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. You can get a new 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 email our Forming Club Assistant, Melissa Hepler.  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 club presidents and membership officers as well as the LV membership officer are also available to answer questions and guide forming clubs through the application process.

Club applications and paperwork are sent to the KG membership officer. New member applications are made and paid for through the online membership application process by the KG membership officer. After the LV membership officer and the LV board have reviewed and accepted the completed package, it is sent to DVG Germany for final approval. Although new clubs can be formed at any time of the year,  it is easiest if they form during the last quarter of the year and make its membership effective date January 1st of the following year and pay dues only for the full year

DVG America Features

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 Schutzhund training organization in the world. DVG was formed officially in 1947, but its roots go back to Germany’s first police and service dog associations formed in the early 1900s. DVG has over 30,000 members, with about 2000 of them participating in Schutzhund.

DVG exists for only one purpose -- training and titling dogs of all kinds. In Germany, DVG offers agility, FCI obedience, flyball, search and rescue, water rescue, and several other sports, providing competition opportunities for all people who love to train dogs, even the smallest of breeds. DVG is made up of over a dozen geographic regions (Landesverbands), all of which are in Germany except for LV DVG America. The president of LV DVG America is a member of the Board of DVG, and goes to Germany each year to the annual business meeting to vote on Board and membership affairs.

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