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Rytay is doing awsome, we cannot say enough how well trained he is. He did so well going to San jose on the plane and Juanita started working with him just as you said to do
Let Robert know also he is terrific
Ken and Juanita
I have had 8 dogs of which the last 3 were german shepherds - 1 female and 2 males. The female I bought from a top North American breeder in CT and the 2 males from Thinschmidt. My female was very protective and mean especially if she didn't know someone. My 2 males were/are structurally very sound. Their hips/elbows are locked in. They have beautiful markings. Their temperment is unbelievable. They are "GREAT" with family and friends as well as other dogs. "Leslo" won Watertown's (CT) coolest canine and "Jack" came in second place. The local show was hosted by the town canine police officers and judged by WFSB channel 3 Scott Haney. The police are amazed at how well behaved and great they are with other dogs and kids especially if you witness Watertown's canine "Enzo" who has a very mean temperment. Watertown police use the same vet that I use - Dr Price at Watertown Animal Hospital. He is amazed and to qoute him - "You got Rin Tin Tin twice". He also notes that WPD "Enzo" has to be muzzled every visit and he also went after one of the tech's in his office. "Jack" will let you know if someone comes up the driveway and he and Leslo's intelligence is tremendous. They are both very loving dogs who love to be with the family and the family loves having them around. I would listen to Diane and let her pick the right dog for you. I did and I struck "Gold" twice. I called on another adult german shepherd she had and she told me that they were for schultzland and attack dogs - she said this is not the dog for you. She was right and I highly recommend you listen to her recommendation. They are "GREAT" people there - I have worked with Doug and Michele as well as Diane. I looked everywhere - CT,Colorado, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Germany and Czechslovakia. Once I talked to Diane and she told me to trust her - I did and I never looked back. I would only go to them for a German shepherd. I would also advise you to consider having them train the dog before you get him/her. If you any other questions feel free to ask. Good luck!
Don Tony- Michelle, we went to the vet today for Zeus Rabies shot The vet asst told me in her 10 yr's in the business she has never seen such a more beautiful big GSD. I have to say The Girls are in love with him. I want to tell you Zeus is so Smart and so Beautiful. Everyday brings a new level of Amazing. He knows sit, down, on a leash, working a 30 minute down with distractions. 34 Pounds today. Thank You so much. DT
Jennifer Castano Plancarte OMG!!! You guys are by far the best. I cannot Thank You guys enough for making my trip that much more fun by me feeling at ease that my dogs were in such good hands. Not only Amazingly well taken care of but Jesse has come back home with all of his trainning reinforced. I LOVE Assertive K-9 Trainning! I have picked up my adolescent dog with great manners thank to you guys!
ROBERT: thanks a million! Jesse misses you already. And MARIA: thanks for your excellent customer service! I shall send my pups back soon
Geisha is doing great. Adjusting just fine. She is doing her 30 min stay down with no problem. She is awesome! . . Thank you for everything and for checking in.
Gary & Michelle Feb. 14, 2014
We really enjoyed meeting you and your dogs. We were really impressed by your facility. But it was you and your handling of the dogs and puppies that really won us over. I wanted to email tonight so that you would know that I'm phoning you Monday morning with my deposit for that "plush" male puppy. As much as we loved Troy, I think getting a puppy is just too exciting for me to pass up. As I understand it, the deposit is to hold the pup until he is 8 weeks old, at which time you will tell me whether he makes a good candidate for further training with the goal of family protection dog with great temperament. If yes, then I will pay for him in full, and have the option of leaving him there for further training. If, at 8 weeks, you deem him unfit for my purposes, I can transfer the deposit to another dog. I'm looking forward to talking with you Monday to confirm the price for the puppy, and for the cost of further training and board to get the puppy to be fully off-leash trained.
Regards, Lisa and Bob Gordon Jan. 30, 2014
Thank you for the pictures. Anya is settling in nicely. We went to the park today so she could watch children. She is currently sleeping soundly. Her long down is going great. The ride home was uneventful.
Thank you again for such a wonderful addition to our family.
Michael and Judy Jan. 27, 2014
Thank you for everything this weekend. We had the best time.
The family has negotiated the name of our pup since the moment that we first met you.
We have decided on “Maximus” Also, for papers we would like "Maximus Aurelius” (because the Jolly family is difficult) :)
Enjoyed the videos.
Great editing work and voiceover.
I wanted to share with you how Banks is doing. He is such an awesome dog. He is now my running partner. We do between 2- 4 miles about 5 times a week. He just loves it and will keep whatever pace I want. Never pulls or stops. He does however try to get squirrels when we run. Its a nice break to speed up once in awhile. He will run in any weather at anytime. We have had a crazy winter so far, lows of zero highs of 60 degrees No matter he is ready to go. Thank you again.
Eddie Gaetjens 1/15/14
Gonzo and Taggie Male pup born 3-3-13.
We loved the photo also. Carmel is lovely this time of year. The dogs love it.
Glad we can share with you. She is such a great dog.. We are so lucky!
Love getting the newsletter.... It is great information for us.... Hannah does love her crate. We have been told that when we board the dogs, Rusty tries to get in the crate with her!!!
Heres to a very happy New Year
Denise and Richard 1/13/14
Hannah's first day at Carmel Beach.... she would not stop running around.. had everyone on the beach laughing.
We love this dog!.. She was so good at the beach and walking through downtown.
What a treasure.... Thank you!
Denise Williams 1/10/14
Chandler spent several hours with me and other members of the family as we learned how to handle Ducati. He is with me now and is incredibly well behaved. He looks better than he has in at least a year.
The entire family wants to thank you and all of your staff for the wonderful changes in Duke.
Kade Huntsman 1/4/14
I think Sig is a very handsome boy but I'm a little biased. Sig looks a lot like his sire Baru. He has a really dark mask and a big, blocky, masculine head and has a solid black saddle with a little grizzling on his withers. Sig has a really beautiful gait. Besides being beautiful he is a very sweet boy and is my constant companion. Wherever I am Sig is never more than a couple of feet away. I absolutely love him and I am so blessed that he is a member of our family.
