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USDAA Letter
By Kenneth Tatsch, President

We’re proud to welcome a fine group of people into the ranks as official USDAA judges after they successfully completed the Rules and Course Design Clinic a few weeks ago in Minnesota. Whether you want to be a judge or not, Course Design Clinics can help you “up your game” from a competitor’s viewpoint. It’s time well spent to learn every aspect of this sport we love so much. Congratulations to our new judges and judges advancing to the Masters level.

Our Instagram and Facebook pages are the perfect way to see what’s happening at Regionals, whether you’re there competing or keeping score from home. We encourage you to post your own photos and videos to Instagram and tagging them with #usdaa and #usdaaregional. This will make everyone following along feel as if they are right there with you at the event. Check out the photos and videos from the recent New England Regional hosted by Playing Agility with Style (PAWS) on our Instagram page. As with all regionals, you can check out the winners on the USDAA.com news page.

With only a few months left in the 2015-2016 Tournament Season, there’s still time, and a few Regional Championships remaining, to either earn your Qs for Cynosport or try for a semi-final bye in either Grand Prix/Performance Grand Prix or Steeplechase/Performance Speed Jumping. Only the Central and Western Regionals remain in the U.S. in addition to the Western Canadian Regional next month and the Mexico Regional in mid-September.

Looking ahead to 2017, we’re pleased to announce the dates and location of the 2017 Cynosport® World Games. Please join us Oct. 25 – 29, 2017 at the Tennessee Miller Coliseum in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This will be our third time at this great venue and we look forward to another successful Cynosport. We also have confirmed dates and locations for most of the Regional Championships for 2017. We will announce when the remaining Regional dates are finalized, but we encourage you to bookmark this page to check on the status from time to time.

We are working on securing a facility west of the Mississippi River for the 2017 Title Mania® event and we hope to announced the dates and location before the end of summer. Remember, you can always get the latest USDAA news on our News Page and Facebook

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Let's Communicate!

Lynn Stephens discusses the prevalence of handling systems in agility. Her position is that these systems make it harder for handlers to try a different approach when it comes to establishing good communication with their dogs because they are so stuck on the system they are focused on.

This can also lead to confusion for newcomers in the sport who are exposed to a variety of systems without knowing which to go with, or if they should use one at all. She explores the idea that in order to be successful, you don't have to have a system with a name or website or other trends attached to it - you can develop your own form of communication with your dog that works best for the both of you.

Read more about her thoughts on handler-dog communication.

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Dealing with Dog Fights

If you have experienced a dog fight at a trial, you know how upsetting and stressful it can be. It also has great potential to cause moderate to serious physical harm to both the dogs involved and the people who step in to break the fight up. While this may seem like a subject far apart from what the agility handler and competitor should focus on, knowing how to deal with this situation if it occurs at a trial, or anywhere where there are dogs, can be critical in keeping all involved safe and minimizing injury.

In this article we go through the major points of what to be aware of during the fight, such as maintaining situational awareness at all times whenever you are in a situation like a trial where there are a lot of dogs. Even if you think that every thing is fine because the dogs you observe know each other well or who have never had incidents before, they can still get involved in a fight if they are stressed, not feeling well, or startled. Read more on what to do! And you can also review our past article on What To Do If a Dog Bite Happens at a Trial.

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Why Do Dogs Have Different Eye Colors?

We recently published an article in honor of National Different Colored Eyes Day (July 12) and were surprised at the popularity among our social media fans!

Heterochromia is the medical name for this condition, which is not harmful to the dog, or the people who have it. There are actually several types of heterochromia based on the amount of color in the other eye, which can be only in a section of the iris, along the ring of the pupil, or the entire iris. Learn more about this genetic feature and the breeds of dogs it tends to appear in.

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Competitor Spotlight: Alice Reinkemeyer

Alice Reinkemeyer and her dog Tess wowed the crowd at Title Mania this year. Hard to believe but at first Tess showed little interest in people or agility when Alice first brought her home, and she found new things to be very stressful. Alice's abilities as a trainer were on display at Title Mania as Tess was an amazing, confident and brilliant agility partner.

