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By Andy Hartman

This time next week, many of us will be in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, enjoying the 2015 Cynosport® World Games. With nearly 1,100 dogs and over 750 competitors attending from nine different countries, there is a tremendous amount of coordinating and scheduling required to create a balanced schedule for every competitor. From crating assignments to the walk/run order and organizing the over 40 vendors and the non-agility events, this is no small undertaking.

Every year, we strive to improve on the previous Cynosport. This year, we're trying something different to thank you, our competitors, for your support throughout the year. Instead of a competitor dinner, we're hosting a Complimentary Ice Cream Social on Tuesday, October 20th from 3 to 8 p.m. during Check-In. Maggie Moo's Gourmet Ice Cream Truck will be fixing your favorite cool treats for both you and your dog. They'll also be playing great music to get you in the mood for a fun and fantastic event!

With Halloween right around the corner, we're also looking forward to the Crating Area Decorating Contest on Friday evening before the Performance Grand Prix Finals. We have some great prizes for 1st through 3rd place, in the categories of Most Festive and Spookiest decorated stalls.

Also on Friday night's schedule is the USDAA Hall of Fame induction ceremony. This year will be truly special since we're honoring a few special individuals who truly helped develop the sport in the New England area many years ago.

Keep your eyes on the USDAA News Page for bios on each of our Cynosport judges. We'll also post event updates there as well as on Cynosport.com and our Facebook page. We're looking forward to another great event and thank you for your support.

Finally, a reminder that USDAA will be holding two full Course Design and Rules Clinics in 2016. The first will be held in Dallas, Texas, February 25-28 and the second will be held in St. Cloud, Minnesota, June 30 through July 3. These clinics are open to competitors who want to either (1) become a USDAA judge or (2) want to learn more about USDAA agility. For judges who needed to update their continuing education (CE), there will be a CE module at each of these seminars. You can find out more information on these seminars on the USDAA Event Calendar.

Hope to see everyone in Murfreesboro!

Welcome Language

Handling a Two Jump 360

With any challenges presented to us and our dogs while we're competing, there are usually a variety of options on how to handle these challenges. A two-jump 360 degree turn is likely to turn up in one tournament class or another.

How you handle a challenge like this will depend on the size, speed and drive of your dog as well as your speed and the skills you've taught your dog along the way.

Steve Schwarz from Agility Nerd describes numerous ways to handle this challenge on course.

Western Regional Recap

Nearly 300 dogs from as far away as New York invaded Prunedale, CA over Labor Day Weekend for the last regional event of the 2015 Tournament Season. The four-day event offered fun, challenging courses from the five judges and the Bay Team crew did a great job keeping the show rolling along every day with interactive briefings and festive music playing during walk-throughs and course builds.

Competitors treated their dogs to lots of Zuke's All Natural, Healthy Dog Treats throughout the event as well as some great prizes for the worker raffle too. Congratulations to all the winners at the Western Regional last month!

The Super Q

Love it or hate it, Snooker is a strategy game that once you “get” you love playing. Snooker is always a challenge and rarely easy. It's also completely humbling when your awesome plan goes awry or you're the first dog below the line to get a Super Q, again.

For some, getting a Super Q can seem incredibly daunting, especially if they have a moderate speed dog. The strategy behind Snooker and how you devise your course plan that allows you to finish the closing is one of the keys to the game.

Super Q's do happen and they happen to moderate speed dogs every weekend. Tamar Fuhrer highlights a few handlers who achieved three Super Qs and achieved their Championship title.

Training a Deaf Dog

Running a deaf dog in agility can be a blast, but also has its own set of challenges. It requires special training and handling techniques that can improve your skills and make you a better trainer and handler in the process.

Giving praise, building handler focus, dealing with the zoomies and staying in their line of sight throughout the course are all things to consider when training a deaf dog for competition.

Robin Stawasz describes the process for training deaf dogs in agility as part of National Deaf Dog Awareness Week.

