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USDAA Letter

By Kenneth Tatsch, President

As 2015 comes to close, we look back on all that's been accomplished this year. We helped six groups celebrate milestone anniversaries – five with their 25th anniversary of hosting shows and one celebrating 30 years with USDAA. We thank them all for their continued support and helping grow dog agility in their area.

The newly expanded Advisory Committee provided feedback on several policies this year. An updated Bitches in Season policy, the ability to move from Championship to Performance when you measure up at a show, and whether "schooling rings" or training should be permitted at local events were all vetted through the Committee. Upcoming policy changes regarding these matters are being finalized and will be announced shortly after the first of the year.

Looking ahead to 2016 there is much to look forward to and plan. The first Regional Championship is scheduled over the New Year's holiday, followed by the World Team Selection Event at the end of January. We'll be announcing the 2016 IFCS Team USA members shortly thereafter and will continue to raise funds for team travel through United States Association of Cynological Sports, a 501 (c)(3) public charity. Donations to USACS are tax deductible, so if you are looking for tax deductions for 2015, be sure to get your charitable contributions made by December 31. You can make donations by credit card on the USDAA website or by sending a check to USACS, PO Box 940225, Plano, TX 75094-0225.

You can help raise funds for the team by shopping on Amazon Smile and designating USACS as your charity. They will donate a portion of your purchase to support USACS!

We're also thrilled to announce that both Zuke's and Glyco Flex will once again be Official Sponsors of 2016 Cynosport® World Games in Scottsdale, AZ. Their continued support and presence at the event is greatly appreciated and contribute to a memorable experience for everyone.

New for 2016 will be the first-of-its-kind event to recognize excellence and performance through accuracy and consistency in the Championship, Performance and Veterans titling programs. We are pleased to officially announce Title Mania®, which is scheduled June 16 – 19 at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, OH. This is an outstanding facility with an indoor, regulation football field.

We are making plans for the first World Cynosport Rally Obedience Championships to be held in conjunction with TitleMania as a multifaceted event. Event details will be announced next month.

From all of us at USDAA, we wish you and your families a safe and happy holiday season!



Fabulous Focus

In agility, we need our dogs to be both handler and obstacle focused when competing. The two go hand-in-hand.To have successful obstacle-focus, you need a solid foundation in handler focus so when we ask our dog to switch from focusing on us to a specific obstacle, they do so with trust and without hesitation.

Building and maintaining your dog's focus on you can improve your relationship and your performance in agility. Lisa Lyle Waggoner discusses how to start a solid foundation with your dog to have fabulous focus.





Backyard Agility

Despite the increase in popularity of dog agility, there are still many competitors who must travel 10 hours or more to compete on a regular basis. Wasatch Agility in Utah did something about it. They held a small, one ring trial in Coleen Hawker's backyard!

It was a huge success and provided many of the local competitors the opportunity to get qualified for Cynosport 2016 in Scottsdale!


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Holiday Food Do's and Don'ts for our Dogs

The holidays are a great time to celebrate with our family and friends. This means lots of parties and great food. While it's okay to share in the food celebration with our dogs, there are many "people" foods that can pose a threat to their health.

Of course, there are foods we can share with our four-legged family members. We can even go as far as making some holiday treats for them to enjoy too.




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You Are What You Eat

We all know a healthy diet creates strong bones and muscles which are essential for success in agility. Fortunately, we can help our dogs stay in great shape through good nutrition that also helps protect against inflammation. Many natural foods fed regularly to our dogs provide important nutrients for healthy bones and strong muscles to avoid cramping and muscle strains.

In addition, there are a variety of anti-inflammatory herbs that you can add to your dog's diet to keep them happy and healthy inside and out.


