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December 2015

12/31/15 Holiday USDAA Hours
Happy New Year from the USDAA!
12/30/15 Tips for Taking Great Photos of Your Dog
If you ever struggled to take good photos of your dog, a famed dog photographer provides some tips.
12/29/15 Car Travel Tips for National Pet Safety Day
January 2 is National Pet Safety Day, created to promote car travel safety with your pets.
12/28/15 Are Dogs Really Sloppy Drinkers? Scientists Say No!
A new study by scientists demonstrates that dogs actually have very precise drinking methods.
12/24/15 Happy Holidays from the USDAA
The USDAA wishes everyone a happy holiday!
12/23/15 An Inspiring Documentary on the Power of Working with Dogs
Second Chances is a new documentary about a prison dog training program and how it transforms lives for the better.
12/22/15 A New Interest In Dogs By Scientists Helps Humans
A new article in the Wall Street Journal presents some of the latest research on dogs, and how its improving human as well as dog lives.
12/21/15 USDAA President's Message
A message from USDAA President Kenneth Tatsch from this month's Overview newsletter.
12/21/15 Thank You to Retiring Judge Darlene Woz!
A tribute to retiring judge Darlene Woz, a true Pioneer of Dog Agility.
12/18/15 The Latest USDAA Newsletter is Now Online!
See the December issue of the USDAA Overview!
12/17/15 Training Thursday - Fabulous Focus, Part 4
In the final part of her series, trainer Lisa Lyle Waggoner discusses improving your dog's focus and conditioning to the performance environment.
12/16/15 Tips for Finding a Pet Friendly Hotel This Holiday
Many of us travel during the holiday season to visit friends and families, and bringing one's dog along is a special treat. Before you find a pet friendly hotel, there are some questions you should ask.
12/15/15 The Small Dog Mafia, Part Two
In Part Two, we look at how the Small Dog Mafia approaches running a course, and teaching your small dog how to become a "mafioso!"
12/14/15 The Small Dog Mafia, Part One
In Part One on this article, we introduce the "Small Dog Mafia" from Northern California.
12/11/15 National Poinsettia Day - December 12, 2015
December 12th is National Poinsettia Day in honor of the popular holiday plant. Poinsettias, while beautiful, can be a hazard for our pets.
12/11/15 Remember Dogs in Need this Holiday Season
Sadly many dogs remain homeless, living in shelters and foster homes awaiting a new family to take them in. Here are some ideas to remember these dogs in need.
12/10/15 Training Thursday - Fabulous Focus, Part 3
Trainer Lisa Lyle Waggoner continues her series focusing on getting perfect attention from your dog.
12/09/15 Dallas Agility Working Group (DAWG) Celebrates Their 30th Anniversary
DAWG celebrated their 30th anniversary on October 17 and 18, 2015.
12/08/15 Training Tuesday - The 3 R's of Start Line Stays
Trainer and competitor Lori Michaels provides advice on improving start line stays through Release Cues, Reinforcement and Revving.
12/07/15 Wonderful News for Military Dogs!
The U.S. Congress has passed and the President signed the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act which has great news for current and future working military dogs.
12/04/15 First USDAA Trial for RACE (Run Agility Competition Events)
RACE held their first trial in Atascadero, CA on November 27 to 29, 2015.
12/03/15 Xylitol - A Hidden Danger for Our Dogs
Learn more about this potential health hazard for your dog from the poison control experts at the ASPCA.
12/02/15 Bexar Regional Agility Team Celebrates Their 25th Anniversary!
Bexar Regional Agility Team (BRAT) recently celebrated their 25th year in San Antonio, Texas.
12/01/15 Training Tuesday - Fabulous Focus, Part 2
In the second part of our series on focus, trainer Lisa Lyle Waggoner discusses dog body language and the importance of reinforcers.

