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German Shepherd Information – Puppies for Adoption in NY | Highlander German Shepherds

If any breed of dog is most deserving of the title Noble with Natural Beauty then that dog is the German Shepherd.

He is a dog with elegant yet flowing lines, glamorous to behold, with a shining coat, erect ears, and an intelligent expression that will command attention wherever he is seen. His eyes indicate the love and affection he has for those who care for him and his sweeping tail will show his mood whether it be happy or sad.

By nature a German Shepherd is wary of strangers, though once one is accepted by him he is a friend for life. He is an efficient obedience worker, quick to learn and what is learned will never be forgotten. It is an active breed and thrives on work—little is beyond its capabilities. Powerful yet graceful and nimble, he is the epitome of those qualities considered to be ideal within a dog.

He loves human companionship and will respond to his owner’s mood whether this be lying quietly by his side or romping across the fields; indeed, at all times, his one desire is to be with you and to please you.

He has a keen sense of humor and enjoys playful games yet, in defense of those he loves, can become a frightening adversary that one would be well advised to keep clear of.

In bringing a German Shepherd into your home, you are making an addition to your family and he will quickly feel a part of it. Your house, your garden, your possessions and in fact all that you own will from then on be in his special care. He needs your love, but he needs also correct attention to his grooming, exercise, food, and general welfare. Given these, your German Shepherd will devote his very life to you and you will be the richer for this and for the companionship and love you both will share.

*IMPORTANT HEALTH INFO*

Topics Vaccines, Spay, Neuter

*** You must be your dog’s advocate***

Many of the world’s foremost holistic veterinarians, including Dr. Jean Dodds, Dr. Christina Chambreau, Dr. Russell Swift, Dr. Charles Loops, Dr. Richard Pitcairn, and Dr. Jane Bicks agree that poor quality commercial pet food and excessive vaccination are behind many chronic diseases being delt with today in veterinary medicine. Many veterinarians still recommend annual vaccinations, this does not mean that it is safe to do so. Almost without exception, there is no immunological requirement for annual revaccination.

Also please note as of 2006 the AAHA no longer recommends annual vaccines. Core Vaccines are to be administered as noted below to puppies and then again at one year old. After one year of age it is important to inform you that the core vaccines are every three years now … not yearly, this is per AAHA Guidelines.

Every three years we have the dog’s blood drawn ..it’s called a titer test to see if they have + antibodies (immunity) if the titer is positive then there is no need to re-vaccinate but if it is negative then of course a booster is administered. The only exception to this of course is the rabies vaccine, we abide by State law.

Do not over vaccinate you dog. You cannot make them more immune if they have immunity…you can however, cause serious autoimmune problems and significantly shorten their life from over vaccinating!!!!!!

Dr. W Jean Dodds research on vaccinations is very informative. CANINE VACCINATION PROTOCOL 2007 – MINIMAL VACCINE USE HEMOPET

We believe in minimal vaccinations and utilize the following vaccination schedule:

Dr. Jean Dodds’ Recommended Vaccination Schedule

Distemper (MLV)
Initial (e.g. Intervet Progard Puppy) 9 weeks, 12 weeks, 16 – 20 weeks
1st Annual Booster At 1 year MLV Distemper/ Parvovirus only
Duration of immunity 7.5 / 15 years by studies. Probably lifetime. Longer studies pending.
Comments Can have numerous side effects if given too young < 8 weeks or too frequently).

Parvovirus (MLV)
Initial (e.g. Intervet Progard Puppy) 9 weeks, 12 weeks, 16 – 20 weeks
1st Annual Booster At 1 year MLV Distemper/ Parvovirus only
Duration of immunity 7.5 years by studies. Probably lifetime. Longer studies pending.

We believe in using the above vaccine protocol.  After the above noted booster at one year of age we have a titer test done every 3 years to make sure our dogs have immunity.

Please note it is no longer “standard practice” to vaccinate your dogs every year.  It is still essential for your dog to have a physical exam every year.

***This is a very important part of our contract***

Rabies (killed) 
Initial 24 weeks or older 
1st Annual Booster At 1 year (give 3-4 weeks apart from Dist/Parvo booster) Killed 3 year rabies vaccine
Re-Administration Interval 3 yr. vaccine given as required by law in California (follow your state/provincial requirements) 
Comments rabid animals may infect dogs.

Vaccines Not Recommended For Dogs

We do NOT use ANY made by Fort Dodge vaccines EVER!

Distemper & Parvo @ 6 weeks or younger
Not recommended.
At this age, maternal antibodies form the mothers milk (colostrum) will neutralize the vaccine and only 30% for puppies will be protected. 100% will be exposed to the virus at the vet clinic. 

Corona 
Not recommended.
1.) Disease only affects dogs <6 weeks of age.
2.) Rare disease: TAMU has seen only one case in seven years.
3.) Mild self-limiting disease.
4.) Efficacy of the vaccine is questionable. 

Leptospirosis
Not recommended
1) There are an average of 12 cases reported annually in California.
2) Side harmful side effects very common.  In fact if your dog is going to have an adverse reaction to any vaccine including a fatal reaction the Lepto vaccine will be the one to cause it.
3) Most commonly used vaccine contains the wrong serovars. (There is no cross-protection of serovars) There is a new vaccine with 2 new serovars.  The Lepto vaccine is a 2 part vaccine … the animal gets the initial vaccine and then another a few weeks later. Two series vaccinations twice per year would be required so called for protection as this vaccine is only effective for 6-8 months if that)  There are many strains of Lepto well over 250 strains… the vaccine only covers 4 of the strains.  4) Risks far outweighs benefits.  For example in order for your dog to contract Lepto he would have to ingest water that a diseased raccoon urinated in…it’s not common for your dogs to come in contact with it.  Leptospirosis it is in fact treatable/curable via antibiotics.   If your vet tells you that you should absolutely get this vaccine because there has been cases of Lepto in your area make sure you ask if those cases were as a result of one of the 4 strains covered by the vaccine and not one of the other 250+ strains out there.


Lyme 
Not recommended
1) Lyme vaccine is not really effective.  Many dogs that have had the   Lyme vaccine can and have contracted Lyme disease.                              2) 85% of cases are in 9 New England states and Wisconsin.
3) Possible side effect of polyarthritis from whole cell bacterin.

***** PLEASE DO YOUR RESEARCH – Look up “Lyme Vaccine Disease/Syndrome”  ***** That is induced by the Lyme Vaccine!!!  Most vets will NOT recommend the Lyme Vaccine.


Bordetella
(Intranasal)
(killed) Only recommended 3 days prior to boarding when required.
Protects against 2 of the possible 8 causes of kennel cough.
Duration of immunity 6 months. 

Giardia 
Not recommended
Efficacy of vaccine unsubstantiated by independent studies 

There are two types of vaccines currently available to veterinarians: modified-live vaccines and inactivated (“killed”) vaccines.

Immunization Schedules

There is a great deal of controversy and confusion surrounding the appropriate immunization schedule, especially with the availability of modified-live vaccines and breeders who have experienced postvaccinal problems when using some of these vaccines. It is also important to not begin a vaccination program while maternal antibodies are still active and present in the puppy from the mother’s colostrum. The maternal antibodies identify the vaccines as infectious organisms and destroy them before they can stimulate an immune response.

Many breeders and owners have sought a safer immunization program. 