Sig's sire is 3XVA1TR 2XV19 VA2PT Baru vom Furstenbrunnn
His dam is SG 77 JKH BSZS 2011 Ginger von Zornkeltinga
Attached is a photo of Sig and the Christmas tree that has be resized and sharpened for Facebook.
Sig is currently enrolled in a puppy intermediate class where he is doing stays and recalls under a lot of different distractions, heeling off lead, and some agility. My oldest son and his wife are taking their lab puppy, too. Sig and Otis are play buddies and are having a lot of fun in class.
I'd love for you to post any of the photos of Sig that I've sent you and any in the future to your website. I am really proud of him and think he is an incredible handsome boy!
Sig is such a wonderful addition to our family. I quit teaching in July to pursue my interest in photography, and Sig has been my constant companion and company throughout the house renovation and move. He was the perfect choice for Joe and me :) I would love to be a part of Thinschmidt's referral program and share my experience with potential customers. My contact information is the following:
Wishing you and your family Happy Holidays.
The German Shepards that we have gotten from you guys Brielle and Jax make every day worth living for and always putting a smile on my face.
Thanks for your Christmas email…the only thing that would make it better would be if was full of GSD pictures….Our beloved Tessa (Contessa) is now 1 ½ years old and is such a wonderful and amazing dog…We are so in love with her and so happy to have her. Thank you for all of your good work with these beautiful dogs. Periodically I check in on your website and am tempted by your gorgeous puppies, but, I know in my heart that we are just fine with Tess.
A very Merry Christmas to you and your family.
Merry Christmas Michele!!
Thank you again for my Gonzo.
He is the smartest loyalist and most beautiful dog!
Jim & I love him so much. Everywhere I go he walks right beside me.
He watches everything I do. He's so big that I forget he is still a puppy!
He is a happy dog & I love him with all my heart. I am so grateful to have
such an amazing companion.
Not sure if you remember me or not, I drove from Iowa with my dad back in April to pick up my puppy. I just thought you might like to know how he is doing. He is one of, if not the best dog I have ever had. He is everything I had hoped for and more. Not only did I get a beautiful dog, but he has a wonderful temperment. He is well on his way to becoming a service dog. I am amazed at how well he deals with new situations. He is of course very intelligent and very eager to learn and work. I ended up naming him Cruz after the town of Cruz Bay on St. John in the US Virgin Islands. It is one of the most beautiful places on earth (as far as I am concerned) and we vacation there every year. As a matter of fact Cruz will be by my side as we go there in February. It will be fun to see what he thinks of flying (in the cabin with me), boat rides, and the ocean. I can't tell you how grateful I am for this dog. He is not only helping me with my disabilities, but he also helped our ten year old Standard Poodle that had a massive stroke a few months ago. Cruz and the Poodle become friends quickly after I brought him home. When the Poodle had his stroke, Cruz would lay by his side for hours. The Poodle was in bad shape, he couldn't even hold his head up by himself, but Cruz was there for encouragement. I am happy to report that even the vet is amazed at his recovery. He is still a bit unstable at times, but Cruz adjusts his play to fit the Poodle's limitations. Thank you so much for such a wonderful friend.
Jack weighs 82.5 pounds and they were amazed that we got Rin Tin Tin twice - Leslo and Jack. The Watertown Police Canine dog - Enzo - goes there and has to be muzzled and still goes to attack people even with the police officer with him - he is from Czecheslovakia. They asked where do our dogs come from. We told him Thinschmidt German Shepherds in Corona, CA. He is amazed at our dogs temperments - which both came from you. He also said Jack is a strong, lean 82.5 pounds.
Joe and Patti Lombardi
Mara and I are doing great!! We are having so much fun (especially now that the weather has cooled down we have been hiking and doing obedience classes) - she truly does bring such joy and happiness into my life!
Feel free to post the email on your website - I'm flattered! And yes, our vet did say the best hips she has ever seen on a shepherd :)
Also, I would LOVE to be apart of your Breeder Referral Program. This is so exciting - I pretty much already brag about Thinschmidt and the amazing experience we had with anyone who stops Mara and I at the park haha. Please see below for the relevant contact info:
City, State (Zip): Las Vegas, NV (89135)
Name: Robin Robinson
Location: Lawrence, Kansas
I just wanted to say that contacting you and speaking with Michelle was as a breath of fresh air!!
I have been searching for a breeder of these wonderful German Shepherds for over 5 years now.
I was at the point of giving it up until I saw a video posted on FB called Loose Leash Walking - your web address came up. I then went to your training video - and I knew that I was going to call you.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ANSWERING ALL OF MY QUESTIONS!
Currently my Shepherd is 10 yrs old I think, because I want to spend the rest of her life with her only, I am going to wait until she crosses the Rainbow Bridge to get another Shepherd. I am also waiting because I want to spend time with the new Shepherd - with no distractions - the same as I did with Jewels, in the beginning and now in the end.
It is of great comfort to have found you!!!
Thank you so very much again...
I look forward to a future relationship with you :)
Thank you for the nice note you sent to me with Cary. I really feel blessed knowing you and all the nice people at Assertive K9. What would Buddy and ET be without you!? What would we be without you… (I guess, unfortunately, we will have to find out).
The good thing is, you will see Buddy and ET at least one more time next year when we move, because we will bring the dogs to you during the packing and moving in order not upset them unnecessarily. Also, the other good thing is that I will never forget you and I will recommend you guys to anyone who either want their dog trained or for grooming.
You have been absolutely fantastic and I honestly doubt it is going to take a miracle to find anyone that can match you. You have set my bar so very high!
Of course! I will be happy to brag on you guys :) Maddy wouldn't be who she is without you. I am so glad Crystal sent me your way. My info is below just in case you don't have it.
Lynn and Gail Wills
201 Sundown Ridge
Austin, TX 78737
home phone: 512-394-0130
cell phone: 714-638-5830 although I don't always HEAR it ring :( I will return any calls once I finally realize I missed a one!
Lynn sends his love, too. We really miss you guys and sure wish we were still in class. Take care and big hug to Mom and Doug.
