October 6, 2019

EB Motion# 2-19 Election for Northwestern Regional Director

Motion by Lynn Ann Lohner, Regional Secretary and Second by Michele Club, Assistant Regional Director that all full member clubs to vote for one of two candidates for the position of Regional Director. Candidates are:

Carissa Kuehn current NW Regional Director
Diane Vegsund past NW Regional Director

Full text of the Regional E-Ballot can be found HERE.


Diane Vegsund Northwestern Regional Director term 2019-2021

MOTION CARRIED October 6, 2019

Welcome to Diane Vegsund as our new Regional Director. Thank you to Carissa Kuehn for her years of service! We are sure she will remain very active in USCA.

Additionally, the Regional Board thanks you for all your responsiveness in this election. The process went smoothly and seamlessly this is an exciting time for our Region and possibilities endless with all for your support and participation in regional issues and events. Happy Training!

-NW Regional Board

April 19, 2019

Hello NW Region,

I hope this email finds you well! Spring trial season is ramping up; I wish you all the best with your upcoming events! Below is important information regarding the updated non-member fee structure, AWDF, scorebooks accepted at USCA trials, and information on the Regional Conformation Show and Regional IGP Championship. 

Effective April 15, 2019, the additional non-member fee will be $50 per entry for a non-USCA member, instead of $100. This fee will continue to be the responsibility of the non-member entered in the trial and not the host club. However, this $50 can now also be used as a credit toward a USCA membership should the non-member join USCA within 30 days after their trial! Below is the full text of this recent e-ballot:

EB Motion # 18-19 To restructure the additional filing fees for non-USCA members.  This motion will supersede motion EB Motion #05-18.

Motion:  by Michele Clubb, Secretary, seconded by Carissa Kuehn, NW Regional Director, to restructure the additional filing fees for non-USCA members.  This motion will supersede motion EB Motion #05-18.

Effective April 15, 2019, all non-USCA members will be charged a $50 filing fee (replaces previous $100 fee) for entry into any USCA club trial.  Members of GSSCC (Canada) will be exempt from this additional fee due to a reciprocity agreement between the two organizations.  This fee will be the responsibility of the non-members entered in the local trial.

Should the non-member join USCA within 30 days of completing the trial, the $50 fee will be credited toward their first-year membership dues.


USCA is committed to growing dog sport in America.  We strive to provide greater opportunities to train, trial, and title dogs.  We aim for greater involvement and more chances to achieve one’s goals, regardless of breed or affiliation.

In a single year, nearly 200 of our clubs host close to 300 FCI recognized events with FCI recognized judges.  Our trials are open to all handler/dog teams with an FCI recognized scorebook wishing to obtain an FCI recognized title.  All who participate derive a direct benefit from significant resources expended by USCA. 

Effective April 15, 2019, the additional fee will be $50 per entry for a non-USCA member.  This fee will continue to be the responsibility of the non-member entered in the trial and not the host club.  The fee is not the responsibility of the hosting club.  All proceeds from non-member fees are applied equally to judges, helper, and tracklayer programs.

Should the non-member join USCA within 30 days of completing the trial, the $50 fee will be credited toward their first-year membership dues.

The below chart is just an example and actual entry fees may vary.

USCA/GSSCC Members Trial Fees
BH $50

AD $30
IPO1 $65

NON-USCA/GSSCC Members Trial Fees
BH $100

AD $80
IPO1 $115

Please adjust your trial flyers to reflect the new non-member fee of $50, instead of the previous $100. And if you have non-members enter your trials, please let them know about the $50 being credited toward USCA membership should they join within 30 days of the trial. You are welcome to add this information to future trial flyers (for example: “$50 non-member fee may be used as a credit toward first-year USCA membership dues should the non-member join USCA within 30 days of this trial.”). Thank you!

USCA President Vadim Plotsker sent out an email blast a couple weeks ago with the latest information on the relationship between AWDF and USCA. If you have not read that yet, please check your email inbox (or possibly spam folder if not in your inbox). The email contains valuable information regarding the steps taken by USCA to become reinstated with the AWDF (including our compliance with their four terms for reinstatement), and the AWDF leadership’s response to our attempts at reconciliation and reinstatement. At this time, USCA is waiting for AWDF to honor the original agreement for our reinstatement. Please remember that the FCI does recognize USCA titles awarded by USCA judges, even if the AWDF currently does not. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Scorebooks were also covered in the email from Vadim. USCA accepts all scorebooks from any FCI or WUSV-recognized organization. Therefore, you may accept any scorebook from any FCI-recognized or WUSV-recognized organization at your USCA trials; this includes AWMA, GSDCA, DVG, UDC, etc.

