DVG America Judges

All DVG judges are German Kennel Club (VDH) and FCI recognized.

DVG judges are available to judge trials for any AWDF-member breed club.  Contact the LRO, (Director of Judges,)  for information.

DVG judges are all-breed judges, understanding the different characteristics of each breed and evaluating their performance objectively. Once every two years, the judges meet and have a formal, two-day workshop to discuss new rules and their interpretation. All our Judges are active in the sport; training, working and competing.

If  interested in the apprentice program please feel free to contact the DVG America LRO regarding the availability of the program.  


To apply to the DVG Judge’s program you must:

The applicant can apply anytime during the year. (All documentation for new LRA's have to be in the DVG office prior to September 15th  for the process to begin)


The candidate will then put everything together and give it to the club President.  All of the letters and resumes get put in one package and will then get sent to the LRO

The package then gets sent to Germany to the DVG LRO, and once the board approves the new apprentice judge it will get published in LV America’s magazine and also in DVG Germany’s magazine.

If anyone has any concerns about the apprentice judge after their information has been published, they must put it in writing, sign it and send it to the LRO of the LV where the candidate belongs.

The apprentice time starts with an introduction (normally from the DVG LRO) and also a written test.


The LRA must write up a report for each trial at which they apprentice.  The report gets sent to the judge they were working with for review.  The report then is sent to the LRO with comments from the judge. Finally, the report gets sent from the LRO to the DVG Germany LRO.

All requirements must be finished within two years of starting the LRA program.

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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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