I just picked up my 3 year old GSD from Assertive K-9. This was his second course. I am extremely pleased with everyone at this facility. Their genuine care to see Bruno succeed was far and above what I expected. They are simply amazing! Thank you Robert, Michele, Jenn, Maria and Martinique
We just returned to Vegas for the winter and were so excited to discover that Nicole another neighbor here in Red Rock that talked to us about Chloe & Jack purchased a female pup from you in June! We will continue to spread the word about Thinschmidt and how wonderful you all are and what fine GS you breed! We did a lot of traveling this summer with Chloe & Jack and had so many people want to know all about them and where they came from. So we are not only spreading the word about you in Las Vegas, but around the country.
We enjoy every moment with Chloe & Jack and feel blessed they are in our lives!
Thanks so much,
Thom & Karen Garlock
Please read my story about these incredible people. My husband and I began our search for our German Shepard in February this year. After speaking to, or visiting SEVERAL breeders we found Thinschmidt! We called and spoke with Maria, made an appointment to come by, see the facility and speak with Michelle (office manager and co-owner). When we arrived we were greeted at the gate and as we pulled in we saw a beautiful Shepherd approx. 10 months old just lying on the patio with a trainer about 10 feet away. We walked past that dog and he didn't flinch. When we entered the office and met with Michelle she explained to us this dog was purchased from a different breeder by an older couple and had some behavior problems. Well I have Never seen a more well behaved dog, could not believe that dog ever had any behavior problems to look at it now. Michelle proceeded to ask us several questions such as, "had we ever had a GSD before and why were we seeking a pup, what was our home like etc... I am thinking hmm some of these questions seemed out of line but as the process continued I realized she was interested in all these facts so as to assist us in choosing the pup best suited for our lifestyle and personalities. We spent at least 1 1/2 to 2 hours there. Michelle showed us every inch of the property not hiding any area. ALL kennels were spotless. All kennels were large so that dogs had room to play and interact. They have a beautiful grass training area and a large fenced dirt play area. She proceeded to introduce us to what came to be the stud for the littler we had chosen GONZO. Gonzo is the biggest most intimidating looking GSD, however he came right over to us, sat and had all his manners in place. I put my face right up to his and snuggled a little and he was just a loving big bear. It was obvious these dogs are well Loved and well trained. The parents we chose had not yet confirmed pregnancy but we knew when we left, Thinschmidt was where we wanted to purchase our pup. We went home and put a deposit in online and just figured we would wait as long as needed. A few weeks later the pregnancy was confirmed and the wait began. On June 14th Uta whelped 6 pups, we were so excited. Michelle sent us pictures fairly regular from that point on. We also had shown some interest in Shutzund Training and were invited to observe. My husband and I went a several times while waiting for our girl to be 10 weeks old and we have made several friends there. She is 11 weeks old now and we couldn't be happier. These people really Love their animals, they are all cared for, healthy and well adjusted. All the people we have met through the purchase of our pup along with Doug Foster, Jen, Mike and all the Shutzund club members have been absolutely wonderful. Always willing to offer advice and help in any way. They are a great support group to each other and we just feel blessed to have found Thinschmidt and all the people we have met through this experience. We can't wait until our little Sascha is old enough to begin training with the club as well. Ron and Charlene Grace
My name is Kim Galvez and about a little more than 2 1/2 years ago we bought an imported pup from you. I just thought that I would send you an update as to what he has been up to.
In the past year and a half we have been doing some training. And, with only three competitions under our belt, as of 3/19/11 we are officially Mondioring I. I have attached some pictures of us at the 2011 USMRA Nationals at Triple Crown Dog Acadamy. Although, Nationals was not our best performance :( (our best was a 192 in Oxnard, Ca) We did have a qualifying score of 174 which gave us our second leg and our current title.
Kim & Gabriel Galvez
Quantum Vom Weideck, MR1
Good Morning Diana, Robert and Michele:
Some times we have an experience(s) that is so appreciated, meaningful, and exceeds our expectations. The real missing link is letting those that make a difference know...so wanted to stop and write this messge to say Thank You!!
You, as a team deliver all you say you do. Raising/training a puppy when the owner needs as much (maybe more) training is a challenge. I selected Thinschmidt not just because of the amazing dog I have in Diva, but because I banked on the support I felt I would need. You, as a team have been there for more each step of the way and I can honestly say once your taught training methods click in for me....you take me to the next level.
Robert, a special thank you to you. Not only your knowledge, but your patience and calming nature have been appreciated more than you know.
I'll continue with Diva's training...yesterdays Saturday class was fun for me and I want to build on that.
My mom was just placed in an alzimers home and I would love to introduce her to Diva...makes me think about getting Diva approved to enter the home and make a difference to those that have this sad condition.
See you next week!!
Dorothy & Diva. ;)
Hello Michele, Robert, Diana & Doug!!
I would like to wish you a Marry Christmas (sorry I am late) and a
Great & Happy New Year to you and all your incredible dogs!!
With this I am sending you an update on Max: we did our first German
Shepard Conformation Show in Ocean Beach (San Diego) this month and
Max at 20months was given the title of SG-1 for Long Stock Hair with Undercoat
Attached is a picture Max, Suzie, me (Daniela) and the German Judge.
Angela and Tyrone
Dear Thinschmidt Family, This note has been a long time coming, but we want to thank you for Gertie (aka Fannie). We were the fortunate family to receive a beautiful dog through our Cesar Millan video appearance, which you generously provided us. We wanted to let you know that we absolutely love her and we could not have asked for a better dog. She is intelligent, well behaved, a protector and a wonderful family dog who loves the kids. I\'ve had a few German Shepherds throughout my life and although they have all been wonderful, Gertie is by far the best. I\'m allowed to bring her to work with me and everyone loves her because she is so well behaved. I can\'t tell you how many times people stop me to say what a beautiful dog she is. Without a doubt we recommend anyone wanting to get a German Shepherd come and see you. Gertie is doing great and turns two on March 17th. Thank you again for all your help. I\'ll send some recent pictures to email address above. Best, Ed, Maureen, Bronwyn & Lucia Mazzarella
I just wanted to say thank you for allowing me to visit this past Saturday. I have traveled all over the world but the one place I enjoy visiting the most is your facility. It is amazing to watch you and your staff work and the enthusiasm you bring to the people who have brought their dogs to be trained. I don't believe I have ever watched such a group of people dedicated to the purpose of
making the world a better place with people and their dogs. Thanks again for the hospitality this past Saturday and may God Bless you all with health and great success.
