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USDAA Letter
By Kenneth Tatsch, President

With less than three months remaining until Cynosport®, we’re in the midst of planning another great event in Scottsdale. The Organizing Committee is hard at work balancing the competition schedule to make use of the additional space we will have available this year, as well as finalizing other logistical details. Information for this year's event can be found on the Cynosport web site at www.cynosport.com. Please be sure to sign up for event update notifications; sign-up must be done each year. The Test Schedule and entry forms are due out the middle of this month. We look forward to making it the best experience possible for everyone!

We will once again offer special schooling rings at Cynosport as a fundraiser in support of Team USA travel to Spain next April for the 2017 IFCS World Agility Championships. Team fundraising efforts are coordinated through the United States Association of Cynological Sports, a 501(c)3 charity, which supports participation in international competition. If you don’t have time to participate in the schooling rings, your tax deductible, charitable donation would nonetheless be greatly appreciated. You can contribute at the show, or simply visit the USACS web site at www.donate2dogsports.org to make your donation online. Last year USACS contributed some $17,000 towards the team travel, and we would like to be able to do more. Team promotional apparel is also available for purchase through the website and at Cynosport.  

On a different note, each year we recognize Agility Top Ten and Performance Top Ten competitors based upon their performance results throughout the year. While these lists are global in scope, each competitor can also check rankings on a regional and national basis as well as by breed and by breed within a region. We frequently find that many competitors are unaware of this feature of the competitor services section of our web site. If you haven’t checked it out, log on to usdaa.com competitor services and find the link for regional ranking and other features available in the left navigation menu. Not only can you check current ranking by region or breed (or both), you can also compare this year to last year, and check your dog’s standing over the course of their agility career. Title Qualifications Earned by region and breed may also be reviewed. These feature of the website are a great way to see how you stack up against others and can even be used to set personal goals.  

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Course Analysis by Judges Juanita Diaz and Anton Kudrin

In July we featured two articles featuring course analysis by two of our esteemed judges, Juanita Diaz and Anton Kudrin.

Judge Juanita Diaz discussed two of her courses - a Masters Challenge Jumpers course and a Biathlon course. And Judge Anton Kudrin reviewed one of his most well known courses, the biathlon course from the 2015 IFCS World Agility Championships. Each judge gives their insights and experiences into course design to help handlers develop their own strategies during competition.

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Competitor Spotlight: Tina and Darryl Power

Tina and Darryl Power packed up their RV and headed 220 miles to Geneva, OH for Title Mania in June, where they competed with their three dogs, Loudon, Joliet and Rock. Their goals for each dog paid off and they all had a great time at the event. In their spare time they volunteered, helping out with all aspects of the event, and the staff were so impressed they were honored with the Volunteers of the Year award. Read more about this "Power" couple and their dogs! 

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New Research on Inhibitory Control and Dogs

Research published in PLOS One this year examined the ability of a dog to inhibit their behavior and its effect on task performance. 63 Border Collie puppies were part of the study which found that dogs take on tasks as "novel" problems rather than applying rules learned from previous tasks, which was determined through exposure to a variety of toys over the puppies' first eight months of age. The researchers also found positive, and negative, effects of inhibitory control on the dogs' ability to perform a task well. The study has implications for sports dog trainers looking to further develop problem solving and inhibitory control in dogs for competition. Read more about the study to learn about the methods and results.

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Cynosport Hotel Information

T3 Travel is pleased to be the hotel coordinator for the 2016 Cynosport World Games in Scottsdale, AZ. USDAA and T3 Travel selected numerous dog-friendly hotels with amenities and services that will make your event experience unforgettable! Even better, all the hotels booked through T3 will NOT charge a pet fee. T3 Travel guarantees the lowest rates on room types listed with 2016 Cynosports World Games partner hotels. 

Booking your room is fast and easy! Please browse the T3 event page for information on hotels and the booking form. If you have any questions, or require any assistance, please call T3 Travel at 877-865-2018 x1 or email reservations@t3travel.com.

Our hotel partners are helping to support Cynosport and we appreciate you booking your reservations through T3. 

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USDAA's Miscellaneous Classes for Training in the Ring

Competitor and coach Rachel Sanders discussed the benefits of the new rule amendment to allow the scheduling of training Miscellaneous Classes during regular competition events. She and Eileen Harnedy recently formed RACE, a USDAA affiliated group, which scheduled two miscellaneous classes for the purpose of training at a show in May.

Read more about her experiences and why she believes this new rule will help support more new dogs and handlers in training to enter and be successful in competition.

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What's New This Month on USDAA Social Media!

Do you follow all the latest news and articles from USDAA on social media? If you haven't visited the Facebook page this month, you'll miss out on our fun "Caption This" Contest! Caption entries are due by August 12th! Voting begins on August 15th. Visit our Facebook page to join in, and make sure you "like" the page to learn about more fun contests in the future!