However, only ONE scorebook per dog is allowed. This is not a new rule; this rule has been in the FCI rules and even the old Schutzhund rules from Germany for years, in order to prevent fraud and liability (for example: having different titles recorded in different books or using multiple scorebooks to hide that a dog has failed a trial or been DQ’d for aggression, or having a dog banned in one organization and then getting a scorebook for that same dog from a different organization. As recently as three weeks ago, a dog that was banned for life from USCA for biting a judge to the point urgent medical attention was required has since been issued another scorebook through a different organization, so that this same dog could enter trials.This is a liability, and a good example of why only one scorebook per dog is allowed!). Some organizations in the U.S. have made a practice of allowing multiple scorebooks despite this rule, but this does not change the fact that the one scorebook rule HAS been in place for years. 

If a handler does have two scorebooks on trial day, then take their breed club scorebook for the trial. The handler must be entered for the proper title indicated by their breed club scorebook. So if a handler enters a dog for an IGP3 but has a failed IPO2/IGP2 recorded as the last entry in their breed scorebook, the handler must enter for an IGP2 even if they have a passing IPO2/IGP2 recorded in a different book.

Scorebooks from DVG America are accepted at USCA trials. However, titles earned after January 1, 2019 under DVG-America judges currently are not. Thus, if a handler with a DVG book enters your USCA trial as an IGP3, but earned their IGP2 under a DVG-America judge after January 2019, the IGP2 title would not be recognized. The handler may only compete at the IGP2 level at your USCA trial, in this case. It is the responsibility of the host club’s trial secretary to check scorebooks and ensure that handlers have entered for the correct level/title.

Menlo Park Schutzhund Club is hosting this year’s Regional Conformation Show on June 14-16, with SV Judge Harold Hohmann. If your club wishes to help out with the show or if you want more info, please contact MPSC’s club contact, Patty Kirkwood. Thank you, MPSC, for hosting this year’s conformation championship!

Gold Country Working Dog Club is hosting this year’s Regional IGP Championship on September 13-15, with USCA Judge Vadim Plotsker (OB/Prot) and USCA Judge Andrea Duggan (Tracking). GCWDC will post all relevant information online in the upcoming months. If you or your club wishes to help out at the Regional Championship, please contact Cherie Flores. Thank you, GCWDC, for hosting this year’s IGP championship!

Our Regional Meeting will be the Saturday of the Regional IGP Championship; more information will be posted on this in the future. However, feel free to send any agenda items to Lynn Lohner, Michele Clubb, or me at this time! And if your club is interested in hosting either the Regional Conformation Show or Regional IGP Championship for 2020, please let me know.

Attached are the updated Universal Sieger Regulations to share with your clubs.

If you have changed your club contact, please let me know so I may update it on the Regional web page. Please be sure to update your club contact with the USCA office as well. Thank you!

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Please share this email with your club members. Thank you so much!

Also, best wishes to those who are heading out to the WDC in May. At this time, competitors from the NW region include: Jason Yan, Deleta Jones, John Riboni, Cherie Flores, Chris Campbell, and John Zovickian. Good luck, everyone!!!! 

Wishing you all the best in your training and trialing,
Carissa Kuehn
Northwestern Regional Director

September 16, 2018

Hello NW Region,

Below are a few highlights from the Regional meeting, plus other important info; the full meeting minutes will be sent out at a later date. Please share with your clubs!

Thank you to Terry Macias, Carol Beasley, and San Jose GSD Club for hosting this year’s Regional Championship! It was a great event, and a lot of work went into it to make it so. Thank you! Thank you, also, to Michele Clubb for being Trial Secretary and handling all the paperwork, registrations, website, etc. Super, super job, as always! 🙂 Thank you to helpers Jose Lopez, Willi Ortner Jr, and Patrick Davis for working the dogs safely and consistently! And thank you to the tracklayers who worked tirelessly to lay all those tracks.

We had some new faces up there on the podium this year, which was fantastic! Love seeing new handlers getting out there and rocking it with their dogs. Congratulations to our Regional Champion, Sandra Lynch with Rocca vom Haus Tyson. I believe this was Sandra’s first IPO3 with Rocca as well – awesome work!