Modified Live Vaccines (MLV)

Modified-live vaccines contain a weakened strain of the disease causing agent. Weakening of the agent is typically accomplished by chemical means or by genetic engineering. These vaccines replicate within the host, thus increasing the amount of material available for provoking an immune response without inducing clinical illness. This provocation primes the immune system to mount a vigorous response if the disease causing agent is ever introduced to the animal. Further, the immunity provided by a modified-live vaccine develops rather swiftly and since they mimic infection with the actual disease agent, it provides the best immune response.

Inactivated Vaccines (Killed)

Inactivated vaccines contain killed disease causing agents. Since the agent is killed, it is much more stable and has a longer shelf life, there is no possibility that they will revert to a virulent form, and they never spread from the vaccinated host to other animals. They are also safe for use in pregnant animals (a developing fetus may be susceptible to damage by some of the disease agents, even though attenuated, present in modified-live vaccines). Although more than a single dose of vaccine is always required and the duration of immunity is generally shorter, inactivated vaccines are regaining importance in this age of retrovirus and herpesvirus infections and concern about the safety of genetically modified microorganisms. Inactivated vaccines available for use in dogs include rabies, canine parvovirus, canine coronavirus, etc.

W. Jean Dodds, DVM
HEMOPET
938 Stanford Street
Santa Monica, CA 90403
310/ 828-4804
fax: 310/ 828-8251

After 1 year, annually measure serum antibody titers against specific canine infectious agents such as distemper and parvovirus. This is especially recommended for animals previously experiencing adverse vaccine reactions or breeds at higher risk for such reactions (e.g., Weimaraner, Akita, American Eskimo, Great Dane).

Another alternative to booster vaccinations is homeopathic nosodes. This option is considered an unconventional treatment that has not been scientifically proven to be efficacious. One controlled parvovirus nosode study did not adequately protect puppies under challenged conditions. However, data from Europe and clinical experience in North America support its use. If veterinarians choose to use homeopathic nosodes, their clients should be provided with an appropriate disclaimer and written informed consent should be obtained.

I use only killed 3 year rabies vaccine for adults and give it separated from other vaccines by 3-4 weeks. In some states, they may be able to give titer test result in lieu of booster.

I do NOT use Bordetella, corona virus, leptospirosis or Lyme vaccines Furthermore, the currently licensed leptospira bacterins do not contain the serovars causing the majority of clinical leptospirosis today.

I do NOT recommend vaccinating female doges during estrus, pregnancy or lactation.

W. Jean Dodds, DVM
HEMOPET

We do NOT use Fort Dodge vaccines – ever!

We advise that when you take your puppy to the veterinarian you bring a copy of this with you.  Also BEFORE he/she administers any vaccines ask what company is the manufacturer of the vaccine.  Intervet, Merial, Contiuum, and Phizer are safe, I would not use any vaccines that are manufactured by any other companies.

Spay / Neuter

Again you must be your dog’s advocate.  Do not allow your dog to be spayed or neutered before he or she is fully mature before 2 years of age!!!

Pediatric spay/neuter can predispose your dog to many health issues, some that are fatal!!!  Dogs need testosterone/estrogen to potentiate the growth hormone allowing to develop properly.  Some vets will encourage you to spay before the first heat cycle or neuter at 6 months or even earlier.  By doing that (pediatric spay or neuter) you’re putting your dog’s health at a significantly increased risk for many health problems: musculoskeletal diseases/disorders such as hip dysplasia, osteosarcoma (fatal bone cancer), hemangiosarcoma (fatal cancer of the blood vessels most often effecting the spleen, heart, and liver … all fatal, prostate cancer, autoimmune diseases etc. 

musculoskeletal diseases/disorders such as hip dysplasia, osteosarcoma (fatal bone cancer), hemangiosarcoma (fatal cancer of the blood vessels most often effecting the spleen, heart, and liver … all fatal, prostate cancer, autoimmune diseases etc. 

Do NOT spay/neuter before 2 years old!!!


**I am not a veterinarian.  I am a nurse, an advocate for our dogs health, I continuously research canine health, study scientific journals/articles/books, and attend veterinary seminars frequently.

Canine Hip Dysplasia –

Although genetics play a big role in the development of canine hip dysplasia (CHD), not everything about the disease is hereditary.  Even dogs that are not genetically predisposed to develop CHD can contract the disease if they  are pushed too hard early in life by hyper-nutrition and excessive exercise.  Over exercise (jogging/running with a puppy, pulling weights, running with owner on a bike etc.) will cause problems, over feeding a young puppy and allowing it to get fat can cause hip problems as well as allowing it to jump from SUV’s or trucks etc.  By preventing the above (rapid weight gain/growth, traumatic exercise/jumping) and feeding a controlled balanced diet increases the opportunity for muscle, connective tissue, and the hip joint bones to develop congruently.  Hip dyspalsia has four major causes: genetics, poor nutrition ie: grocery store dog food, over feeding, and over exercise at a young age (under 2 years of age). 

Please note all of our dogs are xray’d and free of hip dysplasia, have had a complete blood count, chemistry, pancreatic and liver function testing before breeding is considered.

SOCIALIZATION

Socializing your German Shepherd puppy is imperative.  You want your puppy to meet as many new faces human and canine as possible.  Always keep it positive.  Before your puppy has completed his/her vaccinations there are many places that you can go to socialize you new baby.  Avoid pet stores and dog parks until your pup has completed the puppy vaccines and has been cleared by your Vet.  You may have friends or neighbors that have dogs that you know are vaccinated and safe for your puppy to be exposed to.  Take your puppy with you when you go out to different stores, many will allow you to bring your puppy in. Early exposure is key to having a well adjusted adult and must be done.  For additional info or questions related to socializing your puppy feel free to call and ask us.It’s very old school to believe that you cannot or should not take your puppy out before he or she is fully vaccinated at 6 months.  If you wait 6 months to start socializing your puppy your puppy is missing out on a very critical pyschosocial developmental time.  It is essential for your puppy to be socialized early.  He/she needs to be out and about of course in safe places.  Of course avoid dangerous areas like pet stores and dog parks until the vaccinations are completed.  There are many safe places to take your puppy…again I will discuss this with you at length.  I tell everyone to give your puppy a few days to settle in to your home/family and then start bringing him/her to as many places as possible.  Along with socialization and at home training Puppy kindergarten is a must as well as obedience classes such as Cathy’s Canine Connections (for more info on Cathy’s classes see below) All of these things builds confidence and are very important.

GERMAN SHEPHERDS are NOT for everyone!

Please do your research on this wonderful breed before you decide that you want a GSD. Contact us if you would like to adopt a German Shepherd puppy!

Thank you for visiting Highlander German Shepherds, LLC located in the beautiful and historic Hudson Valley of Dutchess County, New York

Dangers in and around your home

Hazards in the home

Make your home a safer place for your pets by keeping them away from the following hazardous household items, plants, foods, objects and trouble areas.

Household Items

  1. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (ibuprofen, naproxen sodium, etc.)
  2. Acetaminophen
  3. Cold and flu Medications
  4. Antidepressants
  5. Vitamins
  6. Home insect products
  7. Rat and Mouse bait
  8. Bleach
  9. Diet Pills
  10. Disinfectants
  11. Fabric Softener
  12. Lead
  13. Lighter Fluid
  14. Mothballs
  15. Anti-Cancer Drugs
  16. Solvents (paint thinners, etc.)
  17. Flea and tick products
  18. Drain cleaners
  19. Liquid Potpourri
  20. Slug and snail bait
  21. Oven cleaner sprays
  22. Lime/scale remover
  23. Fly bait
  24. Detergents
  25. Tobacco Products

Do you have any of these plants in or around your home?  If so, Make sure they’re in places where your pets can’t reach them, or consider getting rid of them altogether.

