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Show puppies by Anatomy; Loyal Companions and Protection by Nature; Health and Longevity by good genetics; and proven by Health Testing Certifications. Brought to you by a thoughtful knowledgeable trusted breeder of over 45 years. Breeders of the finest quality Schutzhund/IPO titled & Breed Surveyed German Shepherds in the United States. Our breeding program maintains the integrity of the German Shepherd's heritage to preserve the ideal human-canine bond. 

Our Merkel Geneology is from
Haίloch, Germany

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Haus Merkel
   Breeder Name: Dyan Merkel
   Location: North Texas
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   Hip/Elbow Certifications: Yes
   Degenerative Myopathy Certifications: Yes
   Thyroid tests: Yes
   CERF tests: No

   Titles/certifies breeding stock in discipline?: Yes

   Raises breeding stock from puppies: Yes
   Titles dogs bred on premise:  Yes
   Imports titled breeding stock: Yes
   Buys from other Breeders:  NO MORE!

   Has trained in Schutzhund: Yes
   HOT from puppy to SchH3: Yes
   HOT and bred to SchH3: Yes

   Show ratings: Yes
   Breed survey: Yes

   V Putz vom Haus Merkel SchH3, Kkl 1a
   V Ulla vom Haus Merkel SchH3, Kkl 1a
   V Zessa vom Haus Merkel SchH2, IPO3, Kkl1a
   V Riesa vom Haus Merkel SchH2, Kkl 1a
   V Puma vom Haus Merkel SchH2, Kkl 1a
   V Emma vom Haus Merkel SchH1, Kkl 1a
   SG Wickie vom Haus Merkel IPO1 a
   SG Vessa vom Haus Merkel IPO1 a
   SG1 Clar vom Haus Merkel SchH1 a
   Ch Merkel's Opium SchH1
   V Merkel's Arletta SchH1, a
   SG, VP2 Nixe vom Haus Merkel BH, AD, a
   SG Feli vom Haus Merkel BH, AD, a
   Ch Merkel's Leica UDT, OFA
   Merkel's Leibchen Shiloh UDT, OFA
   Ch Merkels Sangria UDT, OFA
   United States Grand Victrix
   Ch Merkels Vendetta  ROM, OFA
   Ch Merkel' Quaestor CD, ROM, OFA
   Ch Merkel's Essence UD, OFA
   Merkel's Coda vom Jennerick CDX, OFA
   National Certified Search & Rescue
   Lieb vom Haus Merkel OFA,
   National Obedience Winner
Ch Merkel's Cut Up of Timmee UDT, OFA
   Certified United States Service Dog
   Bryn vom Haus   Merkel CGC, OFA
   Certified United States Service Dog
Fred vom Haus Merkel
   Ch Merkel's The Cutting Edge OFA
   Ch Merkel's Virtual Reality OFA
   Ch Merkel's Tequila CD, OFA
   Ch Merkel's Sante Fe OFA
   Merkel's Spellbound ROM,
   Merkel's Emma ROM , OFA

   Merkel's Estes CD, near ROM
   2009 Annual Achievement Award Recipient
   Ch Merkel's Heart's are Wild
   Ch Merkel's Heart to Heart CD, OFA
   World Sieger Larus von Batu SchH3 Kkl 1a
   World Sieger Zamp vom Thermodos SchH3, Kkl 1
   World Sieger Yasko vom Farbenspiel SchH3,Kkl 1a
   VA Dux della Valcuvia SchH3, Kkl1a


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THIS is why you do not walk your dogs on asphalt or concrete in the summer. If you see someone walking their dogs on asphalt or concrete, PLEASE educated them and get the pet to cooler ground. Original post was from Pet Ambulance Victoria

This should be sent to all the veterinarians including the specialists!


We have received two notices. (1) Nails wrapped in cheese at dog parks in Chicago and Massachusetts (see pic). (2) from some friends that in Augusta Maine dog park, antifreeze is being found in doggie water bowls. Please beware and be careful and PLEASE SHARE and spread the word

Ever wonder where puppy mill dogs come from? Here's an example. Many get cooked alive in the sun and freeze to death in the winter. If you purchase your dog from a pet store, I can guarantee your "AKC" certified dog came from a place like this.  This one is even better than the ones  I saw in Iowa and Missouri!

Do you recognize she is a Yorkie?
Please do not purchase your pet from a Pet shop, Backyard breeder or Commercial Puppy Mill.

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"The man who rears a dog must complete what the breeder began..." Max v. Stephanitz; Father of the German Shepherd Dog


"Fun at the Beach"

"Fun at Work"

This is a real combination of symptoms that spells out EMERGENCY. These are the classic symptoms of a condition referred to as "bloat" - a dog that is pacing, restless and has unproductive attempts to vomit.

This is a common problem in large breed deep-chested dogs but can also occur in smaller dogs.

Basically what happens is this - the stomach twists causing the blood supply to the stomach to be compromised then leads to tissue death. As tissues are damaged, toxins are released and a sequence of events occurs that if left untreated, leads to death.

If you ever notice these symptoms in your dog, call your local veterinarian or emergency clinic as soon as possible.

