LV DVG America

The only all-breed dog sport organization

How to host a trial

Request a judge for a trial

In DVG, trial judges are assigned by the Head Judge (LRO).   To request a trial date and a judge, follow the new instructions here.   Hartmut will contact the judges and see who is available for the date/s you have requested and let you know if there are any issues with the dates.  Once he has assigned a judge, he will email you and let you know which judge he assigned, and give you contact information for the judge so you can make arrangements with them directly.

Publicize the trial

At least 30 days before the trial, it must be posted on the LV DVG America website. Normally the director of judges sends this information to the webmaster, but check to be sure it’s there. Email Jeanita Davis at if necessary. Also notify all nearby DVG clubs and any other clubs that might participate at least 30 days before the trial date. Trials must be open to all DVG members. Trials must be open for the public to view.

Identify a Trial Secretary

The Trial Secretary is responsible for all paperwork before, during, and after the trial. The Secretary is also responsible for helping the judge throughout the trial. All trial entry forms and fees should be sent to the Trial Secretary.

Judges’ fees

You will have to pay for the judge’s transportation, hotel, and food. There is also a judging fee of $100 per day.

Other information

First time handlers are required to take the BH written test, and the Trial Secretary should print out the copies needed and the answer key.

Once scorebooks are presented, the Trial Secretary should check to ensure the information in the scorebook matches the information provided in the entry. Make sure all entrants have a current membership card and that all DVG members have a DVG scorebook. DVG members must use a DVG scorebook, although they can present additional scorebooks to be filled out. Entrants who are not DVG members can present any valid scorebook from an FCI organization. They must also have a current membership card, generally from the same organization. There are exceptions to this rule, so if someone has a membership in one organization and a scorebook from a different organization, ask the judge if it’s OK.

After the trial, the Trial Secretary helps the judge finish the Judge’s Report and all scorebooks.