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Frequently Asked Questions

Questions to Ask Trainers

Are you a certified dog trainer? Can I see proof that you were certified by a reputable source?

Diana Foster – # 3071391 (see attachment) Doug Foster – #1071357 (see attached)

Do you have a current business license from the county where you run your business from? Can you provide me proof?

(see attached)

What is your rating with the Better Business Bureau? Are you members?

‘A’ rating. This is a ‘true’ rating. (see attached)

Are there currently any judgements or liens against your training business?

‘No’, we have never had either

How long have you been professionally training dogs?

business name established- 1990 (see attached) Previous 18 years – dba-Diana’s Dog Training

Do you do this full or part time?

full time

Do you guarantee your training? If so, for how long? Is this in writing?

Yes we do guarantee all our training for one year. Yes, this is in writing.

Do you provide a written training agreement?

yes

What type of training collars do you use?

Gentle Leaders, flat buckle collars

How many trainers are on your staff?

We currently have 4 dog trainers

Can I see your training area?

yes, tours always available.

Can I see a demonstration of a dog trained by you?

yes

Can you provide me with a list of referrals?

yes (see attached)

Do you require a shot record prior to training?

yes, all dogs admitted into our training program must show current proof of all required vaccinations.

Do you provide written homework sheets, guidelines, and tips on behavioral management?

yes, we provide all of the above including video upon request. We also hold monthly Behavioral Seminars at our facility, free to all our training clients.

Are you members of any training organizations?

yes – APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers) / IAACP – (International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants), / BEN (Behavior Education Network)

Do you have a mission statement?

yes ‘To educate and patiently guide dog owners, to teach them how to handle, train, and establish an appropriate relationship with their dogs, so that all families we deal with may live in peace and harmony with their best friend, for the entire life of that animal.’

Do you attend dog training seminars to network and be informed on all current updates?

Yes, we attend yearly Conferences (see attached) (see attached)

Are you actively involved in competitive dog training?

yes

Questions to Ask Breeders

How long have you been breeding on a professional level?

21 years

Do you do this part time or full time?

full time, along with training

Are the parents from proven lines? How are they chosen?

Yes, all our breeding stock is proven, imported from Germany, through top competition judges and breeders. Every litter is carefully planned and studied in advance, and therefore resulting in quality puppies with absolute sound temperaments and superior health.

Do you offer a written sales agreement?

Yes

Do you offer a health guarantee?

Yes, we offer a written health and genetic warranty.

Do you give the pups shots and also worm them? Do you give me copy?

Yes

Do you x-ray the parents for hips before they are bred? Can I see proof of both hip and elbow certification?

Yes, all our adults are certified for hips and elbows, with an ‘a’ stamp from Germany, before they are bred. Yes, we have registration papers available for viewing showing hip and elbow certification on ALL parents.

Are the parents registered? Will I get papers for my pup?

Yes, all the parents are registered. Yes, all pups are either registered with the AKC or SV (pink papers) from Germany

Can I see the parents?

Yes, the parents are always available for viewing. All our adults are extremely sociable and we encourage clients to spend some time with them to truly appreciate their sound temperaments, clear heads, and confident yet gentle nature.

At what age can I take the puppy home?

10 weeks of age. Taking a puppy home earlier than this age puts him at risk for insecure behavior as an adult, as the fear imprint stage runs from 8 -10 weeks of age. Also, the pups are still being properly socialized by the breeders, as the social imprint stage continues until 12 weeks of age. Lastly, the pups should remain with the litter until at least 10 weeks of age, to learn bite inhibition, social interaction with other pups, and respect towards adults, beautifully taught by the mother. Therefore, undesirable behaviors such as fear and aggression are prevented from spilling into adulthood.

Do you socialize and condition your pups? How do you do that?

Yes, socialization and conditioning begins at 3 days old, using the Bio-Sensor program, developed by the U.S. Military in the1970’s. After 14 days, we continue on with introducing various stimuli during the transitional period, which helps to promote neurological development and increase brain activity. We then continue working with pups all through the Awareness Period, and then on to the Socialization period. Our goal is for each pup to meet at least 100 strangers before they reach 12 weeks of age. This is done through owners coming to our group classes, members of our schutzhund club, clients viewing our pups and facility, our own family coming over to play with puppies, all holding and handling pups, and helping with simple obedience.

We also play various sound tapes all day, to familiarize the pups to real life sounds they will encounter all throughout their lives. We enrich their environments with obstacle courses, fun activities, and different learning strategies, all set up to help them to stimulate their brain waves.

If things don’t work out, will you take the puppy back?

Yes, we always take our puppies back, regardless of the circumstance.

Are deposits refundable?

deposits are non-refundable, but are transferable with no deadline.

