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December 2014

12/30/14 Training Exercises: Snowman Series
Practice a variety of agility skills on a cute snowman-themed course layout. By Leona Hellesvig
12/29/14 The Breed to Win
Amanda Nelson shares her experiences with perceptions of Border Collies in agility.
12/24/14 Generalize or Personalize: Do Dogs Transfer an Acquired Rule to Novel Situations and Persons?
Does your dog understand what you say no matter where you say it? By Claudia Bensimoun
12/23/14 Training Exercises: Holiday-Themed for Small Spaces
These exercises have a cute, Christmas tree shape and fit in a 50'x80' space. By Leona Hellesvig
12/22/14 Holiday Hours and Message
Best wishes for a happy holiday season!
12/17/14 See Recent USDAA Newsletters Online!
The October/November and December issues are now online.
12/16/14 Agility Loses an Early Supporter
Jacquelyn Taylor passed away on December 10.
12/16/14 Training Exercises: Rock Around this Christmas Tree
A Christmas-tree-themed exercise which works as an every day exercise as well. By Rob Bardenett
12/15/14 Enjoying the Holidays with Your Dogs
Tips from USDAA
12/12/14 Office News
Office staff will be at a conference next week. 
12/12/14 Holiday-Themed Courses
Flashback to these holiday-themed courses, first posted in 2008, which are great for some in-class, festive fun! By Brenna Fender
12/12/14 Tips for Entering a Regional Championship
Provisional entries? Byes? If you have questions on how to fill out your Regional entry forms, we have the answers!
12/10/14 Event Report: All 4 Fun Agility Club Trial
We crowned new champions and had lots of fun! By Angie Fink
12/09/14 Training Exercises: Have a Nice Day! Part 5
The last in a series of exercises based on the same course layout. By Elizabeth Dott
12/08/14 New Members Added to the 2015 IFCS World Agility Championships Team USA
Who are the final members added to our team?
12/05/14 2014 Cynosport World Games Photos
Photos from Cynosport are available here: http://www.dogsportphotos.com/National/Cynosport2014 
12/03/14 Happy Anniversary, RAT!
The Rainier Agility Team celebrated its 25th anniversary of USDAA events in November. 
12/02/14 Training Exercises: Have a Nice Day! Part 4
Practice serpentines and threadles with Elizabeth Dott!
12/01/14 Dogs Prefer Petting to Being Praised
A recent study ranks dogs' preference of petting over praise. By Claudia Bensimoun

November 2014

11/25/14 Training Exercises: CCOA Individual Jumping
This course challenged some of the best agility competitors in the world! Train on it! By Brenna Fender
11/25/14 2014 Continental Championship of the Americas All-Around Winners
Congratulations to the winners!
11/24/14 2014 Continental Championship of the Americas Jumping Individual Winners
Congratulations to the winners!
11/24/14 2014 Continental Championship of the Americas Biathlon Overall Winners
Congratulations to the winners!
11/23/14 2014 Continental Championship of the Americas Courses
Check here to see what competitors are running, and watch them run on www.cynosport.tv!
11/23/14 2014 Continental Championship of the Americas Team Triathlon Winners
Congrats to the winning teams!
11/23/14 2015 IFCS World Agility Championship Team
Congratulations to the new team members!
11/22/14 2014 Continental Championship of the Americas Gamblers Individual Winners
Congratulations to the winners!
11/22/14 2014 Continental Championship of the Americas Results
Event results
11/22/14 Running Orders: 2014 Continental Championship of the Americas
Running orders for the event.
11/21/14 2104 Continental Championship of the Americas Agility Standard Individual and Agility Snooker Individual Winners
Congratulations to all the winners!
11/19/14 2014 Continental Championship of the Americas and 2015 IFCS World Agility Championship Team
Details on the selection of the IFCS World Agility Championship team at the CCOA event. Plus, learn who has already earned a spot!
11/18/14 Training Exercises: Have a Nice Day! Part 3
More tunnel discrimination sequences that are great for your backyard or for your agility classes! By Elizabeth Dott
11/17/14 Event Report: BARK-NH Halloween Trial
BARK had a fun USDAA agility weekend! By Lo Baker
11/14/14 2014 IFCS Continental Championship of the Americas
Learn more about this international event, including how to watch it from home!
11/13/14 News: Course Design and Course Reviewers
Updates to the course design guidelines and new course reviewers.
11/11/14 2014 USDAA Hall of Fame Inductees, Part 2
Congratulations to the new members of USDAA's Hall of Fame!
11/11/14 Training Exercises: Have a Nice Day! Part 2
Work tunnel discriminations and more! By Elizabeth Dott
11/10/14 2014 USDAA Hall of Fame Inductees, Part 1
Congratulations to the new members of the USDAA Hall of Fame!
11/06/14 Judge's Call: Leslie Bickel
Watch this video interview with Leslie regarding Masters Challenge Jumpers and more!
11/05/14 Thoughts on Tunnel Safety
Internationally successful agility competitor Lori Michaels takes a look at how to make tunnels safer on course.
11/04/14 Training Exercises: Have a Nice Day!
Elizabeth Dott shares the first in a series based on this smiling course. 
11/03/14 Rally at the 2014 Cynosport World Games
World Cynosport Rally made its debut at the Games with a fun trial in an exciting environment. By Wendy Hilton