November 2015

11/30/15 A New Agility Game for the Holidays: The Turkey Trot!
The BOTC Junior Handler Agility League has a new game for agility enthusiasts, young and old.
11/25/15 Spoil Your Dog This Holiday Week with Some Healthy Pumpkin Treats!
One of the joys of Thanksgiving, aside from being with family and friends, is food of course! Zuke's has a recipe for seasonally appropriate pumpkin treats for your dogs to help them enjoy the holidays with you.
11/25/15 Happy Thanksgiving from USDAA
Happy Thanksgiving from the USDAA!
11/24/15 Do Agility Dogs Benefit From Massage Therapy?
We've all wondered whether agility and working dogs perform better with massage. Does therapeutic canine massage affect performance levels? And are dogs that do agility and working dogs similar to human athletes in that they benefit from massage?
11/23/15 President's Message
A message from USDAA President Kenneth Tatsch from this month's Overview newsletter.
11/20/15 The Latest USDAA Newsletter is Now Online!

See the November issue of the USDAA Overview!


11/19/15 Training Thursday - Fabulous Focus, Part 1
Building focus in your dog can improve your relationship and your agility performance.
11/18/15 Holiday Foods to Avoid Giving to Our Dogs
With Thanksgiving coming up, we wanted to remind dog owners and their families to be careful what items are fed to dogs hanging out by the holiday dinner table!
11/17/15 Take a Hike with Your Dog on National Take a Hike Day!
November 17 is National Take a Hike Day, sponsored by the American Hiking Society. 
11/17/15 Training Tuesday - The Start Line Stay
Training a stay at the start line can improve your trial runs with your dog. Trainer Jackie Loeser provides tips on training the start line stay.
11/16/15 A Report on BARK's USDAA Halloween Themed Trial
BARK's USDAA trial in New Hampshire featured a fun holiday theme with costumes for humans and dogs.
11/13/15 World Pet Diabetes Day
November 14th has been designated World Pet Diabetes Day to bring attention to the prevention and care of this disease that affects our pets.
11/13/15 Celebrating World Kindness Day
A story from this year's Cynosport to illustrate the importance of kindness toward others.
11/12/15 First Members of 2016 IFCS Team USA Named
The first four members of the team earned there spot at the 2015 Cynosport World Games.
11/11/15 Celebrating Veterans Day - Wednesday, November 11, 2015
On Veterans Day, we honor not only our brave men and women in the armed forces, but also their faithful canine working companions.
11/10/15 Training Tuesdays - Progressive Jump Circle
Tips from AgilityNerd's Steve Schwarz on handling the progressive jump cirlce.
11/09/15 Game On K9 Agility First Trial
A report on the first trial for Game On K9 Agility in Middlefield, CT.
11/06/15 Celebrate Shelter Dogs at Cynosport for National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week
A look at some of the fabulous shelter and rescue dogs who competed in Cynosport last week.
11/05/15 Taking Care of Our Dogs' Muscles, Joints and Bones
Proper care of a dog's muscles, joints and bones are important for a dog's general well-being and critical for canine athletes.
11/04/15 The Wizards Behind the Curtain of the 2015 USDAA Cynosport World Games
A look at all the people involved in making Cynosport a wonderful event!
11/03/15 Holding a USDAA Trial in Your Backyard!
Wasatch Agility holds their first USDAA trial in October.
11/02/15 Haute Dawgs Agility Anniversary Event
Haute Dawgs Agilty celebrates their 25th Anniversary with the USDAA.