26. Common Plants

Aloe
Amaryllis
Andromeda Japonica
Asian Lily
Asparagus Fern
Australian Nut
Autumn Crocus
Azalea
Belladonna
Bird of Paradise
Bittersweet (American and European)
Black Locust
Branching Ivy
Buckeye
Buddhist Pine
Caladium
Calla Lily
Castor Bean
Ceriman
Clematis
Cordatum
Corn Plant
Cycads
Cyclamen
Daffodil
Daylily
Devil’s Ivy
Dieffenbachia
Dumbcane
Easter Lily
Elephant Ears
Emerald Fern
English Ivy
Eucalyptus
Ferns
Fiddle-Leaf Philodendron
Gold Dust Dracaena
Florida Beauty
Foxglove
Glacier Ivy
Gladiolas
Golden Pothos
Heavenly Bamboo
Honeysuckle
Hurricane Plant
Hyacinth
Hydrangea
Iris
Jerusalem Cherry
Jimson Weed
Kalanchoe
Lantana
Lilies (all Lilium Species)
Lily of the Valley
Lupine
Marble Queen
Morning Glory
Mother-in-Law
Mountain Laurel
Narcissus
Needlepoint Ivy
Nephthysis
Nightshade
Oleander
Panda
Peace Lily
Philodendron
Poison Hemlock
Precatory Bean (rose pea)
Privet
Red Emerald
Rhododendron
Ribbon Plant
Sago Palm
Satin Pothos
Schefflera
Striped Dracaena
Sweetheart ivy
Tulip
Water Hemlock
Wisteria
Yew
Yucca

You should never let your dogs or cats eat any of these foods.  Be sure to store them where your pets can’t find them.

Harmful Foods

27. Avocados
28. Chocolate (all forms)
29. Coffee (all forms)
30. Onions & Onion Powder
31. Garlic
32. Grapes
33. Raisins
34. Macadamia Nuts
35. Alcoholic Beverages
36. Mold/spoiled Foods
37. Salt
38. Fatty Foods
39. Gum, Candies, or other foods sweetened with xylitol
40. Tea leaves
41. Raw yeast dough

These household objects can cause puncture wounds, choking, or internal organ damage to your pets. Make sure they aren’t left lying around.

Objects

42. Balls (specifically balls that are small or have a smooth outer coating)
43. Batteries
44. Bread twist ties
45. Buttons
46. Coins
47. Cotton swabs
48. Glass
49. Hair Pins
50. Jewelry
51. Nylons
52. Paper clips
53. Plastic Wrap
54. Socks
55. Rubber-bands
56. Sharp Objects (knives, razors, scissors, nails, needles, etc.)
57. String, yarn or dental floss
58. Towels
59. Wax

Dogs and cats are more likely to be injured in these areas of your home.  Keep your pets away from these places or watch them closely when they’re near them if you can.

Trouble Areas

60. Balconies – Tall balconies without safety railings, or railing spaced to far apart, can lead to a dangerous fall.
61. Bathtubs or sinks – Small pets can drown in full bathtubs or sinks.
62. Doors and windows – Dogs and cats can run away if thy find an open door or window. They can also get seriously injured if they run across a busy road. Windows should have screens to prevent cats or other pets from falling out.
63. Electrical Cords – Your pets can be electrocuted if they bite or chew on electrical cords that are plugged in.
64. Fireplace – Your pets can be burned by the flames or get sick if they eat the ashes.
65. Toilets – Toilet water is not healthy for pets to drink; always remember to close the lid. Make sure you leave plenty of clean, fresh water for your pets if you must leave them home alone.
66. Washer and Dryer – Your pets can crawl into a washer or dryer without your knowledge; close the doors to these appliances when you’re not using them.

Outside the Home

Make sure your pets are safe as they enjoy the outdoors by keeping them away from these potential dangers.

Outside

67. Algae* – Can be found in ponds or other bodies of water; certain forms can be toxic.
68. Antifreeze/Coolant* – Some types of antifreeze or coolant products contain ethylene glycol, which is highly toxic to dogs and cats, even in small amounts.
69. Fire Pit/Grill – Flames can result in serious burns and ashes can cause illness if ingested.
70. Fences or gates – Your pets can run away if they find openings in damaged fences or gates. They can also get hurt or strangled if they get stuck.
71. Deck lattice – Your dogs or cats can get stuck in the openings under your deck and possibly be strangled.
72. de-icing salts – some formulations may contain chemicals that are hazardous to pets if ingested in large amounts. Can burn pads of feet. Look for “pet-friendly” de-icing salts.
73. Compost (Particularly if moldy)
74. Gasoline*
75. Oil*
76. Pesticides*
77. Cocoa bean shell mulch fertilizer*
78. Swimming pools and hot tubs – Never leave your pet unattended near uncovered pools, even if they can swim.

*All contain chemicals that may cause serious illness depending on the circumstances of exposure.

Holiday Hazards

79. Alcohol – Alcoholic beverages are toxic to pets and should NEVER be given to them during the holidays or any other time.

4th of July

Fireworks – Fireworks can scare your pets making them run off, or cause serious injuries if detonated near them. Many formulations are also toxic if ingested.

If you think that your pet has come in contact with any of these items make sure to call your veterinarian immediately!

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Types of German Shepherds

West German … our dogs are 100% West German

World Sieger Champion Ursus von Batu

Ursus has been declared by the SV (the SV is the founding German Shepherd Dog Club of Germany) to be the top producing German Shepherd in the history of the breed!!!  His line is the one that we have always favored and you will see him through out our dog’s pedigrees.  Ursus is Maverick’s grandfather as well as Tisha, Apache, Anika, DJ, and Caiya’s great-grandfather.  His progeny have a very characteristic head and eyes that I love.

Maverick & his son DJ – two gorgeous examples of the West German GSD “Plush Coat”              Tisha – standard/stock coat West German GSD

Apache von Highlander — gorgeous example of the West German standard coat

Apache von Highlander – Maverick/Phoebe son, great-grandson of Ursus von Batu.

Note the shape of Maverick, Tisha, & Apache’s head and those unmistakable eyes.


The “American” line Shepherd


The DDR / Czech Border Patrol Police lines

Xero is Yogi’s grandfather.  We do not breed Yogi as we only breed the West German lines.  For another example of this line see Satan on the “About Us” page of our website.

DDR means East German working lines … very similar to the Czech lines in structure and temperament.

NOTE:  As you see above the beautiful plush and standard coats …. there’s also the “Long Coat.”  The difference between “PLUSH” and “LONG” coats mainly is the fact that the “long coat” GSD does NOT have an undercoat.  Their fur tends to be fine with a slight wave to it.  Due to the fine fur and lack of under coat they are not as “weather resistant.”  For example if you take them out in the snow or rain basically they get soaked to the skin.  The “PLUSH” coats DO have a very dense undercoat as do the standard coats.  Basically their fur is a bit longer than the standard or stock coat but NOT as long as the “Long Coats” and they are just as weather resistant as their stock coat counterparts.  We love both the standard and plush coat West German GSDs.

Here are examples of what the “Long Coat” GSD looks like:

We do NOT have “Long Coat” GSDs … we have the Standard/Stock Coats and occassionally the “Plush Coats”

****MORE TO BE ADDED TO THIS SECTION SOON*****

FDA approved & regulated supplements

At Highlander German Shepherds, we believe in promoting optimal health which begins with a well balanced diet. It is imperative that the diet be the most balanced holistic food.

