So what do we do?


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Again, not a Periodical but this is the only members template we have.

I could write much more about this, but I aim to keep this fairly short. So, what's the situation now?

"Maybe, very maybe, I find a solution soon" - I haven't yet. I can tell you: Permanent pain makes numb. Every night I dream myself to sleep hoping that I just won't wake up. I guess, that's what people call depression. I've had that for many years. Thought the "sunny Algarve" would help, but if you've ever experienced the Atlantic winter gales, you won't make that mistake. Felt like the Moore tornado 2013 looked, only much longer - but surely that tornado felt much worse!

"or maybe someone finds one for me" - That hasn't happened either. A few people raised their arm, but couldn't hold it up. With such short-term dedication this site would have stopped dead in its track in 2011.

"because it's highly unlikely that the next storm here on the coast brings a downpour of nickels rather than rain" - That proved (somewhat) wrong. A small miracle actually did happen! Even two:

  • On the day I posted Finished! (24 March), suddenly loads of site visitors purchased my books, so that suddenly there was $54.95 book income on that day!! Of course I knew this would be a one-off (and it was), still, it felt like the much needed "downpour of nickels rather than rain".
  • Also on 24 March, members and guests suddenly made 21 Amazon purchases via our links!! Normal is 3 or 4, and mostly books, which gives pennies. But on 24 March it was many higher-priced items as well, thus suddenly there was $27.23 commissions!

Hence within that one day, 24 March, I could put $82.18 towards paying the site's bills!! That was a small miracle indeed! I thought: "What if I quit every day? - The site would be sustainable!"

Like most of our members, I'd love to see the site being sustainable, so let's announce here and now:

on 7 April: Finished!

on 8 April: Finished!

on 9 April: Finished!

on 10 April: Finished!

on 11 April: Finished!

on 12 April: Finished!

on 13 April: Finished!

on 14 April: Finished!

on 15 April: Finished!


You get the idea. To save time, I have even linked the same Finished! page for you. Just bookmark this page, it will save me sending out an email for each new Finished!

Now that's efficiency, that could make the site sustainable. ;-)

So, let's see how the site's income is from tomorrow, shall we?

Ah well. What else?

"Step back, take a break, and do something else" - Obviously, given my situation, I need a longer break than 12 days. Shockingly, some people just won't accept that, they don't even grant me such a short break: Not only guests, even some members(!) didn't hesitate and think for a second - they continued to send even emails with their HELP! requests (yes, like that!), although every member agreed during subscription where to post questions. Others continued to send me their endless litany of their own personal problems (yes, not even their dog problems!) - as if I needed theirs on top of mine! Or as if I've been running a psychiatrist's couch rather than a dog site.

I told them I am totally drained and suicidal, and what do they do? They dump their stuff on top. And more. And more. Ever more! Gosh! Is that on purpose? What is it?? Why?? Because I haven't finished my dinner plate? Or because I drank all the wine?

"rather go ahead with a selected few, than that you fritter away with the many who don't really care, neither about you nor about their dog" - Okay, end of March I cleaned up our member database (again), I deleted everyone who didn't even open the emails linking the Periodicals. Four times not opened - bang! gone! That saves us money here. My money. Thank you. "rather go ahead with a selected few, than that you fritter away with the many who don't really care, neither about you nor about their dog" - exactly!

Our long-standing members know: Every spring and every autumn we practiced an anti-spam cleanup anyway - like we've always made very clear already on the subscribe page. NO SPAM. MYGERMANSHEPHERD.ORG may well have been one of only a handful of websites in the world that actually DELETE inactive members. Others strive for quantity, we always strived for quality.

Interested? Great. - Not? Leave. - Poor dog.

Related to this is the actual reason why soon after subscribing everyone got a couple of emails that tested their genuine interest: You may or may not remember that one or two emails (depending on your "open" history) sent you to what may feel like "hard sells". Those who don't have a genuine interest to improve their dog's and their own life then unsubscribe. This helped us to sort out the masses of uninterested "freebie-seekers" from those with a genuine interest. Initially I had planned to sprinkle such "hard sells" regularly, but then I was too lazy to do that. Though it would definitely be wise to sprinkle more of them.