Quick rundown of the results:

  • 1st – Sandra Lynch with Rocca vom Haus Tyson
  • 2nd – Robin Eales with Eich vom Steinbeckland
  • 3rd – Jason Yan with Nanno du Triangle Magique
  • 4th – Deleta Jones with C Mako vom Haus Bergblick
  • 5th – Cheryl Green with Expert Barnero
  • 1st place IPO2 – Don Snyder with Fado vom Haus Tyson
  • 1st place IPO1 – Adrianah Ramirez with Glory vom Cooperhaus

Other items of note:

  • Of the 31 dogs entered at Regionals, nearly all were HOT dogs (94%)!
  • Of the 31 dogs entered, about 40% were bred here in the NW region.
  • Four of the five competitors who placed in the top five were from Central Coast Schutzhund Club. Big club brag for CCSC!


Change in Training Director – RTD Mario Fernandez submitted his resignation prior to the Regional meeting; he has stepped down for personal reasons. I would like to thank Mario for his years of service to the region as the TD. Mario has sacrificed so much for the sport and dedicated himself to helping others improve and reach their goals with their dogs. I know this was a difficult decision to step away. We hope to see him back out there on the training field soon!

Per USCA Regional Policy, an interim Training Director can be appointed by the Regional Director. I appointed our new TD at the Regional meeting with some input from the clubs that were present, as well as from Mario previously. I would like to welcome Patrick Davis as our interim Training Director! Patrick has an impressive resume of experience that recommends him to the position of Training Director. Patrick, welcome to the Regional Board!

Change in Regional Rules – After discussion over the proposed amendment regarding a club hosting a regional championship on a home field only once every three years (Article VII, Section 2b), the region voted to remove this sentence completely from the rules. It is challenging enough to find clubs willing to host Regional events without limiting it even further. See below (Regional Director Notes) for more information on future proposed rule changes.

Regional Facebook Page – We now have a regional Facebook page for the Northwestern Region! The region approved having a Facebook page for Regional news, events, training seminars. The clubs present were unanimous in agreeing that this page would NOT be used for advertising anything for sale, including equipment or puppies/dogs. There will be no advertisements, no litter announcements, no sales of any kind, no gossip, no training discussions. The purpose of this page is solely for keeping the Region posted on Regional news, events, and seminars. The page can be found HERE.

2019 Regional Events

  • Menlo Park volunteered to hold the Regional Conformation Show and Breed Survey. The current date for their show is June 14-16, 2019. Thank you, Menlo!
  • Gold Country Working Dogs volunteered to host the 2019 Regional IPO Championship. Date will be TBD. Thank you, Cherie Flores and GCWDC!
  • Willi Ortner Jr will be hosting a tracklayer seminar toward the end of November, and was willing to make this a Regional training seminar, to which the club delegates were amenable. Thank you, Willi!

Regional Director Notes – There was a desire expressed by club delegates to change the rules for Helper Selection at Regional Championships, specifically: remove the limit on the number of helpers who may try out, remove the need to submit video when declaring interest, and remove the pre-selection process by the judge. We will draft a proposed amendment to this rule and have that out to the region; the amendment must be posted to the region for 30 days before we can call for a vote on it.

Talk to Me! –  Please communicate your concerns with me! You can either email me at, or if you prefer phone conversation, please call me at 970-214-6442. I am more than happy to talk with you and hear what you have to say; I would appreciate hearing your input, as well as any potential solutions or ideas you may have. I may not be able to solve your concerns right then, but expressing these concerns is the first step toward addressing them. I can then bring these concerns before the EB for discussion. You don’t have to be a club representative to share concerns, just a USCA member in the NW Region. So please talk to me! 🙂


  • Please do not be in any rush to buy an FCI-approved hurdle! I was informed by Nathaniel that the FCI will be changing the pendulum design that was originally proposed in the rules. I recommend allowing time for them to settle on the design before purchasing anything new.
  • GBM is November 1st at 9 AM, at Wyndham Garden Pittsburgh Airport Hotel. Please be sure to get your delegate form in by Oct 1st.

Thank you for making it through the update! I am very proud of this region and of how well our clubs work together. When both judges asked me about the Regional meeting and how it went, I was pleased to share how we had productive discussion with no bickering among clubs. We have a culture of support and friendship in this region, and I am so grateful for this. Thank you, everyone!