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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
08/19 The Bay Team Prunedale, CA 09/03-09/05/2016
08/20 Agility Jalisco Chapala, JAL 08/27-08/28/2016
08/21 Puerto Rico Agility Team Bayamon, PR 09/03-09/05/2016
08/21 Teamworks Dog Training, LLC Youngsville, NC 09/09-09/11/2016
08/22 Riverside Canine Center N. Smithfield, RI 09/09-09/11/2016
08/22 4 PAWS Agility Cordova, TN 09/03-09/05/2016
08/22 Pawsitive Partners Dog Training Center Indianapolis, IN 09/03-09/04/2016
08/22 Southeastern Agility Gainesville, GA 09/03-09/05/2016
08/22 Dog Dynasty Duluth, LLC Duluth, MN 09/03-09/04/2016
08/24 Pawprints Agility Club Greenwood, LA 09/10-09/11/2016
08/24 Orchard Hills Barto, PA 09/03-09/04/2016
08/27 Flexible Flyers Agility Group Barto, PA 09/10-09/11/2016
08/28 North Alabama Canine Cruisers Huntsville, AL 09/16-09/18/2016
08/29 Minnesota Agility Club Lake Elmo, MN 09/09-09/11/2016
08/29 Zen Dog Sports, Inc. Shelbyville, TN 09/10-09/11/2016
08/29 Over Rover Training Center Cato, NY 09/09-09/11/2016
08/29 Countryside Agility LLC Erie, PA 09/09-09/11/2016
08/31 Playing Agility With Style Greenfield, MA 09/17-09/18/2016
08/31 Front Range Agility Team Castle Rock, CO 09/09-09/11/2016
09/01 Happy Hounds Agility Team Prosper, TX 09/17-09/18/2016
09/02 Happy Tails Agility Club Farmington, NY 09/17-09/18/2016
09/02 Bend Agility Action Dogs Bend, OR 09/16-09/18/2016
09/02 Top Notch Canines LLC Phoenix, AZ 09/16-09/18/2016
09/02 Two Rivers Agility Club of Sacramento Woodland, CA 09/16-09/18/2016
09/03 Mid-Atlantic MADness Finksburg, MD 09/17-09/18/2016
09/05 Dog Gone Fun TX Spring, TX 09/16-09/18/2016
09/06 Boise Agility Runners & Climbers Caldwell, ID 09/16-09/18/2016
09/06 Stockade Agility Glenville, NY 09/24-09/25/2016
09/07 Happy Dog Agility Moorpark, CA 09/17-09/18/2016
09/07 Cream City Canines New Berlin, WI 09/16-09/18/2016
09/07 Agility Workout Society of Mid-Michigan Lapeer, MI 09/16-09/18/2016
09/09 All Dogs Gym Agility Manchester, NH 09/23-09/25/2016
09/10 United States Dog Agility Association, Inc. Scottsdale, AZ 11/09-11/13/2016
09/11 Low Country Dog Agility Charleston, SC 09/30-10/02/2016
09/11 Never Go Back Watertown, TN 09/30-10/02/2016
09/12 Splash & Dash K9 Sports Latrobe, PA 09/24-09/25/2016
09/13 All Colorado Agility Team Colorado Springs, CO 09/23-09/25/2016
09/14 Canine Agility of Central Minnesota St. Cloud, MN 09/23-09/25/2016
09/18 Arrowhead Agility Club Proctor, MN 10/07-10/09/2016
09/18 Four Seasons K9 Athlete Center, LLC Washingtonville, OH 10/08-10/09/2016
09/18 Las Vegas Dogs in Competitive Events (LV DICE) Boulder City, NV 09/30-10/02/2016
09/19 Top Notch Canines LLC Phoenix, AZ 10/07-10/09/2016
09/19 Travis Agility Group Belton, TX 09/30-10/02/2016
09/19 Redhot Rovers Auburn, WA 09/30-10/02/2016
09/19 Agility at the Farm Campton Hills, IL 09/30-10/02/2016
09/19 Contact Agility Club Hamden, CT 10/01-10/02/2016
09/19 On The Run Canine Center Ham Lake, MN 10/01-10/02/2016
09/20 Blue Ridge Agility Club Tryon, NC 09/30-10/02/2016
09/21 Keystone Agility Club Barto, PA 10/08-10/09/2016
09/21 Think Pawsitive LLC New Berlin, WI 10/07-10/09/2016
09/21 BARK-NH! Manchester, NH 10/07-10/09/2016
09/21 Valley Agility Sports Team Turlock, CA 09/30-10/02/2016
09/26 Just Jump It, LLC Reva, VA 10/08-10/09/2016
09/26 Columbia Agility Team Ridgefield, WA 10/07-10/09/2016
09/26 Agile Dogs Agility Training Stephentown, NY 10/08-10/09/2016
09/28 Haute Dawgs Dixon, CA 10/08-10/09/2016
09/28 Happy Dog Agility Moorpark, CA 10/08-10/09/2016
09/28 Lucky Dog Promotions Tyler, TX 10/08-10/09/2016
09/28 KineticDog, LLC Barto, PA 10/14-10/16/2016

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