“The breeding of shepherd dogs is the breeding of working dogs; and this must always be the aim, or we shall cease to produce shepherd dogs.”
Max von Stephanitz
Creator of the German Shepherd Dog
“Bred to be Champions”
We are a family-owned German Shepherd kennel.
We devote a great deal of time researching and learning every detail that encompasses the care and breeding of these exceptional canines, and encourage everyone in our extended canine family to do the same.
In collaboration with the expertise of our training center in Ecuador, each canine receives an individualized training program. In our approach to provide a happy and healthy experience for your best friend and guardian, we incorporate positive reinforcement and avoid intimidation, physical punishment, and fear.
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Schutzhund Training Commands
Common training commands, their proper pronunciation, and their meaning in English.
Zwinger vom Bestinhaus is an exceptional German Shepherd breeder. The care and attention given to all the dogs is spectacular. If you want a quality dog, whether for show or as a pet, you can’t get any better than vom Bestinhaus!
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“Absolutely stunning GSD. Their ranch is super clean and the dogs are magnificent. Zwinger Von Bestinhaus is a top quality Kennel and Alina and Chino are so knowledgeable on the breed. The care given to these beautiful dogs shows in the quality of each and every dog.”
Knowing that Zwinger vom Bestinhaus had a reputation for breeding champion quality, Show-Line GSD’s, we purchased our male GSD from them. Army Ranger vom Bestinhaus is a 2.5 year old, 100 lb., professionally trained service dog. He has a fantastic temperament and we are able to take him anywhere without fear of being embarrassed. We are totally in love with him and got everything (and more) than we had wished for in a dog.
Frequently Asked Questions
To train a German Shepherd puppy, start teaching it basic commands like sit, stay, and lay down when it is about 8 weeks old, use food, toys, and treats for positive reinforcement and try to keep training sessions nor longer than 20 minutes, so your puppy doesn’t get overwhelmed.
If you start out with a puppy, you have the opportunity to shape and mold its personality and develop your relationship early
Carefully watch your puppy for signs that he is about to grab your hand. Before he can do that, give him a soft toy or water bottle as an alternative. If puppy bites you before you can give him a toy, make the squealing sound a littermate would make when it is bitten by another pup – “eek” or “ouch”. Then quickly redirect the puppy to an appropriate toy that is “chew safe”.
Schutzhund is a German word meaning “protection dog.” It refers to a sport that focuses on developing and evaluating those traits in dogs that make them more useful and happier companions to their owners. Schutzhund work concentrates on three parts, obedience, tracking, and protection. It was developed in Germany in the early 1900’s as a breed suitability test for the German Shepherd breed.
People who start their training at 8 weeks of age the AUS (let go) will most likely be able to start around 4 to 5 months of age. Keep in mind that it is important not do drive work while the pup is teething. There are only two situations in training a Schutzhund pup (under 10 months of age) that should result in a correction. The first is to HERE (come) when called. The second is to AUS (let go) of an item when told to AUS. It is important that trainers keep in mind the early goal of training is to teach the dog that as long as he receives no command from his handler, he is allowed to hold his prey item. Poor AUS training will destroy this confidence. It is also important that the dog learns that the toys are the HANDLER’S TOYS and not the DOG’S TOYS. The dog learns that through training he is allowed to play with the HANDLER’S TOYS for a few minutes several times a day.
Puppies should be fed 3 to 4 times a day therefore if you are currently feeding ¾ a cup of puppy food twice a day you should consider spacing it out by feeding ½ cup 3 times a day. Smaller meals are easier to digest for the puppy and energy levels don’t peak and fall so much with frequent meals.
Most young puppies should poop about 1 to 5 times a day. More often than not, your puppy will poop after eating or within the next 30 minutes after the meal. Watch your puppy while they eat, and then once they are done eating, take them out to poop.
Yes. When you take your puppy outside, take him here first, before playtime or anything else. Reward him as soon as he goes to the potty. Your puppy needs to go out when he wakes up, after eating and drinking, and after playing. He should also be taken out every two hours when he is 8 weeks old.
Take the puppy’s age in months and add one. This is the number of hours they can hold their bladder. For example, a two-month-old pup can hold for three hours max. A four-month-old pup can hold for five hours