In this regard we also feel supermarket type commercial foods are inadequate for healthy dogs, just read a few labels –

PLEASE DO NOT alter your puppy’s diet as changing environment from our home to yours is a stressful experience and maintaining a consistent diet is imperative. We will provide a complete feeding schedule to you. 
Please provide plenty of fresh clean water for your pet at all times. In addition to proper diet and fresh water, for optimum health, your pet needs regular exercise, fresh air, lots of love and attention and regular veterinary care. Try to schedule a veterinary checkup at least once a year.

All of our dogs receive NuVet Plus and NuJoint Plus made by NuVet Labs daily. NuVet Canine health supplements are a precise combination of human-grade, natural vitamins, minerals, herbs, antioxidants, bioflavonoids, fatty acids, and amino acids proven to provide immune system support. NuVet Plus contains natural ingredients with no artificial colors or flavors. This naturally healthy supplement is synergisitically formulated to maximize the longevity and quality of your dog’s life. We give NuJoint Plus to maintain healthy hips and joints. It is common for German Shepherds to experience “growing pains” — we do not experience such problems with our dogs. We believe our holistic care that includes a healthy diet and NuVet Canine Health Supplements contribute significantly to the over all health and well being of our German Shepherds. To order Nuvet Products Please click on this link or call 800-474-7044 using the order code 863464 
www.nuvet.com/863464

We feel so strongly that NuVet Plus and NuJoint Plus are the best supplements available, utilizing these supplements are required per our contract.

Please note that NuVet Plus supplements are required as part of your pet’s Health Guarantee.More than a million dogs and cats are using NuVet to protect against most ailments (from back yard pesticides, pet food allergies and hormones, toxic formaldehyde in furniture and carpeting, ailments transmitted from dog parks and the vet’s office, etc), while maintaining a beautiful skin and coat.This is not just a vitamin. It’s an immune system builder with a precise balance of vitamins, minerals, omega fatty acids, amino acids and high-potency antioxidants. That’s why it works so well through all three stages of a dog’s life.For younger dogs (under 2 years old), it strengthens their immune system, while building and strengthening the cardiovascular, skeletal and nerve systems.For dogs in their prime (age 2-8), it improves the luster of their skin and coat while protecting against allergies, skin and coat problems, staining from tears, digestive problems, etc.For older dogs (over 8 years old), it helps reduce and eliminate arthritis, tumors, premature aging, cataracts, heart conditions, diabetes and many types of cancer, while extending the life and improving the vitality of most dogs.NuVet Plus will keep your pet on the path to perfect health! It’s not available in stores, and is only available to the general public with an order code from an authorized pet professional.For your convenience, you may order directly from the manufacturer (at up to 50% off what most veterinarians charge) by calling 800-474-7044 and using Order Code: 863464, or ordering online at www.nuvet.com/863464 . By using autoship you can save an additional 15%.

To the long life and health of your puppy!

Alisia McIntyre

Highlander German Shepherds

Invisible Fences

Invisible Fences

Our position on Invisible Fences Invisible fencing may seem like a good idea on the outset, but once you learn all the facts, you will quickly learn it is NOT a good idea. In fact many people, including most animal care facilities will NOT adopt a dog to a home that uses one!!
1) Dogs can — and will — go through an invisible fence. And once they do, guess what? They won’t come back into the yard for fear of getting shocked; they aren’t stupid. They’re simply willing to take the shock the first time through to get whatever they’re after. And once they’re through, they’re free to chase other animals, get into fights, get hit by cars, be shot at, picked up by animal control, etc. FURTHER….if someone finds your dog with a “shock” collar on…. they are often very unlikely to give the dog back to what they would deem an abusive home.

2) Underground fencing does not keep anyone else from entering your property. Therefore, children, cats, other dogs, wild animals and the like are free to come onto your property and tease, terrorize or KILL your dog. And dog thieves find underground fencing absolutely delightful — all they have to do is take the collar off the dog and go!

3) Everyone knows all the above facts. This is not new information. Putting up an invisible fence is not safe or reliable for containing your dog. But, it is cheap, easy and requires little effort. Not the kind of home we are looking for. Putting in a REAL fence shows a commitment to your dogs safety. It shows that you love and value your dog.

4) We will NOT adopt any of our dogs to homes that use an invisible fence. Our contract clearly prohibits this.

5) If you have had good luck with an invisible fence…. you have gotten lucky. We do not place our dogs with the hope that they will also be lucky!
Below is a link to an article written about invisible fences by an animal behaviorist.

Invisible Fences
This is our stand on invisible fencing. As always, we are interested ONLY in the safety of our dogs.

RUN!

Breeding is expensive when it’s done right.  Beware when you see “cheap” puppies advertised in a local paper.  Do yourself a favor…do not buy from someone like that.  Also beware when you see the opposite extreme.  Here is an actual example: 

GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPPY FOR SALE PRICING SCHEDULE 
CHOICE puppies with superb temperament for Pet/Companion/Protection Males $2000-$2200 Females $2000 
SELECT magnificant puppies for Pet/Protection/Schutzhund/Possible Breeding $2500 -$3000 
*EXCEPTIONAL Show quality Breeding/Schutzhund Prospects $3500 – $4500
*ULTIMATE Show/Breeding/Schutzhund potential Top Prospects $5000 – $6500 
*ULTIMATE SUPREME Show/Breeding/Schutzhund Pick of Litter “Super Stars” $7500 & Up.

I cannot understand this and it boggles my mind!!!  If….a breeder is breeding exceptional healthy dogs with wonderful temperaments, has studied the bloodlines, done all of the health screening prior to breeding, and all of the things that should be done before breeding two dogs then why are there so many different classifications for puppies from the same parents or from the same breeder for that matter????  Really??  Choice/Select/Exceptional/Ultimate/Ultimate Supreme ??????????  This is a rip off!!! RUN!

Our puppies are very uniform – you will NOT see such variability in our dogs!  They are all “Super Stars” with very well rounded temperaments.  They look like peas in a pod, all of them are healthy. To give you an idea….every year we attend the American Cancer Society’s Bark For Life walk.  One year we were unable to attend as we had a newborn litter of puppies.  I contacted Crystal & Spencer and told them we wouldn’t be able to come and asked if they could inform the rest of the team.  They did … ALL of the families that have our dogs met up and walked together.  Many of them had never met in person before however, they all recognized each other (without me being there) by their Highlander German Shepherds!  Our dogs have a characteristic look and wonderful temperaments.  Every year at the walk you can see many of our dogs…different ages, different parents, male/female, etc. side by side getting along beautifully with children hanging all over them.  Many are therapy dogs and /or service dogs, some do search and rescue, but they are all loving and magnificent members of their wonderful families. 

That being said ….. there is one set price for all of our puppies.  On occasion there’s a knucklehead that will ask if the price is negotiable.  The answer is NO, so please do not waste your time or mine.  If you cannot afford or need to negotiate the price – then how will you care for my puppy?? 

We do not by any means get rich by breeding …it’s expensive to do it the right way.  Our puppies are very reasonably priced and often we are told that our price should be higher.  We are not looking to get rich, we are looking to place fabulous puppies with fabulous families for a life time of love.

I have to mention one more important thing here.  PLEASE do not go looking for a puppy to teach your children responsibility.  A dog was not put on this earth to teach your children to be responsible …. YOU WERE!

Service & Therapy Dogs

What is a Service Dog?