October 2014

10/31/14 New Address for USDAA!
The office is moving. 
10/31/14 2014 Cynosport World Games On Demand
Videos of Tournament finals are available for viewing.
10/30/14 USDAA and Cynosport in the News
Coverage of the 2014 Cynosport World Games made it into the Morgan Hill news!
10/29/14 2014 Cynosport World Games Day 4
Saturday was an exciting one at the Cynosport World Games! Check out the highlights from cynosport.com
10/29/14 2014 Cynosport World Games Day 5
The event drew to a close on Sunday with celebrations, a showcase, and some great agility!
10/28/14 Training: 2014 Cynosport World Games Gamblers Course Analysis
Use this course analysis of this Cynosport Team/Performance Versatility Pairs/Veterans Gamblers course to help you train your strategy skills at home or in a class. By Julie Daniels
10/27/14 Ring Wise: Equipping the 2014 Cynosport World Games
John Marcus was part of the MAX 200 equipment crew at the Games, so he had an up-close look at what it takes to outfit such a large event.
10/25/14 2014 Dog Agility Masters Team and Performance Versatility Pairs Champions
Congratulations to the 2014 Dog Agility Masters® Team and Performance Versatility Pairs Champions!
10/18/14 2014 Cynosport World Games Day 3
The competition is heating up!
10/16/14 2014 Cynosport World Games Day 2
Thursday, Day 2, is in the history books.
10/15/14 2014 Cynosport World Games Day 1
Keep up with all the event coverage on www.cynosport.com
10/14/14 Cynosport Judge: Tim Laubach
Meet Tim Laubach, a long-time member of the Cynosport World Games team!
10/14/14 Training Exercises: You're Bugging Me Part 5
Twists and turns make this course a challenging finale to the "You're Bugging Me" series. By Deborah Davidson Harpur
10/14/14 Cynosport Judge: Dave Hanson
Hear what Cynosport judge Dave Hanson has to say about getting ready for this year's event!
10/13/14 Feeding the Working or Performance Dog - Myth vs. Reality
Learn the ins and outs of feeding a performance dog, thanks to Petcurean!
10/13/14 Cynosport Judge: Janet Gauntt
Find out more about 2014 Cynosport World Games judge Janet Gauntt!
10/10/14 Cynosport Judge: Adrienne Lynch
Meet one of the judges of the 2014 Cynosport World Games!
10/10/14 Training: Getting Ready for Cynosport Part 3
The 2014 Cynosport World Games, which run October 15-19 in Morgan Hill, California, are coming! Need a last minute practice?
10/09/14 Cynosport Judge: Hisato Tanabe
Meet the 2014 Cynosport World Games "Judge of the Day!"
10/08/14 Cynosport Judge: Eric Quirouet
Meet one of the judges of the 2014 Cynosport World Games! 
10/07/14 Training Exercises: You're Bugging Me Part 4
Work tight turns and tricky handling spots before running flat out on this training course. By Deborah Davidson Harpur
10/06/14 Cynosport Judge: John Zhao
Meet one of the 2014 Cynosport World Games judges! 
10/03/14 Training: Getting Ready for Cynosport Part 2
Check out these courses from the 2012 Cynosport World Games and use them as part of your training program!
10/01/14 2014 Cynosport World Games - Live and On Demand
Everything you need to know about the 2014 Cynosport World Games live stream and on demand videos! 

