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USDAA Letter

By Kenneth Tatsch, President

We’re excited to announce that TitleMania® is officially registered as an Olympic Day event. Olympic Day events are designed to engage youth and their families in promoting the Olympic values and ideals of fair play, perseverance, respect and sportsmanship.

Helping to shape TitleMania is the introduction of the first World Cynosport Rally Championships. The rally tournament will be a three-day event and will also offer titling opportunities. Bringing both rally and dog agility together under one roof will enhance the family atmosphere and help fulfill goals for the Olympic Day celebration. Other activities are also being discussed.

TitleManiaTitleMania is being held June 16 – 19, in the state-of-the-art, indoor stadium at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. The Rally event will be held at the same facility over three days, June 17-19. More details on both events will be coming soon.

We are also excited to see 20 people participating in the judging clinic in Dallas, Texas this week. Whether you want to be a judge, or simply want to “up your game”, judging clinics are great way to learn about dog agility in a more in-depth manner. Even though the Dallas clinic is now full, we have another one scheduled in Minnesota at the end of June, and we are working on a third in Mexico (conducted in Spanish) later this year.

If you haven’t seen recent posts on the USDAA web site, please check out the latest rule change on new handler options to transfer between programs when a dog measures up at an event. A new policy change has also been published that allows training as part of a Miscellaneous class when offered at a local event.

In the past, Miscellaneous classes typically included non-titling classes other than tournaments. The new Policy Statement sets forth the criteria necessary when training is to be permitted as part of the class. A group has great latitude in defining the class under the policy, and it should prove popular for those seeking limited training opportunities at live events. If you have any questions regarding these topics, please write us at rules@usdaa.com.

Finally, bitches in season (BIS) are again being permitted to enter regional championships and annual events. Because of the limited opportunity to compete in such events, BIS were permitted to participate in these special events since spring 2015, and we have seen no notable incidents in this practice to-date. Allowing BIS to compete has been a standard practice in some countries overseas for a number of years, and the question has been raised here whether the rule could be extended to local events if a host club wishes to do so. We recognize the difference between local and special events, so we have drafted a short survey to collect opinions on this subject. Please take a brief moment to complete the survey. Meanwhile, we are in process of prioritizing other topics that will be discussed with the Advisory Committee in coming weeks.  


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From the Ground Up: Agility Foundation Training for Puppies and Beginner Dogs

PuppyWe're excited to feature a chapter this month from author Kim Collins' new book on foundation training for agility. This multi-part series discusses the importance of training for flatwork with a particular focus on puppies. 

As the author states, "Flatwork is about making sure your dog finds not taking equipment as reinforcing as taking it." Training a dog to run beside you properly, without natural behaviors such as jumping on you, running for your feet, or going after environmental distractions, is an important part of training a great competiton dogs. Read more.

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2016 IFCS World Team Members Named

The USDAA is well represented for the 2016 IFCS World Agility Championships on April 13-17 in Laag-Soeren, Netherlands. The team members were selected based on their performance at Cynosport 2015 and the World Team Selection event held in January. Rachel Sanders will once again be this year's coach. 

A full list of all the team members can be found on the USDAA website. Congratulations everyone!

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Are You Ready if You Lose a Dog?

Lost Dog PosterLosing a dog can be one of the worst possible experiences a dog owner can have. One of the best ways to deal with this situation is to have a plan in place before it happens so you can move quickly and find your dog as soon as possible.

Shannon Viljasoo and Carol Lawrence put together a series of steps on how to prepare yourself for this situation. Do you have photos suitable for a lost dog poster? Do you have important information such as size, weight, etc. on hand? If you use a tracking device, are you sure it's functioning? These questions and more are covered in this helpful article. Read more.

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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
02/24 BARK-NH! Manchester, NH 03/11-03/13/2016
02/24 Front Range Agility Team Castle Rock, CO 03/04-03/06/2016
02/27 Pals & Paws, Inc. Jacksonville, FL 03/11-03/13/2016
02/28 All 4 Fun Agility Club Gray Summit, MO 03/12-03/13/2016
02/29 Dog Agility Racing Team (DART) Camarillo, CA 03/12-03/13/2016
02/29 Dog-On-It Agility Club of Cent. Florida Winter Park, FL 03/18-03/20/2016
02/29 Dog Gone Fun TX Spring, TX 03/11-03/13/2016
02/29 Hog Dog Productions Millersville, MD 03/12-03/13/2016
03/02 Agility at the Farm Campton Hills, IL 03/12-03/13/2016
03/02 B&D Creekside Activity Center LLC Latrobe, PA 03/12-03/13/2016
03/02 Redhot Rovers Auburn, WA 03/12-03/13/2016
03/04 All Dogs Gym Agility Manchester, NH 03/19-03/20/2016
03/04 The Bay Team Santa Rosa, CA 03/19-03/20/2016
03/05 Santa Barbara Flyers Buellton, CA 03/19-03/20/2016
03/07 Willamette Agility Group Corvallis, OR 03/18-03/20/2016
03/07 Fast and Furryous Agility, LLC Snow Camp, NC 03/18-03/20/2016
03/07 Tyler Obedience Training Club Tyler, TX 03/18-03/20/2016
03/09 Agility Workout Society of Mid-Michigan Lapeer, MI 03/18-03/20/2016
03/09 Club-Doggie Queen Creek, AZ 03/19-03/20/2016
03/11 SCOR Agility, LLC Middletown, NY 04/02-04/03/2016
03/12 Mid-Atlantic MADness Millersville, MD 03/26-03/27/2016
03/14 Never Go Back Watertown, TN 03/25-03/27/2016
03/14 Paws & Ques Williston, FL 03/25-03/27/2016
03/14 On The Run Canine Center Ham Lake, MN 03/26-03/27/2016
03/15 Riverside Canine Center North Kingstown, RI 04/02-04/03/2016
03/16 Happy Dog Agility Moorpark, CA 03/25-03/27/2016
03/18 Pawsitive Partners Dog Training Center Indianapolis, IN 04/02-04/03/2016
03/18 IncrediPAWS Pataskala, OH 04/01-04/03/2016
03/18 Haute Dawgs Dixon, CA 04/01-04/03/2016
03/21 International Dog Events Assoc. Devonshire, XX 04/02-04/03/2016
03/21 Dog Agility Sport Handlers Costa Mesa, CA 04/01-04/03/2016
03/21 Dog Gone Fun TX Spring, TX 04/01-04/03/2016
03/21 Splash & Dash K9 Sports Latrobe, PA 04/02-04/03/2016
03/21 Boise Agility Runners & Climbers Caldwell, ID 04/01-04/03/2016
03/21 Sonlight Ranch LLC Brooksville, FL 04/01-04/03/2016
03/21 Teamworks Dog Training, LLC Youngsville, NC 04/01-04/03/2016
03/21 Just Jump It, LLC Reva, VA 04/02-04/03/2016
03/21 Magic City Canine Club Odenville, AL 04/08-04/10/2016
03/22 HOT Dog Sports, LLC Kerrville, TX 04/01-04/03/2016

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