Now that I have learned from our Post Office Mailchimp how to automate subscriber deletions, last month I was able to delete thousands in a swift handstroke. Nice.

Plus people like these:

  • "Fuck off… U thinking I am joking with u… My pet s getting detoraited day by day instead of consulting you showing ego.. if you suggests only to your members so stop this online consulting you motherfucker do u get it now bastard.. see your dogs would also face many problems motherfucker sluts child…" - DELETED
  • "Your website and periodical are great. But you seem to really be a jerk at answering questions/comments" - DELETED
  • "I find you to be the most offensive person I have ever had the dissatisfaction of sending a question to. You are rude, you put down other trainers, glorify your own righteousness and charge way too too much for your product. Which by the way, is yet another marketing ploy. So my question is, where is your conscience ?" - DELETED
  • "I would like to know what a sight is about before I add my email" - DELETED
  • "Unsubscibe me and pay my money bak!!" - DELETED
  • "What is all this sentimental stuff on this "Finished" page?" - DELETED
  • "so commercially and scam like" - DELETED
  • "I also thought that the information you demand when signing up was a bit invasive regarding a person's dog and so on" - DELETED
  • etc.

Let's clarify, because it seems things still weren't clear to certain people:

  • "charge way too too much" - charge? Where??
  • "pay my money back" - which money??
  • "yet another marketing ploy" - yet?another?marketing?ploy???
  • "most offensive" - what?? your language??
  • "rude" - yes, guess who?!
  • "so commercially and scam like" - How's that even possible when ALL IS FREE!?!! Is all okay above your gumline??
  • "the information you demand" - demand?? Was there anything ever required here?? Can you READ the subscribe page?!!

Some people are terrorists, murderers, thieves, etc... - hence I understand, obviously there are also people that are just plain nuts. Unfortunately, FREE stuff attracts nutty people to a larger degree. Who pays, typically has manners.

Also, some nutty jerks judge things they cannot judge, because they have never undertaken anything remotely similar in their life. Had any of the jerks who complain, or call me "jerk", "motherfucker" and the like, only for one day in their life been subjected to what I am subjected to as their 'free go-to uncle' here every day, they would have quit, or been really rude.

Of course I won't always remain extremely polite, I am not a machine (just yet):

a) communication is a two-way road(!)

b) what goes in, goes back out(!), and

c) those who can't READ the subscribe page, the comments, my replies, the Periodicals, the time-bound share-me box, the questions and answers, my books, anything - why assume they would suddenly READ my next reply, to them?? Makes no sense.

This is not a primary school, and I don't teach reading skills. So sorry.

Anything rude, ignorant, selfish,... gets DELETED. Because: the decent members here (and their kids) don't want to read that. Was that clear enough now?

To those who believe they are a so much better human being: GO, PROVE IT FIRST! Build something. Anything. Help thousands. For years. For free! While you have your own problems! Get insulted, sweared at, flamed, libeled, get the whole package!

Then come back, tell me how you feel.

But be extremely polite to me - or I may call you "rude offensive marketing jerk sentimental scam invasive motherfucker...". So better watch out.

Those jerks then often continue with their hate tirade on other websites and leave their rude remarks about me (or post senseless reviews). Fine. No problem. Only proves how simple they really are. Doesn't affect me. Only affects themselves. SPAMMERS. Here and there. Everywhere.

Enough with the current situation! It was meant to give you a peek behind stage.

I then looked what the good people among our members wrote on the Finished! page. Probably the only 50 with whom we could go ahead in future: "rather go ahead with a selected few, than that you fritter away with the many who don't really care, neither about you nor about their dog".