ADA

“Service Dog” means a dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the handler´s disability. Examples of work or tasks include, but are not limited to, assisting individuals who are blind or have low vision with navigation and other tasks, alerting individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing to the presence of people or sounds, providing non-violent protection or rescue work, pulling a wheelchair, assisting an individual during a seizure, alerting individuals when their blood sugar is too low or too high, retrieving items such as medicine or the telephone, providing physical support and assistance with balance and stability to individuals with mobility disabilities, and helping persons with psychiatric and neurological disabilities. Service Dog training is intense but well worth the effort to those in need. Service Dogs must be well socialized from a very young age, their temperament has to be very well rounded, stable, and confident. These dogs must possess a master level of obedience and specialized training to prepare them for the type of work that they are going to be expected to perform with out hesitation. Not every dog is suitable to be a Service Dog.

What is a Therapy Dog?

Dogs are quite often used in therapy. Typically this involves visiting hospitals, care facilities, nursing homes, reading programs for children etc. Some use the AKC Canine Good Citizen test to choose suitable dogs, others have devised their own Temperament Tests. You should note that therapy dogs ARE NOT considered BY LAW in the United States to have the same status as SERVICE DOGS. Service dogs directly assist their handicapped owners with daily tasks in some fashion; therapy dogs are handled by their owners to assist others at specific times, such as visits to a facility.

Initially used in a mental health facility in the 1700s, and then again by the American Red Cross in military convalescent care after World War II, pets as therapeutic partners is a valued approach today in both the physical and psychosocial arenas.

Therapy Dogs International

  • Therapy Dogs International (TDI®) was founded in 1976 by Elaine Smith, RN.
  • The First TDI Therapy Dog Visit took place in 1976 in New Jersey with five handlers and six dogs. Five of the dogs were German Shepherd Dogs and one was a Collie.

TDI Study – Benefits of Therapy Dogs

There are numerous Therapy Dog groups that you can become involved with if you are interested, TDI and Delta are just two of the many.

While a dog may make a good pet, not every dog can bea therapy dog. Those that do are “dogs with halos.” Screening for a hospital program is intense. Dog must be able to tolerate being separated from their owners. They can’t mind being crowded, as elevators may be packed with people and gurneys. Loud noises, such as a dropped medical equipment, or sudden outbursts from a patient can’t shake them up.

To be a Therapy Dog, the dog must:

1. Accept a friendly stranger

2. Sit politely

3. Walk on a loose leash

4. Walk through a crowd that includes wheelchairs

5. Possess master level obedience training

6. React well to another dog

7. React well to distractions, like loud noises

To see whether your dog might make the grade, you might start by taking your pet to a busy park to see how he responds to strangers who want to pet him. See whether he follows your commands in a hectic, noisy environment. Therapy dogs have to handle new situations well, and enjoy being patted by strangers for the entire time they’re “on duty.”

A certified therapy dog is one that is well behaved, well socialized, and in good health. Such dogs possess mastery level obedience, they really like people and have gentle temperaments.

  • Calming presence. We know that petting dogs consistently lowers our blood pressure and calms our heart rates. If a person is angry, afraid or distressed, a therapy dog can be the best medicine.
  • Pain relief. Stroking dogs has been shown to release endorphins that have the potential to block pain!
  • Morale booster. Therapy dogs can help patients let go of their problems for a while, make assisted living facilities feel more like home, and bring back happy memories.
  • Eldercare appropriate social stimulation. Therapy dogs and their handlers are attention grabbers in the moment, plus they offer something special to talk about later in the day.

In 2001, the Pet Care Trust Foundation funded a two-year medical study to quantify the physical & psychological effects of introducing animals to patients in the cardiac intensive care facility at the UCLA Medical Center.The Pet Care Trust Board of Trustees understood the significance of quantified medical research for the determination of the value of animals in the health and welfare of human lives. The Trust funded a very small study ($50,000 over two years) compared to most national cardiac research programs, and they made the right choice and they invested well.At the November, 2005, American Heart Association Conference in Dallas, Kathie Cole, a nurse from UCLA Medical Center and the study leader, announced the findings from the research data collection and medical assessment. The UCLA study showed that trained Assistance Therapy dogs, visiting severely ill cardiac patients in intensive care, lowered their stress and anxiety and their heart and lung pressure significantly.

Kathie Cole, RN and her medical colleagues worked with 76 heart failure patients in hospital, conducting several physical and psychological tests. The patients were randomly divided into three groups. Individual patients were either visited by a human volunteer with a trained dog, by a human volunteer, or no visitation. Blood testing and anxiety assessments were performed on each patient in their group, after a visit or no visit period. The significance of this study is that hard data was collected and analyzed on each patient, as opposed to observations only done in previous animals assisted therapy studies. The analysis makes this cardiac study unique, and more significant with regard to the validity animals visiting medical patients.

A psychological scale for anxiety was consistently used for all patients in the study. The group with no visitors remained the same anxiety level, while patient anxiety after a human visitor dropped by 10%, and the anxiety for those visited by the human with the trained dog, dropped by 24%. This is significant.

The blood chemistry testing included the assessment of epinephrine levels, a hormone secretion that increases with stress in humans.

Epinephrine levels in the group with no visitors increased about 7%, the hormone level in the patient group with a human visitor dropped by 2%, but the epinephrine tests for those visited by the human with the trained dog, dropped about 17%. This again, is significant.

The heart pressure and the lung pressure assessment showed similar responses in each of the three groups of patients. The heart pressure increased by 5% with no visitors, increased by 3% after the human visitor, but heart pressure dropped by 10% after the visit of the dog and human. Similarly, the lung pressure increased with no visit and human visit, but declined by 5% with the dog/human visit.

The conclusion from this study in that Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) has the potential to be an effective adjunctive treatment modality that improves cardiopulmonary pressures, neuroendocrine levels and anxiety in patients hospitalized with heart failure.

Several well trained assistance therapy dogs were used in this study, including well trained volunteer dog owners. These dogs and their owners were all assessed for temperament and suitability as an assistance team, prior to their training. They are volunteers who support humankind in visits to hospitals, nursing homes and other facilities that enrich the lives of others. Kathie Cole, RN, hopes that the study, funded by the Pet Care Trust Foundation, helps show that pet therapy is a credible addition to patient care, not just a nicety.

This is a significant and impressive medical study with patients suffering from cardiac failure in an intensive care unit at a prestigious university medical school. Because the hard data was scientifically collected and assessed, the study provides documentation for the medical community and medical facilities to recognize and accept animal assisted therapy as being valid. The scientific “proof” that Therapy Dogs, interacting with children, adults and elders in hospitals, in long term care, in schoolrooms and in homes, is a significant benefit for the health of humans, as well as unconditional love within and for our society.

UCLA MEDICAL CENTER DOCUMENTS CANINE THERAPY FOR CARDIAC PATIENTS (LINK)

New research indicates that hospitals that use such pet therapy sessions aren’t barking up the wrong tree.

The novel study, presented Tuesday at an American Heart Association meeting, is one of the first to use scientific measurements to document that therapeutic dogs lower anxiety, stress and heart and lung pressure among heart failure patients.

“You can see it on their face, first you see a smile and then you see the worries of the world roll off their shoulders,” said Kathie Cole, a nurse at the University of California Los Angeles Medical Center who led the study.

Leslie Kern, director of cardiac research for the heart institute at Memorial Medical Center in Long Beach, Calif., said such visits help make patients’ lives more normal.

“I’m not surprised at all that something that makes people feel good also makes them feel less anxious, has measurable physiological effects,” said Dr. Marc Gillinov, a cardiac surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic who was not involved in the study.

Cole and her colleagues studied 76 heart failure patients — average age 57 — who got either a visit from a volunteer, a volunteer plus a dog, or no visit.

The scientists meticulously measured patients’ physiological responses before, during and after the visits.