Do you have a valid current business license?

Yes – (see attached)

What is your rating with the Better Business Bureau? Are you members?

‘A’ rating. This is a ‘true’ rating. Yes, we are members of BBB.
(see attached)

Are there currently any judgements or liens against your business?

‘No’, we have never had either

Can you supply me with a list of referrals?

Yes, (see attached)

Can I see where the puppies are kept?

Yes – tours are always available

Are you active in clubs for your breed?

Yes – We are members of the SV in Germany, GSDCA-WDA (German Shepherd Dog Club of America- Working Dog Association), AKC (American Kennel Club), South Corona Schutzhund Club.

Do you have a mission statement?

Yes – Our Mission Statement:
‘To breed for the very best in temperament, health, and beauty, and to keep the same dog, in one home, for the life of the dog’.

Do you compete and earn titles to prove your dogs’ worthiness?

Yes, Doug Foster is a Certified Regional Helper, we compete all over the world in Sieger Shows and Schutzhund competition.

German Terminology

The credentials of the German Shepherds that comprise our World Class breeding stock speak for themselves. All are 100% West German bloodlines with Koerklasse 1. To achieve this coveted Koerklasse 1 (KKL-1) rating, the dogs must compete for titles in Germany or America under the rules and auspices of the Club for German Shepherd Dogs in Germany (SV-Verein für Deutsche Schäferhunde) . To meet this World Standard, each dog must have a companion dog temperament test (BH), a minimum of SchH1/IPO1 working degree, certified hips (“a” stamp or OFA), a 12-mile endurance test followed by examination for physical soundness (AD), and compete at a show to achieve a conformation rating of at least SG or”Very Good” (V or “Excellent” being the best at any show that is not the National Championship or Sieger Show where the coveted “Excellent Select” or VA can be awarded once a year to only the very best dogs).

These requirements make the dog eligible to enter a Koerung (to qualify for breeding) which is a Breed Survey where the dog is carefully evaluated for excellence of structure, temperament and courage. These impressive requirements are only guidelines for our dedication to the breed. Many times dogs with great prerequisites should not be bred together because of incompatible bloodlines or characteristics.

German Titles & Ratings

Angekoert Breed Surveyed (recommended for breeding)
Koerklasse 1 (KKL-1) Especially recommended for breeding
Koerklasse 2 (KKL-2) Suitable for breeding. Dog may have a structural or protection work fault which could be compensated for by bloodlines or working qualities. May be resurveyed and reclassified at a later date.
(*) This symbol before a dog's name means it has been surveyed and approved for breeding.
"a" Dog's hips have been x-rayed and certified acceptable. Required for Breed Survey.
LG Landesgruppen (Regional) Show. There are approximately 1500 German Shepherd Dog clubs in Germany and these are under the jurisdiction of the 15 Landesgruppen clubs. The LG Shows are larger than the local shows and the judging and rating requirements are stricter. Landesgruppen Sieger and Siegerin titles are awarded.
VA (Vorzüglich Auslese) Excellent Select title that is only awarded at the Annual Sieger Show Select Class.
V (Vorzüglich) Excellent
SG (Sehr Gut) Very Good
G (Gut) Good
A (Ausreichend) Sufficient
M (Mangelhaft) Faulty
O (Zero) Failed
U Unsatisfactory
CACIB A European International Champion
BH (Begleitungshund) Temperament and obedience examination to qualify for Schutzhund titles. This must be completed before competing for SchH1.
SchH (Schutzhund) This test combines the disciplines of obedience protection, and tracking. The titles 1, 2, and 3 denote how advanced the training tests were. Dog must have at least a SchH1 or IPO1 to be Breed Surveyed (Koering or Körung).
IPO (International Prüfung) Comparable to a Schutzhund degree.
AD (Ausdauerpruefung) The dogs passed an endurance test by gaiting approximately six miles per hour for about nine miles with a ten-minute rest halfway, and a simple Obedience Test at the end. The dog is given a simple physical examination after the test. A requirement for the Breed Survey.
HGH (Herdengebrauchshund) Herding Dog
PH (Polizei Hund) Police Dog
FH (Fährten Hund) Tracking Dog

German Commands

Fuss [fooss] Heel
Setz Sit
Bleib Stay
Platz Down
Hier Come
Steh [shtay] Stand
Bring [brrring] Retrieve/Fetch
Hop Jump
Voraus Go out
Such [suuk] Track
Pass auf Guard
Packen, stell Bite
Aus [ows] Out/Let go
Gib laut [geblout] Speak/Bark
Rauschgift Narcotics
such Rauschgift Find narcotics
Voran or Revier Building/Blind Search
Zwinger Kennel