PSDPC Events


AKC Conformation

Conformation and Specialty Shows

Our Specialties are generally held every June in Olympia, WA and November in Monroe, WA, and include NOHS, sweepstakes, Obedience and Rally competitions.

We co-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, 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.

Check our Facebook page for other upcoming events. 

Conformation events

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 outreach 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 please wait until after they’ve already shown in the ring).

You might just find yourself joining us in the ring one day! 

Northwest Doberman Extravaganza

A big thank you to all entries and special thank you to everyone who helped make the weekend such a success. Congratulations to all the winners! We look forward to seeing you all for the 2024 Northwest Doberman Extravaganza in Olympia, WA on Saturday, June 15, 2024 and Sunday, June 16, 2024. 

NOTE: Active club members earn Health Day stipends for volunteer work at the Extravaganza. Please see Health Day for more details or contact us to learn more.

PSDPC Specialties

The Puget Sound Doberman Pinscher Club’s 84th & 85th Specialty Shows will be November 16, 2023. Our former summer specialities have been permanently moved from Enumclaw, WA in August to the Whidbey Island Kennel Club all-breed shows in Monroe, WA in November. 

NOTE: Active club members earn Health Day stipends for volunteer work at the Specialty. Please see Health Day for more details or contact us to learn more.

Trophy Prizes

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!

NOTE: Active club members earn Health Day stipends for Trophy Donations! Please see the Health Day page for more details!

You can donate through PayPal (direct payment to [email protected] or use button below) If you prefer to send a check, contact our club secretary

Please note For Specialty Trophy Donation in the memo line for PayPal or check.

Agility Trials

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. 

The 2023 trial will be December 15, 16 and 17 at Argus Ranch in Auburn. We encourage everyone to come — agility is fun for the whole family.

NOTE: Agility trials take lots of volunteer help! Active club members earn Health Day stipends for volunteer work at the agility trials. It’s easy and we’ll show you how to help. Please see Health Day for more details or contact us to learn more.


Christmas Doberphotos

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!

Scent work


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!

NOTE: Active club members earn Health Day stipends for volunteer work at the scent trials. Please see Health Day for more details or contact us to learn more.

Working Aptitude Evaluations

psdpc wae

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.

NOTE: Active club members earn Health Day stipends for volunteer work at the WAE. Please see Health Day for more details or contact us to learn more.


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 

NOTE: Active club members earn Health Day stipends for volunteer work at the trials. Please see Health Day for more details or contact us to learn more.

doberman laughing

Please read new information for 2023 below!

Health Day

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. 

2023 Health Day: December 9

This year, the clinic will be held in a NEW location: Argus Ranch Facility for Dogs in Auburn, WA on Saturday, December 9. All appointments require registration and payment in advance. Click to download. The clinic fills quickly and appointments will be on a first-come-first-served basis. Dogs not on the schedule will not be included in the clinic — no exceptions. 

Holter Monitor rental

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. NOTE: the Holter takes approximately one week per person, please plan in advance. Click here to learn more.

doberman puppy


Health Day Subsidies: 

Beginning 2023, the PSDPC Board of Directors voted to maintain the club health day stipend, however it will now be merit based. Subsidies are available for active Club members based on volunteerism or donations to the club for the previous year.

Some events require volunteer helpers to assist, and those helpers will be given credit for each full day they work at the event. Special circumstances will be given consideration by the board on a case-by-case basis. A member can earn multiple credits a year. There is no longer a requirement for length of time as a member, nor does membership alone guarantee a stipend.

The stipend qualifications extend from the Health Day date for one year (eg: from December 9, 2022 to December 10, 2023) as determined by the Board of Directors and maintained by the Treasurer. The stipends are non-transferable and must be used in the year earned. 

Each qualified credit earned will equate to one dog stipend at Health Day ($100 echocardiogram, $50 Total Health Plus Profile). The Club Treasurer will keep an annual list of those who have earned credits and provide that info to the Health Day coordinators. They will use that list to apply the stipend on your invoice.

Examples of qualified volunteer positions are:

  • Specialty Show Chair(s)
  • Agility Trial Chair(s)
  • Scent Trial Chair(s)
  • WAE Event Chair(s)
  • Sniff 'n' Go Chair(s)
  • Volunteer workers at any of the PSDPC Events (full day requirement)
  • Health Day Chair(s) and providers
  • Newsletter / Website maintenance
  • Board Executive Committee: President, Secretary, Treasurer

Trophy or other financial donations also qualify for the stipend. For every $50 donated to the Club, you will receive one stipend.

  • $50 - 1  stipend
  • $100 - 2 stipends
  • $150 - 3 stipends
  • $200 - 4 stipends

You will not receive a stipend at the Health Day without approved credit from the Club Treasurer.


The PSDPC and its representatives reserve the right to refuse service to any individual who fails to abide by the rules of the event or disrespects, misuses or abuses the event volunteers or the event property. Any dog exhibiting any type of aggressive or overly fearful behavior will be immediately removed. In either case no refunds will be issued.

Exam limits:

The PSDPC Health Day is intended only as a breed screening exam and does not include diagnostics or follow-up support. Veterinarians in attendance as well as the veterinary technician will only present you with the results of your screening and/or lab results. Time constraints will not allow them to give a medical opinion or treatment options. Any follow-up or additional diagnostics must be with your regular veterinarian or by a separate appointment scheduled with a cardiologist or other specialist.

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Please note: We can not provide advice on any medical conditions (including cropping), training, behavior issues or nutrition. Contact your veterinarian directly. In addition, PSDPC does not recommend, guarantee, endorse, nor rate any breeders, their kennels, or dogs.

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