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USDAA Letter
By Ken Tatsch

The first two Regionals of the tournament season are right around the corner. Kicking it off will be the Wild West Regional in Queen Creek, Arizona, March 9-12. The following week, March 17-19, will see the South Central Regional in Kerrville, Texas. Good luck to everyone entering these two events. Now is a great time to plan on attending the remaining 2017 Regional Championships.

And while you are planning your competition schedule remember this year’s three Title Mania® events. Title Mania offers a unique opportunity to demonstrate consistency along with competitiveness at each level, from Starters to Masters Challenge, running from April through June. See the full list of regionals and Title Mania events on usdaa.com/events.cfm.

Some other special events on the calendar in the first half of 2017 include club anniversary events. Canine Combustion will celebrate 25 years of hosting USDAA events at its May regional, where planning is underway, and The Bay Team will celebrate 25 years at its June 17-18 event, offering special awards such as a Starters High in Trial Cup and Top Newcomers Trophy. They are going all out in preparations and are offering a 25-year price rollback on entry fees to $8 for titling classes and $15 for tournaments. Learn more about the Bay Team event at http://www.bayteam.org/wiki/USDAA_trial_Jun_17-18_2017.

The 2017 IFCS World Agility Championships are fast approaching. This year’s WAC will be held in Valencia, Spain, April 26-30. The team has been busy preparing. If you want to support this year’s team, please go to www.donate2dogsports.org and make a tax-deductible donation. Selection criteria for the 2018 Team USA selection for the Championships in Italy have been posted on http://usdaa.com/rulesReg_eBook.cfm.

USDAA is conducting two judging clinics—one in Georgia, May 18-21, and one in California, June 22-25. Whether you want to be a judge, or simply want to "up your game", go to the event calendar, search for seminars, and sign up for one of these two clinics in 2017. Talks are also underway to hold a clinic in Spanish in El Salvador this year.

Finally, where did the last 30 years go? Come and join us for the fun and competition as we celebrate the 30th running of the Grand Prix of Dog Agility® at the 2017 Cynosport World Games. This year’s event will be held in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, October 25-29. Come and be part of this fun event, and bring your friends!

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Three Generations of Champions

The story of a family of Beagles and their incredible USDAA achievements, including three generations of ADCh. The family consists of Jan Weiher and Hootie, Diane Dittrich and Timber, and Tracey Roth and Codex. 

Read more about this amazing story.

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New Procedure for Permanent Jump Height Status

At this time we are not sending out the plastic permanent cards. Instead you will have the convenience of printing the Dog Information Page from your online competitor account to use at check in. You may make copies and send this along with entries just as you did before with the card.

Read more about the new procedure.

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Evaluating Agility Seminars

Competitor Stephanie Morgan looks at how to evaluate all the options out there for education and decide which provides the best value for your needs in this two part series. Read part one about determing the best value and part two about the equation for cost to value ratio.

 

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Two Profiles of USDAA Competitors and Their Rescue Dogs

Competitor Veronica Marquez gives us the story about her rescued female Border Collie, Nia, and how she became involved in USDAA. Read their story.   

Benny is another rescued Border Collie owned by USDAA competitor Sandra Zajkowski. Sandra relates how they came to be together and their life with USDAA.

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What Type of Music Do Dogs Love Best?

Do you know what type of music dogs love best? A recent research study looked at different genres of music to find the most calming ones for dogs in shelters. 

Read more about the study here.

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Help Fund the IFCS Team with AmazonSmile!

If you shop online, did you know you can help fundraise for the IFCS Team USA? Using the AmazonSmile program, a portion of your sales will be directly donated to the U.S. team competing in the World Agility Championships in April, 2017.

Read more about how to set your Amazon account up with AmazonSmile.