September 2014

09/30/14 Training Exercises: You're Bugging Me Part 3
The third installment of training exercises based on the same course layout. By Deborah Davidson Harpur
09/29/14 Check Out the New Cynosport.com!
Our 2014 Cynosport World Games website has gotten a makeover and now provides everything you need to know about the event!
09/26/14 Training: Getting Ready for Cynosport Part 1
Check out these courses from the 2011 Cynosport World Games and use them as part of your training program!
09/24/14 Event Report: USDAA Informational Seminar
Jennifer Crank helped others in her area learn more about USDAA.
09/23/14 Training Exercises: You're Bugging Me Part 2
Work your weaves and tricky obstacle "call-offs." By Deborah Davidson Harpur
09/22/14 Recent USDAA Newsletters are Online Now!
Check out the last two copies of the USDAA Overview, which came out in August and September.
09/18/14 Could Your Dog be Prone to Blinding Retinal Diseases?
Some diseases that blind dogs may be due to a structure that resembles one in the human eye. By Claudia Bensimoun
09/17/14 Club News: DAWG Doings
There are some good things happening at DAWG, Dallas's oldest agility group.
09/16/14 Training Exercises: You're Bugging Me
Try this fun exercise in your class or training group. By Deborah Davidson Harpur.
09/15/14 2014 Cynosport World Games Halloween Costume Contest
Going to the Games? Don't miss this fun event!
09/12/14 Brain Food
Can diet affect canine brain development? By Claudia Bensimoun.
09/10/14 Event Report: Riverside Canine Center of New Hampshire
Riverside hosted another exciting summer trial! By John Marcus
09/09/14 Training Exercises: BARK-NH Grand Prix
Elizabeth Dott shares handling suggestions for this course.
09/08/14 Event Report: First USDAA Agility Trial in El Salvador
Handlers from El Salvador and Guatemala enjoyed a recent USDAA event. By Francisco Berjon
09/05/14 2014 USDAA Hall of Fame
USDAA recognizes and celebrates those who make major contributions to the sport of agility. [UPDATED]
09/05/14 The Regional South of the Border
US competitors and judges traveled to Mexico to compete in the 2014 Mexico Regional Championships. By Andy Hartman
09/03/14 2014 Western Regional Champions
Congratulations to the winners!
09/02/14 Training Exercises: Proofing Contacts and Weaves
Can your dog maintain your performance criteria when challenged? By Elizabeth Dott
09/01/14 2014 Western Regional Championships Courses
See some of the courses from this event.

August 2014

08/28/14 2014 Eastern Canada Regional Championships
Congratulations to the winners!
08/26/14 Training Exercises: Snooker Practice
Train your Snooker skills on courses from the Eastern Canada and Mexico Regional Championships.
08/25/14 2014 Mexico Regional Champions
Congratulations to the winners!
08/24/14 2014 Eastern Canada Regional Championships Courses
Check out some of the courses from this weekend's event!
08/24/14 2014 Mexico Regional Championships Courses
See some of the courses from this weekend's event!
08/21/14 Cynosport Tips, Advice and Reminders
Entering the big event? Check out this info from Helen McNenly, 2014 Cynosport World Games Trial Secretary
08/19/14 2014 Central Regional Champions
Congratulations to all the winners!
08/19/14 Training Exercises: Central Regional Courses
Set up these Starters and Advanced courses for your students or yourself!
08/17/14 2014 Central Regional Championships Courses & Running Orders
Follow along on the live stream at www.cynosport.tv with this running order.
08/14/14 RVs at Cynosport
If you are planning to attend the 2014 Cynosport World Games in your RV, please check out these details.
08/13/14 New Judges in Costa Rica
After a successful course design and rules clinic in Costa Rica last May, USDAA welcomes new and advancing judges!
08/12/14 2014 Central Regional Championships Live Stream
Watch some exciting agility this weekend with our free live stream!
08/12/14 Training Tuesday: Yep I Did it Again Games!
More training courses based on the same course layout as used the last two weeks! By Deborah Davidson Harpur
08/11/14 How to Protect Your Dogs from Sunburn
In the dog days of summer, how do you protect your pup from the sun? By Claudia Bensimoun
08/08/14 Congratulations to Our New and Advancing Judges!
A recent course design and rules clinic produced new and advancing judges.
08/06/14 Remembering Courses and Conquering Missed Walk Throughs
How can you best remember courses? What if you miss your walk through? By Steve Schwarz
08/05/14 Training Exercises: Yep, I Did it Again, Part 2
Sometimes, unexpected things happen at a trial. Use this course to help train for them! By Deborah Davidson Harpur
08/04/14 No Reward Markers VS. Cheerful Interrupters
Denise Fenzi explains these two different ways to interrupt an error in behavior in training. 