October 2015

10/30/15 Pioneer of Dog Agility-Heather Smith
Welcome Heather Smith into the USDAA Hall of Fame as a Pioneer of Dog Agility.
10/29/15 Meritorious Service Award - Rafael Quinones
We are proud to induct Mr. Rafael Quinones into the Hall of Fame with a Meritorious Service Award.
10/28/15 Pioneer of Dog Agility - Jory Friemann
USDAA is proud to induct Jory Friemann into the USDAA Hall of Fame as a Pioneer of Dog Agility.
10/27/15 Pioneers of Agility - Cheryl and Ron Pitkin
Please welcome Cheryl and Ron Pitkin into the USDAA Hall of Fame as Pioneers of Dog Agility!
10/26/15 Congratulations to the Masters Challenge Biathlon Winners
Congratulations to the Masters Challenge Biathlon Winners at the 2015 World Cynosport Games.
10/26/15 Congratulations to the Veterans All-Around Showcase Participants
Congratulations to the Veterans All-Around Showcase Participants at the 2015 Cynosport World Games.
10/26/15 Congratulations to the Performance Masters Challenge Biathlon Winners
Congratulations to the Performance Masters Challenge Biathlon Winners at the 2015 World Cynosport Games!
10/26/15 Congratulations to the Team and Versatility Pairs Winners!
Congratulations to the Team and Versatility Pairs Winners at the 2015 World Cynosport Games!

10/26/15 Congratulations to the Dog Agility Steeplechase Champions!
Congratulations to the Dog Agility Steeplechase Champions at the 2015 Cynosport World Games!
10/26/15 Congratulations to the Grand Prix of Dog Agility Champions!
Congratulations to the Grand Prix of Dog Agility Champions at the 2015 Cynosport World Games.
10/26/15 Meritorious Service Award - Renee Culpepper
USDAA is proud to induct Renee Culpepper to the Hall of Fame with a Meritorious Service Award!
10/26/15 Congratulations to the Performance Speed Jumping Winners!
Congratulations to the Performance Speed Jumping Winners at the 2015 World Cynosport Games!
10/25/15 Cynosport Saturday Recap
A recap of the activities at the Cynosport World Games in Murfreesboro, TN.
10/25/15 Course Maps for Sunday, October 25, 2015
Course maps and results information for Cynosport events on Sunday, October 25, 2015.
10/25/15 A Happy Ending to a Nightmare
A happy reunion story from this year's Cynosport World Games.
10/24/15 Cynosport 2015 - Friday Evening Events Recap
Congratulations to our junior handlers, Hall of Fame inductees and Performance Grand Prix of Dog Agility Winners!
10/24/15 The Exhilaration of International Dog Agility
You can compete in international competition right here in the USA. There are many ways you can be a part.
by Kama Reuschenberg

10/24/15 Course Maps for Saturday, October 24, 2015
Saturday's Cynosport course maps!
10/24/15 How Many Dogs Advance to the Steeplechase & Speed Jumping Finals?
Each year, the question is raised. Here is how to determine the number of competitors advancing to tonight's Steeplechase & Performance Speed Jumping Finals?
by Kama Reuschenberg

10/24/15 Cynosport Friday Recap
A recap of Friday's activities at the Cynosport World Games.
10/24/15 Cynosport Competitor Spotlight: Hope & Bobbijo
Introducing a dog-handler team from this year's Cynosport event, Bobbijo and Hope Jones.
by Kama Reuschenberg

