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By Kenneth Tatsch, USDAA President

I would like to thank everyone who pitched in to assure the success of Cynosport® 2015. There are simply too many people to name here, but we have tried to recognize them both at the event and in surrounding coverage. This group always includes a number of people who attend just to volunteer, making the trip a destination for both enjoyment and fulfillment of their sense of commitment to dog agility. Having knowledgeable support in key roles at this event, as with any event, is certainly appreciated by all. To each of you, an extra special thanks.

I also want to thank our sponsors this year — Zuke's, Glyco Flex and Max 200 — for their support and help in making this a great event for every competitor. I extend my congratulations to all the tournament finalists and medalists too, who are listed in our news coverage of the event on Event results are still available on the event web site at, and on-demand video is available through

It was my pleasure at Cynosport 2015 to welcome seven people into the Dog Agility Hall of Fame! Inductees included true agility pioneers from the sport's beginning in the United States—Heather Smith from Texas and Ron and Cheryl Pitkin from New Hampshire. On the international front, Jory Freimann was recognized for his pioneering spirit and support in Costa Rica. Inductees to the Hall of Fame for meritorious service included long-time supporters Renee Culpepper from Louisiana and Rafael Quinones of Puerto Rico.

Stuart Mah, previously named a Pioneer of Dog Agility, was recognized for his Championship Diamond Lifetime Achievement Award with his dog Ares.

Preparations are already underway for Cynosport® 2016, to be held in Scottsdale, Arizona, November 9-13. Scottsdale was always a favorite destination for competitors nationwide (2004 – 2009), and we hope all will try to make the trip westward. We also have some special events coming up in 2016.

Check out the list of regionals and other special events for 2016 on the event calendar page. Thank you all for your continued support of USDAA.

Independent Start Lines

Start lines seem like a relatively easy task for our dogs to complete, but a high drive dog can have difficulty maintaining a start line, especially in big competitions. Other dogs with less intensity may shut down if you're too far away from them to start your run.

Breaking down each step in the process, continually proofing your training and teaching your dog to commit to the first obstacle no matter where you are on the course can be fun and rewarding for both you and your dog. Alicia Nicholas describes
a few start line games to build confidence at the start line.

Cynosport 2015

Nearly 1,100 dogs from eight different countries convened at the Cynosport World Games in Murfreesboro, TN last month. Besides five days of competition in five rings, there was also plenty of activities to participate in outside of agility. World Cynosport Rally run-throughs, lure coursing, Agility 101, Splash Dogs and a wide array of vendors all provided great entertainment for competitors in their down time.

The days started out early with briefings for Team Snooker and Gamblers at 6:30 each morning. Before the briefings or any courses were walked, we were treated to fellow competitors Mary Metelko from Nashville and Kayl McCann from Canada singing their national anthems.

Everyone, including the dogs, enjoyed the complimentary Competitor Appreciation Ice Cream Social during Check-In on Tuesday afternoon. Many competitors also got into the spirit of the season by decorating their crating areas for Halloween. The Miller Room served as a competitor lounge to escape the activities of the event by relaxing and enjoying the Lifetime Achievement Awards presentation.

Fundraising efforts for the United States Association of Cynological Sports to support IFCS Team USA were also in full swing. Besides the two Schooling Rings outside of the facility on grass, potential candidates also staffed a vending booth inside and sold IFCS t-shirts and hats. As an added bonus, 50 percent of the proceeds from lure coursing were donated as well. In all, nearly $5,000 was raised during the event to help pay for the team to travel to the Netherlands next April.

Of course, our thanks goes to our terrific sponsors - Zuke's All Natural, Healthy Dog Treats, GlycoFlex– a pioneer in joint supplements for dogs and Max200 for supplying seven rings of top of the line agility equipment for the event, including two rings for the USACS fundraising efforts. Their support throughout the event made it one of the best yet.

To see all the winners of the tournaments, read specialty articles and daily event recaps, visit the Email Updates page on
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Workout Wednesday

As the sport of agility becomes more technical, so does our training and conditioning for our canine teammates. Keeping them in top physical shape helps prevent injuries and recover more quickly after exercising.