July 2014

07/31/14 2014 Cynosport Games Test Schedule
The test schedule for USDAA's big event has been released. Plan to join us in California!
07/30/14 Judge's Call: Tom Kula
How do you plan the Cynosport World Games? Learn all about it in this video interview with show chair Tom Kula. 
07/29/14 Training Exercises: Yep, I Did it Again, Part 1
Work on handling and skills in group classes or on your own with this exercise by Deborah Davidson Harpur.
07/28/14 Courses: BARK-NH Trial
Use these courses by Janet Gauntt from a recent trial in your group classes or for your own practice.
07/25/14 Event Report: BARK-NH's July Trial
Great courses, great competitors, great fun! By Lo Baker
07/23/14 Your Dog's Paw Preference May Affect His Agility Performance
Paw preference and handler location may affect canine mental performance on the agility course. By Claudia Bensimoun
07/22/14 Training Exercises: Practice Courses and Exercises
Internationally known agility handler and instructor Mary Ellen Barry shares some handing exercises and practice courses. 
07/21/14 The July USDAA Newsletter is Online Now!
Check out our most recent newsletter!
07/18/14 West Valley Dog Sport: How it All Began
How did one agility group get started 25 years ago? By Kathy Lofthouse
07/17/14 West Valley Dog Sports Celebrates 25 Years
West Valley Dog Sports celebrated it's 25th anniversary on July 12th! By Annie Dechance
07/16/14 2014 New England Regional Champions
Congratulations to the winners!
07/15/14 Training Exercises: Gamblers Strategy and Practice
Learn Gamblers strategy and train distance work on this practice course. By Elizabeth Dott
07/14/14 Less is More For Hungry Dogs
Do you train with a mix of high and low value treats? That might not be as rewarding as you think. By Claudia Bensimoun
07/13/14 2014 New England Regional Championships Courses and Running Order
Courses and running order from this weekend's event.
07/10/14 Judge's Call: Tim Verrelli
Judge Tim Verrelli shares his thoughts on a Grand Prix/Performance Grand Prix course.
07/09/14 Supporting Starters Through Seminars
How can one club get more competitors to try USDAA agility? By Brenna Fender
07/08/14 Training Exercises: Analysis of a Masters Challenge Jumpers Course
Video and analysis by Steve Schwarz.
07/03/14 Live Stream: 2014 USDAA New England Regional Championships
Get ready to watch more free agility on cynosport.tv!
07/01/14 The 2015 USDAA Regional Championships
Plan your calendar for next year's Regionals!
07/01/14 2015 Tournament Rules Announced
The rules for the 2015 tournaments are now available.
07/01/14 Training Exercises: Gamble O'Rama
Practice your distance work! By Deborah Davidson-Harpur
07/01/14 Event Announcement: 2015 Cynosport World Games
Where will USDAA's annual international championships take place in 2015?