10/24/15 First Time at the USDAA Cynosport World Games?
So, its your first year at Cynosport. Your friends and trainers told you that you were ready, and now you're at the main event. Now what?
10/23/15 Course Maps for Friday, October 23, 2015
Course maps for Friday's events at Cynosport!
10/23/15 Thursday - Day Two Cynosport Recap
A recap of the activities at Cynosport on Thursday, October 22, 2015
10/22/15 Join the Cynosport Fun from Home!
If you are not one of the 750 handlers in attendance, there are still many ways to be a part of this exciting experience from your home. - by Kama Reuschenberg
10/22/15 Cynosport Maps for Thursday, October 22
Course maps for Thursday, October 22 for the Cynosport World Games in Murfreesboro, TN.
10/22/15 Cynosport Live Stream Coverage
Information on this year's live stream coverage.
10/21/15 Cynosport Maps & Results for Wednesday, October 21
Course maps and results information for Cynosport events on Wednesday, October 21, 2015.
10/21/15 Tuesday Recap - Cynosport 2015
Your daily updates from the World Cynosport event!
10/20/15 Monday Recap - Cynosport 2015
Your daily updates from the World Cynosport event!
10/20/15 2015 Cynosport® World Games Competitor Information
Here are a few reminders about the Tennessee Miller Coliseum and how the event will work this year.
10/19/15 Cynosport Judge: Eric Quirouet
Meet the 2015 Cynosport World Games "Judge of the Day!"
10/16/15 Things to Expect at Cynosport This Year
Whether this year's event in Murfreesboro is your first Cynosport experience or you're a Cynosport seasoned veteran, here are a few things to help you prepare for this years event.
10/16/15 Cynosport Judge: Carol Kramer
Meet the 2015 Cynosport World Games "Judge of the Day!"
10/15/15 Cynosport Judge: Sandra Katzen
Meet the 2015 Cynosport World Games "Judge of the Day!"
10/15/15 The Latest USDAA Newsletter is Now Online!
See the October issue of the USDAA Overview!
10/15/15 Cynosport Live Stream Coverage
Information on this year's live stream coverage.
10/14/15 Improving Joint Support by Feeding Eggshells
Is feeding eggshell membranes an effective joint supplement for our canine athletes?
10/13/15 Cynosport Judge: Francisco Berjon
Meet the 2015 Cynosport World Games "Judge of the Day!"
10/12/15 National Veterinary Technician Week with Katrina Parkinson
This is National Veterinary Technician Week! Meet USDAA competitor and veterinary technician, Katrina Parkinson.
10/09/15 Things to Expect at Cynosport This Year
Whether this year's event in Murfreesboro is your first Cynosport experience or you're a Cynosport seasoned veteran, here are a few things to help you prepare for this year's event.
10/09/15 Things to Expect at Cynosport This Year
Things to Exepct at Cynosport this year
10/09/15 Cynosport Judge: Wim Bekendam
Meet the 2015 Cynosport World Games "Judge of the Day!"
10/08/15 Tips for Caring for Your Pets While You Travel: Finding a Pet Sitter or Boarding Kennel Part Two
In the second part of our series, use the tips below to find the best pet sitter or boarding kennel for your pets.
10/07/15 Workout Wednesdays - All Four for the Core
In this week's installment of Workout Wednesdays, Dr. Eide reviews the importance of the core in conditioning.
10/06/15 Training Tuesday - But I'm Already an Expert!
For today's installment of Training Tuesdays, Shannon Viljasoo of McCann's Dogs, reminds us about the importance in training of being a lifelong learner.
10/05/15 Packing for Cynosport
Last week, USDAA office staff packed a semi-trailer and small moving truck full of supplies for Cynosport.
10/05/15 Sadie and Annie - A Shelter Dog Agility Success Story
October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month! Competitor Karen Sollars shares the story of her two agility competitors, both shelter rescues, Annie and Sadie.
10/05/15 Sadie and Annie - A Shelter Dog Agility Success Story
October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month! USDAA competitor Karen Sollars writes about her two canine athletes Annie and Sadie, both adopted from shelters.
10/02/15 Tips for Caring for Your Pets While You Travel: Questions You Should Ask
If you're looking to board a pet while traveling to Cynosport, to future trials, or for business/personal travel, here's some helpful advice on finding the best place for your pet to stay.
10/01/15 Dogs React To Goal-Directed Behavior in a Surprising Way!
A new study has found that dogs can perceive goal-directed behavior in humans.