In a four-part series on keeping our dogs in great shape, Dr. Leslie Eide describes basic exercises for to give our dogs a full body workout on Workout Wednesdays.
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National Veterinary Technician Week

As responsible pet owners, we all take our dogs to the vet for regular check-ups. The first person who we have contact with are the veterinary technicians. These professionals help care for our dogs and other family members whenever they are in need of medical care.

October 11 through 17 was National Veterinary Technician Week and we honored all the vet techs that are part of the USDAA family by featuring a popular and accomplished west coast competitor, Katrina Parkinson.
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IFCS Team USA Update

Congratulations to the first members of the 2016 IFCS Team USA – 12 inches – Mike Padgett and Kona; 16 inches – Marcy Mantell and Stripe; 22 inches – Jeannine Doepke and Jill; and 26 inches – Melanie Miller and Integrity (not pictured) and Rachel Sanders, Team Coach.

The Cynosport World Games is the first step in the process for selecting team members. One member per jump height was awarded based on their performance in Grand Prix Semi-Finals, Grand Prix Finals and Masters Challenge Jumpers and Standard classes.

The remaining team members will be awarded at the World Team Selection Event January 21 – 24, 2016 in Belton, TX.

Upcoming Events Calendar

Watch out for these events with entries closing in the coming weeks:

Closing Date Host Group Location Dates
11/20 DASH - Dog Agility Sports of Houston Houston, TX 12/05-12/06/2015
11/20 Happy Dog Ranch Ashland City, TN 12/05-12/06/2015
11/20 Bella Vista Training Center Lewisberry, PA 11/27-11/29/2015
11/20 All 4 Fun Agility Club Gray Summit, MO 12/05-12/06/2015
11/20 The Bay Team Santa Rosa, CA 12/04-12/06/2015
11/21 Low Country Dog Agility Charleston, SC 12/05-12/06/2015
11/23 Contact Zonies Anthem, AZ 12/05-12/06/2015
11/23 All Dogs Can Agility Lapeer, MI 12/04-12/06/2015
11/23 Carolina Piedmont Agility Yadkinville, NC 12/04-12/06/2015
11/23 Paws & Ques Williston, FL 12/04-12/06/2015
11/23 TNT Dog Center Midland, MI 11/28-11/29/2015
11/23 Bar-Bax Agility CR Santa Ana, SJ 12/05-12/06/2015
11/25 BARK-NH! Manchester, NH 12/11-12/13/2015
11/25 Contact Point Agility Club Camarillo, CA 12/05-12/06/2015
11/25 Wasatch Agility Farmington, UT 12/05-12/06/2015
11/27 Pawsitive Partners Dog Training Center Indianapolis, IN 12/12-12/13/2015
11/28 Pals & Paws, Inc. Jacksonville, FL 12/11-12/13/2015
11/30 Teamworks Dog Training, LLC Youngsville, NC 12/11-12/13/2015
12/01 Keystone Agility Club Barto, PA 12/12-12/13/2015
12/01 HOT Dog Sports, LLC Kerrville, TX 12/11-12/13/2015
12/02 Club-Doggie Queen Creek, AZ 12/12-12/13/2015
12/04 Dog Agility Sport Handlers Costa Mesa, CA 12/18-12/20/2015
12/04 Sonlight Ranch LLC Brooksville, FL 12/18-12/20/2015
12/11 Penn-Ohio Agility Erie, PA 01/01-01/03/2016
12/14 Dog Gone Fun TX Spring, TX 12/26-12/28/2015
12/14 Contact Agility Club Hamden, CT 01/01-01/03/2016
12/14 Saguaro Scramblers Marana, AZ 12/26-12/27/2015
12/16 Sirius Dog Agility Training Center Perry, GA 01/01-01/03/2016
12/16 BARK-NH! Manchester, NH 01/01-01/03/2016
12/18 Greater St. Louis Agility Club Gray Summit, MO 01/02-01/03/2016
12/18 Synergy Dog Sports Mt Vernon, WA 01/01-01/03/2016
12/19 Mid-Atlantic MADness Halethorpe, MD 01/02-01/03/2016
12/21 International Dog Events Assoc. Devonshire, XX 01/09-01/10/2016
12/21 IncrediPAWS Pataskala, OH 01/02-01/03/2016
12/24 Good Dog Agility Club Tempe, AZ 12/31-01/03/2016

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