Kind regards,
Carissa Kuehn
Northwestern Regional Director

August 8, 2018

Hi all,

Regionals is just a month away! Thank you to Terry Macias and SJGSDC for hosting the event, and thank you to Michele Clubb for assisting with all the communication!

Regional Meeting
The Regional Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, September 8th, following the conclusion of the stadium activities for the day. We will meet at the Gene Simpson Memorial Dog Training Field (same field being used for the event). The Regional Meeting agenda, along with the RD’s report and the 2017 Regional Meeting Minutes, are attached to this email (Aug 26th update: these can be found linked on the Regional Website home page)

Delegates/Meeting Attendance
Please send a delegate/representative from your club, if you can. Just a reminder that only one delegate per full member club can vote at Regional meetings, and the club must be in good standing with USCA in order to vote. Affiliate clubs and clubs not in good standing should still send a representative, but the representative does not get to vote (per USCA Bylaws and our Regional Guidelines). Also, the meeting is open to any members of our region wishing to attend!

All helpers interested in working the Regionals: please have your declaration of interest and required materials in to Michele Clubb ( by August 19th. Helper tryouts will be Friday afternoon, time TBA.

Competitors and Spectators
Just a reminder that the deadline to enter Regionals is August 31st. Michele Clubb has been faithfully updating the Facebook page for Regionals. Any updates to the event or Regional meeting will be posted on the 2018 Northwestern Regional Championship Facebook page. Any Regional meeting updates will also be emailed out to all the club contacts.

Please share this email with your clubs, and I hope to see you there!

See you in September,
Carissa Kuehn
Northwestern Regional Director

June 3, 2018

Hello NW Region,

I hope this finds you well. Below are a few announcements/updates.

WOW did a tremendous job hosting USCA’s National Breed Show in April! Attached to this email is National Breed Warden Michele Scarberry’s report on the National Show for your review.

Menlo Park volunteered to hold this year’s Regional Conformation Show and Breed Survey, from June 8-10. Patty Kirkwood has sent out the flyer to all club contacts; please share this information with your clubs, if you have not done so already. Thank you!

The Executive Board recently voted to adopt the updated version of USCA’s Tracking Program. The Tracklayer Program document can be found here. Please note that hosting a tracklayer seminar counts toward a club’s annual event requirement (clubs still must hold a trial every other year). So your club can now put in for a trial, helper seminar, tracklayer seminar, or conformation show event.

These were due on June 1st. If your club has not yet submitted your dues and your roster to USCA, please do so immediately. If your club cannot renew at this time, please let me know!

The PNW region is hosting a helper seminar at the end of June. The PNW Regional Helper Seminar flyer was emailed to all club contacts in the NW Region.

SJGSDC is hosting the Regional IPO Championship this year, on Sept. 8th-9th. The Regional Meeting will be held in conjunction with the Regional IPO Championship, on Saturday, Sept. 8th. Location and time are TBA for the meeting.

If your club has an update to your club contact, please let me know so we can update this on the website.

I wish you all the best as we head into summer. Stay cool out there, and have fun with your dogs!

Carissa Kuehn
Northwestern Regional Director

December 23, 2017

Hello NW Region,

As this year draws to a close, I wish you Happy Holidays and a very blessed New Year!

You will find several important updates below, along with several important attachments to this email. Please share with your clubs! These attachments contain rule changes for 2018 (effective in January), as well as changes to Breed Survey Regulations, and information on the AWDC.

Way Out West Schutzhund Club is hosting the 2018 National Conformation Show and Breed Survey, in Ione, CA! The event is currently scheduled for April 12-15, with SV Judges Bernd Weber (Male Class) and Christoph Ludwig (Female Class). USCA Director of Judges Nathaniel Roque will be judging the performance portion. However, the date and judges may need to change, due to a conflict with a Breed Judges meeting that same weekend. Tentative change is to April 19-22. Be sure to check the USCA National Show Facebook page for the most up-to-date information.

I am very excited to have this event in the Northwestern Region. As some of you know, it was our very own Menlo Park Schutzhund Club that hosted the first U.S. Sieger Show back in 1990! Way Out West Schutzhund Club and the NW Region will now have the distinction of hosting the very first USCA “National Breed Show”, which is USCA’s national conformation show in the years that GSDCA hosts the Sieger Show. 2018 will be the inaugural year!

