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               Appleridge Obedience Family German Shepherds 

Appleridge German Shepherds (423)457-3808 -Now in Atlanta GA, Annette text,phone appleridgegsd@hotmail.com 32 Years Dedication to Purebred Dogs , Atlanta, Cleveland, Ontario-CKC AKC Inspected and Approved

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For ALL ages of Appleridge Fur Kids - We look forward to seeing all of you at our home at Ocala Florida.  No charge for Classes for our Grand Fur Kids for 11 am Saturdays. 

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Cleveland TN USA - Location 4 months of Age Plus

Tennessee - Dogs & Pups of Any Breed or Mixed Breed

Older Pups, Youth and Adults are trained with love and respect using Motivational techniques at our Cleveland TN facility. Debbie Tripplett, a respected FEMA First Responder Dog handler Manages the Cleveland location as Canine Companion. Contact #
423-838-0491 

 
 
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Angel Trained Pup - Stage # 1 - Puppies 8-12 weeks of age - Family Beginner 

  • Perfect house manners day and  night ( week 1 needs umbilical re enforcement in their new home)
  • Comes happily and eagerly on command on and off leash (on leash started)
  • leave it command with any item. Will not attempt to eat or touch anything -  indicated "leave it" 
  • Perfect crate manners ( all night is physical abilities and not trainable unless the individuals body is ready) The bladder and GI tract mature more between 12-20 weeks of age. 
  • sit politely for petting in front of children and people
  • sit directly in front of us-wait-"front" 
  • comes any speed directly into a sit -front-wait off leash 
  • Sit, sit wait, sit stay, sit - wait come ( 1 minute)
  • Down, down wait, down stay (3 minute without distractions) on their cot or bed
  • Will go and lay on her bed on command, plus stay till told "release" ( up to 15 minutes )
  • Hand signal, down wait release on command 
  • House trained started , crate trained, doggie door started-  pen trained to mind and be quiet ( new environments require the crate to be close to you for a week or so)  
  • Mind -perfect manners, children plus other animals -NO jumping "off" 
  • Heel. Heel on a loose lead. Heel from motion, will be started.  Baby dogs will happily keep the leash mostly loose as they learn their "stay with me" skills. 
  • directional "lets go"  handler sets speed and direction, loose leash. Your pup will learn that humans don't always go in a straight line when walking. This will help them to learn to change their speed for the handler. 
  • Lets go! Walk politely on a loose lead, beside me any direction anywhere.-preparing for off leash 
  • Heel speeds-fast, normal, slow. 
  • "Inside" & "Outside" instructed to understand the concept of home manners, and living arrangements. 
  • Loose lead manners training & off leash " let's go" for casual outings including potty breaks & pooh pooh task (outside) concept understanding.  Again each pup has personal ability to hold their waste, therefore these are generalizations. 
  • yard and potty breaks on leash in public or loose in your yard.  
  • 2 regular puppy baby dog vaccines completed, plus a Neo Par cpv & Kennel Cough done with documentation by Licensed Veterinarian.  Paperwork always provided to you for your records. 
  • maintained on heartworm, wormer, and bug protection
  • includes lifetime support, lifetime microchip monitoring, book, Training & 5 gen Family micro scan disk,  photo & video library support to take home. 
  • Trained in English. German, by request. A training video and manual will accompany. Adoption cost will include shots to date, completed, including worming. Documented.
  • Your baby dog will be worked with by our children, which will help the pup to understand that little people may train differently than adults.  Exposure to our young children will help your pup throughout life, with respecting and accepting children.  

Appleridge Angel Dog program prepares your pup for the CGC. This level will set the stage for proper manners and obedience. Angel puppy training also covers the listed CGC requirements.  The Advance (12-16 week course) will complete the CGC requirements to pass a Evaluation and Title your pet as a Canine Good Citizen.  The CGC Program teaches good manners to dogs and responsible dog ownership to their owners. The 10-step Canine Good Citizen test is a non-competitive.  The CGC award is a prerequisite for many therapy dog groups.

  1. Accepting a Friendly Stranger
    The dog will allow a friendly stranger to approach it and speak to the handler.
  2. Sitting Politely for Petting
    The dog will allow a friendly stranger to pet it while it is out with its handler.
  3. Appearance and Grooming
    The dog will permit someone to check it’s ears and front feet, as a groomer or veterinarian would do.
  4. Out for a Walk (walking on a loose lead)
    Following the evaluator’s instructions, the dog will walk on a loose lead (with the handler/owner).
  5. Walking Through a Crowd
    This test demonstrates that the dog can move about politely in pedestrian traffic and is under control in public places. The dog and handler walk around and pass close to several people (at least three).
  6. Sit and Down on Command and Staying in Place
    The dog must do sit AND down on command, then the owner chooses the position for leaving the dog in the stay.
  7. Coming When Called
    This test demonstrates that the dog will come when called by the handler (from 10 feet on a leash).