September 2015

09/30/15 ACL Tears and Your Dog
Making sure your dog gets proper amounts of exercise throughout the week can prevent injuries like ACL tears.
09/29/15 Celebrating With Your Dog
For Training Tuesdays, Shannon Viljasoo of McCann's Dogs, encourages us to use praise and celebration to reinforce our dogs.
09/28/15 Hotel Etiquette When Traveling With Your Dog
With all of our many competitors traveling to Cynosport in the next few weeks, here are some tips on how to be a courteous and responsible hotel guest with your dog.
09/25/15 Things to Expect at Cynosport This Year
Whether this year's event in Murfreesboro is your first Cynosport experience or you're a Cynosport seasoned veteran, here are a few things to help you prepare for this years event.
09/24/15 ASPCA Guide to Making Your Own Pet First Aid Kit
September is National Disaster Preparedness Month and the ASPCA provides a helpful list and downloadable handout on pet first aid kits.
09/24/15 A First Timer's Experience at a Regional
Janet Hennies talks about her experiences attending her first regional with her dog Dasher.
09/24/15 Cynosport 2015 Update
A quick progress report on what's going on behind the scenes.
09/23/15 Workout Wednesdays - The Push Up
During this week's Workout Wednesdays feature, Dr. Eide focuses on the push up exercise to strengthen your dog's front end.
09/22/15 Training Tuesday - Handling a Two Jump 360
Steve Schwarz from Agility Nerd provides tips on handling the two jump 360 obstacle.
09/21/15 Judging Change for the 2015 Cynosport World Games
Eric Quirouet is replacing Jelinda Pepper.
09/21/15 Working with a Deaf Dog in Agility
This week is National Deaf Dog Awareness Week. Learn more about training a deaf dog to compete with you in agility.
09/18/15 Things to Expect at Cynosport This Year
Whether this year's event in Murfreesboro is your first Cynosport experience or you're a Cynosport seasoned veteran, here are a few things to help you prepare for this years event.
09/17/15 Attending the 2015 USDAA Regional Championship in Mexico
Maria Salazar relates her experience with her dog Draco at their first Regional in Mexico.
09/17/15 2016 Tournament Rules!
USDAA is pleased to release the 2016 tournament regulations.
09/17/15 The Latest USDAA Newsletter is Now Online!
See the September issue of the USDAA Overview!
09/17/15 President's Letter
A message from Kenneth Tatsch, USDAA President.
09/16/15 Regenerative Medicine and Physical Rehab for Dogs
Learn about some of the common approaches to helping dogs with physical injuries and wear to heal.
09/15/15 Course Design - Handling Challenges vs. Dog Challenges
Rachel Sanders discusses Masters Challenge course design, taking into consideration challenges to both the dog and the handler.
09/14/15 Travel Tips for Cynosport
Planning your trip to Cynosport in October? Here's some helpful tips to remember!
09/11/15 Cynosport Tips, Advice and Reminders
From Helen McNenly, 2015 Cynosport Trial Secretary.
09/10/15 Preparing for the Worst With Your Pets
September is National Disaster Preparedness Month and it's important to be prepared to care for yourself and your pets in case of an emergency. 
09/09/15 Workout Wednesdays - The Sit to Stand
Dr. Eide's next installment in our Workout Wednesday series discussed the Sit to Stand exercise.
09/09/15 2015 Western Regional Championships
Congratulations to all of our winners!
09/08/15 2015 Western Regional Courses
Check out some of the courses run by USDAA competitors this past Labor Day weekend!
09/04/15 Cynosport Tips, Advice and Reminders
From Helen McNenly, 2015 Cynosport Trial Secretary.
09/03/15 Can Walking Reduce Long-Term Stress in Dogs?
A research study of shelter dogs found a good walk with your dog can go a long way toward reducing stress.
09/02/15 The Super Q
Competitor Tamar Fuhrer provides tips and strategies for obtaining a Super Q.
09/01/15 The Art of Playing Tug with Your Dog - Part 4
Tug is a great way to train our dogs and build a relationship, but some dogs need help learning how to tug. The final article in a four-part series from the book Dog Sports Skills - Play! describes ways to solve specific tug problems with our dogs. By Denise Fenzi and Deb Jones