Please contact Michele Clubb ( about assisting with the National Show. I encourage all clubs to assist in some manner with this National Show, so that we can make it a top-notch event!

Because WOW is hosting the National Breed Show, they have requested to not host the Regional show. With the National Breed Show in the spring, our Regional IPO Championship likely in the fall, and the Sieger Show also in the fall (Sept 28-30), there will most likely be very little draw for a Regional Show. Would any other clubs in the region be interested in hosting a Regional Conformation Show? Please let me know ASAP if your club would be interested in taking it on.

San Jose German Shepherd Dog Club volunteered to host the 2018 NW Regional IPO Championship. Date is TBA. Thank you, SJGSDC!

We have gained several new clubs, but also lost a few clubs. Dublin Canyon has been dissolved by USCA, as has Stanislaus County Schutzhund Club. Sacramento Valley Working Dog Club has been dropped to Affiliate status. On the positive side, Bay Area Schutzhund Club, Gold Country Working Dog Club, and Utah GSD Schutzhunde Club all gained full member status. Outlaws Working Dog Club in Clements, CA, is our newest affiliate club, and will be hosting their affiliate trial in January.

USCA has updated their Breed Survey Regulations. The regulations have been updated to follow the new WUSV rules regarding SV breed surveys and clarify USCA variances. Changes can be found in the following sections:

  • 3.4
  • 3.5
  • 3.6
  • 3.7
  • 6.4
  • 7.1.7

Some notable differences include changes to the the Breed Show Rating for dogs 3.5 years of age or older (Section 3.7), and to the execution of the protection work (Section 6.4). Size limitations have also been suspended until 12/31/2020 (Section 7.1.7).

Recently there has been some chatter on social media related to the formation of the American Working Dog Clubs (AWDC) organization. I have attached an FAQ from Jim Alloway, founder of the AWDC, that should hopefully clarify many of the questions people have about this organization. Please note that the AWDC organization is NOT affiliated with USCA, is NOT an extension of USCA, etc. It is separate from USCA. Working dog clubs are encouraged to take advantage of membership in both AWDC and AWDF and all that each organization offers its member clubs. Please see this document here for clarification. Any additional questions about the AWDC can be addressed to Jim Alloway.

One of the agenda items at the 2017 GBM was the by-law amendment to restrict USCA members from being members in a competing GSD organization, such as GSDCA. There was much discussion about this, and the majority of those in attendance were in favor of having both options available for the general membership. However, the General Board tasked the Executive Board with preparing a USCA rule that restricts elected USCA members from being a member of a competing GSD organization. The Executive Board just passed the following USCA rule to fulfill this action:

“EB Ballot #36-17: An Executive Board Member, Officer, Regional Director, Judge, standing committee member, or elected individual may not be a member of any competing German Shepherd Dog organization.”

The general membership of USCA can continue to be members of both USCA and GSDCA.

Just a reminder that 2018 will be an election year within USCA. If you desire to positively impact the organization, the GSD breed, and IPO in the U.S., then please consider running for election within USCA. Please contact the Nominating Committee if interested.

DOJ Nathaniel Roque released a message about rule changes that take effect January 2018. This message can be found HERE on the USCA website. Please review with your clubs in to ensure that all your members are aware of the rule changes!

I have added an option to email all clubs under the ‘Clubs’ menu link on the website. If you hover over ‘Clubs’, it should pull up a drop-down menu that offers two selections: “Regional Clubs”, and a new feature, “Email All Clubs”. This has all the club contact email addresses loaded into it, so it should allow you to email all clubs with one click (or by copying the “Email All Clubs” link/email address).

Wishing you peace, health, happiness, and success in 2018,

Carissa Kuehn
Northwestern Regional Director

July 5, 2017

Hello NW Region,

I hope you all had a safe and restful 4th of July!

I would like to welcome our two newest Full Member clubs, Utah GSD Schutzhunde Club and Bay Area Schutzhund Club! Both clubs hosted successful affiliation trials and have been moved to Full Member status. This brings us to 19 Full Member Clubs and 2 Affiliate Clubs in our region, for a total of 21 clubs. Please check the club listing on the Regional website to ensure that a) your club contact information is correct, and b) you are using the correct email for each club contact when sending event information out to the region. Thank you!

The Regional Meeting will be held on Saturday, September 16th, at the Central Coast Schutzhund Club field, at the conclusion of the final stadium phase for that day. This is an election year, so please be sure to send a club representative.

