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President's Letter
By Kenneth Tatsch

We've made some great progress on several fronts this past month. First, we received an overwhelming response for participation in the newly expanded Advisory Committee. The new Advisory Committee is a true representation of USDAA and includes group representatives, judges, trainers, and competitors at all levels, as well as past board members. We're excited to have so many people from all over the country with different backgrounds and experiences on board to help shape future growth.

As previously announced, Julie Daniels has provided us with years of expert analysis during the performances at Cynosport®, but will be unable to make the trip to Cynosport this year. She will be missed. We thank her for her past contributions and look forward to working with her more in the future.

Answering our call to serve on our webcast team, Greg Fontaine from North Carolina and Nick Sparks from Tennessee will serve as our web cast team, along with USDAA President Kenneth Tatsch and Vice President Andy Hartman. Greg will work as technical analyst and Nick Sparks will perform interviews at the awards stage. We may even have a few “Guest Announcers” stop by the booth from time to time. We look forward to working with an expanded broadcast team at this year's Cynosport World Games in Murfreesboro, TN, Oct. 21–25.

Finally, there's still time to nominate a dedicated USDAA person in your area for the Hall of Fame. Whether they've contributed to the sport with lasting, significant results or have dedicated countless hours (or years) to USDAA and/or our groups, there's a place for them in the Hall of Fame. The nomination form and criteria can be found on usdaa.com.

Welcome Language

Has Training Become Obsolete?

Getting ring experience with our young dogs is important to the development of our relationship with them. We also get just as much benefit from attending seminars and learning how to fine tune our handling techniques. But if you had to choose between entering a trial and entering a seminar scheduled for the same weekend, which would you choose?

Stacy Peardot-Goudy touches on the benefits of both and what it really constitutes if your dog is ready to step to the start line with you. Read more...

Weaving Your Way to Success

Some dogs just love the weave poles. Others learn to love them. Then there are the dogs who perform the weaves perfectly, but do not love them.

No matter which category your dog falls into, there are three important components to have fun, successful independent weave pole performances – Confidence, Commitment and Completion.

Keeping your criteria clear when training or re-training weave poles is one of the keys to weave pole success. Julie Daniels discusses her philosophy on training for an independent weave pole performance with your dog.

Northeast Regional Recap

The Northeast Regional is consistently one of the largest regionals every year. This year was no exception. Over 440 dogs were entered for the three-day event which averaged out to about 1,300 runs a day for the three judges – Tim Verrelli, Nita Woulf and Adrienne Lynch.

The event was hosted by PAWS – Playing Agility with Style and they did a great job throughout the weekend to ensure a fun and smooth running trial. Every competitor received an event T-shirt and a cloth bag with Paws logo that included Zuke’s treats and genuine New Hampshire Maple Syrup. PAWS also held an online auction for the National Canine Cancer Foundation and raised over $4,500!

Congratulations to Liz Scott who won the Spirit of Agility Award in honor of Rich Dennison who passed away a few years ago. The award goes to someone who exudes their love of agility and their dogs throughout the weekend.

PAWS would also like to thank Max 200 and Back on Track for their generosity during the event. You can read all about the event on their Facebook page and see some of the courses and Tournament winners on USDAA’s website.


Congratulations to our New USDAA Judges!

From July 16 – 19, judges and potential judges attended the USDAA Course Design and Rule Clinic in Millersville, Maryland to learn the ins and outs of USDAA agility. Hog Dog Productions hosted the event and Andy Hartman, Janet Gauntt and Ryan Arnold assisted Dave Hanson with instructing.

Besides learning more about USDAA and wanting to give back to the sport, one of the biggest benefits of attending a judging clinic is the bond created by sharing the love of agility with others from around the country. Participants helped each other through the rough spots and supported and encouraged each other throughout the entire four days. They developed friendships that will last a lifetime.

This judging clinic also incorporated a few new learning techniques to share information. Read more...