June 2014

06/25/14 Event Report: Keystone Agility Club
Read about this recent trial in Barto, Pennsylvania. By Helen McNenly
06/24/14 Training Exercises: 2014 Southeastern Regional Championship Master Snooker Course
Elizabeth Dott talks you through one possible path on this snooker course. Can you find more?
06/23/14 Personality Consistency in Dogs: A Meta-Analysis
Do a dog's personality traits stay consistent over time? A look at a Department of Psychology, University of Texas, study by Samuel D. Gosling, Jamie Fratkin, David Sinn, and Erika Patall. By Claudia Bensimoun
06/20/14 2014 Southwestern Regional Championships in Pictures
Deborah Davidson Harpur shares photos from the April 25-27 event.
06/17/14 Training Exercises: 2005 Grand Prix of Dog Agility Semifinals
Go back in time and look at this 2005 Cynosport World Games course. Which of today's new handling maneuvers would have worked well on this course? By Brenna Fender
06/16/14 The June USDAA Newsletter is Online Now!
See the most recent issue of the OVERview!
06/12/14 Judge's Call: Lisa Barrett
Judge Lisa Barrett discusses Gamblers courses and more!
06/12/14 Event Report: Riverside Canine Center of New Hampshire
A Not-Memorial-Day-Memorial-Day-Weekend trial in Rhode Island. By John Marcus.
06/10/14 Training Exercises: Practice Courses with Work Stations
Work the individual stations, then run the course.  By Leona Hellesvig
06/08/14 2014 Southeastern Regional Championships Running Order and Courses
The running order for this June 5-8 event. Courses will be posted each day so check back!
06/08/14 2014 Southeastern Regional Champions
Results as they are available. Congratulations to the winners!
06/06/14 May USDAA Overview and Special Edition
Two copies of the USDAA's newsletter are available from May. If you didn't get the USDAA Overview in your email inbox, check it out here.
06/03/14 Continuing Education for Judges
An educational opportunity is available on July 10, 2014
06/03/14 Training Exercises: Master Challenge Jumpers
Check out this breakdown of a recent Master Challenge Jumpers course designed by Frank Holik. By Steve Schwarz
06/03/14 USDAA Agility Returns to Guatemala
Guatemala hosted a fun and successful USDAA event over the weekend.
06/02/14 Attention Changes in the Course of a Dog's Life Mirror Those of Humans
When will your pup be most attentive? By Claudia Bensimoun

May 2014

05/30/14 2014 Pacific Northwestern Regional Championships
Congratulations to all the winners!
05/28/14 Watch the Southeastern Regional Championships!
Check out all the action on the free live stream!
05/25/14 2014 Mid-Atlantic Regional Champions
Congratulations to all the winners! 
05/25/14 2014 Pacific Northwestern Regional Championships Courses
See what the competitors are running!
05/23/14 2014 South Central Regional Champions
Congratulations to all the winners!
05/22/14 The 2014 IFCS World Agility Championships is Available On Demand
Watch the event for only $10 on www.cynosport.tv!
05/20/14 Training Exercises: Contact and Weave Entries
Work entries and discriminations in today's Training Tuesday challenge. By Elizabeth Dott
05/18/14 2014 Rocky Mountain Regional Championships
See the winners! Photos courtesy of Ken Gee.
05/18/14 2014 South Central Regional Championships Courses
See what the competitors are running this weekend!
05/18/14 2014 Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships: Running Order and Courses
Running order and courses from the May 16-18 event.
05/14/14 Watch the Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships!
Check out our free agility live stream on cynosport.tv.
05/14/14 2014 Southwestern Regional Champions
See the winners!
05/13/14 Training Exercises: IFCS World Agility Championships Jumping Individual
Try this breakdown of the first part of the IFCS World Agility Championship Jumping Individual course to help you practice the challenge of international agility. By Elizabeth Dott
05/13/14 USDAA Welcomes Annie DeChance!
The USDAA staff has gained a Director of Public Relations and Communications.
05/12/14 2014 IFCS World Agility Championships: Team Photos
Teams from around the world pose for USDAA's cameras! 
05/12/14 2014 IFCS Individual Standard World Agility Champions
Congratulations to the winners!
05/11/14 2014 IFCS Biathlon World Agility Champions
Congratulations to the winners! 
05/11/14 IFCS Day 4 Courses
Standard Biathlon and Triathlon Team Relay
05/11/14 2014 IFCS World Agility Championships: Day Four
Results, photos, and medal standings. 
05/11/14 2014 IFCS All-Around World Agility Champions
Congratulations to the winners! 
05/10/14 2014 IFCS Individual Gamblers World Agility Champions
Congratulations to the winners!
05/10/14 2014 IFCS Individual Snooker World Agility Champions
Congratulations to the winners!
05/10/14 2014 IFCS Individual Jumping World Agility Champions
Congratulations to the winners!
05/10/14 IFCS Day 3 Courses
Agility Standard Individual and Agility Standard Triathlon
05/09/14 2014 IFCS World Agility Championships: Day Two, Jumping and Gamblers
Photos and results from Friday, May 9th.
05/09/14 IFCS Day 2 Courses
Jumping Biathlon, Individual Gamblers, Jumping Team Triathlon
05/08/14 IFCS Day 1 Courses
Courses from Day 1 Competition
05/08/14 2014 IFCS World Agility Championships: Day One, Competition Begins
Photos and partial results from the big event!
05/07/14 2014 IFCS World Agility Championships: Team USA Gets Ready!
Check out what Team USA is up to on the day before the Championship begins.
05/07/14 Meet the 2014 IFCS World Agility Team USA Members Part 4
In the fourth and final part in this series, you'll learn a bit about thee more of the IFCS World Agility Championships team members (Jennifer Crank, Linda Womer, and Paulena Renee Simpson) as well as coach Rachel Sanders. Good luck, team! By Brenna Fender

