Sources

Page Outline

I.  Types of sources
A.  Official
1.  Magazines
2.  Websites
3.  Scorebooks
B.  Unofficial
II.  European data

Official Sources 

For North America, we only consider two types of sources to be official. The first is organizational publications. The second is scorebooks.

Some organizations have a printed magazine for their trial results, others utilize a website and some have both. However, since our purposes are for data collection, we’re only interested in the medium that contains the trial results.

Here’s a chart so we can see who does what.

· Schutzhund organizations that print a magazine:

Name of the Organization Name of the Magazine
DVG (Deutscher Verband der Gebrauchshund Sportverein) DVG America
United Schutzhund Clubs of America Schutzhund USA
United Doberman Club UDC Focus

 

· Schutzhund organizations that utilize a website:

Name of the Organization Web Address
German Shepherd Schutzhund Club of Canada GSSCC
German Shepherd Dog Club of America – Working Dog Association GSDCA – WDA
United Doberman Club UDC
American Working Malinois Association AWMA

There are other breed clubs that hold trials — albeit infrequently. Therefore, the number of Doberman entries is low enough that there is no need to specifically list them here. We do, however, include those results as well.

 

· The suit sports all report trial results on their websites:

Name of the Organization Web Address
North American Ring Association NARA
United States Mondioring Association USMRA
Protection Sports Association PSA
Service Dogs of America SDA

In an ideal world all trial results would be reported perfectly, in their entirety and without error. However, mistakes happen. We have seen all sorts of shenanigans in the magazines — dogs listed as the wrong breed, scores and TSB ratings incorrectly reported and trials that have up and vanished. Though these sorts of errors seem to be few and far between, that brings us to our second official source…


Scorebooks

When you trial, your scorebook is signed by both the judge and the trial secretary. A scorebook is a handler’s best resource for disputing information should the need arise.

So does this mean that scorebooks trump the magazines / websites and are the final word in trial results? Not necessarily. Even scorebooks can contain errors. However, any discrepancies will be handled promptly, fairly and with great care.


Unofficial Sources

During the data gathering and subsequent validation process, we occasionally utilized non-official sources. The issue for us was determining credibility; we carefully considered each record on a case by case basis. Therefore, on the Trial Results pages, you may see the notation(s) “Data via Unofficial Source” and/or “Data Provided by Breeder/Handler”.

After November 1, 2013 we will no longer include unofficial sources.


European Data

The volume of official publications in Europe is massive. The Doberman clubs, one per country, are responsible for holding trials and publishing results. Beyond that, there are other breed clubs — the Bouviers, Boxers, German Shepherds, Malinois, Giant Schnauzers, Rottweilers, etc. — where Dobermans can compete and each of these have their own publications.

Roughly 43 FCI member countries multiplied by the number of breed clubs equate to hundreds of magazines published per year. Factor in the additional challenge of time zones and language barriers and there goes what’s left of our sanity.

Given all this, titles and trial results for the European kennels, unlike those in North America, should be considered a sample.

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