The Overview from USDAA
The USDAA OVERview™ at The ParAgility World Cup
By Kenneth Tatsch

USDAA PresidentEarlier this month I had the privilege to attend a wonderful event in Wieze, Belgium, for the International Mix & Breed Championship Agility (IMCA) and ParAgility World Cup. Most impressive was the progress made by Susan Rekveld over the past 10 years in developing ParAgility for the disabled. While the overall IMCA event had some 250 competitors, 90 of those were disabled and participating in ParAgility in one of seven categories. (Full details on the ParAgility program can be found on the web at

For those unfamiliar with the Paralympics, the competitors in a variety of sports are categorized by disability. ParAgility is no different. They have created seven groups, mostly based on the competitor's degree of mobility, being unassisted or assisted, as well as a category for sight and hearing impaired, and intellectual disabilities. It was only fitting (though coincidental) that this event was taking place the same time as the Paralympics in London this year.

In watching the event it took no time at all to realize that the competitors were in it for the accomplishment, even more so than the win. Ms. Rekveld whole-heartedly agrees that winning is simply icing on the cake and that they each had their own personal goals. Each exhibited a strong competitive spirit and pride, and they supported each other and shared in each other's accomplishments, even if they came up short of their own personal goals. Other competitors at IMCA were equally as supportive.


As we look ahead to the Cynosport World Games later this month in Colorado, the ParAgility success story and its many competitors who have risen above their disabilities to succeed serves as a reminder of one of the key goals of the Games: sharing with each other the spirit of fun competition as each seeks to achieve one's own goals.

No doubt at Cynosport® there is much focus on who will be at the top when it is over. Those competitors undoubtedly have worked hard, accomplished a lot, and are deserving of recognition. But it is equally important to not overshadow the many other accomplishments made by others at the event, and to remember a principal component of Cynosport and USDAA's 25 years of national events is the camaraderie and fun that we all embrace through interaction with our friends and fellow competitors.
IFCS Announces Events for 2013 & 2014
IFCS LogoBy Kenneth Tatsch

The International Federation of Cynological Sports (IFCS) has announced events for 2013-2014. In 2013, IFCS members on three continents will host continental championships for the first time. Events will be held for the Americas (in Ft. Worth, Texas) April 25-28, 2013, for Europe (in Gerona, Spain) April 4-7, and for Asia (Japan) in December. Each of these events have been recognized by IFCS as World Cup events, as each will feature classes, prizes and awards for countries within the continent and also provide for intercontinental participations and awards.

Also, in 2014, the Federation of Dog Sport Netherlands (FHN) will host the bi-annual IFCS World Agility Championships. Each IFCS member and recognized national organization will set their own criteria for competitor eligibility to participate in each event. Other countries are eligible to participate in the 2013 World Cup events and should contact Kenneth Tatsch, IFCS president, at
Training Corner: That Table!
By Tania Chadwick

Table Training Since it is still hot outside, why not try some exercises with built-in rest for your dog? Try a table refresh with some jump work. Run the segment in the sequence shown by the circled numbers, and then by the square numbers. Try starting with your dog, and then try leading out across the first hurdle. You can also try a running start at the first hurdle from different angles and starting positions as if this segment is in the middle of the course (the table usually is).

Keep in mind that focus is on the table in this exercise, so make sure you give a timely command to down (before landing on the table), rewarding your dog's speedy downs, and then look for solid stays on the table for the full five-second count. Your dog should not be "on edge" during the count such that he is about to break his down position.

With the circled number sequence, you should be looking for a smooth yet efficient sweeping pattern to the table, and a quick bolt from the table on your command when the count is concluded, followed by a smooth and efficient sweep across the remaining jumps in the sequence. On the square numbers, the flow is broken with a managed approach to the second and fifth hurdles as one might see in a Masters Challenge course. Keeping the flow going can be a challenge to maintain optimal speed on approach to the table.

Work this exercise, and then click for more sequences to try. One of the exercises has other obstacles swapped in for a different look. Enjoy!
Talking with Tom Kula, 2012 Cynosport World Games Chair
By Brenna Fender and Deborah Davidson Harpur

Tom KulaTom Kula, known jokingly as the Cynosport Czar, judged at the Cynosport World Games in both 2008 and 2009 before taking on the role of Chair in 2010. As such, Kula coordinates all aspects of the event, working closely with USDAA president Kenneth Tatsch, vice-president Andy Hartman, and event planner Heather Smith, amongst many others. Kula says, "Everybody at the USDAA office and many volunteers all have very important roles to play to make Cynosport a success."

