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USDAA Message
By Kenneth Tatsch

USDAA President

As we approach summer, the Regional Championships season has heated up. Out of 13 scheduled Regionals, eight have been completed, with intense competition leading up to the crowning of each event's champions. We've been excited to be able to bring some of the action to those of you at home via www.cynosport.tv. We will be streaming two more of this year's Regionals: the 2014 New England Regional on July 12-13 and the 2014 Central Regional on August 16-17. We hope you will enjoy them!

Of course, the Regional Championships are leading up to the 2014 Cynosport World Games, to be held October 15-19 in Morgan Hills, California. Competitors are already booking their hotel rooms for the big event. Are you getting prepared to join us? Remember to "like" us on the official Cynosport Facebook page or visit USDAA.com to get all the latest information and news.

Event Report: 2014 Southeastern Regional Championships

The 2014 Southeastern Regional Championships, hosted by Canine Capers, ran from June 5 through June 8 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter in Perry, Georgia. Judges Peggy Hammond and Tami McClung presided over the event, which was also live streamed on www.cynosport.tv.

Check out more courses from the event here.

Congratulations to all the winners!

2014 Southeastern Regional Master Challenge Biathlon Champions
14" Mary Basu & Gus
16" Abigail Beasley & Dreamer
18" Sherry Fieser & Bizzie
22" Stuart Mah & Ares
26" Jody Lolich & Skillz

2014 Southeastern Regional Performance Master Challenge Biathlon Champions
12" Tabitha McDonald & Baxter
16" Babette DeLaune & Minx
20" Lauren Hansen & Darci

2014 Southeastern Regional Grand Prix Champions
12" Dee Anna Gamel & Kiz
14" Catherine Angel & Cruise
16" Bill Pinder & Taser
18" Judy Reilly & Rivet
22" Greg Fontaine & Spice
26" Dudley Fontaine & Bird

2014 Southeastern Regional Performance Grand Prix Champions
8"  Janelle Julyan & Eve
12" Jennifer Crank & Kaboo
16" Rebecca Schnulle & Emmy
20" Ken Wallace & Inara

2014 Southeastern Regional $10,000 Steeplechase Champions
12" Bob Foley & Dali
14" Catherine Angel & Cruise
16" Bill Pinder & Taser
18" Susan Crank & Speedo
22" Greg Fontaine & Spice
26" Jody Lolich & Skillz

2014 Southeastern Regional Performance Speed Jumping Champions
8"  Janelle Julyan & Eve
12" Jennifer Crank & Kaboo
16" Travis Wall & Kali
20" Jennifer Crank & Xtreme

2014 Southeastern Regional Dog Agility Masters Team Champions


Blake Stafford & Beamer, Mary Ellen Barry & EZ, Jennifer Crank & Clever

2014 Southeastern Regional Performance Versatility Pairs Champions


Michele Satterfield & Rain, Tabitha McDonald & Baxter

See all of the winners here!

Training Corner: Contact and Weave Entries
By Elizabeth Dott

Here's a fun exercise to work on weave pole entries and exits, entries and safe approaches to contacts, and "turn backs" to tunnels off of contacts.


Starting with the weave poles, try to use lateral motion to pull towards the tunnel and still keep your dog from popping out of the poles. After the tunnel, be sure to pull your dog out a bit, giving him a straight approach to the A-frame. From #3 to #4, there are many ways to cross the weaves to get the side change needed for #5. You can front cross (turn in to your dog while ahead of him) or blind cross (turn your back to your dog while ahead of him) at the weaves before the weave entry, blind cross or front cross the weave exit, or use a simple rear cross (changing sides behind your dog) to #5.

Click here to watch Elizabeth Dott walk you through this course and show examples of the different ways to run the rest of it.

USDAA Agility Returns to Guatemala

Guatemala launched its return to the USDAA program with the Dog Sports Federation of Guatemala hosting a two-day event in Guatemala City, May 31 and June 1. Francisco Berjon from Mexico judged the competition, which drew 25 dog/handler teams from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Costa Rica.

Carlos Martinez and Mambo from El Salvador with Judge Francisco Berjon


Both Championship and Performance classes were offered. Competitors ran Starters levels in Standard Agility, Jumpers, Snooker, and Gamblers, and Advanced classes in Standard Agility and Jumpers were also held. A full set of courses was run each day, providing a great experience and much enjoyment for competitors.

To help ready newcomers to USDAA for the event, Mary Carmen, USDAA judge and event organizer for USDAA's Costa Rica affiliate, arrived several days early to conduct seminars in Snooker and Gamblers. This worked well for competitors as they demonstrated an understanding of the basic operations and strategies of these classes. Chief organizer Javier Sanchez, head of Dog Sports Federation, was extremely pleased with the outcome for their first event, noting that "everyone was happy."

Milena Olivia and Fenix from Guatemala
 

With strong interest shown by their Salvadoran neighbors, Dog Sports Federation's next event is being planned in neighboring El Salvador the first weekend of August, with another event in Guatemala being planned for November. A judging clinic was also put on the drawing board for consideration in the not-too-distant future. Several competitors expressed interested in trying to attend the Cynosport World Games in California in October to see agility at its highest levels. We hope to see them there!



Mary Carmen and Bonnie from Costa Rico.

To read more about this trial, click here.

