Here at Kennel von der Traumwolfen, we started with a Show Line male, Viggo, as our family companion, and then added Working Line German Shepherds, Elsa and Chita, from some of the top bloodlines in the world. First and foremost, our German Shepherds are our family members. They live in the house and travel to all kinds of events with us.
Our family consists of Marsha, (we lost Mark to Cancer in 2005), Christine, Gilbert and Jerome, and our German Shepherd females Ebene, Zulu, Neon and Dragon, and Christine's girl Jyce.
I started Kennel von der Traumwolfen in 2006, as a small hobby. I have grown up around animals all my life. I was a member of 4-H for 10 years, with many livestock projects, and in FFA. I bought and trained my own horse as a young teenager. I worked with raising, breeding and training racing Greyhounds for many years.
After owning a German Shepherd Dog for many years, I want to share my love and pride for these noble animals with others. I have been involved wih the German Shepherd breed for over 15 years. I have many contacts around the world, available to me for guidance and direction.
I have very strong beliefs when it comes to breeding German Shepherds. Any German Shepherd used for breeding must have attained a title in one of the following venues: SchH/IPO/IPG, Herding, or AKC titles, along with passing official OFA or SV Hips, Elbows, Back, and DM testing. This is necessary to ensure the breeding of quality animals which will continue to shape future generations of the German Shepherd breed. This is to ensure correct structure, solid temperament, good nerves and working drives.
I am active in my dogs training. I take them through obedience classes and they earn their AKC CGC (Canine Good Citizen) title through AKC. I am an AKC CGC Evaluator. My dogs test under a different evaluator. This recognizes and promotes responsible dog ownership with basic obedience training and manners for the dog.
I start foundation training with my puppies in the sport of Schutzhund, which focuses on Tracking, Obedience and Protection. When possible, I will title a dog in Schutzhund, but it has become more difficult, due to the distance to clubs and helpers, as well as my physical restrictions. I participant and title in AKC events as well. We also work with our dogs to become Certified and Registered Therapy Dogs to visit those in need of some pet therapy. The dogs are exposed to many different environmental situations, and I believe this allows me to know both the good and bad, the strengths and weaknesses, about each of my dogs.
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