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USDAA Letter

By Kenneth Tatsch, President

This week, Team USA will be at the IFCS World Agility Championships in the Netherlands, featuring some 200 top competitors from more than15 countries. We want to extend our thanks to every team member for all the hard work in preparation for this event, and we wish them all luck! You can follow results on the usdaa.com news page and on Facebook

Fundraising for Team USA is a year-round endeavor as the financial demands of travel to international events continues to grow. You can help support the team through charitable donations and ease their financial burden so they can focus on a safe journey for themselves and their canine teammates. Each team member funds their own travel if sufficient funds are not available. Your donations are tax deductible thanks to USDAA’s creation of the United States Association of Cynological Sports (USACS), a non-profit 501(c)(3) public charity. Simply visit donate2dogsports.org, the official USACS web site.  

Depending on your level of charitable contribution, you can receive a Team USA lapel pin, recognition as a “Friends of Team USA” sponsor, or more. Your support is greatly appreciated.

TitleManiaWith all that’s happening, be sure to mark your calendar to participate in the inaugural USDAA Title Mania® event June 16-19, 2016, as we join with hundreds of other sporting events in celebration of Olympic Day. Title Mania is the first sports event involving dogs to participate. What makes Title Mania different for the competitor is that it is based upon consistency and qualifications over twelve rounds of competition, rather than strict head-to-head competition on a given course. You can compete for multiple "dog of the year" honors in one of USDAA's three programs, as well as the opportunity to earn multiple titles. It's a true titling extravaganza!

We also invite competitors from other venues to take advantage of this opportunity to prove their mettle. Competitors can enter any level for special Title Mania awards. Find the full details and entry forms at USDAATitleMania.com and follow developments on our Facebook page.

In the coming month, four regional championships leading to the Cynosport World Games in Scottsdale, Arizona will get underway across the United States and in Japan. The complete list of Regional Championships, continuing through September, is on the usdaa.com event calendar. 


Team USA Logo2016 IFCS World Agility Championships
April 13-17, Laag Soeren, Netherlands
Live Stream Coverage & Video on Demand (VOD)

Free live-stream coverage will begin on Wednesday, April 13, at 12:00 pm Central European Time (6:00 am Eastern Daylight Time) with the opening ceremony, followed by the first class of the competition, Agility-Standard Biathlon at 2:00 pm CET (8:00 am EDT). Here is the link for Wednesday's free coverage. http://agilitynews.eu/?page_id=2337.

There are also two options for pay for view coverage beginning on Thursday, April 14:

Option 1: To watch all four days of competition (Thursday through Sunday), plus 30 days of VOD, the cost is €25 euro($28.50 US).

Option 2: To watch only one or two days, the cost is €10 euro ($11.40 US) per day.

Here is the link for purchasing option 1 or 2. http://agilitynews.eu/?page_id=2332.

NOTE: It is intended that the VOD will be available shortly after each class is completed. This means, for example, that viewers in the US do not need to get up at 2:00 am EDT each day to see coverage of the WAC. It will be available via VOD whenever they want to watch it

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Happy Dog"Goofing Off" with Your Dog When Training

National Goof Off Day just came and went and it inspired us to look at taking breaks in training in order to more effectively teach behaviors.

If you find yourself working with your dog and losing his or her attention and focus, consider if your dog simply needs time to "goof off" before refocusing on you and learning. Read more.

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Judging ClinicRules and Course Design Clinic

Mark your calendar for the next Rules and Course Design Clinic, June 30 through July 3, in St. Cloud, MN. These clinics are an excellent learning opportunity for everyone, whether you want to be a judge or simply gain insight and perspective for the game. They provide in-depth analysis of each obstacle and course designs techniques for each level of competition.

The enrollment application is available on the website.

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Learn More About This Year's IFCS Team MembersIFCS Logo

We are regularly featuring profiles of this year's IFCS Team Members and their dogs on our website and social media. Read more about team members Joy Mercier, Mike Padgett, Karen Beattie Massey, Desiree Snelleman, Kate Moureaux, Brenda Kelly, Yukari Nishimura, Kerry Smith, Jamie Herren, Melanie Miller and Coach Rachel Sanders
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Pet First Aid Awareness Month: Spencer's Story

Walking DogApril is Pet First Aid Awareness Month which stresses the importance of knowing what to do with your dog in case of a medical emergency and you need to give care right away before you can get them to a veterinarian. Spencer's Story is one example of potentially fatal instance where knowledge of proper immediate care was instrumental in his survival. Read more...

