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USDAA Letter
By Kenneth Tatsch, President

Congratulations to the newest members of IFCS Team USA for 2017. Based on their performance at the World Team Selection Event in Pennsylvania earlier this month, our team selections are complete and we turn our sights to Valencia next April. In addition to these team members IFCS allows the option to choose a previous dog/handler medalist to be added to the team and in case of injury or illness an alternate will be announced for each jump height. An announcement on these positions will be forthcoming.

We are pleased to announce the dates and locations for Title Mania next year. Building on the success of the inaugural event this past summer, we are offering three regional events in 2017, enabling more people to have access to the events. USDAA is proud to be partnering with USDAA groups to spread the enthusiasm for these events.

For those who missed Title Mania last year, the featured event is offered as a means of recognizing those who excel in accuracy, consistency, and versatility in competition against the standards of performance defined in USDAA Rules & Regulations. Title Mania events are offered as a come one, come all events, which provides a once a year opportunity to invite your friends that compete in other programs to come and experience the excitement of USDAA competition without regard to previous accomplishments in USDAA programs. Mark your calendars for the competition nearest to you:

  • April 20 – 23, Camarillo, CA, co-hosted by USDAA & DART
  • July 6 – 9, Franklin, TN, co-hosted by USDAA & K9 Sports of Tennessee
  • May 25 - 28, North Kingstown, RI, co-hosted by USDAA & Riverside Canine Center

Special awards for Title Mania Dog of the Year in each discipline – Gamblers, Snooker, Agility, & Jumping—as well as special Title Mania Versatility Awards make this an opportunity competitors will not want to miss.

Finally, we are gearing up for Cynosport 2016. I wish safe travels to those making way to Scottsdale next month. We are excited to be returning to Scottsdale, as it is a fantastic venue for our event. Those unable to make the journey should be sure to watch the live web cast of the finals, which will be offered free of charge this year. If you haven’t done so already, be sure to sign up for updates on www.cynosport.com for timing and other event information.

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Cynosport Continuing Education Seminar

A continuing education seminar for judges will take place on Tuesday, before the opening of Cynosport. This year’s seminar for judges will focus on newly revised Course Design Guidelines, addressing a number of definitions that have met with mixed interpretations and with retooling of the requirements for the Masters Challenges classes to present better balance of expected competitive elements and how to utilize a “design to educate” philosophy. In addition, we plan to include discussion of landing and take-off zones and their impact on different course configurations. Judges should make every effort to attend. Applications are available in the usdaa.com events calendar.

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Lily & Joe: The Road to Agility Dog Champion

Jo Unbehaun remembers her team mate and friend Lily, who recently passed away. Lily became the first Westie to earn the title of Agility Dog Champion.

Learn more about this remarkable dog and Jo, her owner, and their many accomplishments in agility.

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Resources for Disaster Planning for Pets

As we head into hurricane season, it's a good idea to make sure we have a plan in case of an emergency to deal with our pets.

We've put together a list of resources from the American Red Cross, FEMA, the CDC and more to help you prepare for caring for your pets if a natural disaster hits.

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Good News for Children and Dogs

Research has found that exposing children to dogs from an early age can actually reduce the possibility that the child will develop asthma later on in life. This is great news for dogs that end up losing their homes when someone in the house develops the condition.

Read more about this research project in Sweden.

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How Dogs Perceive Their World Through Smell

Dr. Alexandra Horowitz was recently interviewed on NPR about a dog's sense of smell. Dr. Horowitz is a researcher with the canine cognition lab at Barnard College/Columbia University and her work has focused on how dogs use smell to perceive their environment. 

Dogs can be trained to sniff everything from explosives to diseases. Dr. Horowitz discusses this and more in her interview. Read more and access the audio link.

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Dogs Improving Welfare for Other Animals

During October's Animal Welfare Week, we looked at how dogs can provide welfare for other animals in zoos. In many zoos around the country, dogs are placed with cheetahs to provide companionship. They can build a shy kitten's confidence and improve their lives.

Learn more about these unique programs and view some adorable view as well! 

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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
10/19 Good Dog Agility Club Tempe, AZ 11/05-11/06/2016
10/19 Southwest Agility Team Albuquerque, NM 11/05-11/06/2016
10/21 United States Dog Agility Association, Inc. Scottsdale, AZ 11/08-11/08/2016
10/23 Hog Dog Productions Millersville, MD 11/12-11/13/2016
10/24 Canine Sports Zone Middleton, WI 11/04-11/06/2016
10/24 Paws & Ques Williston, FL 11/04-11/06/2016
10/24 Renegade Agility LLC Dripping Springs, TX 10/31-10/31/2016
10/26 Contact Point Agility Club Camarillo, CA 11/05-11/06/2016
10/31 Canine Capers Gainesville, GA 11/11-11/13/2016
10/31 SureFire Dogs Training Center Westborough, MA 11/11-11/13/2016
11/02 Knight Flyer Agility Tyler, TX 11/18-11/20/2016
11/05 Low Country Dog Agility Charleston, SC 11/19-11/20/2016
11/07 Dog Agility El Salvador San salvador, SS 11/19-11/20/2016
11/07 PFTF Agility Groton, NY 11/18-11/20/2016
11/07 Dog-On-It Agility Club of Cent. Florida Winter Park, FL 11/18-11/20/2016
11/09 Think Pawsitive LLC New Berlin, WI 11/26-11/27/2016
11/11 All Dogs Gym Agility Manchester, NH 11/25-11/27/2016
11/14 Happy Dog Ranch Ashland City, TN 11/25-11/27/2016
11/14 Virginia Ruff Riders, LLC Herndon, VA 11/25-11/27/2016
11/14 Bexar Regional Agility Team Seguin, TX 11/26-11/27/2016
11/16 Good Dog Agility Club Phoenix, AZ 11/25-11/27/2016
11/16 RACE Paso Robles, CA 11/25-11/27/2016
11/18 Countryside Agility LLC Erie, PA 12/02-12/04/2016
11/21 Paws & Ques Williston, FL 12/02-12/04/2016
11/21 Contact Zonies Anthem, AZ 12/03-12/04/2016
11/21 Carolina Piedmont Agility Yadkinville, NC 12/02-12/04/2016
11/21 All Dogs Can Agility Lapeer, MI 12/02-12/04/2016
11/21 Rainier Agility Team Auburn, WA 12/03-12/04/2016
11/21 DASH - Dog Agility Sports of Houston Houston, TX 12/03-12/04/2016
11/23 BARK-NH! Manchester, NH 12/09-12/11/2016
11/23 Contact Point Agility Club Camarillo, CA 12/03-12/04/2016
11/23 Bella Vista Training Center Lewisberry, PA 12/02-12/04/2016
11/25 Teamworks Dog Training, LLC Youngsville, NC 12/09-12/11/2016
11/26 Pals & Paws, Inc. Jacksonville, FL 12/09-12/11/2016
11/28 Pawsitive Partners Dog Training Center Indianapolis, IN 12/10-12/11/2016
11/28 All 4 Fun Agility Club Gray Summit, MO 12/10-12/11/2016
11/28 Low Country Dog Agility Charleston, SC 12/10-12/11/2016
11/28 Dog Agility Sport Handlers Garden Grove, CA 12/10-12/11/2016
11/29 HOT Dog Sports, LLC Kerrville, TX 12/09-12/11/2016
11/30 Keystone Agility Club Barto, PA 12/10-12/11/2016
11/30 Club-Doggie Queen Creek, AZ 12/10-12/11/2016

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