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Our Vision

To enable our members to advance the well-being of the German Shepherd Dog both as a breed, and as a trusted companion.

Our Mission

To provide the facilities, infrastructure, and guidance necessary to train, work, and find suitable home for the German Shepherd Dog.

 
 
 
 

A Dog's Bill of Rights

I have the right to give and receive unconditional love.
I have the right to a life that is beyond mere survival.
I have the right to be trained so that I do not become a prisoner of my misbehaviors.
I have the right to adequate food and medical care.
I have the right to fresh air and green grass.
I have the right to socialise with people and dogs outside my own family.
I have the right to special time with my people.
I have the right to be bred responsibly, if at all.
I have the right to be foolish and silly, and to make my person laugh.
I have the right to earn my person's trust and to be trusted in return.
I have the right to be forgiven.
I have the right to die with dignity.
I have the right to be remembered well.

 
 
Introduction

Hello and welcome to the German Shepherd Dog Federation - Pinetown Club!

The ongoing well being of both members and their dogs is our main priority.

Club hours are as follows unless extra activities are specifically planned:

Saturday mornings from 08.30 – 12 noon
Wednesday evenings from 17.00 – 19.00


Club membership fees are paid annually and include all training and fun events hosted by the Club. In some cases, members may be asked to donate a tin / packet of dog food to an animal welfare organisation.

Additional fees are levied for entry into formal competitions, shows, special events, etc.

Please bring water and water bowls for your dogs when you come to training as our canine friends can get really hot and thirsty.

Please remember to keep these grounds clean, there will be fines for not cleaning up or leaving cigarette butts on the grounds. All dogs are to be kept on lead and under control.

A Brief History

The Club is a registered member of the German Shepherd Dog Federation of Southern Africa and the largest in Kwa-Zulu Natal. The Federation was formed in 1982, and in 1998 it formed an agreement with the Kennel Union of South Africa (KUSA), whereby the Federation would be solely responsible for the German Shepherd Dog Breed in South Africa.

Training

First and foremost, this Club is about having fun with your dog, and the reward that comes from a happy partnership. Training is offered by dedicated, experienced members.

Whether you wish to participate in breed and/or the working dog disciplines, we offer weekly classes. Each year, there are several opportunities to qualify in a particular discipline, and these events are formal Regional or National affairs hosted by a Club on behalf of the Federation. In addition, we have fun tests, events, and competitions throughout the year, with an occasional exhibition by an outside expert (tracking, protection, etc).


Training begins for all classes at 08.30 and lasts for approximately one hour, although they may be a little shorter in the hottest months. Puppy classes are normally half an hour.

Some members arrive for classes when it is raining and this is encouraged, as BH and IPO entrants have to complete their routines on the ‘big day’ - whatever the weather!

For information on the classes offered please go to the following pages.

 
Our simple motto: ENJOY!
 

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