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DVG – Deutscher Verband der Gebrauchshundsportvereine (German organization of working dog sport clubs) is the largest working dog organization in the world. It is the oldest Schutzhund training organization in the world and the only all-breed working dog organization in North America. It has over 30,000 members participating in many different dog sports. In addition to Schutzhund, DVG in Germany offers agility (its most popular sport), flyball, search and rescue trials, rally obedience, water rescue, obedience, and many other sports.  If your dog can do the sport of schutzhund, they will welcome him, no matter what the breed–even if he’s a mixed breed or unregistered.


DVG has over 70 clubs located across the United States and in Canada. In addition to schutzhund, we offer individual titles in tracking and obedience, providing competition opportunities for all people who love to train dogs. They do not have a dog registry – their efforts focus on offering competitions in Schutzhund, without the distractions represented by a registry program. DVG America, like the rest of DVG, follows the rules of FCI in running its competitions. Most working dog organizations follow FCI rules, so your experience at DVG America would prepare you to compete in any of those other organizations.

Click on the DVG logo above to find more information, locate a club or look for events in your area.

**All information on this page courtesy of the DVG America website.**

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