Thank you all for the responses. I commend those of you who are dedicated enough to drive long distances. Obligations at the homefront are, for me, top priority (ie: 2.5 year old human child). I just wanted to inquire to check into options.
Woody, Twin Cities from me are a 5 hour drive one way!!! WHat map are you looking at? I will look into the club though, as I would be interested in attending, yes, AND roadtripping to see, one of their trials! I have relatives in Minnesota.
Since at this point in time, I have a GSD who will be 6 years old on the 23rd, I will just work him as I have, playground equipment, varying surfaces, heights attained by means of a special decking platform for use by the city at this park we go to...this dog is actually getting really good at distracted stays--especially given he has had little to no training with this--I am learning too!
As for bite work, he does possess the drive for tug/bites, so have been dabbling in that as an alternative to the intense ball retrieve we've done for years. This fall I hope to try the harness/tie back working on tug bites. I have to go easy on this dog anyway due to his kidney disease.
Thanks again all.