Attention Changes in the Course of a Dog's Life Mirror Those of Humans
By Claudia Bensimoun

In a recent study, Dr. Lisa Wallis and her colleagues at the Messerli Research Institute, Vetmeduni, Vienna, investigated how dogs focused and concentrated. In order for dogs to learn successfully, they need to have a certain amount of concentration and attention. Through their research, Dr. Willis and colleagues discovered that the attentiveness of dogs changes throughout the span of a dog's life, similar to that of humans.

Most importantly, in addressing attention changes in the course of a dog's life (when attention peaks and declines in dogs), researchers concluded that dogs' attentional and sensorimotor control developmental trajectories are very similar to those found in humans.

The research, published in the Journal Frontiers in Psychology, demonstrated that the attentiveness of all dogs changes during the course of their lives, as it does in humans. The research included 145 Border Collies, aged 6 months to 14 years, at the Clever Dog Lab, Vetmeduni Institute, Vienna. Only those dogs that willingly cooperated were involved in these studies. Wallis and her colleagues then determined for the very first time how attentiveness changes in the entire course of a dog's life using a cross-sectional study design.

Through their studies, researchers determined that selective attention is highest in mid-adulthood, while adolescent dogs have the steepest learning curve. These patterns mimic those experienced by humans.

For more details, click here.

Upcoming Events Calendar

Watch out for these events with entries closing in the coming weeks:
Dates Host Group Location Closing Date
06/28-06/29/2014 DASH - Dog Agility Sports of Houston College Station, TX 06/14
06/28-06/29/2014 Sugar Bush Farm Stephentown, NY 06/15
06/21-06/21/2014 Canine Sports Zone Middleton, WI 06/16
06/28-06/29/2014 Dog Agility Sport Handlers Costa Mesa, CA 06/16
06/21-06/22/2014 Fly Right Over Agility Club Campton Hills, IL 06/16
06/28-06/29/2014 Tails in Motion Little Falls, MN 06/16
06/28-06/29/2014 First Dog Sports Lakeside, AZ 06/16
06/27-06/27/2014 Agile Dogs Agility Training Stephentown, NY 06/16
07/05-07/06/2014 Synergy Dog Sports Mt Vernon, WA 06/18
07/04-07/06/2014 The Bay Team Prunedale, CA 06/20
07/04-07/06/2014 K9 Sports of Tennessee Franklin, TN 06/20
07/04-07/06/2014 Denver Dog Sports Agility Denver, CO 06/20
06/28-06/29/2014 Bella Vista Training Center Lewisberry, PA 06/20
07/12-07/13/2014 K-9 Sports, LLC Longview, WA 06/22
07/04-07/06/2014 Fast and Furryous Agility, LLC Morrisville, NC 06/23
06/27-06/28/2014 All Dogs Can Agility Lapeer, MI 06/23
07/04-07/06/2014 Boone County Dog Sport Poplar Grove, IL 06/23
07/04-07/06/2014 Agile Dogs Agility Training Stephentown, NY 06/23
07/11-07/13/2014 Riverside Canine Center North Kingstown, RI 06/24
07/04-07/06/2014 Happy Dog Agility Moorpark, CA 06/25
07/04-07/06/2014 Puerto Rico Agility Team Bayamon, PR 06/26
07/12-07/13/2014 Costa Rica Agility Team Alajuela, A 06/29
07/18-07/20/2014 Top Notch Canines LLC Phoenix, AZ 06/30
07/11-07/12/2014 Prospering Paws Prosper, TX 06/30
07/12-07/13/2014 All 4 Fun Agility Club Gray Summit, MO 06/30
07/31-08/03/2014 United States Dog Agility Association, Inc. Norcross, GA 06/30
07/19-07/20/2014 SCOR Agility, LLC Middletown, NY 06/30
07/05-07/06/2014 Club-Doggie Glendale, AZ 07/02
07/11-07/13/2014 Agility Workout Society of Mid-Michigan Lapeer, MI 07/02
07/18-07/20/2014 Salinas-Monterey Agility Racing Team Monterey, CA 07/04
07/18-07/20/2014 Twister Agility & Dog Sports Ardmore, OK 07/07
07/18-07/20/2014 BARK-NH! Manchester, NH 07/07
07/19-07/20/2014 Agility at the Farm Campton Hills, IL 07/07
07/12-07/13/2014 West Valley Dog Sports Camarillo, CA 07/07
07/19-07/20/2014 Redhot Rovers Auburn, WA 07/09
07/25-07/27/2014 DrivenDogs Agility Somis, CA 07/14
07/26-07/27/2014 Perro Feliz D.F., DIF 07/14
07/26-07/27/2014 Boom Towne Canine Campus Farmington, NY 07/14
07/26-07/27/2014 On Target Agility, LLC Barto, PA 07/15
07/25-07/27/2014 Arrowhead Agility Club Cloquet, MN 07/16
08/08-08/10/2014 Willamette Agility Group Brownsville, OR 07/20
08/02-08/03/2014 Contact Sports Agility Loves Park, IL 07/20
08/08-08/10/2014 Riverside Canine Center N. Smithfield, RI 07/21
08/02-08/03/2014 Sugar Bush Farm Stephentown, NY 07/21
08/09-08/10/2014 B&D Creekside Activity Center LLC Latrobe, PA 07/23


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