About DVG America

Why choose DVG for IPO dog sport?

Starting a DVG America club is easy.

Maintaining your DVG America club is easy.

We have high standards for selecting judges

DVG judges are well trained and stay up-to-date

DVG’s club Training Directors must title a dog and pass a test

We offer trials at all levels and opportunities to compete internationally

DVG is a club-based organization. To join DVG, you must be a member of a DVG club. There are many clubs across the country - to find one near you CLICK HERE

Once you find a club, the club will help you fill out the membership application.

If there is no suitable club near you, you might choose to form a new club. To form a new club, you can get a club packet from the membership officer in your KG (Region). To assist you with paperwork, policies and any other questions you may have concerning forming a new club, you can contact our Forming Club Assistant, Melissa Hepler. Email her at jmhepler@comcast.net

Each new club must have a minimum of five full members (New, or existing DVG club members)

The new club packets contain all the necessary forms and information. Regional officers as well as the LV Secretary and Treasurer are available to answer questions and guide forming clubs through the application process. Club applications,paperwork and payment for dues are sent to the KG membership officer, then sent to the LV Treasurer, and then on to Germany for final approval. Because of time required for approval, it is suggested that a club forming in the last quarter of the year make its membership effective date January 1st of the following year and pay dues only for the full year. Clubs that offer training may have additional fees . . .  

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DVG is the only IPO dog sport club that is not breed-specific. If your dog can do the sport, we accept it. We accept mixed breed dogs and unregistered dogs as well as purebreds. All our energy is focused on making the sport the best it can be, period

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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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