Leaving the farewells aside to avoid further complaints:

  • "take a break and then come back and charge for your work. most of us would pay. GM" - I don't think so, Gordon. Most probably subscribed because they love FREE.
  • "and members can't be bothered to thank you with a few dollars to allow you to continue to help them????????" - No Steve, taking handouts I would feel even less worth. Either payments for products and services, or nothing. The odd donation wouldn't make something as big as this sustainable anyway.
  • "How about a site with a nominal subscription fee" - Jean, I have now put a note on the subscribe page why I have always been against a nominal subscription fee: "to improve the life of GSDs globally and to educate their owners - this wouldn't be possible if we restrict the site to the affluent in the richer nations, right? Hence we don't." - I somewhat still believe that's right.
  • "I have just gifted two of your toolkits to two dog trainers we PAID for their (mediocre) services before we found your website! ... I will also gift a couple of your other books to friends (who, I believe, really need your methods" - Great, what a charitable act, thanks Lisa!
  • "This is the only website that gives users NO WAY to pay you; ... Get payment buttons on this website NOW. Please Tim! It’s all your own fault really" - Okay Lisa, I'll look into that. But I am not as quick as you expect.
  • "In fact your advice is why our GSD, Jack, will continue living with us instead of rehoming him for which I am profoundly grateful" - Glad you wrote that Leslie, rescue centers may have thought I make that up.
  • "I would DEFINITELY pay for this periodical and was always amazed you didn’t charge to begin with. Your dedication goes way above and beyond. Being in rescue myself, I know how hard it can be to find time to spare and the toll it can take on your health" - Hey great Kristy, could you please show your rescue center my donations agreement so that it benefits more dogs and adopters? Thanks.

Which leads to what several members have suggested since last year: "Stop giving away your books for free" and "Stop sharing your book royalties; If you give all your income away, no wonder you can't uphold the site!" - Yes, with the first I agree, but for the second, remember the purpose of MYGERMANSHEPHERD.ORG: "to improve the life of GSDs globally and to educate their owners". When I give my books to shelters for free and they add them to the adopter's welcome package, my books educate the adopters, and my surrendered royalties fund the shelters! A Win-Win for everyone involved.

Which leads to a question I wanted to ask our members for a long time: What price do you feel is right for my books, say the Puppy Development Guide (or the other ones) ?

Here's why I ask:

  • I price my books in relation to other quality authors like Sophia Yin, Pat Miller, Stanley Coren, Brenda Aloff, Patricia McConnell, Kyra Sundance, Ian Dunbar, Dan Abdelnoor, etc (see my personal book recommendations page here).
  • Like every publisher, I have done many price tests over time, and paradoxically, lowering the price of my books has never brought more sales (the other authors agreed). Just as an example (but the most profound one): After the last FREE promo I left the price of the Puppy Love Bundle extremely low at $2.99 for two weeks, but still, on many days it didn't sell a single copy - a bundle of three top-rated books! So yesterday, I put it back up to its regular price ($9.99).
  • Before House Training Dogs To Behave Well left Amazon's exclusivity contract, it was on FREE promo for two days end of March which was scheduled since January (and by the way, the people whom I had paid to promote the FREE book did a fantastic job: it reached #102 of ALL Amazon free books!). 2,080 people downloaded the House Training guide for FREE in those two days. And right on the first day after ending the FREE promo it then sold for it's regular price ($6.89) 11 times!

In fact, the House Training guide brought the third small miracle (the first two miracles I mentioned above): After reaching #102, the 11 sales plus all the cross sales brought $72.85! I don't yet know how many sales are subject to my royalty share agreement, but regardless, the two-day FREE promo of House Training Dogs To Behave Well brought the highest book income ever! - The next day was then back down to $3.15, but still, count the presents, not the problems.

Together with the first two miracles ($82.18 - see above), since my Finished! post I raised an extra $155.03, minus the expense for the FREE book promo ($45), gave a surprise shower of $110.03 (I did make a huge loss on the FREE promo of the Puppy Love Bundle a week earlier, but you know that already, so let's not kill all joy here).

That's not exactly earth-shattering, I know, but a welcome change that can make hopeful. So: Don't forget to set your calendar for each Finished! - day of the year, as indicated above - and do again whatever you did on 24 March. :-)

I then looked at many of the pages on our site, both Periodicals and public pages, incl. the Global Visitors page, and remembered that my initial goal was to reach out to one million GSD owners before 2015. Now obviously, "to reach out" doesn't exactly include those "surfers" who visit our site for five seconds only (because they haven't learned a thing for their GSD). Yet, by June we should have over one million page views, and already next month (May) over half a million unique visitors (as per flag counter widget). - Simply because I can't stop Google & Co from sending us ever more traffic to our ever more content.