Your friend and customer,
January 22, 2011
Dear Diana, Doug, Michele and Robert,
My husband and I can’t thank you enough for the wonderful puppy we chose from you. We’ve had Vincent von Thinschmidt (Uta-Gonzo pup) home now for about 3 weeks and he’s adjusted SO well. My husband and I can see how much care, energy and love you all put into your breeding and training program.
We both feel the need to express to your potential clients how important it is to choose a pup from knowledgeable breeders. As you know, our other dog, Mango has “issues” and when we brought her to you 2 years ago for a 6 week training program we couldn’t believe the difference in her when we got her back. She will never be the tender dog we hoped she could be, but because you have the knowledge, patience and skills, you had really opened our eyes to why she is the way she is. You taught us how to manage her and how to manage our environment to ensure her success. We can’t thank you enough!!
When we decided it was time to expand our family, we knew where to go. Knowing how you socialize your puppies from a very young age, I think you mentioned you started as young as 3 days old, we can see the difference between Mango and Vinnie. Vinnie is a calm, level headed, confident puppy and it’s such a pleasure to be able to take him everywhere knowing he’ll be comfortable and not phased by his surroundings. We’ve heard so many puppy horror stories from friends, such as their puppies nipping, jumping, soiling in the house and chewing furniture, so as first time puppy owners we did not want to have our own horror stories. THANK GOODNESS for your puppy guide you sent home with him, without it we would have been lost, We are following your guide to the letter and everything is looking good!
We are impressed by your knowledge about the breed and skills as professional trainers. It’s no wonder why so many people pick you for a well tempered GSD.
Again, we cannot thank you enough!
Mike and Jenn.
Stella and my handsome boy Zeus
Well, our little guy is little no more. While he weighed in at 65 pounds in September, I am sure that Rocco has put on at least another ten pounds. His feet don't seem so big and he when he sits, his feet point out just like his father (Xaro). So without further ado, here are some resent photos --
It's hard to believe that Rocco is only eight months old. We still have him in his crate, so haven't spoiled him too much. In the evening, he dearly loves to lay on the rug in front of us while we watch TV, and he and Michael really enjoy each other's company while I'm at work all day.
Enjoy the pictures, and thanks again for such a wonderful companion.
Lindie S. Joy
Hi Michele. I wanted to let you know that Hinda (now known as Nina) is settling in very nicely. She’s absolutelyperfect! She is very well behaved and is already extremely loyal. She has given me a sense of comfort and security while home alone and during our at least twice daily long walks. She’s learning the new routines of her life, and seems to be very happy with the transition. She is getting to the point of being fully relaxed around the house, falling sound asleep during nap time and not feeling the need to shadow me at all times. Emmet (my little Daschund) is warming up to her – he’s still a little unsure of her size and puppy energy at times, but there have been absolutely no issues between the two of them other than the expected “jealousy” from one while I pet the other (the head nudge with the look of “what about ME?!?!?”). J Having the opportuity to spend this past 3-day weekend at home helped make the transition easier on all of us. Thank you very much for making it happen on such short notice. I truly appreciate your efforts.
Dear Doug, Diana and Michele, Oct 1, 2008
I would like to take this time to encourage anyone who wants a great dog or has a problem animal to contact Assertiveness K-9 for help.
We have had Zelda for almost three weeks now and at 15 weeks we could not have hoped for a better puppy. The training administered by you has helped pave the way for a wonderful experience for my wife and I. The important thing being we are not young and it would be difficult at this stage in our lives to deal with a new puppy. Who would have believed one could train an 8 week old puppy. Zelda knows and responds to all the basic commands without hesitation. When we walk she acts as if this is old stuff. (no knoddling in the grass or tugging). As a testiment to your breeding program is the attitude Zelda has towards others.
We live in a senior community where the appearance of decorum is everything. There is barker on the same side of our house as the dog run. Todate, no matter the outburst from the neighbor, not a word from Zelda. When we are walking, training or at rest in the home and people or dogs walk by there is no lounging, barking or attitude.
Thank you so much.
Then there was Ike our giant Schnazer, and I mean giant. He topped 110 pounds and was out of control to the point of permanent sleep or training. I was afraid to take Ike even to the Vet for fear of an attack. We could not leave him at a kennel for a vacation and even family and friends could not visit.
Then we found Doug and Diana. After a few weeks of training we kept Ike another 8 years. Their exceptional handling abilities made all of this possible.
So people, run don't walk to Assetiveness K-9 Training. You won't regret it.
Gary and Faye
Hi Diane, Leslo is doing GREAT! He is already house trained- done with positive loving rewards. He loves to snuggle and cuddle. He follows Joe everywhere he goes. We are so thankful on this day of thanksgiving. Leslo has brought so much joy to our lives and home. You were right - to trust you. We thank you and God for the work you and Doug do with these beautiful pets. Happy Thanksgiving, Joe Lombardi, Patti, and Leslo
Leslo is doing great. He is very strong and lovable. He loves to go everywhere. We bought a motorhome and we will be taking him on vacation with us. We wouldn't have it any other way. Do you know when his pink papers will be coming in from Germany? Hope all is well.
Joe, Patti and Leslo Lombardi
Wanted to send you a picture of Razor, now some 5.5 months old. He is doing
Sorry to get back to you so late. We just got back from a week of camping in San Clemente. Blaze is a very happy camper dog! We get sooooo many compliments on what a beautiful and well behaved dog he is! And of course I have to strut my feathers like a proud mama and reply, "Yes, we just love him" :) Feel free to use the photos from Sequoia on your website. I haven't forgotten about Lexi, I've just been busy. I will explain later. Hope she is doing well.
Just thought we'd share a couple of recent pictures of Tiki....She's 8
months now, and we are so thrilled to have such a wonderful puppy!
Hope all is well with you!
Jerry & Amy Sarmento
I am now more educated about German Shepherds and the quality of bloodlines. I think we have gotten quite a bargain! I have seen many Shepherds at the park, the pet store, etc, and none of them are as good looking, and well behaved as Reese. I may be a little biased, but all the other dogs we have seen locally are Way beneath Reese in looks and smarts.
