Long-Dangerous Tails

German Shepherd Dogs and their people.
July 13th, 2017 by Lynda

Aiden is going to Paw Palooza!

This coming weekend is the 2nd annual Paw Palooza event. It is the largest single dog festival on Cape Cod. The funds raised go to the Massachusetts SPCA and the Animal Rescue League.

Aiden and I participated in the Agility Demonstration at Paw Palooza put on by the Cape Cod Kennel Club last year.

This years posters and flyers feature a picture of Aiden and me in action!




Aiden and I are looking forward to once again performing in the agility demo. Here is a link to the website:





July 10th, 2017 by Lisa: -- Libby & Ziva's mom

Libby and Ziva Temperament Test

On May 12th the Iroquois German Shepherd Dog Club of Syracuse NY held a temperament certification during their show.  The testing measures different aspects of temperament such as stability, shyness, aggressiveness, and friendliness as well as the dog’s instinct for protectiveness towards its handler and/or self-preservation in the face of a threat.

Libby and Ziva all passed with flying colors, earning their GSDCA Temperament Certificate (TC).  The evaluator was impressed by both dogs ability to recover and stay clear headed.

Below are the elements of the testing.

Failure on any part of the test is recognized when a dog shows:

  • Unprovoked aggression
  • Panic without recovery
  • Strong avoidance

Elements of the test include reactions to;

  • Neutral Stranger:
  • Friendly Stranger
  • Hidden Noise
  • Gun Shots
  • Umbrella Test
  • Footing Test:
  • Self-protective/Aggressive Reaction – 3 parts

Subtest Part 1: Non-Threatening – The purpose of this subtest is to test the dog’s alertness to an unusual situation.

Subtest Part 2: Threatening – The purpose of this subtest is to evaluate the dog’s ability to recognize when an unusual situation turns into a provocation.

Subtest Part 3: Aggression – The purpose of this subtest is to evaluate the dog’s protective instincts.

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July 7th, 2017 by Lynda

Aiden in the PVKC Newsletter

A friend of mine, who lives in Vermont, is a member of the Pioneer Valley Kennel Club. This morning she sent me the link to the PVKC July Newsletter. On page 6 there is an article about the recent Farm Dog Test. There are 3 pictures of me and Aiden as well as the picture of the ducks that we took!





July 2nd, 2017 by Lisa: -- Libby & Ziva's mom

Farm Dog Libby


On May 29th , Libby was entered in the new AKC Farm Dog Certified (FDC)Test hosted by the  Susque-Nango Kennel Club in Windsor, NY.  The Farm Dog Certified test provides for a series of twelve exercises that represent situations a farm dog would encounter in a typical farm environment. The basic test requirements are designed to emphasize a dog’s ability of self-control, confidence and trust necessary to succeed in any canine/human partnership. These traits and foundational training are vital to a working farm dog. The FDC program provides an opportunity for all dogs to apply their basic training in a novel environment, demonstrating their natural capability and trainability to work in partnership with their human companions.  The dog must pass 2 tests under 2 different judges in order to be certified and earn their title.  There was one test scheduled in the morning and the second in the afternoon.  As luck would have it, it was pouring out for both our tests, so we only have some inside shots of her test.  Libby passed both tests for her title with flying colors!

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The new Farm Dog with her title bling!













Libby says “tastes like Chicken”  LOL













The official certificate
















Libby being examined for any debris or objects she may have collected while “working” on the farm.   This is one element of the test showing the dog will accept examination by the handler.

























Libby demonstating she can approach livestock and has the self-control to not lunge, be on a tight lead or be aggressive to the stock.   When asked she willingly returned attention back to me to exit the fenced area.



















June 30th, 2017 by Lisa: -- Libby & Ziva's mom

Alta-Tollhaus Qinga “Inga” is 3 today

Happy birthday to pretty girl Inga (named after her Momma).  She is from  the “Q” litter of Gavin X Inga.

Such a pretty baby

Such a pretty baby



Such a beautiful girl

Such a beautiful girl