Tess and her mother drove thirteen hours to Ohio to compete at Title Mania with the dream of winning a coveted spot on the 2017 IFCS Team USA. Recalls Alice, "I couldn't have asked for a better group of competitors to challenge, push and support each other." To her delight, she and Tess earned a spot on the IFCS Team by .67 points! They are already eagerly working together to train for Spain next year. Read more about this wonderful team!

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Cynosport is Coming!

Are you excited for Cynosport? As we reach the middle of the summer, preparations are underway for this November event in Scottsdale, AZ. 

If you're making plans to attend, visit the Cynosport event website which already has information on hotels and RV reservations, as well as fun things to do in the area if you're planning an extended stay. More information will be added over the course of the summer and fall. Don't miss out on important updates! Sign up to be notified by email of all the latest news.

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USDAA is All Over Social Media!

Do you follow all the latest news and articles from USDAA on social media? We are pleased to have many different avenues for you to interact with and learn from including:

If you don't follow all of our social media already, please give it a try! In addition to learning more about USDAA, events and regional updates, and informative information on all aspects of dogs, we have fun contests on our Facebook page monthly! We encourage you to post your own photos and videos to Instagram and tagging them with #usdaa and, if you're attending a Regional also use hashtag #usdaaregional, and use the same hashtags as well for your posts on Facebook.

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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
07/20 Happy Dog Agility Moorpark, CA 07/30-07/31/2016
07/25 Touch & Go Agility Club Barto, PA 08/05-08/07/2016
07/27 Riverside Canine Center N. Smithfield, RI 08/12-08/14/2016
07/27 Top Notch Canines LLC Phoenix, AZ 08/06-08/06/2016
07/27 Santa Barbara Flyers Santa Barbara, CA 08/13-08/14/2016
07/29 Penn-Ohio Agility Erie, PA 08/12-08/14/2016
07/29 Sirius Dog Agility Training Center Perry, GA 08/12-08/14/2016
08/01 Casa de Canine of Greater Kansas City, LLC New Century (Gardner), KS 08/12-08/14/2016
08/01 United States Dog Agility Association, Inc. Atizapan de Zaragoza, MEX 10/14-10/16/2016
08/01 Over Rover Training Center Cato, NY 08/12-08/14/2016
08/01 Redhot Rovers Langley, BC 08/12-08/14/2016
08/03 Tails in Motion Little Falls, MN 08/13-08/14/2016
08/05 IncrediPAWS Pataskala, OH 08/20-08/21/2016
08/07 Ace Agility Club Westfield, MA 08/27-08/28/2016
08/08 Action Dog Sports Moorpark, CA 08/19-08/21/2016
08/08 Sugar Bush Farm Stephentown, NY 08/19-08/21/2016
08/08 Zen Dog Sports, Inc. Shelbyville, TN 08/20-08/21/2016
08/08 Club-Doggie Queen Creek, AZ 08/13-08/14/2016
08/10 B&D Creekside Activity Center LLC Latrobe, PA 08/20-08/21/2016
08/12 Front Range Agility Club (FRAC) Laramie, WY 08/19-08/21/2016
08/12 Salinas-Monterey Agility Racing Team Prunedale, CA 08/27-08/28/2016
08/14 ARFF Agility Club, Inc. Westford, MA 09/03-09/04/2016
08/15 Branchwater Training Center Reisterstown, MD 08/26-08/28/2016
08/15 Willamette Agility Group Brownsville, OR 08/26-08/28/2016
08/15 All Dogs Can Agility Lapeer, MI 08/26-08/28/2016
08/15 Bar-Bax Agility CR El Alto de Ochomogo, C 08/27-08/28/2016
08/15 Agility in Manitoba RM of Springfield, MB 08/27-08/28/2016
08/15 First Dog Sports Pinetop / Lakeside, AZ 08/27-08/28/2016
08/19 The Bay Team Prunedale, CA 09/03-09/05/2016
08/20 Agility Jalisco Chapala, JAL 08/27-08/28/2016

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