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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
12/18 Synergy Dog Sports Mt Vernon, WA 01/01-01/03/2016
12/18 Greater St. Louis Agility Club Gray Summit, MO 01/02-01/03/2016
12/19 Mid-Atlantic MADness Halethorpe, MD 01/02-01/03/2016
12/21 Agility at the Farm Campton Hills, IL 01/02-01/02/2016
12/21 IncrediPAWS Pataskala, OH 01/02-01/03/2016
12/21 International Dog Events Assoc. Devonshire, XX 01/09-01/10/2016
12/24 Good Dog Agility Club Tempe, AZ 12/31-01/03/2016
12/24 Happy Dog Ranch Ashland City, TN 01/02-01/03/2016
12/26 Salinas-Monterey Agility Racing Team Morgan Hill, CA 01/09-01/10/2016
12/28 Dog-On-It Agility Club of Cent. Florida Winter Park, FL 01/15-01/17/2016
12/28 Front Range Agility Club (FRAC) Longmont, CO 01/08-01/10/2016
12/28 Carolina Piedmont Agility Raleigh, NC 01/08-01/10/2016
12/30 BARK-NH! Manchester, NH 01/15-01/17/2016
12/30 Club-Doggie Queen Creek, AZ 01/09-01/10/2016
12/30 Tails in Motion Ham Lake, MN 01/08-01/10/2016
12/30 Lucky Dog Promotions Tyler, TX 01/09-01/10/2016
12/31 North Alabama Canine Cruisers Huntsville, AL 01/16-01/17/2016
01/01 The Bay Team Santa Rosa, CA 01/16-01/18/2016
01/02 DASH K9 Sports Campton Hills, IL 01/09-01/10/2016
01/02 United States Dog Agility Association, Inc. Belton, TX 01/21-01/24/2016
01/02 Low Country Dog Agility Charleston, SC 01/16-01/17/2016
01/04 Boone County Dog Sport New Berlin, WI 01/16-01/17/2016
01/04 Las Vegas Dogs in Competitive Events (LV DICE) Boulder City, NV 01/15-01/17/2016
01/04 Game On Dog Agility Oceanside, CA 01/09-01/10/2016
01/06 Happy Dog Agility Moorpark, CA 01/16-01/17/2016
01/06 Highest Hope Dog Sports Grand Blanc, MI 01/15-01/17/2016
01/11 Canine Sports Zone Middleton, WI 01/23-01/24/2016
01/13 BARK-NH! Manchester, NH 01/29-01/31/2016
01/18 Redhot Rovers Auburn, WA 01/30-01/31/2016
01/18 Contact Sports Agility Campton Hills, IL 01/30-01/31/2016
01/22 Pawsitive Partners Dog Training Center Indianapolis, IN 02/06-02/07/2016
01/22 Smart Dog Atizapan de Zaragoza, MEX 01/30-02/01/2016
01/22 Southwest Agility Team Los Lunas, NM 02/06-02/07/2016
01/23 United States Dog Agility Association, Inc. Dallas, TX 02/25-02/28/2016
01/25 Bexar Regional Agility Team Seguin, TX 02/05-02/07/2016
01/25 Contact Zonies Phoenix, AZ 02/06-02/07/2016
01/25 Agile Dogs Agility Training Greenwich, NY 02/05-02/07/2016
01/25 Casa de Canine of Greater Kansas City, LLC Lawrence, KS 02/05-02/07/2016
01/25 Boom Towne Canine Campus Farmington, NY 02/06-02/07/2016
01/25 Dog Agility Sport Handlers Garden Grove, CA 02/12-02/14/2016
01/27 Minnesota Agility Club Ham Lake, MN 02/05-02/07/2016
01/27 Happy Dog Agility Moorpark, CA 02/06-02/07/2016
01/29 SureFire Dogs Training Center Westborough, MA 02/12-02/14/2016
01/29 Sonlight Ranch LLC Brooksville, FL 02/12-02/14/2016
01/31 CECAB (Centro De Entrenamiento Canino de Bayamon) Bayamon, PR 02/13-02/14/2016





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