I will now leave the site up and running (as long as financially possible) while I continue to have my personally needed break.

For those who plan to continue to pester me: "Break" means UNAVAILABLE for questions - and I have answered everything anyway: If you haven't noticed, I have published a few books, indeed! If you really can't read (??), watch Doggy Dan in my absence. He won't help you with dog health and dog care questions (he's a master dog trainer), but I am not your vet either.

When I come back to look after individual dog owners here, that will no longer be free, for sure! I will not charge anyone retrospectively, but I will then charge prospectively. Since I know from the click rates on this site that I wouldn't survive on such charges, I have now first to look after my own income again. I should have focused on that years ago.

When newbies post questions on the site, maybe some of the experienced members can reply? Many of our long-standing members are the better dog owners anyway. Thanks.



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    Thank you for all the wonderful information. We currently have our third GSD and I am still learning new ways to train and care for them. I constantly refer back to your information to refresh my memory on specific items that are relevant to our GSDs at that time and will forever be grateful for all the wonderful information and advice.


    The best of everything is wished for you, Tim. Take a really long break before you have a breakdown! As you said have published a good many really informative books, and most people would be able to find what they need there.So you should just forget you have this site for a while and stay away from it all together. Then you cant be bothered by the jerks who wont let you be. You have e-mails, and you can contact who you wish. Your physical and mental health are more important, and each one definitely relies on the other. There are some things that we cannot help with. But there are others that we can. If you refuse to charge a fee for your periodicals (and I understand your point of view), you can at least stop giving your books away. Instead you can give a small sample of each book every now and then and then tell people where to get the whole book (NOT for free!), and let them buy it. Your periodicals are informative and packed full of good advice. And that is enough for free. If people ask questions that require a lot of your time, refer them to the books! And let them pay for your extra time that you take with questions that they can read the answers to if they buy the book! Obviously, from all the comments, there are a number of people who care what happens to you, myself included, and we all just want you to get whole,and well, again. TOP PRIORITY!!! Then, and ONLY then, we will be waiting for you to decide what you want to do with this site. It is hard to decide these things when your mind and body are in pain. I firmly believe that in this life, you eventually get back what you give. So, in your case, I am sure that good things will come your way, and this will all work out the way you want it to. So please, no suicidal thoughts. Just hang in there, knowing that some of us DO care about what you are going through, and there is always hope. In the meantime, my prayers are with you, and I am looking forward to your return. And I am sure there are a lot of us who will support whatever you decide is the best way for you to go.
    God Bless,


      Thanks Cathy, Kandice, and Maureen :-)
      So what are your suggestions, and what about the book prices? Any idea?


        I am not an agent, or an economics major, so I give my advice with a grain of salt, but I think some of it is just plain common sense. First of all you NEED TO TAKE A BREAK and get your mental act together! Enjoy your life....moments are precious. At least thats what I hear from a really, really, good dog trainer!!!! You are precious to a lot of people, but we have so many of your good books and periodicals that I am sure that we can survive without bothering you until you are well and refreshed and ready to cope with all this.
        This is my second suggestion....when you are ready. I think you should take your consideral amount of expertise and write one big book to be sold on smashwords(?) and also in print. No less that 300 pages, "The Complete Guide to the German Shepherd Dog, from Puppy to Geriatric" with everything you have in the toolkit and more, and sell it for between 25 to 30 dollars in Barnes and Noble as well as any other places you can sell it. I know this is a great undertaking, and so you should take a vacation (even if its in your backyard) away from all of this, and then tackle it when you feel ready. It sounds like a lot, but you have all the information in your head, in your heart, and in all your periodicals, and booklets, and books. It just needs to be consolidated into one big book. Then you can just keep on with the periodicals, and if people have questions....refer them to your printed and e books that are already out there. Or, only pick the questions that are emergencies, or cannot be found in any of your current books or periodicals.
        Thats what I think you should do. I may be off with the price....I am not in that business. But I would pay for a book by you with all that knowledge that you have. I know that you will be successful since you have helped so many people; especially ME, with all kinds of problems. I thought my dog was going to be totally messed up when she was attacked by a stray, but your advice helped me to help her and she is great!
        I hope this helps, or at least gets you thinking about all the possibilities that you have. Maybe some others can come up with other ideas for you as well. Just keep an open mind, and something great will happen for you.I am praying for you.