Kula has a long history with USDAA. He's been involved with agility for 14 years, and has competed in what was first known as the Grand Prix of Dog Agility Championships, then the World Championships of Dog Agility, and now the Cynosport World Games every year from 1999 to 2007, with the exception of 2001.

At this year's Games, 900 dogs will have thousands of runs in six different rings over five days. An event of this magnitude requires a year to coordinate, not including the time it takes to locate and reserve an appropriate site. "We begin planning for next year's event almost immediately after the current event ends," says Kula. Behind-the-scenes work involves more than just selecting judges and mapping out ring placement. Kula oversees emergency services (EMS) arrangements, golf carts orders, cross-country shipping of equipment, on-site labor hiring, and more.

Kula enjoys watching competitors having fun at the Cynosport World Games. He says, "My goal is for everyone to have a great time, and leave the event thinking everything must have gone exactly to plan (whether it does or not)!"

Tom Kula 2

Read more about the inner workings of the Cynosport World Games and Kula's involvement in international agility in a fun interview by Deborah Davidson Harpur and her canine companion Rickie Roo at
Event Report: 2012 North Central Regional Championships
By Brenna Fender

The 2012 tournament season is now complete. At 14 regional events, handlers and their dogs competed to become champions in individual tournaments to earn byes into the semifinals at the 2012 Cynosport World Games.

The North Central Regional, hosted by the Cream City Canines and Contact Sports Agility, was held Friday, August 3rd, through Sunday, August 5th, in Crystal Lake, Illinois. Judges Dave Hanson, Leslie Bickel, and Dave Grubel presided over the event, which was live streamed on with commentary from USDAA vice president Andy Hartman, George Mariakis, and Frank Holik. Congratulations to the 2012 North Central Regional Champions! See them all and check out courses and partial results from the event at Then watch for them at the Cynosport World Games September 26-30, 2013, to see just how far they can go!

North Central Regional Championships

Grand Prix of Dog Agility® 12" New England Regional Champion Andy Mueller and Crackers (left) with second place winner Mike Padgett and Kona (center) and third place winner Dana Pike and Tangle.
In the News: Pink Day!
By Shari Lipski-Behun

Boone County DogSport, a USDAA club in Poplar Grove, Illinois, held its inaugural "Charity Team Day" on Sunday, July 1, 2012. All teams were chosen by judge Evelyn Robertson on the morning of the trial. A portion of the proceeds from this tournament are being donated to the Ozaukee Humane Society in memory of well-loved USDAA competitor Kim Klippel. All competitors wore pink in memory of Kim, who passed away last December from cancer, and of all of those, whether two- or four-legged, we've lost to cancer. Read more about Pink Day at

Pink Day
What To Do In Denver
Now that entries to the 2012 Cynosport World Games are closed, it's time to plan your trip! If you're looking for a few non-dog related activities while you or your family members are visiting Denver for the big event, check these out:

US MintUS Mint Tour - Learn how to make money for free!
Free tours daily, on the hour from 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. Reservations are recommended and can be made online:
The US Mint is located at 320 W. Colfax Ave. 80204. Call 303-405-4761.

Coors BreweryCoors Brewery Tour - Mmmmm, Beer!
Free, 30-minute tours approximately a half hour's drive from the show site. Tours begin in the southeast corner of the visitor parking lot, 13th & Ford Street, Golden, CO 80401. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m. Details at: or toll free 866-812-2337.

Dino RidgeDinosaur Ridge - Not quite Jurassic Park!
This outdoor museum and Visitor's Center showcases important dinosaur discoveries made in the late 1800s. Take a self-guided tour for free, a guided tour for $3, or a 40-minute bus tour for $4 per person. Dinosaur Ridge is about 30 miles from the show site. 16831 W. Alameda Pkwy, Morrison, CO, 303-697-3466 or

For more activities in Denver, see Annie's suggestions at
USDAA OVERview Now Available in the Library
The OVERview™ is being archived online. Visit the Forms & Documents Library ( and see past issues of USDAA's award-winning newsletter, The OVERview™, as well as older issues of USDAA's The Dog Agility Report™.
In last month's issue, the article titled Water, the Basis of a Dog's Life! was incorrectly attributed. The correct author is Leslie May, and the online copy of the The Overview contains the proper byline. Our apologies to Ms. May for that error.
Health: Does Your Dog Love Water from the Garden Hose?
By Leslie May

Many dogs consider playing in a hose to be a reward for a great training session. But be careful, there may be dangers lurking there. The Ecology Center (, a membership-based, nonprofit environmental organization based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, conducted a recent study of toxic chemicals in gardening products. They found that "high amounts of lead, phthalates, and the toxic chemical BPA were all found in the water of a new hose after sitting outside in the sun for just a few days," according to researchers at the Ecology Center. They also indicate that "such chemicals have been linked to birth defects, impaired learning, liver toxicity, premature births and early puberty in laboratory animals, among other serious health problems." Read more about the study here:

So, if your dog likes playing in the hose, what should you do?

