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

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Another Nationals is behind us, and I want to thank everyone who worked so hard to make the event a success.

This was our largest Nationals in some time. If you have never been involved in putting on an event of this size you probably have no idea how much work it is, and how many details need to be addressed. The Arkansas club, and especially Kay Taylor, put in a tremendous effort to bring us the event. Dyan Harper, Midwest KG president, contributed her usual outstanding effort. Our judges did their usual committed and professional job of judging.  Judging is a tough job; you can't make everyone happy. This year's helpers did an outstanding job. Several handlers who had not had successful protection routines commented to me how much they appreciated it that the helpers had commiserated with them after their routines. Lisa Little, LRO and Trial Chair, did a masterful job, especially considering this was her first Nationals as LRO. I know she took on many tasks that were not in her job description, and did it with good grace.


I want to make note of several outstanding examples of sportsmanship. Darryl Pounders and other members of the pit crew quickly tackled the unexpected problem of a malfunctioning A-frame the first day of competition. Nadar Abouelgubein of Tidewater Schutzhund Club in Virginia stepped in to clean up when a dog fouled the field.  We all appreciate your effort.

Most importantly, I want to thank the competitors. There would be no Nationals without you. Just competing at the National level is something to be proud of. We all wish the best to our competitors at the BSP, Mike Lorraine, and Ludovic Teurbane, our second place winner. Because of their scores, several others members will be invited to participate. We're pleased to be able to help them with their expenses. Watch for more information on

Regarding the Board and Membership meetings, we continue to deal with issues around the website. The Board is working to solve these problems to the benefit of everyone concerned.

Several people asked me about the Executive Session the Board held. Recall that, until the last major revision of the by-laws (the one the members voted on in Eugene), all board meetings were closed to members. Now, under the new by-laws, most Board meetings are open. Executive Sessions, as provided for in Roberts Rules of Order, are occasionally necessary for the Board to discuss sensitive issues such as those involving personnel or contracts. However, Executive Sessions are for discussions only. All decisions coming out of those discussions will be made at an open meeting of the Board.

Even though we lost the regular meeting room planned for the General Membership Meeting, we managed to stream most of the meeting so members who could not attend could at least watch. I had several emails from members thanking me for this opportunity. We tested the process this year with a free service, and so the members watching were occasionally subjected to advertisements. We'll poll the members next year and if there is enough interest we'll look into a paid service that's ad-free.

We are moving ahead to license membership management software. This will expedite renewals greatly reduce the huge burden that renewals place on our volunteer Membership Officer. It will allow us to produce a member directory and to sells scorebooks, rulebooks, and other items on-line. While there is a cost for the software the improved functions are a real value for members. Additionally, the software should eliminate the problem of terminating clubs not being reported to Germany on time for us to avoid paying dues for those clubs for another year. Based on last year's experience, that function alone should almost cover the cost of the management software.

It was great to see you all in Little Rock and to put names to faces of many of you I had met only on-line. I look forward to seeing you again at the next Nationals, which will be in the Washington, DC area.