        I like Maureen's idea. It would be great if you could write a complete guide on raising and training gsds/dogs. Seems like we need to help you get your name out there :) I know I've been telling my friends and family but I have a pretty small group. Maybe you could set up a Facebook fan page to help promote your books and this site or a twitter account? I don't know anything about twitter I personally don't use it but I know I haven't found a page for you on Facebook. I'm definitely not an expert but I know word spreads really fast on Facebook, twitter, and YouTube. Ooo maybe a YouTube video to promote your books? Something showing how well trained yours are using your methods?


        Kandice has a good idea about Facebook and YouTube! Those things go around from person to person so fast, there will be tons of people who hear about your site. YouTube has a lot of animal videos that show them doing all kinds of tricks. If you have a really entertaining one it could even go viral, and people would be asking "who is that guy that trained that dog?" It is definitely worth the try.
        GO TIM!!!


    Hi Tim! I just wanted to say thank you again for all of your advice in your periodicals and books. I've read all of the periodicals ever sent to me and I'm currently re-reading them as I get them making sure I didn't miss anything the first time :) you really have saved me, Vincent, and Roxy (my mixed breed) and I'm so very happy to hear that your site is staying up! However, please enjoy your break! We all know you need it :)


    Enjoy your break Tim. Cheers!!


    Good day Tim,
    Sure glad to see that your hanging in there and keeping your web site open/available to us. And please take a break so you can be with us longer. We sure need someone like you to understand what is needed to train and enjoy our dogs. I have personally learned so much from your books and articles that it makes living with my dog so much better. I know that I spoil my dog and do not follow your instructions to the letter, but at least I am really enjoying watching my pup progress into a well behaved friend.
    As far as pricing your books, I wouldn't know what you should charge, but I know I would pay more than you charge, and have paid more for supposed trainers books, and have gained far less knowledge. Would it be more profitable for you to sell you books direct to your subscribers than to go through Amazon? Just a thought. (Maybe both?)
    Hang in there my friend, and I wish you the best of luck. Hopefully your health improves and you can get back into the swing of things and help save many more dogs from certain death in the shelters. You were certainly responsible for saving my friends (my dogs) life. I was at my wits end in not understanding my dogs behavior, and was about ready to give him up. I now love him so much and he is my best friend. (maybe my only true friend.)Thank you so much.


    I like that you would trust another member to respond to newbies but I am a little concerned and felt a need to voice it. I was on my own until finding you're site and thank god every day that I put so much thought into things before attempting them. I just couldn't afford training rates and truth be told don't trust them with my dogs.

    Just because someone has previous experience with something doesn't necessarily mean its right for that particular shepherd. One example of this would be a dog with aggressive tendencies toward children.

    I had a situation 15 years ago where I had gotten a dog from an abusive household (not a shepherd) to keep for myself, he would have ended up being euthanized otherwise. Based on what I'd heard from others I knew I was going to have my hands full. Because I knew there was more to his story than I knew, I kept him leashed until I could figure out ALL of his issues.

    The most serious was his propensity to go after children which was one of those "hidden" issues. It took me a few weeks to find a solution and then over a couple of months, before I was able to let him off leash around children. He was 14 when I finally had to make that final decision and every now and then find myself calling his name when calling Hanz.

    Although that solution worked for us, I would be very hesitant to encourage others to use it.



    I'm so glad to see this site still up and running. When I first found it I was only doing research about German shepherds as a potential breed to own. Now (and I need to update my info) I am the proud owner of a bouncing and - most importantly - happy white GSD. Your puppy checklist in the amazing Puppy Love bundle (pretty sure I left a + review on amazon) is so helpful. I go back over it frequently.
    On your mental health - get that soooortttedd! Believe it or not, the world, and every GSD owner and dog will survive without you. In fact - with so much of your valuable info out there, now is probably a great time to take a break! Go on a holiday (in light of your recent financial situation perhaps one that doesn't involve big $$) and rest easy knowing you've helped so many people - and dogs!!!