I know you sell a lot of dogs to a lot of different people, but I just wanted you to know that Reese went to a family that will always love and care for him. That's the way I was raised and the way I have raised my kids. Reese loves us all and will always watch over all of us.
Reese went to the vet the other day. Weighing in at 72lbs at the young age of 7 months, he is solid muscle. I don't think one person has not made a comment about the size of his paws...lol even the vet commented how big they were and said he's going to be a big boy, the vet said he hasn't seen a Shepherd pup of this quality in years. I had never had a pet or seen a pet that wasn't nervous going to the vet. Reese walked in there like he owned the place and just flopped on the floor by my feet.
Reese is a loud to stay out of his crate when were home, loves to lay by us. He will go and sit by the back door if he needs to go get a drink or to the bathroom, before he comes back in, he sits and waits outside until we open the door. Reese will sit and wait while I put his food down for him. He will wait until I tell him that it's OK to go eat. Reese has learned his name and comes running when called. I will ask Reese if he wants to go for a ride in my truck, he will grab his leash and bring it to me with excitement. Such a smart dog! Reese also loves the snow!!!
Reese has definitely bonded incredibly with our family, a little stronger with me. Reese will not let me out of his site and seems to believe that his mission in life is to be by my side no matter what situation we are in. He follows me around everywhere I go & if I'm out in the yard working on something he will usually just sit down and watch me. If I'm not home, he will follow my 14 year old daughter around.
Reese is willing to let other people touch him but he is so focused on the family and surroundings that it is almost as if the other people don't exist unless someone moves too quickly towards one of us. The he has this VERY direct stare that seems to make people nervous. He will play with children and is very patient with them but even then Reese always knows where the family members are and what we are doing. He's laying next to me in the office now as I write this.
So, the long and short of it is that we love Reese! His temperament is perfect and steady, he knows his job and does it with determination and stability, and loves to do whatever is asked of him. He is a total joy! I know I keep saying this, be he is my definition of the perfect dog: babies and children adore him and grown me run from him. You can't ask for more!
I would love to teach Reese how to bark on command, any suggestions you might have, will be very helpful. Reese rarely barks. He is doing a lot of play biting, if you have suggestions for this please forward.
Thank you again for such a beautiful dog and friend. He is loved and pampered and is thriving.
P.S. Reese will start in a couple of weeks with agility training. Please find attached pictures.
Hello, Doug, Diane, & Michelle! Long time no see! I miss you all terribly. I was looking at your new beautiful website and it made me miss you all the more. I still have a rope choke collar that I need to return to Doug. I was going to just mail it, but if you all don\'t mind, I\'d love to stop by soon to say hi and return it in person. I\'ve recently started my very own dog training business & I often hear Doug in my head when I make a mistake in handling. I really miss his \"Oh Geez!\" that he used to holler at me when I messed up. :) But seriously, the skills I learned from you guys have been invaluable and I count myself blessed for knowing you and especially being able to work with you. I\'ve referred people to you several times for aggressive dogs and general training. Now that I\'m doing in-home training, I expect to run across other dogs that I may not be equipped to properly train and I will definitely continue to refer them to you. I wish you all the best. You deserve every success! With much love, Dusty Laurin
Just wanted to let you know that CJ & Shelby arrived at their new homes ok.They slept the entire ride home. They are absolutely PERFECT and our bringing soo much joy to our lives already. Thank you so much for spending the extra time helping us choose the right puppies. I will send further emails & pics for you. Also could you say thank you to your mom for me and let her know her "pick of the liter" is doing great. Julie
Also, below is a picture of Elsie. She is about 75 pounds now and is an absolutely beautiful dog with an amazing temperament, we can't thank you guys enough!
I finally got organized with all the pic's I've taken of Isis. She's a wonderful little pup..and brings us a lot of joy and laughter.
Thank you for picking her for us.
Greg & Lourdes
Michele, Doug and Diana,
When we brought Romeo to be evaluated by you we were desperate to find someone that understood dogs with aggression issues.
We adopted Romeo, a "boxer/lab mix" in October of 2007 as a dog for my daughter. We previously rescued two other dogs and did not have issues with them. After Romeo was neutered and had all his 4 month shots, we took him to obedience training locally in San Dimas. Romeo was always the dog they put off to the side because his deep growl and his "powerfulness" were extremely intimidating to the other dogs in the class. As time went on he did appear to become more submissive, but my daughter was definitely fearful of walking him alone and did not trust him around other people and dogs. After completing the dog training, we were told to sign him up again. After the first class, we received a letter stating, they could not manage Romeo safely in the class and felt he needed too much one on one time. They referred us to Assertive K-9 Kennels.
Often when my daughter was trying to walk Romeo or even try to put his collar on (a choke chain", it was a battle to get it on him. Often he would jump at or even bite at her arms in the process. One night, he did hurt her badly and we decided that we needed to take him for evaluation at Assertive K-9 Kennels after procrastinating to do so. My daughter also was getting extremely frustrated and upset. We took the last incident very seriously and realized in order to continue to be responsible dog owners and give Romeo a happy life and ultimately save his life, we needed to take action. After all, he was now a 50lb dog...not the 12lb puppy we brought home.
I took Romeo out to Assertive K-9 Kennels alone... Doug did his evaluation and was very clear with us, just what kind of dog we were actually dealing with. Our "boxer/lab mix" was more likely a "boxer/pit" or as we like to call him a "boxerotti" mix with genetic aggressive tendencies. It was hard to hear how we would have to change our ways and the commitment that was going to be involved, in addition to the financial component. We had been doing everything wrong!
I took Romeo home. I had a long talk with my husband and daughter. I have to say I honestly proposed to my daughter that I would take Romeo alone and have him put down if she wasn't willing to deal with this kind of dog. I told her I could not adopt him back out knowing that he might hurt someone or something. With three kids in college and the struggles that everyone goes through, coming up with the finances was our biggest challenge. Additionally, I can honestly say we had our doubts about anyone being able to change Romeo's 7 month old behaviors that we, unfortunately, contributed to greatly.
A family member that knows how much our animals mean to us, offered to "sponsor" Romeo through the in-house training.
