2017 – Year End

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GSSCC Ontario Members

Good day! I would like to wish all the members of the Ontario Region A Safe and Happy New Year.

As we depart 2017 I would like to congratulate all the Ontario members that trained and trialed this year. As most of us in this sport realize, it takes an enormous amount of time to train and/or trial ourselves along with our dogs. As I have traveled to the events of this past year, I can see the hard work the teams have put in. Hard work doesn’t just show up in the teams that have entered trials, I have seen a lot of teams on the training fields that are very good, and I would expect to see them in trials in 2018. I also noticed how many teams of newcomers we have added to our sport – we need to encourage these teams to the best of our ability to work hard and really learn the sport, so they may use the information they receive from us to reach all the goals they have set out for themselves and their dogs.

We have approximately 275 members and growing in Ontario and our goal as we move into 2018 is to get the Clubs and the members of Ontario more involved, as well as showing more support to each other in the upcoming year. The support may come in different ways like hosting trials and seminars, or just supporting clubs and members of the Region. We all realize that some clubs and members may not be able to host trials or seminars, but they can still support the few clubs that do take the time to host these events over and over again each year, so we can all have the opportunity to title our dogs. My challenge to all members and clubs in Ontario is to attend all the trials and seminars with or without your dogs in 2018. Our support may be the difference in the hosting club losing money or breaking-even for their hard work so let’s all get out there.

In 2018, you will also see some changes on how we vote for our upcoming positions on your Board of Directors, as well as policy/guideline changes. Starting in 2018 you will have the ability to vote online. The call for nomination for Chairperson and Show Director are already in motion.

Below you will see some information that Dwyn has put together regarding 2107.

Happy New Year!!

Hank Bowden
Chair Ontario Region

Year End Wrap Up – Ontario Schutzhund Association

It was a good year for Ontario. We had:

  • 7 seminars (including helper seminars)
  • 11 trials
  • 2 shows
  • 2 breed surveys
  • and 3 open training days hosted by clubs.
  • and hosted the National Championship Trial, Sieger Show and Breed Survey.
  • and one new club accredited – welcome to TOP Working Dog Club.

From those trials (numbers are including the Regionals, but not the Nationals), we saw:

  • 50 new bhs, and 16 not yet successful
  • 5 passing TR1/FPR1 (2 unsuccessful), 1 passing OB1/UPR1
  • 14 successful IPO1s, with a near equal 13 unsuccessful
  • 10 successful IPO2s, and 6 unsuccessful
  • and 26 passed IPO3s (not all new titles), and 7 not successful, and finally
  • 1 successful FH2 and 2 successful FH1s.
  • There were also 8 successful ADs and 3 not successful.

On the Show side, including the Regional championship show, there were 2 shows:

  • 107 dogs shown
  • 14 in the working (titled) classes
  • 20 in the open classes
  • 27 in the young dog classes
  • and 46 in the puppy classes
  • There were also 7 breed surveys done, with 2 new surveys and 5 re-surveys (survey for life).

Successful or not – getting out on the competition field takes a huge commitment and a great deal of courage. These simple numbers represents thousands of hours of training and a huge effort from a community of people dedicated to the spirit of the German Shepherd and working dogs in general, and we have to say that we are proud to be a part of that.

Congratulations also go to Jennifer Jones on all her work put in as she works through her judge’s apprenticeship.

GSSCC Renewal Date Moved
You can renew your GSSCC membership online, – the due date is now March 1, to ease the financial burden of needing to renew on top of holiday expenses.

However, there is no grace period and please remember that everyone associated with an event, such as a trial, needs to be a fully paid-up member, including the trial manager, the helpers, and the track-layers (in addition to the competitors.)

In the spirit of this, Ontario Region Club dues will also move to a March 1 due date.

Trial Manager Program
The Trial Manager program has been rolled out, and as of Jan 2019, all trials will need to run by a certified Trial Manager.

The region is hosting a Trial Manager Seminar on March 25, 2018 for anyone who is interested in being certified. It is in the interests of each club to send at least two people to be certified as a trial manager, otherwise, somebody in the club never gets the advantage of being able to compete on their home field. You can sign up on the region website: www.ontarioschutzhund.com. This is a free seminar.