    Tim, take care of yourself! Sharpen the saw first, then you can come back and continue "cutting".
    As to prices - to be perfectly honest, I am a tightwad so lower prices are what I am looking for. I probably wouldn't buy a book that was priced much higher than $10. I would just wait for it to show in the used book store. If you could get enough folks to pay the higher price that would be best - but.... $2-5 I am all over the book, $6-10 I have to think about it, $10 plus I have to desperately need it. (and realize I need it, which I did with your books BUT didn't realize it until after reading them!)
    Best wishes!!!



    Keep your chin up! I discovered about a month ago. You are a good writer and the information you provided in your books and periodicals helped me with my 2 GSDs more than any other source. Your behavior training method works! My wife and I have purchased and read several of your Kindle books. I have recommended your website to other dog owners. I understand you have generate revenue to continue to operate this website. I hope you can find the strength to persevere through this difficult time. I am being selfish, but I really enjoy reading your periodicals and do not want you to shut down the website. Another person who experienced great success and great failure once said, " A man is not finished when he's defeated, he's finished when he quits." I know you will not quit doing the work you love, and I am confident that you will succeed in your future endeavors.


    Tim, Thanks for what you do. I just want to let you know I pay doggie Dan, thanks to your recommendation, 37 bucks a month and go to the site about 2 times a month. When you do great work, as you do, most people will pay. Because of you I have purchased a Varsity Ball, half of the items on your dog's favorite list and a few other things you have mentioned. I hope you get a percentage from that. You should. Hope you hang in there and there are many of us who would pay you. Gordon


    Tim, i don't know the answers to all your questions you have, but i do know you cannot please everyone all the time. Your information was valuable to me & my GSD. Please take time for a break you well deserve, it will give you time to think on what you need to do. By no means am i saying quit, just take time to think. I feel if a person feels negative about your site, they should just delete it and look for something else to their liking-no need for negative comments!


    I was glad to see you have not given up on your site. When you sent out your Finished e-mail I immediately prayed for you, not so much because of the GSD owners out there but because of your well being.. I will continue to read yor emails. But even more I will keep your prayer and try to share your site with other GSD owners.


    I am fairly new to your website. I am very grateful, and thankful for the info you have given out to all of us. We have a 3 1/2 month old puppy. She was a birthday gift to our daughter. My husband has had GS dogs in the past. I have no experience with dogs. I am alone with her all day, until the evenings. In my search for help raising our pup, I found you. I am learning day by day. Please know that I appreciate the info you have so freely offered. Kindest Regards.


    Tim, I don't know what you are paying for hosting or your domain, but I have enjoyed your site and would be willing to help you look for the most economical way to support your site, it sounds like you may be spending more than you need to.

    I do not work for any hosting company or ISP, I am just an IT person that sees an opportunity to offer my expertise, if there is a need.

    Rika and I have benefited from the information that I have received from this site for free, other than buying a book this is a way to give back to a site that has been giving so much.

    Kind regards.


    My second comment here. I will ask the members here what they would recommend as a good pro-biotic for dogs. I find that human caps are half the cost of dogs caps, but so many different kinds to choose from it's very confusing to me. My 6 month GS mix has been on 3 different treatments of anti biotic for parasites, And I don't think he needed to be on them, but now has a never ending appetite and actually eats bark, any kind of plant, sticks or wood pieces he can get to. He seems to be constantly hungry. He eats very good and seems to be healthy, but also has loose stool in the middle of the day, but firm in the mornings and the evenings. I prepare him home cooked recipe suggested by Tim. I feed him 1/2 cup of this and a half cup of a good brand of kibbles. (Pure Balance) three times daily.
    Again, hope the best for you Tim, and enjoy your time off to rest up. Any suggestions from the members would be helpful.
    Thanks in advance.


    g'day tim, just read the abuse you copped. these people are less than fleas.dont take their crap to heart.I know its hard for you to read these things. but as we say in Australia go to buggery. you bloody idiot . I cleaned that up for you . Tim ,just a thought. when you are feeling better and on top of things, can you maybe send a link to you up date page so that dumb bums like me who have no idea how to use a pc can fill in your dog info data. I tried to down load one of you books but im a puter I dunce. I no these things are easy for most people but tech is not my strong suit .I don't even own a mobile phone (cell phone). please put your self first all the time. goodonya mate, you two mates in aus burt and zigg the big black crocodile (im mean working line black shepherd)


      Hi Burt, sure. Please just click the link 'update subscription preferences' at the bottom center of any email. That link is personalized for every member, it leads you to your individual subscription record at our 'Post Office' Mailchimp. They have more fields than we have on our subscribe page, you only fill in your dog's details, that's enough.

