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"HERO" - Dog of the Month

on Sunday, 06 October 2013. Posted in German Shepherds

HERO is our October Dog of the Month!  

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HERO is a young 20 month old drop dead gorgeous, male German Shepherd import.  He is a perfect choice for your family protection dog.  He has advanced obedience training and protection training.  He is wonderful with children!  He is Mr. Personality and you will fall in love with him at first siight.

HERO has all the qualities you have come to expect from GatorlandK9 International Custom Selected German Shepherd Protection Dogs.

If you are interested in inquiring about HERO or any of our other Service/Family Protection Dogs please contact Ted Hoppe at (386) 337-0730

For more information on our German Shepherds (import) please visit our website at www.gatorlandk9international.com

 Author: Jill Pavel

Arkan (German Shepherd) Update

on Friday, 20 September 2013. Posted in German Shepherds

It is wonderful to hear back from our clients how well their dogs are doing.  Arkan was purchased in 2005 from gatorlandk9.  He is currently living in Southern California.

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Ted,

Just wanted to tell you how great Arkan Is doing, and how young he looks. He is so strong and powerfull. He gets raw meat ( turkey) with his Orijen dog food everyday.
A vitamin C and apples and carrots for a treat, and a moozle twice a week. We walk and run everyday. I love him so much. I.m his playmate and cuddler, while Ann is his person and makes sure the training is always there. I,m sorry Ted but how can you not spoil these dogs, thank god for Ann ( no nonsense from her). She is all business.
LOVE. MY BOY, Thanks Ted.  

 Paul

Visit our website: http://www.gatorlandk9international.com 

 Author: Jill Pavel

History of The German Shepherd

on Friday, 13 September 2013. Posted in German Shepherds

  • Since 1899, German Shepherd dogs have been highly prized for their loyalty, bravery and intelligence. From the very first registered German Shepherd, Horand von Grafrath---an exceptionally intelligent, agile dog with instinctive herding ability---came a breed standard that has been preserved for over a century through careful selective breeding. These characteristics, combined with an easygoing yet eager demeanor, have made German Shepherds popular world wide as service dogs and faithful companions.
  • Origin

    The originator of the German Shepherd was Cavalry Captain Max Emil Frederich von Stephanitz. While attending a dog show in Germany in the late 1800s, a herding dog named Hektor Linksrhein caught the captain's attention. Intelligent and strong with innate herding ability, endurance and agility, Hektor had many of the qualities Stephanitz had been searching for in a working dog. He purchased Hektor and renamed him Horand von Grafrath. Stephanitz then bred Horand to carefully selected female dogs of similar type. Horand von Grafrath became the foundation sire of the German Shepherd breed we know today.

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  • According to the Westminster Kennel Club the German Shepherd was known as the German Sheep Dog from 1908 to 1918 and as the Shepherd Dog from 1919 to 1931. Because of anti-German sentiment during World War I, it was feared that the name German Shepherd would not be looked upon favorably. In 1919, the English Kennel Club gave the breed a separate register and changed the name to the Alsatian, after Alsace, a region in France. In 1977, the British Kennel Club authorized the breed's name to be changed back to the German Shepherd.
  • Evolution

     Around 1925, a trend toward the breeding of squarish, over-sized dogs with less than stable temperaments alarmed Stephanitz and he realized that changes needed to be made. In 1925, Stephanitz selected Klodo von Boxberg, a shorter, longer bodied dog with a lengthy gait, as world champion. This dog would become the catalyst for changes, a sire whose qualities Stephanitz wanted to see passed along in subsequent generations. Klodo was imported to America that same year and became an influential sire of German Shepherds dogs in North America.

  • War Dogs

    During World War II, German Shepherds were widely employed as guard dogs, mine detectors and messengers by both the German and American forces. Dogs for Defense was organized in America and the German Shepherd was one of seven preferred breeds of dogs used by the military as guard dogs. German Shepherds were highly valued for their loyalty and ability to stay on task as well as their neutral coloring, which made them inconspicuous. Dogs with extensive white or light-colored areas were not accepted into the program.

  • Characteristics

    The original German Shepherds were working dogs with a natural herding sense; this trait and others, such as their courage and intelligence, their loyalty, agility and even tempered dispositions, have been carefully preserved throughout the breed's history. As a result, German Shepherds have become more than mere working farm dogs. Their abilities have been put to practical use in law enforcement, as guide dogs for the blind, as animal actors in television and film and as treasured family protectors.

