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January USCA Member Spotlight

This article originally appeared in the January issue of Schutzhund USA Magazine.

Meet USCA Member Holly Geier of Morton, IL

Kinetic Co-Owner, John Howard, had the opportunity to chat with USCA Member, Holly Geier, to talk about the USCA, the sport of Schutzhund and how she sees Kinetic Performance Dog Food working with her dogs.


Holly Geier and Covet USCAJohn: So Holly, how long have you been training dogs and what got you into it?

Holly: I got into dog training in about 18 years ago and it was kind of unplanned. My husband was with the Peoria Illinois Police Department and got a dog. I ended up taking over the training because the dog seemed to respond a bit better to a firm training hand. My husband is more of the velvet glove when it comes to dogs so he builds them up while I’m the one to make sure they stay disciplined. It’s a good fit for both of us.


John: So is that when you got started with the USCA?

Holly: It is. I actually joined up and had dual memberships with the GSDCA and USCA. You can’t do that anymore but, at the time, the governing body allowed it. Now you have to choose one or the other so we do USCA.


John: Can you tell us a little bit about your current USCA club?

Holly: Well we’re getting ready to retire and planning a move to Wisconsin so we’re changing clubs. I’ve already been in contact with a couple of great clubs in the area so we won’t be without one for long. We’re not looking forward to the additional winter but we’re excited about the clubs.


John: What training advice would you share with someone just getting started in Schutzhund?

Holly: My favorite advice would be to train for the mistakes because they’ll come. I can’t tell you how often we hear things like “my dog’s never done that before”. I’ve trained dogs to perfection and got to the competition only to have them walk around the A frame and the hurdle and look at me like they’d never seen them before. Even the best dogs have off days so you need to be ready for them.


John: I know we first met at the Working Dog Championships in Buffalo, NY and talked about Kinetic but what prompted you to give it a try?

Holly: I just wasn’t satisfied with any of the foods we’d been using. We were constantly having either coat or digestibility issues and most of the foods that had the quality ingredients we liked were very expensive and still had some questionable ingredients we didn’t really care for. When you’re feeding multiple dogs, price has to be at least part of the consideration. With Kinetic, we’re able to get the quality ingredients we want and still hit a price point that works well for us.


John: So what can you tell us about the results you’re seeing in your dogs?

Holly: Your dogs are what you feed them and quality nutrition turns into quality work.  We’re really happy with what we’re seeing in all our dogs. In my experience, the coat is a great indicator of the total health of the dog. We’ve also found that coat condition equals mental condition. Our coats are glossy and healthy and look show ready even when they haven’t been bathed in a while. Covet just came into heat and we’re planning to breed so it’s important we’re confident in the food. Kinetic has been a really well rounded and well balanced diet for us and we’re really pleased with the digestibility.


We want to thank Holly for taking the time to talk to us and for sharing her feedback on Kinetic. If you’re an active USCA member and have a story to share on how Kinetic is working in your training program, contact Co-Owner Dave Dourson at and tell him your story.

November USCA Member Spotlight

This article originally appeared in the November issue of Schutzhund USA Magazine.

Meet Jason Wiggins of Burlington, KY and the Wildcat Schutzhund Club

Kinetic Co-Owner, Dave Dourson, had the chance to sit down with USCA Member, Jason Wiggins, to talk about the USCA, the sport of Schutzhund and how he sees Kinetic Performance Dog Food working with his dogs.


Dave: So Jason, how did you get into dog training?

Jason: I started out when I was 10 training Great Pyrenees for AKC Obedience competitions. I met someone who was training Schutzhund when I was 14 and got my first dog to get started in Schutzhund. I caught the bug then and have been with it ever since. It’s just my passion and what I love to do. I was fortunate enough to have some great mentoring and have been able to evolve over the years. What training was 10 or 15 years ago is different from a lot of what we’re doing today. The standards haven’t really changed that much but the training methods have definitely evolved over the years.

Jason Wiggins USCA


Dave: One of the things we love about the sport is that so many women are involved. What do you see in your local club and to what do you attribute for the high female participation?

Jason: I can’t really say what the numbers are nationally but the ratio in our local club is about 50/50. The sport is really dependent on putting in the work and building that trust with your dog so we encourage anyone who wants to come out and train and be part of the sport.


Dave: Are there a lot of ex-police and military people involved in the sport or is the membership primary civilian?

Jason: There seem to be quite a few former Law Enforcement members involved in the sport. A lot of them, when they retire, they still love being around dogs and actively training so Schutzhund is a great way to stay involved.


Dave: So tell me a little bit about the Wildcat Schutzhund Club.

Jason: We’re a smaller but very active club. We only put on about one event every other year but we actively compete throughout the year. Pretty much everyone in our club has competed at the national level or higher. Most of us are really drawn to the competition but there are a number that do it to develop active protection dogs as well.


Dave: So your dogs are very active and under a fair amount of stress. I know you initially followed us for a while before trying Kinetic. What convinced you to try Kinetic and what have you seen since switching from your previous dog food?

Jason: I’ve been on Kinetic for a little over a year now. I initially made the switch because I couldn’t find one food which worked consistently. I was always feeding good foods but I just couldn’t seem to find one that worked across all my dogs. What I’ve found with Kinetic is all of my dogs seem to do well with it. I also like the fact that, with your various formulas, I can easily cycle between one formula and another depending on how heavy I’m training or competing and I don’t have any transition issues. A lot of our club members on now feeding Kinetic and seeing really positive results.


We want to thank Jason for taking the time to talk to us and for sharing his feedback on Kinetic. If you’re an active USCA member and have a story to share on how Kinetic is working in your training program, you can reach Dave at and tell him your story.

Kinetic Dog Food becomes United Schutzhund Clubs of America National Sponsor

National Sponsorship to support USCA dedication to protecting and preserving the German Shepherd Dog’s working heritage.

3-Amigos Nutrition Group, LLC, the makers of Kinetic Performance Dog Food, today announced a new sponsorship agreement with the United Schutzhund Clubs of America (USCA). Effective immediately, Kinetic, a line of premium foods specifically formulated for active, working and sporting dogs, becomes a National Sponsor and the Official Dog Food Sponsor of the USCA.

United Schutzhund Clubs of America Logo“As the premier national organization dedicated to preserving the German Shepherd Dog’s working heritage, we’re always looking for ways to grow support for our mission,” said USCA President, Jim Alloway. “We see Kinetic as a brand that can meet the high demands we place on our dogs and 3-Amigos as a company that shares our love for working dog breeds and competition.”

“We’ve been working with a number of USCA clubs and members for a while and we see the USCA as a perfect fit with our company emphasis on working and sporting dogs,” added Dave Dourson, Co-Owner of 3-Amigos. “They’re a high quality organization that’s been around for a very long time and our products definitely work well with dogs that have the drive and activity requirements we’re seeing with USCA members.”

About United Schutzhund Clubs of America

Established in 1975, the United Schutzhund Clubs of America is a proud member club of the World Union of German Shepherd Dog Clubs (WUSV) and the American Working Dog Federation (AWDF). As an organization, the USCA is dedicated to protecting and preserving the German Shepherd Dog’s working heritage by hosting conformation shows, breed surveys and Schutzhund trials. These events are structured to maintain and ensure the enduring quality and versatility of the German Shepherd Dog breed. For more information about the United Schutzhund Clubs of America, visit their website at


If you’d like to see the official press release, you can view it at Online PR News.