1. Purchase only PVC, lead free, and drinking water safe hoses available on the market that won't harbor dangerous chemicals.

2. Let the water run for about 15 seconds before drinking, since the water that sits in the hose contains the most unwanted elements and be sure to store your hose out of the sun and heat.

3. Find more tips on safer hoses from

Be safe!

A version of this article was first posted at and was reposted with permission.
Upcoming Events Calendar

Watch out for these events with entries closing this month:
Dates Host Group Event Location Type
10/2 DASH K9 Sports Woodstock, IL Match Only
10/5 - 10/7 Top Notch Canines LLC Phoenix, AZ Titling Event w/Tournament Classes
10/5 - 10/7 Low Country Dog Agility Charleston, SC Titling Event w/Tournament Classes
10/5 - 10/7 All Colorado Agility Team Fountain, CO Titling Event w/Tournament Classes
10/5 - 10/7 Panhandle Agility League Gulfport, MS Titling Classes Only
10/6 - 10/7 Columbia Agility Team Ridgefield, WA Titling Event w/Tournaments & JHP Classes
10/6 - 10/7 Artful Dodgers Agility Group Millersville, MD Titling Event w/Tournament Classes
10/6 - 10/7 Valley Agility Sports Team Turlock, CA Titling Event w/Tournament Classes
10/6 - 10/7 Y Agility East Windsor, CT Titling Event w/Tournament Classes
10/6 - 10/7 Santa Barbara Flyers Buellton, CA Titling Event w/Tournament Classes
10/12 Agile Dogs Agility Training Stephentown, NY Intro Program Only
10/12 - 10/14 Arrowhead Agility Club Proctor, MN Titling Event w/Tournament Classes
10/12 - 10/14 BARK-NH! Manchester, NH Titling Event w/Tournament Classes
10/13 - 10/14 Las Vegas Dogs in Competitive Events (LV DICE) Boulder City, NV Titling Event w/Tournament Classes
10/13 - 10/14 Agile Dogs Agility Training Stephentown, NY Titling Event w/Tournament Classes
10/13 Canine Capers Norcross, GA Intro Program Only
10/13 - 10/14 Haute Dawgs Dixon, CA Titling Event w/Tournament Classes
10/13 - 10/14 Happy Dog Agility Moorpark, CA Titling Event w/Tournament Classes
10/13 - 10/14 Four Seasons K9 Athlete Center Washingtonville, OH Titling Event w/Tournament Classes
10/13 - 10/14 Keystone Agility Club Barto, PA Titling Event w/Tournament Classes
10/13 - 10/14 Just Jump It, LLC Reva, VA Titling Event w/Tournament Classes
10/19 - 10/21 KineticDog, LLC Barto, PA Titling Event w/Tournament Classes
10/20 - 10/21 Happy Dog Ranch Ashland City, TN Titling Event w/Tournament Classes
10/20 -10/21 Saguaro Scramblers Marana, AZ Titling Event w/Tournament Classes
10/20 - 10/21 Dallas Agility Working Group Denton, TX Titling Event w/Tournament Classes
10/20 - 10/21 Pawsitively Fun Dog Training Group Fort White, FL Titling Classes Only
10/26 - 10/28 Tailwaggers Learning Center West Palm Beach, FL Titling Event w/Tournament Classes
10/26 - 10/28 DrivenDogs Agility Camarillo, CA Titling Event w/Tournament Classes
10/27 - 10/28 Y Agility East Windsor, CT Titling Event w/Tournament Classes
10/27 - 10/28 Lehigh Valley Dream Weaver Agility Club Barto, PA Titling Event w/Tournament Classes
10/26 - 10/28 Dallas Dog Sports McKinney, TX Titling Event w/Tournament Classes
11/1 - 11/4 United States Dog Agility Association, Inc. Barrie, ON Seminar w/ Match

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