Welcome to von Tapferkeit
Working German Shepherds
About the owner and head trainer:
Ashley Woodman has been training and working dogs for over 20 years. She is a Police Officer with the Prince William County Police Department, and has been serving with them for 11 years. Ashley is a member of the North American Police Work Dog Association (NAPWDA), the International Police Work Dog Association (IPWDA), the Virginia Search and Rescue Dog Association (VSRDA), the German Shepherd Dog Club of America (GSDCA), Service Dogs of America (SDA), United Schutzhund Clubs of America (USCA) and a previous member of the Virginia Police Canine Association (VPCA). Her love for dogs began when she was just a child, and grew over the years into a passion for German Shepherds and training. She got her first GSD at 11 years old, and began training right away. Since then she has titled multiple dogs in multiple venues; from Police K-9, to Search and Rescue, obedience, and agility. Though specializing in working and herding breeds, Ashley has experience training a wide array of breeds. She enjoys taking on "challenging" breeds and will welcome any breed of dog or mix into a training program. All of our dogs--current, past, and sold, were handled, owned, trained and titled by Ashley.