This is a condition that is fairly common and often occurs in the evening or nighttime hours. It is also a very expensive condition to treat.  READ MORE...


Dealing with Excessive Barking

The first step to stopping barking is to understand why it is happening. Dogs bark for all kinds of reasons, including anxiety, boredom and/or loneliness. Sometimes they bark just because it feels good.  Luckily, most dogs will respond to one or other intervention to curtail their barking. Whether you simply bring an outdoor dog inside or take the time to apply behavior-modification techniques, you can cause a dog to be less of a nuisance and to be more socially acceptable.

Removing Skunk Odor

No need for the tomato juice. Use a mixture of 10 parts hydrogen peroxide to 1 part baking soda. Add a dash of degreasing dishwashing soap and pour into a spray bottle. Spray liberally over dry coat and allow to air dry. Avoid eyes. Works on other objects, too!

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 They way I trained Bryn was making it all play time.  So to her it was all fun.  When you are playing with the rope with them keep saying the word "tug" (Or what ever word you choose). Over and over  and praising for good strong tugs. Then hanging the rope on the door with the correct type handle (most handicap homes will have these), the type that would be on a french door. Then you hang that certain rope style on the side you want them to open and wiggle the rope and tell them to "tug" and eventually that command will turn to Open.  When they tug and the door opens it's "Good!! Open!!".  Then again on the other side of the door the tug will become "Close".   I like one word commands. The people that we trained with drove me crazy. Maybe that's why we didn't get a dog. Poor dogs no wonder they were confused!!  Instead of a simple "Load Up" it was "Get in the car".........or instead of Bryn, Look and show her what Alex dropped, then tell her Bring.  They would call the dog and this was the dialog "(dogs name), Look, look, look, thats it!! That's it!! Get it, get it, That's it That 's it, Bring it bring it, That's it thats it, My lap, my lap, that's it, that's it!!Good dog!!"  I'm like, really???? 


 I started with a ball, something she really likes and would roll it off my lap. Running to get it was natural. She wanted it. I wouldn't take it from her, I'd pat my lap until she would put it there. Occasionally in the beginning we did use MY Lap, but it becomes natural to her. So then I started using old remote controls, cell phones things like that.  We did start using the "get it" command there because that was not her ball. But, she knew once she got it to put it in your lap. Each dog can be taught differently by using "my lap" and "my hand" since you won't know where the dog is going. She plays different with the grandkids. They tell her to drop the ball and she drops it. I don't want them tugging and her re-gripping  and getting little fingers.  These dogs are smart, they pick up things quickly. 


Teaching to push handicap buttons would probably be handy for some. Alex pushes his own. I did train her some on that. Just not much. I put a colored patch on the wall that is about the height of the buttons and tell her "up" and pat the spot on the wall. When she would finally get up I'd give her a treat. Eventually I got to where she had to land exactly where I patted to get her treat. That's how you get them to push the handicap button. Once they get to where they are hitting the spot you tell them you go to the real thing and it's like a light bulb going on. 


I've never trained the light switch but have read about it. You drag the treat across the switch with their nose following when they flip the switch they get the treat. It starts with a fake switch on the ground. Then you put one on a post and eventually the real thing. You have to choose a word for each direction once it's on the pole. 


Leave it is a very important command. And basically you just put something they like a lot and tell them to leave it. Put them in a platz, or sit. And just keep telling them to leave it. Then treat them with something else. Give back to them later. That command has been so important. Running squirrels, or hissing cats or even backpacks with "interesting" smells in them. That command has to ingrained heavily. The last thing you want is for your dog to be in a restaurant and smell something in a ladies purse across the room and want it!! How many folks do you think smuggle food out of a buffet in their purse??? Lots!  Especially with the noses these dogs have!!


With the German Shepherd they have to be allowed to be pet while working. Especially if they are attached to a wheel chair. Encourage petting and attention. Even during public training. Because you and I both know how quickly they will get protective over their charge if they think no one is supposed to approach them. Or the chair!  And for someone who is in a wheel chair, sometimes they need medical attention and if the dog won't let the EMT get near them..............  


All gear must be silent. Cloth chokes or collars, nothing that rattles when they are laying in the floor and shift positions.  All their tags and such go in their vest pocket.   While registration is not law, it adds more credibility to the dog if they have that number and they can be confirmed as a service dog.   Getting a CGC on the dog adds to the public access right.  Again, not law, but makes the dog more credible. I wouldn't register the dog until they have their partner.  Then register them as a team because that is what is on the certificate people need. Especially if it goes to kids attending school or college. 


And take them everywhere!!!!  Once you get your dog's vest, and handler ID, they can't question you or deny you unless the dog is disruptive by barking or being aggressive.  They cannot by law even ask you what the dog is trained for. Put them in platz in very busy food courts. That's the best place to start before taking them to restaurants. Some train them to go under the table so they are out of the way. But if I put Bryn under the table, where would our feet go. I just ask for a table in the back or something because I don't want her stepped on.  Once the dog is used to being in public, petco is a great place to take them to be face to face with birds and other critters that are in public and not home.  Things at home are their buddies, other birds and cats may be more interesting to the dog. 

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