We dropped off Romeo for as we call if fondly "doggie boot camp". We showed Michele the bruises and cuts on my daughter's arms. Romeo was subdued for a bit, but when Doug and his helper tried to lead him away, Romeo showed us for the first time, just how aggressive he really was capable of being... it was frightening.
After 8 very long weeks, we finally went to pick up Romeo. We first saw him walking off in the distance with Doug and we couldn't believe how calm he was. We were given a demonstration without Romeo knowing we were there and then he was introduced back to us. We took very seriously the basics we were provided with. When we brought Romeo home, he did try to revert back to his old behavior. As hard as it was, we kenneled him and followed Diana's instructions to the tee. During the first couple of days, Romeo wasn't perfect and we did get discouraged, but we kept at it. We then also started coming for the group classes.
After all the work and it is a day to day, everyday commitment, Romeo has turned out to be a great dog... We have to respect that he is a "power" breed and has potential aggression issues... we take responsibility and use the tools we have been taught... they absolutely work.My daughter exercises Romeo daily using the K-9 Cruiser attachment, he gets walked, trained and his downs... but he also gets free time and he is a happy, contented dog. My daughter has even been able to take him to the park and play ball with him on the long leash. He also has gotten to learn how to be around other people when introduced properly... People can hardly believe what a sweetheart he is compared to the scary dog they think he is initially. My daughter has become a different person through working with him.. she is not fearful or afraid of him anymore.
Romeo truly has been able to live up to his name with thanks to Doug, Diana and Michele and all the helpers at Assertive K-9 Training, but more importantly for helping us save his life. You gave us back hope and a renewed faith that all dogs are innately good dogs, just sometimes (in your words)... "misunderstood".....
Allison & Amanda
Just thought I would send some pictures of Brielle born 02/13/08 she was the perfect pick out of all the dogs.These pictures should make your web page for such a beautiful picture of a true champion line German Shepherd.Thank you again for all of your help and training and answering all of my questions. Gary Temel
I wanted to let you know how happy we are with Titan- he is beautiful, remarkably brave, and very intelligent. He is just full of energy and life. He likes to go to busy places and interact with people, especially children. Working with you before we bought Titan made such an impression and convinced us that Thinschmidt was the way to go. I cannot tell you how happy I am that he came to us already crate trained and housebroken- just amazing. I love to brag to my friends about Titan and have even made a few referrals. In the future, if we decide to get Titan a puppy friend we will come straight to you. Thanks again, and may God continue to bless you in all your endeavors.Zach and Maria Stevens (Fresno, CA).
We just wanted to say thank you again for giving us so much of your time and attention yesterday. You were so gracious to us and we appreciate the fact that you patiently endured our questioning before showing us the dogs. I know that you had a lot on your mind, taking care of your Mom and all of your responsibilities at work.
We did nothing but talk about Thinschmidt German Shepherds all the way home. We made several phone calls to friends and family to share our excitement and brag about your facility.
I can't tell you how impressed we were with your care and concern for the proper treatment of these beautiful animals. It is clear to us that you recognize that these are part of God's creation and they are a gift to us. That is very important to us because it usually means that everything else concerning the dogs is done right too. You and your family get a thumbs up from us and we will recommend you to everyone we meet.
We will be sending a check to you soon for our deposit. I have been looking on the site to find the parents of the litter we will be choosing from in November. Can you tell me their names so I know who I'm looking for and are their pictures up? There were a lot of names and pictures of dogs and I just can't remember.
Thank you for mentioning your Mom to us. This will give us a new name to pray for and we will do so diligently. We look forward to meeting her and it will be double the thrill to see what God has done in her healing.
God bless you... I know He already has...
Brian and Debbie Kidwell
Assertive K-9 Training - October 2nd 2008
I have been training with the team at Assertive K-9 training for nearly a year as part of the ABC dog training externship. This section of the ABC course requires you to work with a dog trainer in your community and learn the practical side of dog training and running a dog training business. I was fortunate enough to be placed with Diana, Doug and Michelle at Assertive K-9 Training in Corona.
Diana and Doug are very experienced trainers who were always very willing to pass on their knowledge, which was extremely invaluable to me, and helped me successfully complete the ABC course. Although the kennel is always very busy both Diana and Doug always took the time to give me advice and suggestions on my training style. Even once I finished the externship section of the course Diana and Doug continued to teach me other aspects and methods of working with both the dogs and the customers. As a result I continued to go to the kennel every Saturday.
While I was at Assertive K9 they covered all aspects of dogs and training including breeding, puppy socialization and obedience, behavior modification and owner training. I was also very fortunate that Doug and Diana are one of a handful of trainers that will work with, train and rehabilitate aggressive dogs. Many trainers will not work with extremely aggressive dogs, so being able to watch and learn how to handle and train these types of dogs, and to see the transformation of the dog was priceless, especially as a new trainer.
The team at Assertive K-9 are easy to get along with and create a fun learning environment. I would love to continue to work with Diana, Doug and Michelle and become more involved in the Kennel. Unfortunately circumstances do not allow but I know I will remain in contact with everyone and make sure to visit whenever possible.
Thank you Diana, Doug and Michelle for all your help, I look forward to working with you whenever possible in the future.
Very Happy with our Dog,
Thanks for the additional training, the adjustment in my training has helped Zito (Waneska and Razor), he is like a new dog!
For a 6 month old puppy he is very well behaved. I have him in the front yard on a down stay and he watches the kids. He is very good with the kids, he plays hide and seek with them. We also trained him to get the newspaper every morning.
I get so much attention from people commenting on how gorgeous he is! I need a new leash, I think I can do the shorter one...he is so big. I am sending yours back, thank you.
Just a note to touch base since we've seen you. The obedience class for Blaze began this morning. Needless to say he was a shining star!! There are about seven dogs in the class, all different breeds, some large and some small. He was so well behaved, I couldn't help but be a proud 'parent'! The trainer commented on what a "beautifully bred dog he is". She has shepherds as well and was quite impressed with him.
Blaze has adjusted quite well. Just as I could see from the beginning, he is VERY attached to Tim. He follows him from room to room throughout the house. If I leave the room he could care less! If Tim leaves the room he is up and off to see where they're going. We just love him.
