You must join DVG America through an DVG America club. As a club member, you can participate in local trials, and you get a subscription to DVG America Magazine. In addition, you may hold local, regional, and national office, and participate in the regional and national championships. Local club fees will vary.
DVG clubs are located throughout the United States and Canada. To locate a club near you, click on the area of the map that corresponds to your region. Or select your region from the list above.
If there is no nearby club, contact one of the regional officers for help.
You may also choose to start your own club! Instructions are here. 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 at: firstname.lastname@example.org
DVG has several categories of members, and different categories have different dues amounts. Click here for a table that illustrates the categories and associated dues. Club dues and fees would be in addition to these amounts.
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.