05/07/14 2014 IFCS World Agility Championships Live Stream Info and Schedule UPDATED
The big event begins May 8th and you don't want to miss it!
05/06/14 Training Exercises: IFCS World Agility Championships Jumpers
Train on this course from the 2012 IFCS World Agility Championships! By Elizabeth Dott
05/06/14 Meet the 2014 IFCS World Agility Team USA Members Part 3
In the third part in this series, you'll learn a bit about five more of the IFCS WAC team members (Jeannette Hutchison, Desiree Snelleman, Ashley Anderson, Lori Michaels, and Kate Moureaux). More to come! By Brenna Fender
05/05/14 Meet the 2014 IFCS World Agility Team USA Members Part 2
In the second part in this series, you'll learn a bit about five more of the IFCS WAC team members (Daneen Fox, Andy Mueller, Giuliana Lund, Jennifer Thomas, and Stacy Peardot Goudy). More to come! By Brenna Fender
05/04/14 2014 Rocky Mountain Regional Championships Courses
Check out the courses for this event, which runs May 2-4.
05/02/14 Meet the 2014 IFCS World Agility Team USA Members Part 1
In the first in this series, you'll learn a bit about six of the IFCS WAC team members (Monique Plinck, Ivette White, Stacy Bols, Maureen Waldron, Mary Ellen Barry, and Terry Smorch.). More to come! By Brenna Fender

April 2014

04/29/14 Training Exercises: Speed Circle - Practice Your Skills
This is the final part in a series of exercises based on a simple course layout. Today's sequences work on a variety of crosses, as well as practicing Masters Challenge-level skills. By Emily Hurt
04/28/14 2014 Southwestern Regional Championships Courses
Check out some of the courses from the event, and try them in training!
04/25/14 Event Report: Fast and Furryous Agility
A look at this Starters/Advanced/Intro trial. By Ryan Arnold
04/22/14 Training Exercises: Speed Circle - Extension, Collection, and Backsides
Part two in a series of exercises based on a simple course layout. Today's sequences work on moving from extension into collection, as well as working backsides at speed. By Emily Hurt
04/21/14 The Latest USDAA Newsletter is Now Online!
If you didn't get the USDAA Overview in your email inbox, check it out here.
04/17/14 2014 North Central Regional Champions
Congratulations to all the winners!
04/15/14 Training Exercises: Speed Circle - Building Speed and Confidence
Emily Hurt begins a three-part series of exercises based on a simple course layout. Today's sequences build speed, confidence, and attention to handler cues.

04/13/14 2014 North Central Regional Running Order and Courses
Use this running order and study the courses while watching the event on www.cynosport.tv!
04/10/14 2014 IFCS World Agility Championships Team USA Team Practice
Team coach Rachel Sanders shares details from the team's first practice. 
04/09/14 Flashback: 1994 USDAA Nationals
More than 200 competitors participated in the 1994 USDAA National event, setting a new record for the most widely attended USDAA Nationals!
04/08/14 Training Exercises: Gambling Practice
Tania Chadwick helps you improve your sends and distance handling.
04/07/14 The Judge's Call, Volume 4
Get the inside scoop on course design, the planning that goes into creating a course, and some of the challenges judges are thinking while designing courses.
04/02/14 Get Ready to WATCH!
The 2014 USDAA North Central Regional Championships (and more) will be live streamed!
04/01/14 Training Exercises: Feelin' Groovy!
Have you really trained your dog's tunnel performance? By Deborah Davidson Harpur

March 2014

03/31/14 Announcement: 2014 IFCS World Agility Championships Team Members [UPDATED]
Congratulations to the team members who will represent the US in this international competition! 
03/27/14 Training Exercise: Need a Challenge?
A tricky exercise and suggestions on how to handle it by Steve Schwarz.
03/26/14 2015 IFCS World Agility Championships [UPDATED]
Learn about the 2015 World Team selection process and see the Intent to Compete Form as well as the 2014 CCOA Announcement. [The updated info is indicated in the document.]
03/24/14 Dogs' Brain Scans Reveal Vocal Responses
A study shows a similarity between the way dogs and humans react to voices. By Claudia Bensimoun
03/19/14 IFCS Continental Championship of the Americas Qualification Information
Learn how to qualify to compete in this exciting international event.
03/18/14 Check Out the March OVERview!
See USDAA's most recent newsletter!
03/18/14 Amended Regulations for the Masters Challenge Biathlon Have Been Posted
The Q requirement for entry to a regional biathlon has been eliminated for the 2014
season.