August 2015

08/31/15 Tips for Successful Dog Introductions
If you're planning on bringing home a new dog to your canine family, expert trainer Mikkel Becker, CPDT-KA, CTC, provides helpful advice on making a smooth introduction.
08/28/15 The Bugs of Summer - Tips from the ASPCA - Part 2
Summer is a fun time to be out in the sunshine, but it also means more exposure to bugs who can be toxic to our dogs.
08/27/15 Central Regional 2015  Recap
Central Regional Trial Chair Ann Koenig, of Casa De Canines, shares an update on the recent Central Regional Trial.
08/26/15 Please Welcome Mychelle Blake
The new USDAA website Editor and writer.
08/26/15 Workout Wednesday - Getting Started
The first in a series of articles by canine rehabilitation specialist Dr. Leslie Eide on canine conditioning.
08/25/15 The Art of Playing Tug with Your Dog - Part 3
Tug is a great way to train our dogs and build a relationship, but not every dog takes to it right away. The third article of a four-part series from the book Dog Sports Skills - Play! describes ways to solve specific tug problems with our dogs. By Denise Fenzi and Deb Jones
08/24/15 Things to Expect at Cynosport This Year
Whether this years event in Murfreesboro is your first Cynosport experience or you're a Cynosport seasoned veteran, here are a few things to help you prepare for this years event.
08/24/15 The Bugs of Summer - Tips from the ASPCA - Part 1
Summer is a fun time to be out and about, but it also means more exposure to bugs, some of which pose dangers for our dogs.
08/21/15 Cynosport Live-Stream Announcer Talent Search Complete!
Were pleased to announce that we've added two talented competitors to our live-stream announcer team.
08/21/15 Cynosport Tips, Advice and Reminders
From Helen McNenly, 2015 Cynosport Trial Secretary.
08/20/15 Continuing Education Clinic for Judges
To be held in conjunction with the Cynosport World Games in Murfreesboro, TN.
08/20/15 Increasing Arousal Enhances Inhibitory Control in Calm Dogs, and may be Beneficial for Your Dog
Claudia Bensimoun discusses a recent study on stress and arousal in calm and hyper dogs and the effect on a dog's performance.
08/19/15 Family Fights - Part Four
The final article in a four-part series on managing and reintegrating pack members after a fight - setting them up for success. By Sara Reusche
08/19/15 2016 IFCS-Team USA Update
Here are the details on selecting team members for 2016 and fundraising efforts.
08/18/15 2015 Central Regional Champions!
Congratulations to all of our winners!
08/18/15 Credit Card Processing - Update
Credit card service on usdaa.com has been restored.
08/18/15 The Art of Playing Tug with Your Dog - Part 2
Our dogs should enjoy a game of tug, but for some dogs tug may be an issue. The second article of a four-part series from the book Dog Sports Skills - Play! describes ways to solve specific tug problems with our dogs. By Denise Fenzi and Deb Jones
08/17/15 2015 Central Regional Courses
Check out some of the courses run by USDAA competitors this past weekend!
08/14/15 USDAA Hall of Fame - Call for Nominations
Now's the time to think about acknowledging the dedicated USDAA people in your area to become part of our prestigious Hall of Fame.
08/13/15 Dogs Really Are Our Best Friends
Even though we already knew this, there's now scientific proof.
08/13/15 2016 Regional Championships
Mark your calendars and start making plans to attend some of the 2016 Regional Championships!
08/12/15 Family Fights - Part Three
The third in a four-part series on managing and reintegrating pack members after a fight - setting them up for success. By Sara Reusche
08/11/15 The Art of Playing Tug with Your Dog
A good game of tug with our dogs should be fun, but some dogs prefer other games. The first article of a four-part series from the book Dog Sports Skills - Play! describes ways to problem-solve playing tug with our dogs. By Denise Fenzi
08/10/15 The July OVERview is Now Online!
Check out all the great information from the July edition of the USDAA OVERview.
08/07/15 Ten Reasons to Enter Your Dog in the USDAA Intro Program
There are many benefits to entering (or hosting) a USDAA Intro trial. By Kama Rueschenberg
08/06/15 The "Art" of Reinforcement
Learning how to truly understand the placement of rewards to reap the benefits of reinforcement. By Stacy Goudy
08/05/15 Family Fights - Part Two
The second in a four-part series on managing and reintegrating pack members after a fight. By Sara Reusche
08/04/15 Training an Independent A-Frame Performance
It's Training Tuesday and this week we're discussing independent A-frame contacts and how to train a solid 2-on/2-off performance. By Elizabeth Dott
08/03/15 USDAA Hall of Fame - Call for Nominations
Now's the time to think about acknowledging the dedicated USDAA people in your area.