Elections for 2018
Elections are for the position of Regional Chairperson and Show Director in 2018. Nomination forms are on the website at https://ontarioschutzhund.com/home/member-info/ The closing date for nominations is Mar 30, and the election will be conducted electronically.

Regional Guidelines
The updated Region Guidelines, and Guidelines for Hosting a Regional Event have been drafted and are available on https://ontarioschutzhund.com/home/member-info/

Ontario Region T-shirts
The Ontario Region had some Team Ontario t-shirts made, and distributed them to the Ontario competitors at the Nationals. These were a big success and very well received. We still have a few left for sale.

In closing, we would just like to say again how proud we are to be part of Ontario Schutzhund and to be associated with such a dedicated and committed group of people. Go Team Ontario!

Yours in Sport
The Ontario Region Schutzhund Association Board of Directors
Hank Bowden, President
Dwyn Tomlinson, Secretary/Treasurer
Juergen Fischer, Trial Director
Frank Caputo, Show Director

Guidelines for Hosting the Regional Championship Trial and Show


The region has developed set of guidelines to help clubs with planning and hosting the Ontario Regional Championship Trial and Show. This is an annual event that is the highlight of the competitive season, short of the National Championship. Both the organizers and the competitors are held to a higher standard than at a club trial, and more is at stake. For some competitors, doing well here is necessary to their plans to try out for the World Team.

Guidelines for Hosting the Regional Trial and Show

Of course, clubs that need clarification or help can contact the board of directors.


Notice of the Annual General Meeting 2017

Notice of the Annual General Meeting
of Ontario Region Schutzhund Association

This is to advise you of the upcoming annual general meeting of the members of Ontario Region Schutzhund Association. The details of this meeting are as follows:

Date: June 2, 2017
Time: 6 pm
Place: Capital City Schutzhund, Concession Road 8, Claremont

If you have anything that you wish to add to the agenda, please forward it to Dwyn Tomlinson (ontarioschutzhund@gmail.com) by May 26 for inclusion in the agenda.

A club or clubs wishing to host the Regional Championship Trial, Show and Breed Survey for 2018 should apply to the Regional Board BEFORE the AGM. If there is more than one application, the members present at the AGM will vote on the decision. The next year’s host will be announced at the AGM.

We apologize for the shortened notice. If you would like to object – please let us know now, but the board felt that keeping it on the expected date would be less of a surprise than moving it and inconveniencing everyone by adding another event to their schedule.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you there.

Board of Directors
Ontario Region Schutzhund Association

(individual email notifications will follow)

Changes to Show Rules

Show Coordinators and Secretaries please take note. There has been a change to the policy governing all Sieger Shows (GSSCC Conformation Shows).

The new policy is:

61(e) Entrants (owners and handlers) for all dogs entered in all the classes (male and female) for any Sieger Show (Club, Region or Canadian Championship) must be members of the GSSCC or a WUSV affiliate club. All Canadian residents must be GSSCC members.

Previously, the entrants for the puppy and young dog classes did not have to be GSSCC members – but paid an extra $5.00 fee if they were not members.
The primary reason for this change is for continued insurance coverage and to ensure the GSSCC and the hosting club is covered by insurance in the case of an incident.
Note that if the handler and the owner are not the same person, both will need to be GSSCC members, not just one or the other. In addition, Canadian residents, handlers and owners, must be GSSCC members.
If a dog is co-owned (two or more owners listed) then only one of the owners needs to be a GSSCC member.
It will still be possible to sign up entrants as members of the GSSCC on the day of the show, so be sure to have some forms handy, or the link to the online sign up.
Entrants who are not resident in Canada can be WUSV affliate club members (i.e. the USCA – United Schutzhund Clubs of America or the GSDCA – German Shepherd Dog Club of America).


GSSCC Membership due at the end of the year!

Don’t forget – your GSSCC membership will expire at the end of the year. Your membership is important because it supports the organization, and being a member offers liability insurance benefits to your club that your club could never afford on their own!

Renewing now ensures that your membership is in place a minimum of 30 days before entering a trial (Motion passed in 2005). The GSSCC no longer accepts memberships to be paid on trial day.

The GSSCC takes renewals and membership payments online for both individuals and clubs.

GSSCC 2017 Membership form online.