03/17/14 Training Exercises: Dot and Dash
Deborah Davidson Harpur designed these training exercises to work on tunnel exits.
03/13/14 Can Dogs Learn from Eavesdropping?
Dogs can eavesdrop from people's reactions in third party interactions. By Claudia Bensimoun
03/10/14 Practice: More Intro Courses
More Intro courses for you to try at home or in class.
03/07/14 Don't Drive Drowsy
This weekend's time change might make you dangerously drowsy while traveling to or from an agility trial. By Kelly McFaul-Solem
03/06/14 Practice: Intro Courses
Wondering what Intro courses are like? Check these out!
03/03/14 Dr. Seuss Snooker
In honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday on March 2, we share this Seuss-themed Snooker course.

February 2014

02/27/14 Dogs Understand a Left-Sided Wag from a Right
Have you noticed that your dog's tail sometimes wags more to one side than the other? It might mean something! By Claudia Bensimoun
02/25/14 It's All in How They're Raised
Or is it? A look at nature vs. nurture by Sara Reusche CPDT-KA CVT ANWI.
02/24/14 An Intro Experience
Longtime competitor Monique Plinck shares her experiences at NOMAD's Intro Only trial.
02/20/14 Training Exercises: Weaves and Serpentines
Work weave entries and exits along with serpentines in this exercise. By Elizabeth Dott. 
02/19/14 Check Out the January/February OVERview!
See USDAA's most recent newsletter!
02/18/14 R Dog vs. E Dog
Are you creating an R dog, or an E dog? By Emily Hurt
02/17/14 USDAA Course Design & Rules Clinic Registration Deadline Extended
Registration extended to Friday, February 21.
02/13/14 Behind the Scenes at the Course Reviewers Clinic Part 4
The last in our video series from a recent course reviewers clinic. Get your questions answered regarding the course review process!
02/10/14 USDAA Article Wins a Dog Writers Award!
A USDAA-original article wins a coveted Maxwell Award from the Dog Writers Association of America. 
02/06/14 Behind the Scenes at the Course Reviewers Clinic Part 3
Part three in our four-video series....
02/03/14 Border Collie Comprehends Over 1,000 Object Names as Verbal Referents
How smart are our dogs? By Claudia Bensimoun

January 2014

01/30/14 Behind the Scenes at the Course Reviewers Clinic Part 2
Learn more about the course review process!
01/28/14 Check Out the December OVERview!
Read our last edition on line now!
01/27/14 Training Exercises: Tunnels vs. Tables
Work your tunnel/table discrimination skills! By Deborah Davidson Harpur
01/22/14 Attitude Really IS Everything: The Science Behind Drives (Part 3)
The final part from our series from Dog Sports Skills Book 1: Building Engagement and Relationship by Denise Fenzi and Deb Jones, PhD.
01/21/14 Attitude Really IS Everything: What Does Stress Look Like? (Part 2)
More from Dog Sports Skills Book 1: Building Engagement and Relationship by Denise Fenzi and Deb Jones, PhD.
01/20/14 Attitude Really IS Everything! (Part 1)
An excerpt from Dog Sports Skills Book 1: Building Engagement and Relationship by Denise Fenzi and Deb Jones, PhD.
01/16/14 Behind the Scenes at the Course Reviewers Clinic
Get your questions answered regarding the course review process!
01/13/14 Event Report: BARK's New Year's Trial
A look at the first BARK trial of the year. By Lo Baker
01/09/14 Agility Resolutions!
USDAA competitors share their agility goals and resolutions with the USDAA community. Did you set your goals for 2014 yet?
01/06/14 The Winning Attitude for 2014
Jo Unbehaun shares her thoughts about resolutions and goals for the new year.
01/02/14 Eligibility Transfer Election Form
Deadline for submission has been extended through Monday, January 31, 2014



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