Welcome Language

Workout Wednesdays!

We know our dogs are athletes and conditioning them is an integral part of preparing for competitions. No matter what your goals are for your dog, properly conditioning them should be part of your regular routine. It not only helps your performance, but will build a better bond between you and your dog which will benefit both of you.

Dr. Leslie Eide, DVM and Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist provides a series of articles on select Wednesdays on proper conditioning for your canine athletes.

Upcoming Events Calendar

Watch out for these events with entries closing in the coming weeks:
Closing Date Host Group Location Dates
10/16 Fetch Sam! San Jose, CA 10/31-10/31/2015
10/16 Good Dog Agility Club Tempe, AZ 10/30-11/01/2015
10/16 Dog Gone Fun TX Spring, TX 10/30-11/01/2015
10/19 Contact Sports Agility Plainfield, IL 10/30-11/01/2015
10/23 SureFire Dogs Training Center Westborough, MA 11/06-11/08/2015
10/23 Southwest Agility Team Albuquerque, NM 11/06-11/08/2015
10/24 Salinas-Monterey Agility Racing Team Morgan Hill, CA 11/06-11/08/2015
10/25 Center for Canine Sports, Inc. Garland, TX 11/07-11/08/2015
10/25 Hog Dog Productions Millersville, MD 11/14-11/15/2015
10/26 Paws & Ques Williston, FL 11/06-11/08/2015
10/26 MAD CO, LLC Crozet, VA 11/06-11/08/2015
10/26 Magic City Canine Club Birmingham, AL 11/06-11/08/2015
10/26 Dog Agility Racing Team (DART) Camarillo, CA 11/07-11/08/2015
10/27 High Octane Agility Barto, PA 11/07-11/08/2015
10/27 Canine Sports Zone Middleton, WI 11/06-11/08/2015
10/30 Bloomington Obedience Training Club Bloomington, MN 11/14-11/15/2015
10/31 Boom Towne Canine Campus Farmington, NY 11/14-11/15/2015
11/01 KineticDog, LLC Barto, PA 11/20-11/22/2015
11/02 Boone County Dog Sport New Berlin, WI 11/14-11/14/2015
11/02 Bexar Regional Agility Team San Antonio, TX 11/13-11/15/2015
11/02 4 PAWS Agility Holly Springs, MS 11/14-11/15/2015
11/02 Rainier Agility Team Elma, WA 11/13-11/15/2015
11/02 Dog-On-It Agility Club of Cent. Florida Winter Park, FL 11/20-11/22/2015
11/04 Contact Point Agility Club Camarillo, CA 11/14-11/15/2015
11/04 Canine Capers Gainesville, GA 11/20-11/22/2015
11/04 Nunes Agility Field Turlock, CA 11/13-11/15/2015
11/07 Sport Agility Mexico Quer‚taro, QUE 11/14-11/16/2015
11/07 Low Country Dog Agility Charleston, SC 11/21-11/22/2015
11/08 Agility at the Farm Campton Hills, IL 11/21-11/22/2015
11/09 Knight Flyer Agility Carthage, TX 11/20-11/22/2015
11/13 Faithful Friends Dog Training Greenville, IN 11/21-11/21/2015
11/13 All Dogs Gym Agility Manchester, NH 11/27-11/29/2015
11/13 Good Dog Agility Club Phoenix, AZ 11/27-11/29/2015
11/15 RACE Paso Robles, CA 11/27-11/29/2015
11/16 Countryside Agility LLC Erie, PA 11/27-11/29/2015
11/16 Virginia Ruff Riders, LLC Herndon, VA 11/27-11/29/2015
11/18 Happy Dog Agility Moorpark, CA 11/27-11/29/2015
11/18 Think Pawsitive LLC New Berlin, WI 11/28-11/29/2015
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
11/20 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 DASH - Dog Agility Sports of Houston Houston, TX 12/05-12/06/2015
11/21 Low Country Dog Agility Charleston, SC 12/05-12/06/2015

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