Upcoming Events Calendar

Watch out for these events with entries closing in the coming weeks:
Closing Date Host Group Location Dates
08/12 Happy Dog Agility Moorpark, CA 08/22-08/23/2015
08/14 Salinas-Monterey Agility Racing Team Prunedale, CA 08/29-08/30/2015
08/17 First Dog Sports Phoenix, AZ 08/28-08/30/2015
08/17 Agility in Manitoba RM of Springfield, MB 08/29-08/30/2015
08/17 Southeastern Agility Gainesville, GA 08/28-08/30/2015
08/17 Branchwater Training Center Reisterstown, MD 08/29-08/30/2015
08/19 Fast and Furryous Agility, LLC Snow Camp, NC 08/28-08/28/2015
08/19 Club Agility Chiluca San Antonio La Isla, MEX 08/29-08/30/2015
08/19 Blue Ribbon K-9 Training Center Calhoun, LA 08/28-08/29/2015
08/20 Faithful Friends Dog Training Borden, IN 08/22-08/22/2015
08/21 ARFF Agility Club, Inc. Westford, MA 09/05-09/06/2015
08/21 The Bay Team Prunedale, CA 09/04-09/07/2015
08/22 Countryside Agility LLC Erie, PA 09/05-09/07/2015
08/23 Puerto Rico Agility Team Bayamon, PR 09/05-09/07/2015
08/23 K-9 Sports, LLC Eugene, OR 09/12-09/13/2015
08/24 Carolina Piedmont Agility Colfax, NC 09/04-09/06/2015
08/24 Orchard Hills Barto, PA 09/05-09/06/2015
08/24 Boone County Dog Sport Poplar Grove, IL 09/05-09/06/2015
08/24 Flexible Flyers Agility Group Barto, PA 09/12-09/13/2015
08/24 All Dogs Can Agility Lapeer, MI 08/28-08/30/2015
08/25 Riverside Canine Center N. Smithfield, RI 09/11-09/13/2015
08/26 Pawprints Agility Club Greenwood, LA 09/12-09/13/2015
08/31 Top Notch Canines LLC Phoenix, AZ 09/11-09/13/2015
08/31 Teamworks Dog Training, LLC Youngsville, NC 09/11-09/13/2015
08/31 Playing Agility With Style Greenfield, MA 09/19-09/20/2015
08/31 Over Rover Training Center Cato, NY 09/12-09/13/2015
08/31 Boise Agility Runners & Climbers Caldwell, ID 09/11-09/13/2015
09/02 Minnesota Agility Club Lake Elmo, MN 09/11-09/13/2015
09/02 Cream City Canines New Berlin, WI 09/11-09/13/2015
09/02 Front Range Agility Team Castle Rock, CO 09/11-09/13/2015
09/04 North Alabama Canine Cruisers Huntsville, AL 09/18-09/20/2015
09/04 Two Rivers Agility Club of Sacramento Woodland, CA 09/18-09/20/2015
09/05 Mid-Atlantic MADness Finksburg, MD 09/19-09/20/2015
09/06 Redhot Rovers Auburn, WA 09/25-09/27/2015
09/06 Splash & Dash K9 Sports Latrobe, PA 09/26-09/27/2015
09/07 Fly Right Over Agility Club Campton Hills, IL 09/19-09/20/2015
09/07 Happy Tails Agility Club Farmington, NY 09/19-09/20/2015
09/07 Happy Hounds Agility Team Prosper, TX 09/19-09/20/2015
09/09 Happy Dog Agility Moorpark, CA 09/19-09/20/2015
09/09 Agility Workout Society of Mid-Michigan Lapeer, MI 09/18-09/20/2015
09/11 K9 Sports of Tennessee Franklin, TN 09/25-09/27/2015
09/11 Dog Gone Fun TX Spring, TX 09/25-09/27/2015
09/11 All Dogs Gym Agility Manchester, NH 09/26-09/27/2015
09/12 United States Dog Agility Association, Inc. Murfreesboro, TN 10/21-10/25/2015
09/13 Contact Agility Club Hamden, CT 10/02-10/04/2015
09/13 Canine Agility of Central Minnesota St. Cloud, MN 09/25-09/27/2015
09/14 PDC Barrie, ON 09/26-09/27/2015
09/14 Raise the Bar Agility, LLC Charles City, VA 09/26-09/27/2015
09/14 Stockade Agility Glenville, NY 09/26-09/27/2015

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