If you have any agenda items or proposed changes to the Regional Rules, please submit these via email to me, or Michele Clubb (ARD), or Lynn Ann Lohner (Sec) by August 5th. If you wish to review the Regional Guidelines/Rules, you can find them posted on the Regional webpage:

Since this is an election year, anyone considering a position on the Regional Board may be nominated by the representative of a full member club (although one need not be nominated – write-in balloting is permitted). Nominations are allowed from the floor during the Regional meeting, and all nominations must be seconded. Those considering a position on the Board may prepare a short candidate statement (2 minutes) to be presented at the meeting following their nomination.

Please let me know if you have any questions. I hope you enjoy the rest of your summer, and I look forward to seeing you in September!

Kind regards,
Carissa Kuehn
Northwestern Regional Director

September 15, 2016


Hello NW Region,

Helpers for the 2016 USCA Nationals have been approved. A big congratulations to both Weston Kester and Kyle Krotter for being pre-selected for Nationals! We are very proud to have two of the Northwestern Region’s own helpers selected for this prestigious event!

The full slate of helpers is:

  • Weston Kester
  • Kyle Krotter
  • Adriel Linyear
  • Ryan White

Congratulations to all for being selected!

Just a few reminders for competitors entering the National Championship:

  1. One of the requirements (in addition to the qualifying score and participation in Regionals) is that the dog be registered with the USCA Breed Registry. If you have not done this yet, please do so as soon as possible. You can register the dog through the USCA website once you log in to the “Members Only” section; then look for the “Online Forms” button.
  2. The registration cut-off date for Nationals is October 14th.
  3. After the registration cut-off date for Nationals, no competitor may work on any of the pre-selected helpers for Nationals, even if this is their club helper. The full text of this rule can be found in the Helper Program, Section 16.4.1.

Also, please be sure to send a delegate to the Regional Meeting on September 24th, and be sure to submit your Delegate Forms for the GBM to the USCA Office by October 1st. This is an election year, and there is important business to be discussed by the member clubs of USCA, so please send a delegate this year.

Lastly, in order to make Nationals run smoothly and be the amazing event that it is, we need lots and lots of volunteers. Please check out the online signups for volunteer positions at Nationals: . Thank you to those who have stepped up to volunteer and help with the event!

Best wishes, and see you next week at Regionals,
Carissa Kuehn
Northwestern Regional Director

July 29, 2016


Dear Northwestern Region,

I hope this update finds you well, and I hope that you and your dogs are staying safe and as cool as you can get out there in this heat!

Below you will find information on the Regional meeting, on submitting agenda items and amending an existing EAF/approved event, and more. Please let me know if you have any questions.

  • Regional Meeting

This year’s Regional meeting will be held during Regionals on Saturday, September 24th, at the Placer County Schutzhund Club field in Lincoln, CA. Approximate time is 4 pm. Please send a delegate from your club to the meeting.

Further information on the Regional Championship can be found on the championship website:

  • Agenda Items for Regional Meeting

Please email any agenda items to Regional Secretary Lynn Lohner by August 19th, so that we can get the agenda out to all clubs shortly thereafter. Thank you!

  • Procedure for Amending Existing EAFs

Per our USCA President Jim Alloway: If you need to amend a previously approved event/EAF (date change, etc.), please DO NOT submit a new EAF. Instead, email the Regional Director with the proposed change, and we will handle it from there. This will minimize any confusion.

If you have submitted an EAF and haven’t heard back from me within a reasonable amount of time (usually within a few days, no more than a week), please check with me via email before submitting it again. Thanks!

  • Bids for 2017 WDC, 2017 Nationals

The National Events Committee is soliciting bids for the 2017 WDC and for the 2017 USCA GSD IPO3 Nationals. If your club is interested in hosting either of those events, please contact me.

  • Nationals 2016

As you know, W.O.W. is co-hosting the Nationals this year in Merced. If you or your club would like to assist in any way, please email Michele Clubb. We hope to make this another excellent event!

Please be sure to send a club delegate to the General Board Meeting in November!

Clubs that have not yet hosted an event this year

If your club has yet to host an event this year (helper seminar, IPO trial, or conformation show), please contact me immediately with your plans. The year is rapidly drawing to a close, and between Regionals and Nationals, there is little time left to schedule events or submit a waiver.