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USACS Team USA Store

Walking DogHave you checked out the new store to raise funds for Team USA and show your support? We have some fantastic t-shirts and caps for sale and all proceeds benefit supporting the U.S. Team.

Visit http://www.donate2dogsports.org/store/ for more details.

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Upcoming Events Calendar

Watch out for these events with entries closing in the coming weeks:

Closing Date Host Group Location Dates
04/13 Four Seasons K9 Athlete Center, LLC Washingtonville, OH 04/23-04/24/2016
04/13 Wasatch Agility Farmington, UT 04/22-04/24/2016
04/13 Blue Ridge Agility Club Tryon, NC 04/22-04/24/2016
04/15 Happy Dog Ranch Ashland City, TN 04/22-04/24/2016
04/15 Nunes Agility Field Turlock, CA 04/29-05/01/2016
04/15 Sport Agility Mexico Querétaro, QUE 04/23-04/24/2016
04/17 K-9 Sports, LLC Salem, OR 05/14-05/15/2016
04/18 Dog Agility Racing Team (DART) Moorpark, CA 04/29-05/01/2016
04/18 Fort Worth Agility Sports Team Burleson, TX 04/30-05/01/2016
04/18 Canine Sports Zone Middleton, WI 04/30-05/01/2016
04/18 Faithful Friends Dog Training Greenville, IN 04/23-04/23/2016
04/19 ARFF Agility Club, Inc. Westborough, MA 05/07-05/08/2016
04/20 Agility Workout Society of Mid-Michigan Lapeer, MI 04/29-05/01/2016
04/20 MAD CO, LLC Doswell, VA 04/29-05/01/2016
04/20 Bend Agility Action Dogs Prineville, OR 04/29-05/01/2016
04/22 Touch & Go Agility Club Barto, PA 05/06-05/08/2016
04/25 Over Rover Training Center Cato, NY 05/06-05/08/2016
04/25 Run Spot Jump Canton, GA 05/06-05/08/2016
04/25 New England Agility Team Greenland, NH 05/14-05/15/2016
04/25 HOT Dog Sports, LLC Belton, TX 05/06-05/08/2016
04/29 Contact Sports Agility Campton Hills, IL 05/07-05/07/2016
04/30 Artful Dodgers Agility Group Millersville, MD 05/14-05/15/2016
05/02 RACE Paso Robles, CA 05/14-05/15/2016
05/02 Front Range Agility Team Lakewood, CO 05/13-05/15/2016
05/03 Riverside Canine Center North Kingstown, RI 05/20-05/22/2016
05/04 Costa Rica Agility Team Alajuela, A 05/14-05/15/2016
05/04 Canine Agility of Central Minnesota St. Cloud, MN 05/13-05/15/2016
05/06 4 PAWS Agility Cordova, TN 05/21-05/22/2016
05/06 Countryside Agility LLC Erie, PA 05/20-05/22/2016
05/06 IncrediPAWS Pataskala, OH 05/21-05/22/2016
05/07 Low Country Dog Agility Charleston, SC 05/27-05/29/2016
05/09 Contact Agility Club Hamden, CT 05/28-05/30/2016
05/09 Agility at the Farm Campton Hills, IL 05/21-05/22/2016
05/09 All Colorado Agility Team Pueblo, CO 05/21-05/22/2016
05/09 Low Country Dog Agility Charleston, SC 05/14-05/14/2016
05/09 United States Dog Agility Association, Inc. Geneva, OH 06/16-06/19/2016
05/11 Happy Dog Agility Moorpark, CA 05/21-05/22/2016
05/11 Redhot Rovers Auburn, WA 05/26-05/29/2016
05/13 Dallas Dog Sports McKinney, TX 05/28-05/30/2016
05/13 Hog Dog Productions Millersville, MD 05/21-05/22/2016
05/15 Flexible Flyers Agility Group Barto, PA 05/28-05/29/2016

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