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Blog Article presented by:  Jill Pavel

Check out Malinois Puppy Glaedr!

on Monday, 09 September 2013. Posted in Belgian Malinois, German Shepherds

Another Great Testimonial from our client Kurt!

Ted,

I just wanted to give you an update on how Glaedr is doing.  He is everything you described and more.  What an amazing pup he is!  He didn't take much time to settle and show us his true personality.  He has amazing drive and is constantly on the go.  I don't know if you did any initial training but the need to potty train him or teach him how to sit and stay is almost non existent, he is just that smart!

I am sending you a picture to show you how he is doing.

Thank you again Ted,

Kurt

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Glaeder is a Pure Malanois!  For more information on our Belgian Malinois please visit http://gatorlandk9international.com/available-dogs/belgian-malinois

Author: Jill Pavel

Veteran Josh Schutt's Story Living with PTSD

on Tuesday, 27 August 2013. Posted in Veterans with PTSD, German Shepherds, Service Dogs

In June 2013 We officially launched our Veterans with PTSD Programming 

Our Mission:  To provide funding to Veterans with PTSD or other neurological disorders and individuals who have a need for help from a service protection dog,  where they might otherwise not be able to acquire a service dog.

We are currently working with Veteran Josh Schutt, Philadelphia, PA who served for six years in the US Army including 2 tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Josh lives with PTSD and TBI.  His daily life struggle is documented on his facebook  page Help Support A Veteran.  Josh came to GatorlandK9 four months ago.  We are actively working toward his goal of funding a service dog.  

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Josh has opened up his world to all of you.   This is his story.  

Josh Schutt's  Story

I served in the US Army from 1998 until October, 2004. I was medically discharged due to injuries I suffered in Iraq.

I was injured in Iraq on Aug 1, 2003, when my weapon, a .50 cal machine gun, misfired and exploded on me and I was left only holding what they call the butterfly handles. My body immediately went into shock, so I didn’t feel any pain but I did recognize the severity of my injuries. My bleeding was very significant so I wasn’t sure that I was going to make. It took three hours to get to the closest medical unit. When I got to the MASH unit, I explained to the doctor what happened and he was so shocked he lost all the color in his face. He said he couldn’t believe that I was alive, let alone awake. I took shrapnel to my leg and my stomach. He immediately had to operate on me to remove the metal throughout my body. I spent a week in Iraq until I became stable enough to be transported to Germany. Once I was there, many tests were run and they were able to partially close up some of my wounds. I spent another week there before I was sent to Walter Reid where they proceeded to run more tests, close up the rest of my wounds and made sure I was healing. Once they ruled out internal bleeding, I was released.

I was medically discharge from the military for my physically injuries. However, my emotional and psychological injuries were a lot harder to recover from.  For the next few years, I spent a lot of time looking at the bottom of a beer mug and trying to avoid everyone and anything.  I could not sleep unless I drank enough to pass out and when I did fall asleep, I would wake up screaming and sweaty from the nightmares.  I experienced a lot while in Iraq and I was having trouble learning to live a normal life again. I didn’t know what was going on or how to deal with it. I finally went to the VA where I was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). PTSD is a type of anxiety disorder usually caused by a life threatening event(s). It is diagnosed when someone experiences recurring flashbacks and high levels of anxiety that continue a month after the traumatic event.

My doctors suggested a multitude of medications but they weren’t enough.  I finally came across something called a PTSD service dog and after researching, I realized they had helped many Veterans like me deal with PTSD. I discovered that having a PTSD service dog would allow me to live a more normal life. For example, I am constantly looking around to make sure there aren’t any snipers or IUDs hidden in my surrounding but the sense of security the service dog will give me will allow me to relax.  It will also wake me up when I have night terrors, which are frequent. It will help me to go out and be social in big crowds, which I typically avoid. If it senses me getting stressed, a PTSD dog is trained to calm me back down avoiding a full blown panic attack.

The challenge with obtaining a specially trained service dog is that they cost more than I can afford due to the fact that the training is so extensive that is takes years to complete. There are many agencies out there that offer free dogs to Veterans but they have an extremely long waiting list and I have dealt with this for way too long. I am now asking for your assistance and anyone else’s who would be willing to donate funds to help me cover the cost of getting a PTSD service dog. The average cost of training and obtaining a PTSD service dog, including training is very expensive.  I am ready to live a normal life again but I need your help. Please help me raise this money by donating anything you can and by passing this along to everyone you know. It would be greatly appreciated. 