We go for daily walks mostly in the evening. It is much cooler and I think it makes it more enjoyable. My homework this week is to take him to a place where there are more people and distractions. I think we will walk in our downtown area called the village. There are always lots of people walking their dogs and/or just taking a stroll. I have no doubt he will behave very well. I will send pics of him once I learn how to download and attach them. ( Remember I told you I am computer challenged!). I will call next week for help with filling out the paperwork to change his name and ownership. Thank you again for your patience and kindness. Blaze is filling an empty spot in our hearts that I didn't think could happen after we lost our darling Buddy.
Went to the vet this morning, everything is fine. Nyla has gained 3 lbs in 1 week. The vet goes Im concern about how quiet she is. And Im glad that you e-mailed me those papers yesterday , and I told the vet that this puppy has been trained to behave at the vet office. She also said that she is a beautiful puppy and whom ever you bought her from did a GREAT JOB,................ THANK YOU SO much. I will wait for her papers next week along with the DVD.
Thank you so much for everything Michele. I will visit you with Nyla some day when we are down in LA.
I think that Helena is there with Zito. He is a beautiful dog 2.
> Here is the picture of the first day at home with belle and king .
> hope all is fine We got the food and she is doing fine .
> Bob Ortiz
Ty is adjusting well. He has immediately bonded with my 2 year old. She loves him. We will be starting his training up again this weekend. He has a great temperament and it makes his so much more enjoyable. Not to say he does not have his "puppy" moments but he is quite a joy. Here are a few photos. He is getting bigger each day.Cathy Tsoukalas
Just wanted to let you know Lucy is doing very well and send you a picture. As I’m sure you would expect she’s a beautiful shepherd, extremely loyal, and loves to play
Hello there. Just wanted to let you know that we Love, Love, Love our new dog Titan (Bessy and Razor pup) and that he is doing very well. You can check out some pictures on our website: zachomatic.com Titan is almost 60 lbs at 5 months old! We are wondering how large his parents are to get an idea of his expected adult size. Can you email us to let us know?Thanks, Maria and Zach Stevens
Bella is doing very well, I wished I could borrow some of her energy. My wife and children have really fallen for her, she really is the best German Shepherd Dog I have ever been in contact with. Our family is giving her a lot of exercise and love. We can't thank you enough for all the hard work you and your staff do to create such great, loving animals.
I recommended you to a friend of mine named Michelle, I think she will be talking to you soon if she hasn't already about available puppies.Thanks,
Just wanted you to know that Caja is doing well, and we are having a good time with her. I am sending you a picture of her. She is not only our beautiful girl, she is also very obedient. She goes every where with us. I hope this note finds you all well.Sincerely Russell and Marian Durk
Yesterday, I received the Pink Papers for Nestor. Thank You! Don't tell anybody of your buyers, that the best German Shepherd is already sold, because we have him. Nestor is absolutely the best, funniest and smartest dog we could get. It does not go a day, without me laughing. People stop me at the street, asking about him. This happens all the time, so he just lays down and let them talk and if there are kids, he let them pet him, while you can hear a happy sigh from him. At the moment we are taking a clicker class, which he likes. Last week, we got applause, when he sat like a squirrel and with both paws, gave me "a high five'
Sending a picture from the last walk at the beach.
Best Regards to you all,
Gunilla and Nestor
Our ride home last week with Riley was uneventful. There was not a peep out of him! That was a good thing since it took about an hour and a half to get home.
The time that Riley spent with you and your training is priceless!!! We have almost made it through one week, and Riley is doing great.
We are following all of your advice. He is no longer top dog, but he is our family pet and he is being enjoyed soooo much more, now that we have him under control. We are continuing to work on the come command. He is fine while in a sit/stay, but when he is allowed to roam the yard, we must keep the long line on him so that we can correct him quickly. He is slowly getting it! Yeah!
Dave and I were very impressed with the training program and all of the time that you spent with us when we came to pick Riley up. You all are so educated in dog obedience and training, and it shows! Did I forget to mention very posititve and caring?
Thank you all for all that you offered to us. We look forward to each day that Riley progresses. He is a wonderful pet and we love him dearly.
Elaine & Dave Ludwin
P.s. Your compound is so relaxing… the music playing in the background is a beautiful touch! God Bless.
Well after my last email (Cody having trouble staying down and I was at wits end), I thought I would give it the old college try before I asked for further assistance. I can say we are doing much better these days. I have placed him in his down prior to playing to reinforce the reward. I have also tried to make the, "downs" more of a routine in training. He has responded well. I finally feel as though I'm really getting into the grove with him. Nancy and I took him on a hike to Holy Jim Falls last weekend in the mountains just east of El Toro. Cody absolutely had the greatest time running up and down the trails and pouncing in the streams we crossed. It was a 5 mile hike (round trip). He interacted well with other people and dogs on the trail as well. He was so tired he slept in the car (a first). I really want to thank you for all of your assistance in the past. It has helped immensely. He is such a beautiful, well mannered, well trained dog and we are very proud of him. We see a lot of imitation Shepherds at the beach, but Cody always takes the award (in my opinion) for his pedigree. I have attached a picture I took of him on the hiking trip. Thank you for taking so much pride in what you do. We look forward to continuing our relationship with you.
Nancy and Cameron
We picked up Mischa last night with the other 5 new owners. It was overall a great experience. The 3 of you have done a great job, although she has been testing us. We'll try to keep to the ways you showed us in managing her. She had a small accident in her crate last night. We didn't hear a peep out of her, but in the morning (6hrs later) the towel in the crate was damp. We'll just set the alarm for sometime in the middle of the night to let her out. Did I say she's definitely testing us!! But she'll settle in I'm sure. I will send you the 5 best pics from last night in two email just in case you have 56k. I did what I could with Photoshop to brighten up the night shots. Feel free to use them however you please. Enjoy!
Brian & Tracy Lee
Just downloaded these from our weekly trip to Doggy beach. Thought you might like to see how your little girl is doing. I hope you can unzip these. I couldn't decide on one so I am sending you a couple. Hope you all have a GREAT HOLIDAY and when we have a chance we will bring her by & let you see how well she is doing. I can't praise you enough for the way you trained her before we got her. She is very well mannered & is a joy to take on trips & just about anywhere we can go.