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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 Bella Vista Training Center Lewisberry, PA 03/10-03/12/2017
02/27 Bexar Regional Agility Team Kerrville, TX 03/17-03/19/2017
02/27 Top Notch Canines LLC Queen Creek, AZ 03/09-03/12/2017
03/01 Front Range Agility Team Castle Rock, CO 03/10-03/12/2017
03/01 BARK-NH! Amherst, NH 03/17-03/19/2017
03/01 Redhot Rovers Auburn, WA 03/11-03/12/2017
03/01 Renegade Agility LLC Leander, TX 03/11-03/12/2017
03/03 Dog-On-It Agility Club of Cent. Florida Winter Park, FL 03/10-03/12/2017
03/03 The Bay Team Santa Rosa, CA 03/18-03/19/2017
03/04 Pals & Paws, Inc. Jacksonville, FL 03/17-03/19/2017
03/04 Zen Dog Sports, Inc. Shelbyville, TN 03/11-03/12/2017
03/05 On The Run Canine Center Ham Lake, MN 03/25-03/26/2017
03/06 Club Agility Chiluca Metepec, MEX 03/18-03/20/2017
03/06 Willamette Agility Group Corvallis, OR 03/17-03/19/2017
03/08 Fast and Furryous Agility, LLC Snow Camp, NC 03/17-03/19/2017
03/08 B&D Creekside Activity Center LLC Latrobe, PA 03/17-03/19/2017
03/08 Agility Workout Society of Mid-Michigan Lapeer, MI 03/17-03/19/2017
03/10 All Dogs Gym Agility Manchester, NH 03/25-03/26/2017
03/13 Contact Agility Club Hamden, CT 03/31-04/02/2017
03/13 4 PAWS Agility Holly Springs, MS 03/25-03/26/2017
03/13 Tyler Obedience Training Club Tyler, TX 03/25-03/26/2017
03/15 Happy Dog Agility Moorpark, CA 03/25-03/26/2017
03/15 Riverside Canine Center North Kingstown, RI 04/07-04/09/2017
03/15 Santa Barbara Flyers Buellton, CA 04/01-04/02/2017
03/17 IncrediPAWS Pataskala, OH 04/01-04/02/2017
03/17 Never Go Back Watertown, TN 03/31-04/02/2017
03/17 PFTF Agility Groton, NY 03/31-04/02/2017
03/17 International Dog Events Assoc. Devonshire, XX 04/01-04/02/2017
03/19 Just Jump It, LLC Reva, VA 04/08-04/09/2017
03/20 Teamworks Dog Training, LLC Youngsville, NC 03/31-04/02/2017
03/20 Casa de Canine of Greater Kansas City, LLC Blue Springs, MO 03/31-04/02/2017
03/20 Boise Agility Runners & Climbers Caldwell, ID 03/31-04/02/2017
03/20 Paws & Ques Williston, FL 03/31-04/02/2017
03/20 Dog Agility Sport Handlers Costa Mesa, CA 04/08-04/09/2017
03/20 Leaps N Bounds Peoria, AZ 04/01-04/02/2017
03/20 Front Range Agility Club (FRAC) Greeley, CO 04/01-04/01/2017
03/22 Mid-Atlantic MADness Halethorpe, MD 04/01-04/02/2017
03/22 SCOR Agility, LLC Middletown, NY 04/08-04/09/2017
03/24 Rainier Agility Team Elma, WA 04/08-04/09/2017
03/24 Haute Dawgs Dixon, CA 04/07-04/09/2017
03/24 Travis Agility Group Belton, TX 03/31-04/02/2017
03/25 Low Country Dog Agility Charleston, SC 04/08-04/09/2017
03/27 Magic City Canine Club Odenville, AL 04/07-04/09/2017
03/27 HOT Dog Sports, LLC Kerrville, TX 04/07-04/09/2017
03/27 Pawsitive Partners Dog Training Center Indianapolis, IN 04/08-04/09/2017
03/27 Sirius Dog Agility Training Center Alpharetta, GA 04/14-04/16/2017
03/28 Dallas Agility Working Group McKinney, TX 04/15-04/16/2017
03/29 Mid-Atlantic Agility Showcase Palmyra, PA 04/21-04/23/2017
03/31 Two Rivers Agility Club of Sacramento Woodland, CA 04/14-04/16/2017






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