I wish you all the best in your training and trialing, and I look forward to seeing you at the meeting in September.

Kind regards,
Carissa Kuehn
Northwestern Regional Director

June 20, 2016


Congratulations to our V1 Working Male, Team Leiksaid Kapitan, and our V1 Working Female, Kizzy van de Tempelhoeve. Both dogs are owned by Jack Tsai.

A total of 102 dogs entered the conformation show and breed survey. The dogs ranged in age from 4 months old to 8.5 years old. There were 11 females and 10 males entered in the working classes, and 22 breed surveys total. Congratulations to all of those receiving their breed surveys on their dogs!

Thank you to Menlo Park for hosting our Regional Conformation Show, and thank you to SV Koermeister Rainer Mast for his fair and excellent judging. Thank you to Carol Jones for the updates and for handling all the paperwork!

Kind regards,
Carissa Kuehn
Northwestern Regional Director

May 15, 2016


There have been a few updates to our NW Region webpage.

First, welcome to our newest affiliated club, Gold Country Working Dog Club in Ione, CA! The Clubs page has been updated with their information.

Second, the Home page and the 2016 Regional Events page have been updated with the information for the 2016 Regional Conformation Show and the 2016 Regional IPO Championship.

Lastly, if you or your club are looking for information on the 2016 USCA GSD IPO3 National Championship (co-hosted by our very own Way Out West Schutzhund Club!), you can find the most current information on the 2016 USCA IPO3 Nationals Facebook Page. If you would like to volunteer at the event, please contact Michele Clubb.

Kind regards,
Carissa Kuehn
Northwestern Regional Director

March 5, 2016


Hello Northwestern Region clubs,

Below is a quick update on Regional and USCA news. Please share with your club members. Thank you!

Regional Sponsorship of USCA Sieger Show Trophy
Using the new electronic voting process voted in at our last Regional meeting, the Regional Board voted to sponsor one of the Working Class trophies at the USCA Sieger Show. The motion passed with 4 Yes votes and 1 No Response.

USCA Nationals 2016
A date and location has been set for the Nationals: November 2nd-6th, at Merced College. We are pleased to have Nationals back in our region for 2016! Way Out West will be co-hosting the event. If you or your club wish to help with Nationals in any way, please contact Michele Clubb. I encourage all clubs in our region to help in whatever capacity they can to make this year’s Nationals a fantastic event!

Fees for Helper Seminars
An important E-ballot regarding Helper Seminars was just passed by the Executive Board: EB Ballot #1-16, USCA Sanctioned Helper Seminar/Classification. This ballot sets a cap on fees for all USCA-sanctioned helper seminars/classifications. Fees for USCA-sanctioned helper seminars and classifications may not exceed the fee of $30 per helper. Please make sure that your clubs are in compliance with this new rule. Below is the Background that was included with this ballot:

“Background: Various Clubs/Regions do not charge a fee for Helper Seminars/Classifications. Others charge exorbitant (exceeding usual customary) fees. There is a difficulty with expenses for the Helpers in travel, food, and lodging just to attend a seminar/classification. In an effort to uniform fees, we propose the fee for Helper Seminars/Classifications may not exceed the fee of $30 per Helper.”

The full text of the E-ballot will be posted on the USCA website and included in a future issue of Schutzhund USA.

Changes to the HOT Designation
In December 2015, the Executive Board voted to change the HOT Designation in order to clarify and simplify it. To qualify as “HOT” (Handler Owner Trained), two conditions must be met:

  1. The handler must own the dog by 12 months of age
  2. Once the handler/owner takes possession, the handler/owner must be present during all training of the dog from the time of ownership going forward.

Ownership can be proved by registering the dog in the owner’s name with USCA and/or an FCI-recognized registry by 12 months of age, OR by proving transfer/ownership by submitting a completed USCA identification form by 12 months of age. This second option requires verification by a licensed veterinarian with chip or tattoo identification, and can be performed if there are delays in registration or receiving paperwork. The full description of this EB Ballot #36-15 can be found in the March/April issue of Schutzhund USA, on page 54.

As we head into a busy spring trial season, I wish you all the best with your events, training, and trialing! May you achieve your goals, whether it be a BH or a qualifying score for Nationals, and enjoy your journey with your dog.

Kind regards,
Carissa Kuehn
Northwestern Regional Director

Looking for previous news or announcements? View the News Archive for 2015.