Anxiety as measured by a standard rating scale dropped 24 percent for those visited by the dog and volunteer team, but only by 10 percent for those visited by just a volunteer. The scores for the group with no visit remained the same.

Levels of epinephrine, a hormone the body makes when under stress, dropped about 17 percent in patients visited by a person and a dog, and 2 percent in those visited just by a person. But levels rose about 7 percent in the group that didn’t get visitors.

Heart pressure dropped 10 percent after the visit by the volunteer and dog. It increased 3 percent for those visited by a volunteer and 5 percent for those who got no visit. Lung pressure declined 5 percent for those visited by a dog and a volunteer. It rose in the other two groups.

Gillinov said the study was especially impressive because of the hard data it provided.

“It helps to legitimize that the intervention is more than something nice and something extra to do for the patient, that it has physiologic benefit,” said Janet Parkosewich, a cardiac nurse at Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Conn. , who attended the study presentation Tuesday.

Cole said she hopes the study, funded by the Pet Care Trust Foundation, a nonprofit that promotes the value of animals in society, helps show that pet therapy is a credible addition to patient care, not just a nicety.

In Dallas, Linda Marler’s animal assisted therapy program for the Baylor Healthcare System has grown from one dog in 1985 to 84 dogs today.

“It makes the hospital seem less like a hospital and it lowers people’s blood pressure,” said Marler, who also works for the Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation.

The dogs used in the study — which ranged from a poodle to a golden retriever to a miniature schnauzer — were carefully screened at UCLA and had to pass a behavior test and checkup by a veterinarian, Cole said. Patients were also asked if they liked dogs and wanted to be part of the study.

Dr. George Dennish, a cardiologist at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, Calif. , where dogs are occasionally used, said patients feel calmer and more satisfied.

For bypass patient Danny Smith, being visited by a furry friend was a highlight of his stay at Scripps Memorial.

“It was very relieving because all they want to do was give you love,” said Smith, 57, of Oceanside, Calif.

Back at Baylor University Medical Center, Bart, the Australian shepherd, left Denson and padded into another heart patient’s room. The predictable smile emerged as 68-year-old John Coleman began reminiscing: “Last dog I had was a Dachshund.”

About UCLA’s People-Animal Connection (PAC)

UCLA’s PAC is an animal-assisted therapy program that brings trained volunteers and their dogs to UCLA hospital patients in order to provide a more humane environment for patients, family and staff and to help in the patient recovery process. Started in 1994 with one canine team, PAC has grown to more than 50 teams that visit more than 40 diverse units of the hospital. The program is supported solely by donations. For more information on how to support the program, contact PAC director Jack Barron at (310) 206-2127 or visit www.uclahealth.org/PAC.

Exploring the Health Benefits of Pet Therapy

Michal Czerwonka for The New York Times

By CARLA BARANAUCKAS

Published: October 5, 2009 New York Times

When Chad, a yellow Labrador retriever, moved in with Claire Vaccaro’s family in Manhattan last spring, he already had an important role. As an autism service dog, he was joining the family to help protect Ms. Vaccaro’s11-year-old son, Milo — especially in public, where he often had tantrums or tried to run away.

This week Dr. Melissa Nishawala, clinical director of the autism-spectrum service at the Child Study Center at New York University,answers questions about pet therapy, companion animals and the treatment of autism spectrum disorder.

Health Guide: Autism

Like many companion animals, whether service dogs or pets, Chad had an immediate effect — the kind of effect that is noticeable but has yet to be fully understood through scientific study. And it went beyond the tether that connects dog and boy in public.

“Within, I would say, a week, I noticed enormous changes,” Ms. Vaccaro said of Milo, whose autism impairs his ability to communicate and form social bonds. “More and more changes have happened over the months as their bond has grown. He’s much calmer. He can concentrate for much longer periods of time. It’s almost like a cloud has lifted.

”Dr. Melissa A. Nishawala, clinical director of the autism-spectrum service at the Child Study Center at New York University, said she saw “a prominent and noticeable change” in Milo, even though the dog just sat quietly in the room. “He started to give me narratives in a way he never did,” she said, adding that most of them were about the dog.

The changes have been so profound that Ms. Vaccaro and Dr. Nishawala are starting to talk about weaning Milo from some of his medication.

Anecdotes abound on the benefits of companion animals — whether service and therapy animals or family pets — on human health. But in-depth studies have been rare. Now the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, part of the National Institutes of Health, is embarking on an effort to study whether these animals can have a tangible effect on children’s well-being.

In partnership with the Waltham Center for Pet Nutrition in England (part of the Mars candy and pet food company), the child health institute is seeking proposals that “focus on the interaction between humans and animals.” In particular, it is looking for studies on how these interactions affect typical development and health, and whether they have therapeutic and public-health benefits. It also invites applications for studies that “address why relationships with pets are more important to some children than to others” and that “explore the quality of child-pet relationships, noting variability of human-animal relationships within a family.

”The national institutes’ interest in this type of research goes back at least two decades. Valerie Maholmes, who directs research on child development and behavior at the children’s health institute, said that at a broad-ranging meeting in 1987 on the health benefits of pets, the N.I.H. “concluded that there needed to be much more research,” especially on child development.

Meanwhile, the Waltham Center was expanding its own research to do some small studies about human-animal interaction, said Catherine E. Woteki, global director of scientific affairs for Mars Inc. “We are a pet food company and pet care company,” Dr. Woteki said, “and we’re interested in seeing that that relationship stays a strong one.”

Reviews of the Waltham research program indicated that larger studies over longer terms with appropriate control groups were needed. When Mars became aware of the institutes’ interest in this type of research, a public-private partnership was established, with the company committing more than $2 million. The National Institute of Nursing is also providing money.

Peggy McCardle, chief of the institutes’ child development and behavior branch, said the money from Mars helped jump-start the efforts. Dr. McCardle added that the N.I.H. had established protocols for public-private partnerships and that all proposals got two levels of review before being approved.

People working with animals expect the research to back up their observations. At Children’s Hospital of Orange County in Southern California, for instance, dozens of volunteers regularly take their dogs to visit patients. Children being treated for serious illnesses often have the blues, anxiety or depression. “The dogs brighten them up,” said Emily Grankowski, who oversees the pet therapy program at the hospital.

Some patients who have refused to speak will talk to the dogs, she said, and others who have refused to move often reach for the dogs so they can pet them. So the animals become part of the therapeutic program, especially in the areas involving speech and movement.

“The human-animal bond bypasses the intellect and goes straight to the heart and emotions and nurtures us in ways that nothing else can,” said Karin Winegar, whose book “Saved: Rescued Animals and the Lives They Transform” (Da Capo, 2008) chronicles human-animal interactions. “We’ve seen this from coast to coast, whether it’s disabled children at a riding center in California or a nursing home in Minnesota, where a woman with Alzheimer’s could not recognize her husband but she could recognize their beloved dog.”

Such observations are not new at Autism Service Dogs of America, which brought Milo and Chad together. “Many children with autism can’t relate to a human,” said its director, Pris Taylor, “but they can relate to a dog.”

We hope that this gives you a better understanding of what our dogs are capable of and how they touch the lives of others in such a special way.

Titles, commands etc

Common Commands

Note phonetic pronunciations are shown in parentheses. A slash (“/”) indicates alternative possibilities. Keep in mind that the translations from English are not always literal, but rather, they attempt to reflect the terms used by native speaking dog trainers of the various languages listed.