LEVEL 2 - ADVANCED PUPPY OBEDIENCE TRAINING 
$350 per week (Appleridge pups ONLY)

  • Perfect house manners day and  night  ( week 1 needs umbilical re enforcement in their new home to learn patterns, doors, yard, life there)
  • waits at the door to go out, preparing for door open wait, level # 3
  • Comes happily and eagerly on command on and off lead
  • prep training for your pup to sit directly in front of you, after completing a come to you. 
  • reverse speed comes on leash to front, sit, wait to prepare for the " finish" command in the next level #3
  • Excellent car riding manners in their crate or with a seat belt
  • leave it command with any item. Will not attempt to eat or touch anything -  indicated "leave it" 
  • Perfect crate manners ( all night ) you can say quite from across the house. In Out on command
  • Sit, sit wait, sit stay, sit - wait come ( 1 minute) 
  • sit stay while you walk around the room or yard prepared. advance will be off leash, level # 3 
  • Down, down wait, down stay (3 minute with distractions)
  • Will go and lay on her bed on command, plus stay till told "release" ( up to 1/2 hour)
  • Hand signal, down wait release on command 
  • House trained, crate trained, pen trained to mind and be quiet
  • Mind -perfect manners, children plus other animals -NO jumping "off" 
  • Heel. Heel on a loose lead. Heel from motion.
  • Up & down stairs inside & out ( each pup reacts differently to stair surfaces or styles)
  • gentle and loving with our children during regular activities & play
  • Lets go! Walk politely on a loose lead, beside me any direction anywhere.
  • Heel speeds-fast, normal, slow different directions quickly
  • Loose lead manners training for casual outings including potty
  • yard and potty breaks on leash away from home or loose in yard.  
  • All 3 regular puppy baby dog vaccines completed including rabies done 
  • maintained on heartworm, wormer, and bug protection
  • includes lifetime support, lifetime microchip monitoring, book, Training DVD, Family DVD Program
  • Trained in English. German, by request. A training video and manual will accompany. Adoption cost will include all of his shots completed including rabies  and worming. Documented.
  • working towards a BN preparation to title, please see Video page to see a trial being completed.

For Advance Trained pups, the Community Canine is the next step to proving the quality of training your dog has, incredible manners and excellent community minded instructions that they will happily follow. Level 3 introduces your pup to the CGCA.  Most pups will pass this evaluation by 20 weeks, however, each pup is unique and settles into adolescence differently.  Appleridge will assist you in making the right decision for progression for you and your dog when it's ready.  Level #4 completion may be more appropriate for most adolescent GSD to be evaluated for their CGCA. 


Your pup MUST have passed a AKC CGC to be considered for CGCA. 


  Dogs must pass all 10 items of the test to receive the CGCA title.


  1. Dog stands, sits or lies down and waits under control while the owner:
    • sits at the registration table and fills out paperwork, or,
    • if the test is done in the community, dog waits while the owner sits and has a snack or visits with another person (e.g., at a park)
  2. Walks on a loose leash in a natural situation (not in a ring) -- does not pull.
    • left turn
    • right turn
    • stop
    • fast and slow pace
  3. Walks on loose leash through a crowd:
    • at a show or in class, this item is tested in a real crowd, not in a ring
    • in the community, dog walks on sidewalk, through a crowd at a community fair, park, on a trail, through a busy hallway, etc.
  4. Dog walks past distraction dogs present; does not pull.
    This item may be tested along with #3 if there are dogs in the crowd, etc.
    • at a show or class, dog walks by dogs waiting in the crowd--dogs 2 ft. apart
    • in the community, dog walks by other dogs on a trail, sidewalk, in a hallway, etc.
  5. Sit -- stay in small group (3 other people with dogs).
    Owners and dogs are in an informal circle/square while owners have a conversation.
    Dogs are all on the owner's left side, on leash; 3 ft. apart. (At least 30 seconds)
  6. Dog allows person who is carrying something (backpack, computer bag, etc.) to approach and pet it.
    "May I pet your dog?" (Item is placed on floor/ground before the person pets the dog)
  7. "Leave it." Dog walks by food and follows owner instructions, "Leave it."
    This can be food placed by the evaluator on the floor or ground in a food dish with a wire cover as in Rally.
  8. Down or sit stay -- distance (owner's choice).
    Dog is on 20--ft line, owner walks away with back to dog, picks up an item (e.g., backpack, training bag, clipboard, folder etc.) placed on the floor/chair/ground by the evaluator and returns to the dog.
  9. Recall with distractions present (coming when called). Handler goes out 20--ft. **(off center) and calls dog.
    Dog is on the 20--ft. line from #8 above.
  10. Dog will sit or stand stay (owner's choice) while owner enters/exits a doorway or narrow passageway. Owner calls dog through door when ready.
    Owner may also choose to:
    1. send the dog through first and have the dog wait for the owner, or
    2. the owner may choose to have the dog go through the doorway at the owner's side.
    Whichever method is used, the dog must not pull the owner and must be under good control. Think of the handler having the leash in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other.
    Doorway or gate can be real or simulated with ring gates, two chairs, or a natural passageway (e.g., entrance to trail) in the community.