I think Tammy thinks of her as the daughter she never had. HAHA
Mike & Tammy Lipes ......... and Nena too
"Cash" is just making a wonderful hit with us. She is gorgeous to look at, very bright and responsive, playful, energetic, and I think making a good adjustment. Is doing quite well with potty training, eating well (good appetite!), and we are conscientiously going about upholding the training you have put on her. The training is a lifesaver.....she focuses so well. (I've reviewed the tape not less than 3 times, so far!). We are socializing her each day -- she shows interest and is quite well behaved.
Got her an all wire crate on Tues. to sleep and "retire to for quiet time". She loves it. We keep it off our family/TV room and kitchen, then at night she goes into it in the room down the hall from our bedroom. She wakes me up about 3-5 hours after we go to bed to go out to poop and pee, then "hops" back into the house and crate to sleep another 4 hours. So far, very reasonable.
Well, I guess that is an answer. I sound like a proud owner, don't I? We are.
We will stay in touch. Thank you again for the opportunity to own such a beautiful dog.
Beth & Ed
Thank you for the really kind thoughts. It means a lot. Janet and I are very committed to providing solid and stable homes for dogs. Maddie is an example of what can be done with an animal that has been neglected and left on her own to survive. She is really a one-of-a-kind dog. You all did wonders.
I have given your information to an acquaintance. His name is Dan Marciello (is think that's the spelling). He has a Shitzen (sp?) trained German Shepard and wants to have him trained in only a few areas. He wants him to not bolt when faced with other dogs, cats or circumstances. Obviously, he has had a great deal of training, but he needs fine tuning in obedience. I gave him your phone number and web site, so if he contacts you, you'll know ahead of time.
I ordered the bike thing.
Again, thanks. We're taking Maddie to Catalina this weekend. So keep your fingers crossed. Oh, one other thing. I bought a bag of Nutro weight control food for Maddie. She is not eating. Is this normal? I am mixing a very small amount of wet food plus a bit of warm water. Any advice?Best regards,
This letter is to thank you guys so much for all that you've done for our family and for our sweet yellow lab, Lucky. Lucky is a reformed dog because of your dedication and perseverance.
The greatest joy for my husband Danny and I is our yellow Labador, Lucky. Because we don't have children yet, we devote much of our time and energy to having a great relationship with our Lucky. We've had him since he was 6 weeks old and love him like family
During the very early puppy stages in Lucky's life, we had my 18 year old brother living with us which we believe attributed to Lucky's mouthiness and aggressive tendencies towards his treats. My brother, for fun, would take things away from Lucky's mouth and play tug of war with Lucky with his toys and treats. This must have been when Lucky started to realize that he had to guard with his mouth. I believe that Danny and I also contributed to Lucky's behavior by spoiling him and "humanizing" him in many ways. We gave Lucky free reign of the house, walked him when he whined, gave him treats without making him do any sort of commands, gave him food first, and basically allowed Lucky to feel like he was alpha in our familiy.
One weekend when my sister came over, Lucky took her piece of bread off the kitchen table and ran under the bed with it. When my sister went to go retrieve it from him, Lucky bit her and she had to get 6 stitches in her hand. This initial shock made us panic and we called one of several dog trainers right away. The dog trainer that our vet had recommended, told us to treat his aggression with aggression and punish him for any unwanted behavior. With much fear, we obeyed her, but only to learn that his aggressiveness was only getting worse.
On one fateful afternoon, we gave Lucky a treat before leaving to run errands and as Danny went to pet Lucky, he raised his upper lip, growled and bit Danny's hands. That was the last straw. We knew that we had to do something. Sadly, the thought of relinquishing Lucky became a topic of conversation. We knew that we could not have an aggressive dog when we were planning for children someday. My heart was breaking at the decisions that lie ahead.
Through a very good friend at work, I was recommended to see Diana Foster at Assertive K-9 Training. I picked up Lucky and took him over to see her to see Lucky's temperament and get her professional recommendation. She advised me to leave Lucky for 9-10 weeks for deep unconditioning and re-programming. Although skeptical and very sad, I knew that the only other option would be to put him down, which we were not ready to do until we exhausted all possibilities.
The major issue was cost for Danny and myself, but I told Danny that if Lucky needed a heart transplant or a surgery that would save his life, we would absolutely do it for him, and this was no different. We had to save his life.
After what seemed to be an eternity (10 weeks), we met up with Doug, Diana and Bobby who advised us on what Lucky's new routine - no more free reign of the house - and how we could continue Lucky's overwhelming progress.
Since Lucky has come back, he is a totally obedient, loving and non-aggressive dog. No longer does he guard his treats, but he is more than willing to give them up on command.
Assertive K-9 Training really saved Lucky's life and during the 10 weeks, they were more than willing to answer my questions and to support us. Bobby has been instrumental and amazing at working with Lucky and making his training a positive and fun experience.
Just in time for the holidays, Lucky is back with us, and we feel so blessed at his new lease on life.
Thank you Assertive K-9 Training!!!Grace & Danny Lee
An Aggressive rottweiler is difficult to deal with, a trained focused rottweiler is an incredible gift. Take him to Diane, Robert and Doug and have them let you know what they can do. They will not pull any punches with you. If there is something in the Dogs temperament that is the issue they will let you know. If it is something you are doing they will let you know. Be open. In the end we found out it was probably me that needed the training.
If you have any additional questions please don't hesitate to let me know.
Enclosed you will find a picture of Thunder this past weekend at the Kuekenhof in Holland (Huge Tulip gardens). We had groups of tourists all day taking pictures with him around the tulips... he had so much fun..... however the key here is that the gardens were incredible crowded and Thunder sat posing (if you will) for this picture with none of us holding on to him....we would have had a really tough time pulling that off with him before.
I thought it would be nice for you to see how great they turned out.
They both are doing great. Thanks for everything.
K.C was from the litter 9-11-2003
Ginger was from the litter 10_2003 Marilyn Hoffman, CEO
Positive Steps Inc. 562-938-8353
Owner of Dutch von Zathan 10 months old
From Zathan & Holly ~ 2004 ~