ENGLISHGERMANFRENCHCZECHDUTCH
Heel Fuss
(fooss)
Au pied
(oh-pee-aye)
K noze
(kno zay)
left=Volg
right= Rechts
Sit Sitz
(siitz)
Assis
(ah-see)
Sedni
(said nee)
Zit
Stay Bleib
(bly’b)
Reste
(rest)
Zustan Blijf
Down Platz Coucher
(coo-shay)
Lehni
(leh nee)
Af/
Liggen
Come/Here Hier
(hee er)
Ici(e see)/
Viens
Ke mne
(khemn yea)
Hier
StandSteh
(shtay)
Debout
(da-boo)
Stuj (stuuya)Staan
Retrieve/
Fetch
Bring
(brrring)
Rapporte
(aport)
AportApport
JumpHoppSaute (soot)/
Aller
Skoc/
Hop
Over
Go OutVoraus
(for owss)
En Avant
(onn-avauhnn)
Vpred
(va porshed)
Voruit
TrackSuch (tsuuk)Piste
(piss-te)
StopaKeuring/
Zoek
GuardPass auf/
Wache
Garde
(guard)
PozorBewaken
(bay-wawken)
BitePacken/
Fass
Attaque/
Mord
Drz
(dursh)
Stellen
Out/Let GoAus
(owss)
Halte(alt)/
Donne
(don-aye)
Pust
(pusht)
Los/Loslaten
(those-lawten)
Speak/BarkGib Laut
(geblout)
Aboie
(ah-bwaa)
Parle
Stekej
(esteke)
Blaffen
(blauffen)
Luid
Narcotics/
Dope
RauschgiftDrogueHledej oznac
Find
narcotics
Such
Rauschgift
Drogy
Building/
Blind Search
Voran/
Revier
Cherche
(Sherch)
Revir
(revere)
Revieren
(ray-fee-eren)
Kennel/
Crate
Zwinger/
Box
ChenilKotecHok/
Kennel
Go OutsideGeh Raus/
Geh Draussen
DehorsJdi venNaar Buiten
Go AheadGeh VorausVasVolnoVoor uit/
Vrij
Go InsideGeh rein
(gay rine)
Monte/
Entre
Pojd semGa de in
What is
going on?
Was ist los?Qu’est ce
qui ce passe?
Co je to?
Good (praise)So ist bravBon Garcon
(bon gar-scon)
Hodny
(hout nee)
Braaf/
Goedzo
Correction
Word “No
Pfui (fooey)
Nein (nine)
Non/Mauvais/
Mechant

Fuj (pfui)

Foei
Don’t
do that!
Lass das seinNe fais
pas ca
Fuj (pfui)Nee
OKIn OrdnungD’accordVyborne
Eat foodNimm FutterMangeVem si
Helper
Stand Still
Bleiben Ruhig/
Steht Noch
Toi, ne
bouge pas
Ruce vzhuru
Article
Search
Such VerlorenRecherche D’articleHledej
Oznac
Zoek
Leave itLass esLaisse/
Pas Touche
(pa-too-shay)
Nech toLos

German Shepherd Show & Working Titles / Hip Ratings

BH – Traffic Steady Companion Dog Title – Must be at least 15 Months

AD – Endurance Title – Must be at least 16 Months

WH – Watchdog Title – Must be 15 Months

SchH1 – The preliminary Schutzhund qualification in tracking,
obedience and protection – Must be at least 18 months

SchH2 – More challenging Schutzhund work in tracking,
obedience and protection – Must be at least 19 Months

SchH3 – The master and competition level of the three
phases of Schutzhund. – Must be 20 months

FH1 – Advanced Tracking – Must be 18 months

FH2 – The most advanced tracking title – Must be 20 Months

* International Titles *
IPO1-International trial rules similar to Schutzhund test, but with some variations

IPO2 – Very similar to Schutzhund II (SchH2) more challenging with tracking, obedience and protection.

IPO3 – The full competition level of International Trial Rules

DH – Service Dog

DPH – Service Police Dog

HGH – Herding Dog 

LwH – Avalanche Dog 

PFP1 & PFP2 – Police Tracking Dog 

PH – Police Dog 

ZH1, 2 & 3 – Customs Dog

* KOER RATINGS *

KKL1 – Korklasse 1 (especially recommended for breeding by the SV

KKL2 – Korklasse 2 (suitable for breeding by the SV 

Korkung (Breed Survey)

Lbz – Lebenszeit (Breed Surveyed for life)

M – Mangelhaft (faulty show or performance rating)

Sieger – Grand Victor at the National Sieger show (VA-1)

Siegerin – Grand Victrix at the National Sieger show (VA-1) 

SG – Sehr Gut (the highest obtainable show rating for a young adult under the age of 2 years old)


U – Ungenugend (insufficient show or performance rating)

VA – Vorzuglich – Auslese (Excellent Select show rating given only at Sieger Show 

VH – Vorhanden (sufficient show or performance rating)

* HIP RATINGS * 

SV “a-stamp” (indicates a passing hip score)

“a-normal” SV Certified normal hips 

“Fast Normal” SV certified near normal hips

“Noch zugelassen”- SV certified hips still permissible for breeding

To equate the A Stamp of Germany to the OFA :

A 1 = OFA Excellent

A 2 = OFA Good

A 3 = OFA Fair (no hip dysplasia)

A 4 = OFA mild hip dysplasia

OFA – Orthopedic Foundation for Animals 

OFA – Excellent – no dysplasia, superior hip socket conformation

OFA – Good – No dysplasia, a well formed, congruent hip joint

OFA – Fair – No dysplasia, a well formed, congruent hip joint 

OFA – Borderline – No consensus between radiologists to place hip into either a normal or dysplastic category

OFA – Mild Grade 1 mild hip dysplasia present

OFA – Moderate Grade 2 moderate hip dysplasia present

OFA – Severe Grade 3 severe hip dysplasia present

Czech Dogs 

ZM – Basic title similar to BH but with bite work

ZPO – Protection Title 

SPO – Slovak Protection Title 

ZVV1/SVV1 – The preliminary Czech title, extensive tracking,
on and off leash obedience and protection. Similar to 
Schutzhund 1 but very difficult.

ZVV2/SVV2 – Much more challenging Second Czech title
includes more extensive tracking, more intense obedience
and difficult protection. Similar to Schutzhund 2 however
very difficult and geared towards real everday situations.

ZVV3/SVV3 – The master level of Czech Title System
Only 3 – 10 dogs receive this prestigious title per year.
This title includes very long detailed tracking, full obedience
and very extensive protection. Similar to Schutzhund 3 however
very demanding and much more realistic.

ZMP Similar to ZVV, also includes Article Search (ZMMP=1st level, ZMP2=Highest Level)


SP – Tracking title

ZPS – Special tracking title

ZP – Participant in Search and Rescue

UPM – Completion of Search and Rescue

ZZP – Search and Rescue Dog

ZLP – Avalanche Dog 

SP-VB – Police examination title

SP-PS – Border Patrol Dog title

SPZ – Rescue Dog 

SPZ2 – Highest Level Rescue Dog 

SLP – Snow Resuce Dog

* Ratings *

Vyborny – “V” Excellent

Velmi Dobry – Very Good

SG – The highest show rating for a GSD under the age of 2!


