to breed or show their new puppy, nevertheless, we insist that these puppies get registered.  Throughout the year we get back a few puppies, teenagers, and adults because the family has had a life changing event where they can no longer keep their German shepherd dog.  These life changing events have included divorce, loss of job, severe illness, death of a spouse, and relocation out-of-the-country.  None of these events were foreseen or anticipated by the new puppy owners.

 

Puppy Playing In The Yard
Puppy Playing In The Yard

We at Keystone German Shepherds & Kennels always take our dogs back and try to rehome our German Shepherd Dogs if the former family cannot keep them any longer.  Our task of rehoming and potentially reselling these German Shepherd Dog, puppies, teenagers and young adults is much easier if these dogs have been registered with AKC.  Upon reselling these rehomed dogs, we refund the former owners original purchase price less our expenses.  In addition, we transfer the registration of these rehomed German shepherd dogs to the new owners.

If you are purchasing your German shepherd dog from someone other than Keystone German Shepherds & Kennels, please take the time to register your new puppy with AKC.  This will help add protection to your new puppy if something happens to you where you can no longer take care of your dog.

A Happy Puppy
A Happy Puppy

In addition, ask your breeder if they offer the added insurance of rehoming your dog if you are unable to take of it any longer.  If they are unwilling, unable, or sound hesitant about providing this service, perhaps you should consider a different breeder.  Backyard breeders would be less likely to be able to provide this service because they do not have the facilities to take care of a dog that is not a part of their two to four dog pack in their backyard, thus, another reason for someone that is looking for a quality German Shepherd Dog puppy to avoid backyard breeders.

 Please continue to check out our web page as we post updates on this litter and future available litters: http://www.keystonegermanshepherds.com/PuppiesForSale.htm.   Remember that we do ship puppies.

 Ask me a Question and I will provide my opinion.   Also, please see our web page: KeystoneGermanShepherds

Sincerely,

KeystoneGermanShepherds

German Shepherd Dog (Canine Good Citizen Testing)

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 Hi Everyone,

We are preparing for Canine Good Citizen Testing, and at 10:30 AM on July 20, 2013 at Mannford, Oklahoma as a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, I will be offering testing for $20.00.  Below list the ten test that your dog must pass to receive its Canine Good Citizen Certificate, and the test is directly from the American Kennel Club web page.

All breeds and owners are invited.  Please call me to schedule your testing  at (918) 261-4729.  Canine Good Citizen is the first step to your dogs’ career as good companion, Therapy dog, or Service dog.  Please come if you can make it and if for nothing else to watch.  We are also offer free Canine Good Citizen and basic obedience classes most Saturdays at Keystone German Shepherd & Kennels at 10:30 AM.

Training/Testing: CGC Test Items

Before taking the Canine Good Citizen test, owners will sign the Responsible Dog Owners Pledge. We believe that responsible dog ownership is a key part of the CGC concept and by signing the pledge, owners agree to take care of their dog’s health needs, safety, exercise, training and quality of life. Owners also agree to show responsibility by doing things such as cleaning up after their dogs in public places and never letting dogs infringe on the rights of others.

 After signing the Responsible Dog Owners Pledge, owners and their dogs are ready to take the CGC Test. Items on the Canine Good Citizen Test include:

 Test 1: Accepting a friendly stranger

 This test demonstrates that the dog will allow a friendly stranger to approach it and speak to the handler in a natural, everyday situation. The evaluator walks up to the dog and handler and greets the handler in a friendly manner, ignoring the dog. The evaluator and handler shake hands and exchange pleasantries. The dog must show no sign of resentment or shyness.

Canine Good Citizen Training
Canine Good Citizen Training

Test 2: Sitting politely for petting

 This test demonstrates that the dog will allow a friendly stranger to touch it while it is out with its handler. With the dog sitting at the handler’s side, to begin the exercise, the evaluator pets the dog on the head and body. The handler may talk to his or her dog throughout the exercise. The dog may stand in place as it is petted. The dog must not show shyness or resentment.

Canine Good Citizen Training
Canine Good Citizen Training

Test 3: Appearance and grooming

 This practical test demonstrates that the dog will welcome being groomed and examined and will permit someone, such as a veterinarian, groomer or friend of the owner, to do so. It also demonstrates the owner’s care, concern and sense of responsibility. The evaluator inspects the dog to determine if it is clean and groomed. The dog must appear to be in healthy condition (i.e., proper weight, clean, healthy and alert). The handler should supply the comb or brush commonly used on the dog. The evaluator then softly combs or brushes the dog, and in a natural manner, lightly examines the ears and gently picks up each front foot. It is not necessary for the dog to hold a specific position during the examination, and the handler may talk to the dog, praise it and give encouragement throughout.