Training - Training Levels - Training Costs & Programs Available
in Atlanta Georgia & TN location with Trusted Individuals. These are private companies and people, we know.  * NOT Appleridge

  • Level # 3 - Professional Competitive started or Service Task Preparation Training ( Call for Quote ) 


  • Training will be completed by 20  weeks of age ( some differences for  Service or Competitive training )
  • Training : Sit, sit wait, sit stay, stay wait come, sit wait. Sit will be 5 minute + 
  • Down, down wait, down stay (Down, stay- will be 1 Hour +)
  • sit from motion ( off lead)
  • down from motion (off lead)
  • stand stay from motion ( off lead)
  • Hand signal, down wait release on command
  • Stand, stand stay, stand for examination (on lead stay for groomer,vet, owner, etc. ) off lead
  • House trained, crate trained, pen trained to mind and be quiet an non destructive
  • Stay in crate all night without messing it or crying. 11 pm to 6:30 am
  • Prepared for freedom in your home, taught not to touch "leave it"  including meat, shoes, toys, baby items
  • "OFF" not to jump on humans, furniture or up on things like the counter. 
  • "Leave it" taught not to touch, sniff, look at or bother" someone or something
  • Mind -perfect manners, children and elderly plus other animals -NO jumping
  • Heel. Heel 6" from my leg on a loose lead. Heel from motion.
  • Lets go! Walk politely on a loose lead, beside me any direction anywhere.
  • Heel speeds-fast, normal, slow, steps
  • figure 8 heeling in any direction trained
  • Loose lead manners training for casual outings including potty
  • breaks on lead. Potty's on command.
    Social Circle- dogs & people, Meet and Greet(simulating sidewalk meetings and park outings exposure
  • XI. All 3 regular puppy baby dog vaccines completed including rabies
  • Trained in English. (German, by request) A training video and manual will accompany. Adoption cost will include all of his shots completed including rabies and worming.
  • This level program which includes; room, board, vaccines, worming, health check, training, family outings life, plus lots of love.  The puppy purchase is a separate transaction from the Training package.  Training may be paid at the time of completion of the level.  if flying your new family member, payment for training will be due when arrangements have been made by us for your new babies arrival.  We will advise you of the airport arrival time and items that will come with your new son or daughter.  We take care of all the preparation !* we will only do Advance levels on dogs we have tested or bred and whom have completed the previous levels with us

Level # 4 - Competitive BN or Service Dog Advance Level - 24 weeks of age  ( 6 months of age) (Call for Quote- $)


 This stage lends a new challenge of adolescent behaviors.  Each dog, reacts differently. All Service dogs are recommended spayed and or neutered at 6 months. Competitive Obedience dogs are now eligible to  compete at AKC Sanctioned events. Polishing is critical at this phase.  We become very black and white with training commands now. It's Right or it's NOT. 