Dobry – Good

Dobra – Good

Trida – Class selected to the 1st class or 2nd class

Chov – Champion

Dozivotne – Selected to a breed class for life

Bonitacni Karta – Breed Survey
Series of letters and numbers to describe a dog

Full Bonitacion – A complete breed survey

* International Working Titles *

Mistr. CR – Czech Working Champion

Mistr. SR – Slovak Working Champion

UM – Czech National Participant

UM CR – Czech National Champion

UM SR – Slovak National Participant

UMS FCI – National Participant for the World FCI team

UMS WUSV – National Participant for the World WUSV team

KRAJ. VIT. – Regional Show Champion 

VIT. TR. – Czech Class Champion (Show)

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 After this long journey of finding this essential oil, she so happened to be diagnosed with cancer.   Being a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, she knew what was in store for her, this was the time she needed to feel that calm she felt in the Caribbean.   Germs and pollen were a factor that she had to eliminate in her home, to reduce healing complications. These essential oils were used ( with their natural antibacterial and antifungal properties) in conjunction with the antimicrobial and air revitilizer on a daily basis to cleanse the air, keep pollen levels down and to relax a tense situation.   With the help of these essential oils she was able to recover without any environmental allergies or illnesses.  In no way would she claim that it treated or healed anything, but it was help along the way to purifier the air with  natures resource…water.  All while creating a serene atmosphere to heal in peace.  Karen then vowed to become a distributor of these oils in the USA.  

Pure from Nature, LLC, provides a whole range of aroma therapeutic products from high quality raw materials from all over the world.  The knowledge that our producer  obtained from his journeys allowed him  to create various applications of aromatherapy that help promote a harmonious balance and well-rounded aromatherapy product with a creative product formulation.  We are so excited to be able to bring this product to you and are honored to be the sole distributor in the USA.  We hope you love and enjoy this product as much as we do.  We will frequently be coming out with new scents and products and we hope you join us in our journey.

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• Ease allergies caused by dust, pollin, & air contaminants

Aromatherapy creates an overall feeling of well being!  Aromatherapy via the use of Essential Oils have been utilized for over 6,000 years to promote good health.  Many people including medical practioners swear by its physical, emotional, and spiritual effects that heal the body holistically from the inside out!

Please use this link to read this publication by the University of Maryland Medical Center Aromatherapy/Essential Oils  (Click on the Aromatherapy/Essential Oils to the left to read the article.  I will put the article below as well for you to read) 

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Publication from The University of Maryland Medical Center on Aromatherapy / Essential Oils

Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils from plants for healing. Although the word “aroma” makes it sound as if the oils are inhaled, they can also be massaged into the skin.  You should never take essential oils by mouth without specific instruction from a trained and qualified specialist. Whether inhaled or applied on the skin, essential oils are gaining new attention as an alternative treatment for infections, stress, and other health problems. 

What are essential oils? Essential oils are concentrated extracts taken from the roots, leaves, seeds, or blossoms of plants. Each contains its own mix of active ingredients, and this mix determines what the oil is used for. Some oils are used to promote physical healing — for example, to treat swelling or fungal infections. Others are used for their emotional value — they may enhance relaxation or make a room smell pleasant. Orange blossom oil, for example, contains a large amount of an active ingredient that is thought to be calming.

What is the history of aromatherapy?

Essential oils have been used for therapeutic purposes for nearly 6,000 years!  The ancient Chinese, Indians, Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used them in cosmetics, perfumes, and drugs. Essential oils were also commonly used for spiritual, therapeutic, hygienic, and ritualistic purposes. More recently, René-Maurice Gattefossé, a French chemist, discovered the healing properties of lavender oil when he applied it to a burn on his hand caused by an explosion in his laboratory. He then started to analyze the chemical properties of essential oils and how they were used to treat burns, skin infections, gangrene, and wounds in soldiers during World War I. In 1928, Gattefossé founded the science of aromatherapy.

By the 1950s massage therapists, beauticians, nurses, physiotherapists, doctors, and other health care providers began using aromatherapy. Aromatherapy did not become popular in the United States until the 1980s. Today, many lotions, candles, and beauty products are sold as “aromatherapy.”

However, many of these products contain synthetic fragrances that do not have the same properties as essential oils.

How does aromatherapy work?

Researchers are not entirely clear how aromatherapy may work. Some experts believe our sense of smell may play a role. The “smell” receptors in your nose communicate with parts of your brain (the amygdala and hippocampus) that serve as storehouses for emotions and memories.  When you breathe in essential oil molecules, some researchers believe they stimulate these parts of your brain and influence physical, emotional, and mental health.  For example, scientists believe lavender stimulates the activity of brain cells in the amygdala similar to the way some sedative medications work.  Other researchers think that molecules from essential oils may interact in the blood with hormones or enzymes. Aromatherapy massage is a popular way of using essential oils because it works in several ways at the same time. Your skin absorbs essential oils and you also breathe them in. Plus, you experience the physical therapy of the massage itself. What happens during an aromatherapy session? Professional aromatherapists, nurses, physical therapists, pharmacists, and massage therapists can provide topical or inhaled aromatherapy treatment. Only specially trained professionals can provide treatment that involves taking essential oils by mouth. At an aromatherapy session, the practitioner will ask about your medical history and symptoms, as well any scents you may like. You may be directed to breathe in essential oils directly from a piece of cloth or indirectly through steam inhalations, vaporizers, or sprays. The practitioner may also apply diluted essential oils to your skin during a massage. In most cases, the practitioner will tell you how to use aromatherapy at home, by mixing essential oils into your bath, for example. What is aromatherapy good for? Aromatherapy is used in a wide range of settings — from health spas to hospitals — to treat a variety of conditions. In general, it seems to relieve pain, improve mood, and promote a sense of relaxation. In fact, several essential oils — including lavender, rose, orange, bergamot, lemon, sandalwood, and others — have been shown to relieve anxiety, stress, and depression.

Several clinical studies suggest that when essential oils (particularly rose, lavender, and frankincense) were used by qualified midwives, pregnant women felt less anxiety and fear, had a stronger sense of well being, and had less need for pain medications during delivery.  Many women also report that peppermint oil relieves nausea and vomiting during labor.   Massage therapy with essential oils (combined with medications or therapy) may benefit people with depression. The scents are thought by some to stimulate positive emotions in the area of the brain responsible for memories and emotions, but the benefits seem to be related to relaxation caused by the scents and the massage. A person’s belief that the treatment will help also influences whether it works. In one study, Neroli oil helped reduce blood pressure and pre-procedure anxiety among people undergoing a colonoscopy. In test tubes, chemical compounds from some essential oils have shown antibacterial and anti fungal properties. Some evidence also suggests that citrus oils may strengthen the immune system and that peppermint oil may help with digestion.Fennel, aniseed, sage, and clary sage have estrogen like compounds, which may help relieve symptoms of premenstrual syndrome and menopause. However, human studies are lacking.Other conditions for which aromatherapy may be helpful include: Alopecia areata (hair loss) Agitation, possibly including agitation related to dementia Anxiety Constipation (with abdominal massage using aromatherapy) Insomnia Pain: Studies have found that people with rheumatoid arthritis, cancer (using topical chamomile), and headaches (using topical peppermint) require fewer pain medications when they use aromatherapy Itching, a common side effect for those receiving dialysis Psoriasis.

Should anyone avoid aromatherapy? Pregnant women, people with severe asthma, and people with a history of allergies should only use essential oils under the guidance of a trained professional and with full knowledge of your physician.

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* The article mentions a few of the benefits of aromatherapy for women during labor.  At Highlander German Shepherds we have been utilizing Pure From Nature’s Lavender essential oil and/or Sweet Dreams with Pure Defender in our air revitalizer when our girls are in labor and whelping with great success for years!  It is very soothing to them.  The Pure Defender keeps the air in the whelping room free of dangerous germs and safe for our newborn puppies.

*Using Pure From Nature’s Lavender or Sweet Dreams in an air revitalizer from PFN can also greatly benefit dogs with separation anxiety!!

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