Canine Good Citizen Training
Canine Good Citizen Training

 Test 4: Out for a walk (walking on a loose lead)

 This test demonstrates that the handler is in control of the dog. The dog may be on either side of the handler. The dog’s position should leave no doubt that the dog is attentive to the handler and is responding to the handler’s movements and changes of direction. The dog need not be perfectly aligned with the handler and need not sit when the handler stops. The evaluator may use a pre-plotted course or may direct the handler/dog team by issuing instructions or commands. In either case, there should be a right turn, left turn, and an about turn with at least one stop in between and another at the end. The handler may talk to the dog along the way, praise the dog, or give commands in a normal tone of voice. The handler may sit the dog at the halts if desired.

Canine Good Citizen Training
Canine Good Citizen Training

Test 5: Walking through a crowd

This test demonstrates that the dog can move about politely in pedestrian traffic and is under control in public places. The dog and handler walk around and pass close to several people (at least three). The dog may show some interest in the strangers but should continue to walk with the handler, without evidence of over-exuberance, shyness or resentment. The handler may talk to the dog and encourage or praise the dog throughout the test. The dog should not jump on people in the crowd or strain on the leash.

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Test 6: Sit and down on command and Staying in place

This test demonstrates that the dog has training, will respond to the handler’s commands to sit and down and will remain in the place commanded by the handler (sit or down position, whichever the handler prefers). The dog must do sit AND down on command, then the owner chooses the position for leaving the dog in the stay. Prior to this test, the dog’s leash is replaced with a line 20 feet long. The handler may take a reasonable amount of time and use more than one command to get the dog to sit and then down. The evaluator must determine if the dog has responded to the handler’s commands. The handler may not force the dog into position but may touch the dog to offer gentle guidance. When instructed by the evaluator, the handler tells the dog to stay and walks forward the length of the line, turns and returns to the dog at a natural pace. The dog must remain in the place in which it was left (it may change position) until the evaluator instructs the handler to release the dog. The dog may be released from the front or the side.

Canine Good Citizen Training
Canine Good Citizen Training

 Test 7: Coming when called

This test demonstrates that the dog will come when called by the handler. The handler will walk 10 feet from the dog, turn to face the dog, and call the dog. The handler may use encouragement to get the dog to come. Handlers may choose to tell dogs to “stay” or “wait” or they may simply walk away, giving no instructions to the dog.

Canine Good Citizen Training
Canine Good Citizen Training

Test 8: Reaction to another dog

This test demonstrates that the dog can behave politely around other dogs. Two handlers and their dogs approach each other from a distance of about 20 feet, stop, shake hands and exchange pleasantries, and continue on for about 10 feet. The dogs should show no more than casual interest in each other. Neither dog should go to the other dog or its handler.

Canine Good Citizen Training
Canine Good Citizen Training

Test 9: Reaction to distraction

This test demonstrates that the dog is confident at all times when faced with common distracting situations. The evaluator will select and present two distractions. Examples of distractions include dropping a chair, rolling a crate dolly past the dog, having a jogger run in front of the dog, or dropping a crutch or cane. The dog may express natural interest and curiosity and/or may appear slightly startled but should not panic, try to run away, show aggressiveness, or bark. The handler may talk to the dog and encourage or praise it throughout the exercise.

Canine Good Citizen Training
Canine Good Citizen Training

Test 10: Supervised separation

This test demonstrates that a dog can be left with a trusted person, if necessary, and will maintain training and good manners. Evaluators are encouraged to say something like, “Would you like me to watch your dog?” and then take hold of the dog’s leash. The owner will go out of sight for three minutes. The dog does not have to stay in position but should not continually bark, whine, or pace unnecessarily, or show anything stronger than mild agitation or nervousness. Evaluators may talk to the dog but should not engage in excessive talking, petting, or management attempts (e.g, “there, there, it’s alright”).

Canine Good Citizen Training
Canine Good Citizen Training

 Please continue to check out our web page as we post updates on this litter and future available litters: http://www.keystonegermanshepherds.com/PuppiesForSale.htm.   Remember that we do ship puppies.

 Ask me a Question and I will provide my opinion.   Also, please see our web page: KeystoneGermanShepherds

Sincerely,

KeystoneGermanShepherds