  •  Heel - Fast, slow, step by step, normal.  On and Off Lead 
  • Right turn, Left turn, About turn ( all slow, normal, fast) On and Off Lead
  • Figure 8 - fast, slow, normal, about turns  On and Off Lead 
  • Heel to motion from drop, sit, or stand, while in Motion to handler.   On and Off Lead 
  • Heel to Stand stay in motion fast, normal, slow  On and Off Lead 
  • Heel to Down in motion from fast, slow, normal On and Off Lead 
  • Heel to Sit in motion from Fast, slow, normal On and Off Lead  
  • Return to Heel from motion upon handler pick up, as passing the dog in Sit, Stand, or down   On and Off Lead 
  • Stairs in all speeds  On and Off Lead 
  • Weave pole agility directional preparation in all speeds  On and Off Lead 
  • Sit from Motion shall be natural and happen instinctively, subconsciously as the handler stops for all tasks unless instructed otherwise, or unless the dog is being prepared for a Service stabilizing Harness Dog for an individual with Mobility Needs.   On and Off Lead 
  • Come Command -   The dog shall come on the first call using verbal command or hand signal. The dog will be taught to respond quickly and move in a timely fashion into the " front" position directly in front of the handler positioning themselves into a sit staring up into the eyes of the handler.  Your dog will happily and briskly run from sit or out of sight into a " front" position in a sit looking happily into the handlers eyes awaiting the next instruction.  On and Off Lead  
  • Come Front - your dog shall move forward at any pace to keep themselves positioned in a FRONT (as described above) as the handler retreats at any pace and stops at any time. The dog shall maintain eye contact at all times. This task will begin with reward imprinting and the lure will transfer to " attention and verbal reward by the end of the training package.  On and Off Lead 
  • Distraction training will continue at all levels using items or food that interest your dogs unique likes or drives. Your dog will be able to  maneuver through  other dogs, food, toys, treats, and many obstacles to remain in pace with the handler or " come" to the handler when asked.  On and Off Lead 
  • Distraction training - out of site. Items of value will be placed on the floor, counters, everywhere as a test to determine that your dog can and will " leave it" despite you being absent from the room. 
  • Distraction with activity. Your dog shall remain in a calm and controlled manner while toys, balls and even dogs run about them playing, walking or running.  We will also expect this type of control in an off leash down stay and sit stay with the handler 30 feet from the dog.  
  • Down stay shall be performed with distractions for a period of 5 minutes with handler at a distance of 30 feet. 
  • Sit  stay shall be performed with distractions for a period of 3 minutes with handler at a distance of 30 feet. 
  • Standing for Examination by a Judge, Vet, Groomer, Handler etc. Your dog shall stand calmly in a respectful manner, willingly, with a single command to stand, and then stay. Your dog will accept a physical examination from an individual as per instructions to remain in a " stand stay" with the handler at a 6' or great distance without showing resentment, anger or shyness to the examiner.
  • Social Circle- dogs & people, Meet and Greet(simulating sidewalk meetings and park outings exposure, Crowd Behavior Control and Social City Environmental Training is included in this level of training( with and without other animals). *** (On lead for legal reasons for this group of tasks)
  •  On and  Off Lead
* we will only do Advance levels on dogs we have tested or bred and whom have completed the previous levels with us
AKC URBAN CGC TEST ITEMS
  1. Exit/enter doorway with no pulling in dog-friendly buildings. Exit building to start test, additional Public buildings items are below.
  2. Walk through a crowd on a busy urban sidewalk.
    • People come toward the dog from 1-ft. away
    • Tolerate distractions (people wearing hats, coats, men, women, etc).
  3. Appropriate reaction to city distractions. This includes movement, noises, and walking on a variety of surfaces. Examples:
    • Noises: horns, sirens, construction noise, etc.
    • Moving objects: skateboard, bike, carts, person running
    • Surfaces: concrete, grass, grates, plastic tarp, wet sidewalk
  4. Crossing street: Stop at corner, stand or sit to wait and cross with no pulling (on leash, with owner). Crosses street under control.
  5. Ignore food on sidewalk. (Dropped food, or cups, bags, cans, in which food was wrapped).
  6. Person walks up and pets the dog. May be carrying an item such as a small dog in a bag, a computer bag, etc. Person does not put the bag down to pet the dog.
  7. Public Building (that is dog friendly). Walks under control in building (slick surface, carpeted floor). Down stay (3 min) in lobby or outdoor area, or waits while owner has a meal or snack.
  8. Stairs, steps, or elevator under control.
    • Steps (at least 3 - up and down)
    • Elevator (Enters under control, exits, rides under control)
  9. Housetrained for apartment, condo, city living. Owner may verify this item. Evaluator may also observe in public buildings, or have observed in training classes.
  10. Transportation. Owner’s choice depending on transportation needs.
    • Car. Enters/exits, remains under control during the ride. (Crate? Seatbelt?)
    • Subway. Small dog in bag for ride. (large dogs are not always permitted; know and abide by the Transit Policies in your area).
    • Dog friendly (enters/exits or allows to be put in/taken out) under control.

To pass the CGCU test, dogs must pass all 10 items of the test.