      I would strongly suggest everyone to use the chance to measure your dog correctly though. Besides filling in your dog's measurements in our GSD Research Database, if you measure your dog correctly you have all details for health and rescue services, insurance, remedies, and any local officials should there ever be a complaint about your dog. Very handy indeed.


    It is too bad that good people like yourself be insulted, aggravated and even assaulted verbally for publishing a free periodical that really helps people who cares about his/hers GSD, me for one appreciated all your free advised and tried to put it in action with Max not only my German Sheppard dog but my true fiend, Sorry to see you go but like you said some times one needs a break from it all
    hope you return whenever you're ready to do so, meanwhile enjoy your free time, rest and get well.


      Hey Fabian, didn't you get the update emails?
      If I can (healthwise), I stay with you as long as Max does - but only if you swap the "Dry Industrial Food" for healthy homemade once a while, hehe ;-)


    I am a new GSD owner, and found your site through Google searches on GSD puppy training. I've ordered the paperback version of Puppy Development Guide, and should be receiving it this week. I say this, so you know I'm not just out for freebies, I truly want to raise my GSD properly.
    That being said, I would like to give you some constructive criticism about your site. While I realize (only after reading this page) that you aren't out to spam or only promote your books, the layout of your site makes it FEEL like you are doing that.
    Fortunately, I'm very stubborn, and clicked numerous links on your website to figure it out and find information. If I had not been so stubborn, I likely would not have stuck around.
    Unfortunately, I'm not a web designer, or a marketing major, so I can't really give you information on what you need to do to eliminate this impression of marketing. But I can tell you the site FEELS like it's nothing more than an infomercial site. I really wish I could be more specific. Part of it, is that each page just goes on, and on, and on, with numerous links to the same things several different times.
    I'm very thankful that I'm stubborn enough to stick around, because you do have good content. I will likely end up buying more of your books (and may also subscribe to Dan's website) because I want the best possible relationship with my GSD. But it took a lot of wading through stuff, before I really felt comfortable on this site.
    I think if you can find someone who is a web designer and/or marketer, they may very well be able to help you change the site layout so you get more repeat visitors. Hopefully, they have a GSD, and can trade you website info for some free books or GSD info.
    Good luck in the future. I hope you don't have to shut the site down.


      Oh first then: If you still have a puppy, WAIT, don't use him/her for deer-tracking just yet. Focus on socialization and the key training bits first (or you'd ruin the dog).

      Second: No, it's fine that you say that about marketing/design, because I haven't got a clue. :-)
      If you have, pl go ahead and make suggestions in an email. Because, from what you wrote I can't see where exactly sth is "wrong". Partly maybe (maybe!) because I don't really care enough about "marketing/design": In my view, people with genuine interest will come anyway AND stay, because there isn't anything (anything!) in the world wide web that can come close.
      How I know?
      Once you've been receiving our Periodicals for a year or so, you will realize that I research a LOT for each Periodical, and obviously I then also came across EVERY dog site after a while. And is way beyond everything, really everything (incl. "the world's most favorite dog expert"...) in terms of quality and quantity of content FOR SUBSCRIBERS.

      That you can't see that yet as NON-subscriber is on purpose. We never wanted to have a site for the "bored surfer type of dog owner who clicks through the internet" - or as Ian Dunbar called it: the dog owners for whom the dog is a commodity.

      We are here for those who are genuinely interested in ... (see at the top): Building the BEST relationship with their GSD :-)
      - which seemingly you want to do too. So hopefully, in an email, you can provide more constructive help what needs replacement.
      At the moment, the site's marketing/design is the mixed result of the "tips" of ~two dozen people. You'd be #25 if you have any input? ;-)

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