LV DVG America

What is DVG?

DVG stands for Deutscher Verband der Gebrauchshundsportvereine, or the German Association of Working Dog Sport Clubs. DVG is the oldest and largest Schutzhund training organization in the world.  Begun in 1903, DVG was Germany's first police and service dog club and has now grown to nearly 30,000 members. DVG exists for only one purpose -- training and titling dogs of all kinds. In addition to Schutzhund and advanced tracking degrees, it offers obedience and tracking titles, providing competition opportunities for all people who love to train dogs, even the smallest of breeds.

DVG is made up of fourteen geographic regions (Landesverbands), thirteen of which are in Germany. The fourteenth is LV DVG America. The American Landesverband is divided into four local regions (Kreisgruppen), whose presidents sit on the LV Board.

LV DVG America sends a representative to Germany each year to the annual business meeting to vote on Board and membership affairs.

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November 3, 2014

Information From Your President

If you would like Annetta’s future

I thought some of you who didn’t make it to the Nationals might be interested in what happened there.

The venue was excellent. I know some people were apprehensive about the footing and working under a roof, but it seemed that while some handlers may have been worried it didn’t bother the dogs. The footing was excellent and everyone appreciated the roof on Friday, when it was sunny and 83 degrees, and on Saturday when it was 53 and raining.

Congratulations to all the qualifiers, and especially to the top 4 placements, Mike Lorraine, Sandra Rushing, Steve Clark, and Joanne Fleming.  

Full information is at

We conducted a lot of business at the general members meeting. The meeting was streamed, so I hope some of you watched it. We intend to stream the meeting next year, too, so watch for the announcement about how to access it.

You can get full details of the meeting from the minutes, which will be posted in the members-only section of the website. If you haven’t signed up for that, email Shelly and ask her to register you ( I’ll talk about just the highlights.

Aside from membership renewals, which seem to be going well as is dues collection for next year, the biggest items were--

1. Electing an interim OfG. Congratulations to Ted Hartman, who won the election. Because of how our bylaws are written, he and other candidates will run again at the regular elections in January.

2. Offering more titles.

3. Putting on more educational events for the members, beyond the usual trial helper seminars.

Offering more titles.  Several members requested that we offer more titles. There was special interest around the VO and the ZTP. There was also some interest in the Article Indication Test (StPr) and a new title that Germany will soon be offering, Search and Rescue (SAR).

There’s information about the first 3 in the rulebook, if you want to read about them. VO and ZTP both are sort of intermediate between a BH and an IPO I and both count toward minimum number of dogs required for a trial. LV DVG America can offer the VO and the StPr right now, so if you are interested include them on your next trial application.

The SAR competition will be new to DVG, and will be available in Germany next year, early in the year. Volker Sulimma, our obedience judge this year and DVG OfG, is working on the rules. He’ll send them to me as soon as they are ready. This will not be a large-scale, multi-part test like that offered by the International Rescue Dog Organization for handlers to qualify for a professional SAR team.  It will be just a sport. If we are to offer that, we will have to have some of our judges trained to judge it.  We might do that at the Nationals next year.

Sponsoring educational events. There was considerable enthusiasm for the idea of having the LV and KGs work together to present workshops on various topics, from training helpers to handler skills to doing paperwork. The OfG will lead this effort. In Germany, the OfG is responsible for all training, not just training trial helpers. We will get this underway early in the new year.

If you have any interest, thoughts, or comments on any of these issues, especially new titles and educational events, please email me at