Add a BN or RN Title to this level of training for $1000.00 USD with Training completed by us only.  

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This process will be completed and tested by 2 or more judges, for 3 completed "legs" of which your dog will achieve a 85% or greater score out of the 200 points achievable, with a least 50% of the points in each task part of the testing.  Not an easy task for a young dog or inexperienced handler.  This title is so rewarding. It is a wonderful thing to achieve for you or any dog you own. 


Level # 5 - Advance Companion Dog Competitive Prepared & Rally Novice ready. ( Call for Quote Please)

 This title is so rewarding. It is a wonderful thing to achieve for you or any dog you own.  Life will never be the same for your companion team. 


My dog will be able to be trusted on and off leash with the trainer:


  1. Heel on leash at a regular pace, slow pace, fast pace at a instants notice without verbal instruction professionally, like changing gears in your car.   
  2. Heel - figure 8 - in either direction at the handlers pace, with the dog speeding or slowing to accommodate the handler without bumping, forging, lagging or encroaching on the handlers space. 
  3. Sit from Motion. In or during any walk or heeling exercise, including coming to the curb or sidewalk crossing,  my dog will sit automatically, without my asking.  It will remain calmly and quietly in a sit until I start walking. 
  4. Stand off leash for public examination. This exercise will be done with a single command to stand, then stay in the stand position, without a leash while the handler goes 6 feet from the dog and commands the dog to stay for a individual to touch, talk to or brush over the dog.  The dog may not move, sit, be aggressive, aloof, or leave the stand position.  The handler then returns around the dog to the heel position to release the dog. 
  5. Off leash Heel. The dog and handler shall HEEL off leash together at a normal, fast, or slow pace changing directions which includes a right, left and about turn.  Flawlessly the team must work together to show complete control of the dog.  In this exercise the team must halt from motion with a instant sit from motion, without command. 
  6. Off leash recall.  The dog will be left in a " sit, wait" position at one end of the field or building.  The handler shall leave the dog competently by turning and walking away.  Once at the other end of the ring, building, or field, the handler is asked to call their dog.  The dog shall run briskly to the owner and sit itself directly in front of the owner, facing the owner, waiting for further instruction.  The handler then asks the dog to come to a Heel position.  The dog must briskly bring itself to the left side of the handler in a sit position even with the handlers legs.   
  7. Sit Stay - This test requires the Handler to ask the dog to sit, without food, or incentive or physical force. The dog will be in a group with other dogs of any breed, in close proximity.  The dog will sit on command, then calmly, quietly and professionally remain in the sit without a leash, while the handler goes briskly (without extra commands, looking back or any other instruction)   The handler shall turn and face their dog from across the ring, field, or building.  The handler shall remain in a standing position for 1 minute, or until told by the judge to return to their dog.  The handler will quickly return, around the back of their dog ( who must remain in the sit-stay).  Once in the heel position, the judge will instruct the group to finish the exercise.  
  8. Down Stay - This test requires the Handler to ask the dog to down, without food, or incentive or physical force. The dog will be in a group with other dogs of any breed, in close proximity.  The dog will down on command, then calmly, quietly and professionally remain in the down without a leash, while the handler goes briskly (without extra commands, looking back or any other instruction)   The handler shall turn and face their dog from across the ring, field, or building.  The handler shall remain in a standing position for 3 minutes, or until told by the judge to return to their dog.  The handler will quickly return, around the back of their dog ( who must remain in the down-stay).  Once in the heel position, the judge will instruct the group to finish the exercise. 

This process will be completed and tested by 2 or more judges, for 3 completed "legs" of which your dog will achieve a 85% or greater score out of the 200 points achievable, with a least 50% of the points in each task part of the testing.  Not an easy task for a young dog or inexperienced handler.  This title is so rewarding. It is a wonderful thing to achieve for you or any dog you own.  Life will never be the same for your companion team.  

The companionship and emotional support is only the beginning of the unique relationship you will have with your service assistance dog.  Please research trainers in your area to get assistance in training you and your dog to its' highest potential for your special needs. 

Cost for qualified documented individuals is $250.oo weekly in our facility.  Undocumented or Accommodations included $500.oo weekly for one on one special instructional care and training. 

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We do have the expertise to train you and your dog to Rally, Agility, CDX, UD, OTCH, Herding and more.  Time is so precious for us and therefore we cannot offer dogs trained to that level at a $ value.  Classes for all Appleridge dogs are no charge, life long at our facility.  Plan on learning those advanced skills so you and your dog can attend trials and share life to the fullest.  

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