It all started in 1990, after he brought back a pure-bred German Shepherd puppy from the Netherlands while playing professional basketball in Eindhoven-Holland. Akin joined a USCA club (OWDA) in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma from 1992 to 1998 and began his IPO adventure. He joined DVG in 1998 and has remained a DVG member in good standing since.
Over the years, Akin has trained and titled several dogs from different breeds, however, he got more involved in and with the helper/decoy aspect of the sport. He enjoyed it more because of the physical challenge as well as the interaction between himself and the dogs that he worked and helped to train. As a helper/decoy, he worked countless club trials, 5 KG (Regional) championships in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 4 LV ( National) championships in 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, the AWDF championship (back-half) in 2007, the Doberman Nationals in 2008 and was invited to work several other National championship events. Even now, he continues to work his local club trials, while teaching new enthusiasts the ropes.
He was the Mid-West KG OfG for several years and the LV OfG for four years. In both capacities, he served on the KG and LV boards while he conducted numerous helper seminar/certifications all over the country. During his tenure in office, he certified and upgraded over 65 helpers, 4 of whom were selected and got the distinct honor of working the 2013 WUSV championship here on American soil.
With the dogs that he trialed, he received “V” excellent ratings in all three phases of the sport with different dogs at different trials. He has also helped many dog and handler teams along the way in working towards and obtaining titles on their dogs. He is the President and Training Director of Nebraska Hundesport Club, in Nebraska, and is currently training his young Belgian Malinois, “Draco”, while helping his club members with their goals and dogs.
He is a licensed DVG judge and has been since 2013. Akin is very excited in his capacity as a judge for the opportunity to be an ambassador and advocate of the sport wherever he goes. He is convinced that his years of experience as a handler and a helper/decoy gives him a unique point of view now that he is a judge and still a handler.
Akin is grateful to all those who have helped him along the way in his journey as a helper/decoy and ultimately now, a DVG judge. Noteworthy of mention and, in no particular order are AJ Slaughter, Les Flores, Randy Theen, the late Sandy Purdy and the late Ray Reed, the different clubs that he was a member of along the way, his current club and members of Nebraska Hundesport Club and most importantly, his children and his wife for their love and support every day.
He wishes all the competitors entered in this championship the best of luck and is honored to have the opportunity to be one of the judges of this august event.