We will not place a dog unless it is a perfect fit, and we will not compromise our reputation and stature in this field just to make a sale.
I have been obsessed and involved with dogs since I was a young boy. I grew up in rural area with few neighbors, and consequently spent many hours with my dogs, who became my best friends. I moved to Los Angeles when I was 21, and then joined the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department. It was there that I discovered the German dog sport known as "Schutzhund". In 1987, I started training and competing in Schutzhund as a hobby. Having much success in the dog sport, I decided to leave the Sheriff's Department to pursue my lifelong dream of training dogs for a livelihood. I achieved my dream by becoming a successful police dog trainer and an international Schutzhund competitor, representing the United States at two World Championships.
I am very thankful for the opportunities that dogs have brought me. Because of my dogs, I have traveled to many different countries and have befriended wonderful people in the dog world. And just when I thought life couldn’t get any better, my youngest daughter Lauren asked to work for me. She shares the same passion and love for the dogs that I have, and she has become a special part of our family-operated business, German Shepherd Watchdogs. We hope to share with you our many years of experience with German Shepherds, and hope to provide you with one of our hand-selected, wonderful family watchdogs.
World Class German Shepherd Training Credentials
John Riboni’s experience and background:
Deputy Sheriff with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for 13 years.
Professional police canine trainer, currently under contract for 5 Northern California law enforcement agencies.
Certifier for Police Officer Standards of Training (POST) police canines (for both patrol and narcotics detection).
Dog supplier to numerous police departments in U.S. and Canada, including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
Two- time member of the German Shepherd Dog Club of America World Championship Team, competing internationally.
Coach and trainer for a 1st place team at the California State Police Olympics K9 Trial.
Founding member and training director of one of the top Schutzhund clubs in the USA (Placer County Schutzhund,www.placercountyschutzhundclub.com).
Personal coach to numerous Schutzhund dog handlers at regional, national and international levels.
See Why Law Enforcement Recommends German Shepherd Ownership
“Now having Valko, I feel that we underpaid for this great dog. Within the first week of owning Valko, we concluded that we would not take any amount of money for him...Purchasing a dog from German Shepherd Watchdogs has been a great experience.”
- Dr. Robert P.