Conformation and Specialty Shows
Our Specialties are generally held every summer, and include NOHS, sweepstakes, Obedience and Rally competitions.
We also host the Northwest Doberman Extravaganza with the Mt. Hood Doberman Pinscher Club, held in Olympia, WA in June.
Dog shows are fun and we welcome the public to attend our Specialites and learn more about Dobermans.
Check our Facebook page for other upcoming events.
Competition, fun days & public events
Agility Trials & Other Activities
The PSDPC Club holds two agility trials each year, typically in July and December. We often host a silent auction, a photo booth and other fun activities. Come join us! We welcome competitors of all breeds and encourage volunteers and spectators.
We also host many other events such as Meet the Breeds at the Washington State Fair, tracking seminars, scent work competition, Barn Hunt, dock diving and swimming, Powder Photo shoots, and group attendance at Bark at the Park with the Seattle Mariners. We offer the DPCA's Working Aptitude Evaluation every other year.
For club members, we host an annual Health Day which includes an echocardiogram and laboratory work. We also offer our club members rental use of our Holter monitor equipment.
Scent work is one of the fastest-growing AKC competitions. a sport that mimics the work of professional detection dogs. Dogs are trained to identify and alert to specific odors.
The PSDPC generally hosts a scentwork trial in spring of each year. Those interested in learning more about the sport are encouraged to sign up to volunteer — see entry for volunteer positions. Volunteers will be eligible for tickets to a raffle for free entries at future PSDPC trials. Contact us to find out more, we hope to see you at the trial!
Spring 2023 trial: April 22 & 23
PSDPC’s Spring Trial will be held April 22 & 23, 2023 at Rainier High School, 308 2nd St SE, Rainier WA.
Container, Interior and Buried Novice, Advanced, Excellent, and Master Levels
Entries open Monday, February 27, 2023, 08:00 AM PST. Entries will be accepted online by clicking the entry button below or by mail to trial secretary.
Entries close on Wednesday, April 5, 2023, 08:00 PM PDT after which time entries cannot be accepted, cancelled, altered, or substituted except as provided for in Chapter 11, Section 6 of the Rules Applying to Dog Shows.
We were the first DPCA Chapter club to host both a Judges Education Seminar and an Exhibitors Education Seminar in conjunction with our specialty shows and often provide educational seminars as part of our Specialties. We have sponsored several Breeders Rap Sessions and continue to make this an important part of our continuing education.
Dog shows are fun! We encourage everyone to come join us — whether you have a dog you want to show or you just want to learn more about the sport, the PSDPC welcomes you. Competitors are happy to answer any questions and talk about dogs (but we do suggest waiting until after they’ve already shown in the ring!)
You might just find yourself joining us in the ring one day!
Northwest Doberman Extravaganza
The 2023 Northwest Doberman Extravaganza is held along with the Mt. Hood Doberman Pinscher Club and will be in Olympia, WA on Saturday, June 17 and Sunday, June 18.
Entries open April 26, 2023 (premiums available here at Dogzibit) and close May 31, 2023.
PSDPC holds an annual Specialty each year including NOHS, Junior Showmanship, Sweepstakes, Obedience and Rally trials. These are AKC Licensed and unbenched.
We welcome contributions to help make our Specialty Trophies bigger and better every year. Consider sponsoring a trophy in honor of, or in memory of, a beloved dog or friend!
You can donate through PayPal. Direct payment to [email protected] (please note For Specialty Trophy Donation in the memo line).
If you prefer to send a check, contact our club secretary for a mailing address.
The Club holds two agility trials each year, generally in July and December. These are three day trials for all AKC-recognized breeds and All American Dogs at all levels of agility, limited to 660 entries. Check our Facebook page for upcoming events.
We encourage everyone to come — agility is fun for the whole family.
Our December agility trials usually feature a fun photo booth, complete with props and treats for good dogs (and their people)! This year may be limited, please be patient with us as we try to figure out the safest thing for everyone. Special thanks to our talented photographer Nina Hagen!
Working Aptitude Evaluations
As a local chapter of the Doberman Pinscher Club of America, we follow the principles of the DPCA to preserve and protect the Doberman Pinscher and to do all possible to bring its natural qualities to perfection.
The perfection we seek is embodied in three sets of characteristics: those of conformation, those of temperament, and those of trainability. This program has, as its fundamental purpose, the recognition of Dobermans having those natural qualities of beauty and functional utility that make the breed what it was intended to be.
In order to earn a Working Aptitude Certificate (WAC), a Doberman must demonstrate the characteristics required of a dog to be a stable companion and resolute protector.
In order to earn a Register of Merit (ROM) award from the DPCA, a Doberman must earn an AKC championship, an approved working title, and pass the Working Aptitude Evaluation. You can learn more about the WAE and download the official Entry Form at the DPCA site here.
Tracking allows your dog to demonstrate his natural ability to recognize and follow a scent. It’s the perfect way for you and your dog to enjoy many hours together, outside in the fresh air, honing his natural abilities.
PSDPC holds occasional working seminars for Dobermans, which includes:
▪ Field tracking foundation from puppy age to competition
▪ Tracking theory and training plan
▪ Tracking regulations (AKC & FCI)
▪ Field work hands on practice with lots of fun for dog and handler
Active club members only
The lifelong health of our Dobermans and the continuing health of our breed is a primary concern for all Doberman owners. A yearly Holter and echocardiogram is recommended for all Dobermans over 2 or 3 years of age. The PSDPC Health Day offers the OFA cardiac screening echocardiograms, as well as vaccines, microchipping, health certificates and lab/blood work options. The Total Health Profile bloodwork includes the ProBnP test.
Health Day is generally held at Zendog in Granite Falls in winter. The forms will be posted in early fall and the clinic fills up quickly.
Our club also offers Holter monitor rentals to all members. It’s recommended that all Dobermans over the age of two have annual Holter testing. If you have not had a recent Holter, it’s a good idea to test before getting the echocardiogram on Health Day.
Subsidies are available for active Club members in good standing for three years or more. See our Membership page to become a member of the PSDPC.