There are several ways you can support our efforts for Josh:

1.  Make a direct donation 

 If you would like to make a donation you can mail a check! 

Make Checks Payable to:

 Service Protection Dogs For World Peace

PO Box 296 Barberville, FL 32105 

Mark Memo:  Josh Schutt 

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 Author: Jill Pavel

Picking A Level of Protection Dog Training

on Friday, 25 January 2013. Posted in German Shepherds, Protection Dogs, Service Dogs, Therapy Dogs

After researching protection dogs on the Internet and feeling totally confused, people often ask what level of protection training my dogs have? It’s like they are trying to compare the deluxe model with leather interior, power windows and all of the bells and whistles vs. the basic model. Buying a dog that you can trust with your family is something entirely different than buying a car.

You should ask yourself ‘What is my handling ability/experience?’ ‘What do I need in a dog?’ ‘What is the right dog for my situation?

Communicate your needs and describe what you expect from the dog. A good trainer will take the time to listen to your needs and try to get a feel if he has the right dog for your situation.

Most people and families need an excellent quality animal with a good obedience foundation and basic protection that is useful and practical. A trained dog is not a vicious dog. It is confident and approachable. You don’t want a dog that is aggressive to the point of being a liability. You need a very forgiving dog, your children can pet it and it does not feel threatened. In the Military and Police K-9 schools, the handlers are matched with the right dog for that individual. The same will hold true for matching a protection/companion dog with the individual needs of that person or family.

The proper temperament for a family protection dog is something a dog is born with. Dogs, like people have their own personalities, i.e. a very alpha/aggressive dog is not a good choice for a family companion dog. It is possible to find a very well trained dog that looks good and acts good in its training environment but is entirely different when you bring it home.

You need a good instructor to show you how to maintain a protection dog’s training. You need to acquire training/handling skills. This is all part of our service. So when selecting a dog for family protection, be less concerned about levels or bells and whistles, and more on individual personality and traits of the dog.

Why Import Your Next German Shepherd

on Tuesday, 15 January 2013. Posted in German Shepherds

In the US, a person with 2 registered dogs can breed them regardless of their individual qualities and receive AKC papers. These dogs may have floppy ears, hip dysplasia, and poor temperament, be nervous, gun shy, fear biters and the owner of the litter will still receive full registration privileges on all of the puppies. In short quality control is non existent in the states.

This does not mean that there are no good breeders of German Shepherds, there are many breeders who have knowledge of the genetics of the breed and x-ray their breeding stock. The German Shepherd breeders in the US who breed quality dogs, practice the European standards but these breeders are in the vast minority, so yes it’s possible to buy a quality German Shepherd in this country but hard to find.

The breeding of German Shepherds as done in Europe is an entirely different affair and uses the following quality control standards.

1. All dogs must have a hip certification ( 'A' stamp )  by a qualified veterinarian.

2. All dogs must have a conformation rating. It is important that they look like German Shepherds and conform to the standards.

3. Each dog certified for breeding must also have a working title, like Schutzhund , IPO , SVV or ZVV. This is very important because it assures to a certain degree that drives and temperament remain true as required of a working dog which the German Shepherd was originally bred to be. It requires a lot of effort on the part of the owner to achieve a working title as required in Europe. A puppy must be schooled from a young age in tracking, obedience and sport oriented protection work.

4. All dogs must also go through a breed survey called a Koer in Germany or Bonitacia in Slovakia, in which many individual qualities are evaluated, and where they are rated and approved or disapproved for breeding. This is extremely important as the dog is truly put under the scrutiny of experts.

These 4 requirements are necessary for 2 dogs to be bred and receive Pink papers.

Quality control standards are why someone should choose an Imported German Shepherd or one that is bred from imported bloodlines. Our German Shepherds excel as Family Protection Dogs, PTSD Veterans Service Dogs, Service Therapy Protection Dogs & just excellent Family Companion Dogs. 

The German Shepherd breed is considered the most versatile and useful of all breeds. No other breed works in so many varied services to the degree of the German Shepherd. Quality control standards assure the buyer that they will receive a well bred dog, who is intelligent, loyal and mentally/physically sound.

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