LV DVG America

The only all-breed dog sport organization

Participate in the Nationals

General Criteria and Scorebook Requirements:

To trial at the National Championship, you must:

  • Be a member of LV DVG America in good standing by July 1st the year of the Nationals (so you must apply by June 1).
  • Have a valid DVG scorebook for your dog with room in the scorebook for the Nationals’ scores.
  • Present the original scorebook no later than the draw. The Trial Chair may approve exceptions in unusual circumstances.

If the dog is handled by someone other than the owner, both owner and handler must be DVG members.

We will enter scores in all outside organizations’ scorebooks, so long as those scorebooks are given to the Trial Secretary before the trial begins. We will also enter scores in your Sports pass.

Qualifying for Participation in the DVG America Nationals

To compete at the IPO 1 level, the dog and handler team must have earned a BH or earned an IPO 1 title with an “a” TSB rating at any time following the previous Nationals.

At least one title must have been earned in a DVG Trial.

To compete at the IPO 2 level, the dog and handler team must have earned an IPO 1 or IPO 2 title with an “a” TSB rating at any time following the previous Nationals.

At least one title must have been earned in a DVG Trial.

To compete at the IPO3 level, the dog and handler team must have earned an IPO 2 or IPO 3 title with an “a” TSB rating at any level at any time following the previous Nationals.

Entering the Nationals

  • Follow the entry form link on the Nationals website.
  • Pay for your entry. If you cannot pay online, mail your check to the person listed on the Nationals website.
  • Email a copy of your scorebook and entry card to the Trial Secretary listed on the Nationals website.
  • If you cannot email your scorebook and membership card copies, send them by mail to the Trial Secretary.
  • Make sure all of the information on your entry matches the information on your entry form and membership card. If it does not, the Trial Chairman will decide whether you may trial or not.
  • If your entry is incomplete, the host club is authorized to return it to you.

Drawing for position

  • All competitors must attend the draw.
  • If for some reason you cannot attend, notify the Trial Chair. The Trial Chair will draw for you when all the other competitors have drawn.
  • If you have a bitch in season, notify the Trial Chair. You will do all 3 phases with the last flight.

Practice

Practice on the trial field will be Thursday morning starting at 8AM. All equipment, both obedience and protection, will be in place for you to use. You have 5 minutes but we encourage you to schedule as a group so you can each have more time on the field.

Please practice good sportsmanship in sharing the jump, wall, etc. You must provide your own helper and their equipment.

A judge or member of the LV Board will be present during practice to keep handlers on schedule.

During practice sessions on the trial field you must conduct yourself in a sportsmanlike manner both with others and with their dogs. Any unsportsmanlike conduct may be grounds for expulsion from the trial, as well as for additional penalties.

You may use food and toys on the field during practice. Please be careful not to leave any food on the field. E-collars and pinch collars may be used in a proper sportsmanlike manner during the practice session, as may other normal training equipment such as leashes and long lines. No other training equipment is allowed.

Dress Code

You must wear tan or khaki slacks and a plain white collared shirt in obedience and protection phases. The shirt may be either short or long sleeved. No club insignia or logos are allowed. You can wear whatever you like for tracking. Of course, you can wear raingear in bad weather.

Championship helpers

LV Championship Helpers may not work any dogs that are entered in the Championship from 12:00 midnight the Sunday before the Championship until the Championship trial activities are completed, except during the Championship itself.