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 -
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.
Report to members on my trip to the DVG Annual Business Meeting
I attended the annual business meeting of DVG in Hemer, Germany, on April 5, and the annual membership meeting on April 6. It was an interesting and educational experience, and I want to share it with you.
In 2009, DVG moved into its new headquarters. They bought an old military facility
that had meeting rooms, visiting officers' quarters, offices, and other buildings.
They've converted the visiting officers' quarters into a "motel" for folks who come
to meetings and other events. They also rent the motel and meeting rooms out to other
DVG has about 40,000 members. The largest group are the folks doing agility. IPO
is really a rather small part of the organization. They do many other sports, but
the main ones -
The general board consists of the praesidium plus the presidents of all the LVs.
That group met on Saturday. We started at 11 AM and finished at 9:30 PM -
The other LVs are all different sizes, although we are one of the smallest. We are also the only LV that does only one sport. Just about every LV does agility, and most of them do IPO, obedience, and tournament sport. Some also do sports like flyball, rally obedience, area search, and so on. I heard about a sport that's new to DVG, water rescue. So far it's a tiny part of DVG, although they expect it to grow. http://www.cncnewfs.com/WaterRescue.shtml
Sunday's membership meeting was attended by many club presidents from all over Germany.
Any club president and KG president is welcome, should you want an excuse to go to
Germany sometime. Not all LVs have KGs, so in many cases club presidents go to represent
their own club. This was also a "short" meeting -
I stayed over and met Monday with Christa Bremer, past president of DVG and permanent senior advisor (and a member of the board of VDH), and Bianca Gruters, who is in charge of seminars, speakers, and new clubs.
As a brand new officer, I had lots of questions. They were very generous with their
time and very helpful in response to my requests. For example, they are going to
try to send me those almost-
Overall, it was a very successful trip, and I expect we can continue to enjoy a positive and helpful relationship with Germany.
Yours in the sport
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Message to members
Several things happened at the last board meeting that I wanted to tell you about.