July 2015

07/31/15 You Gonna Eat That?
Dogs tastes differ from ours and can sometimes get them into trouble. Zukes resident on-call veterinarian, Dr. Jen Deming, DVM explains.
07/30/15 Gazing Off Into the Distance
Depending on the type and level of training a dog has will depend on if they are able to follow a human gaze into the distance. By Claudia Bensimoun
07/29/15 Family Fights - Aggression Between Pack Members
The first in a four-part series on managing and reintegrating pack members after a fight. By Sara Reusche
07/28/15 Teaching Peek
Take a peek at this handy skill! By Brenna Fender
07/27/15 Is Training Becoming Obsolete?
What really constitutes your dog being "ready" to trial. By Stacy Goudy
07/24/15 Congratulation to Our New USDAA Judges!
It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to become a USDAA judge. By Andy Hartman
07/23/15 Overcoming Medical Issues to Compete Again
In follow up to Dr. Shaffer's article yesterday, Deb Harpur describes the changes she made to still compete with Rickie Roo.
07/22/15 Preparing for Unexpected Medical Issues
Genetic testing can help you identify an emergency medical situation quickly. By Dr. Lisa Shaffer 
07/21/15 You Can Train Independent Weaves
Nothing says pure agility better than a smooth and powerful weave pole performance. By Julie Daniels
07/20/15 Interval Training Tips
Interval training is the best, most effective way to create and maintain fitness in dogs. By Mikkel Becker
07/17/15 DAWG Teaches Homeschoolers About Dogs
Educating children on canine body language basics are skills that will last a lifetime. By Brenna Fender
07/16/15 Independent Start Lines
An independent start line is essential in agility and proofing them with games makes it fun for everyone! By Alicia Nicholas
07/15/15 Advisory Committee Update
If you're interested in participating, please respond by this Friday, July 17.
07/15/15 Competitor Spotlight - Maureen Hughes
Get to know this highly successful and incredibly laid-back team. By Tamar Fuhrer
07/14/15 Training an Independent Table Performance
Training and maintaining a reliable table performance can be fun and rewarding. By Helen Grinnell King
07/13/15 2015 New England Regional Champions!
Congratulations to all the winners!
07/13/15 2015 New England Regional Courses
Check out some of the courses competitors ran from this past weekend
07/10/15 Endurance Nutrition
The right food and treats and help give our dogs the endurance needed for competition.
07/09/15 How Doga and Pilates Can Benefit Active Dogs
Finding was to relax before, during or after competition can benefit both you and your dog. By Claudia Bensimoun
07/08/15 Event Report: GO! Dog Agility, San Diego
A great surface, terrific weather, fun atmosphere and agility enthusiasts from around the southwest supported their inaugural event. By Tamar Fuhrer
07/08/15 The Latest USDAA Newsletter in Now Online!
Check out all the great information in the June issue of the USDAA OVERview!
07/07/15 Free New England Regional Live Stream this weekend
Coverage will begin at approximately 1 p.m. EDT on Friday.
07/07/15 Handler Focus: Putting it all Together
In her final article on handler focus, Elizabeth Dott explains how to put your new skills to the test on a Snooker course.
07/06/15 More Snooker Themes
Check out some more creative, challenging and festive Snooker courses.
07/02/15 Getting and Keeping Volunteers
Tips clubs can use to encourage volunteering at their trials. By Brenna Fender
07/01/15 Theme "Snooker"
Designing Snooker courses around a certain theme keeps things fun and challenging. By Stuart Mah

June 2015

06/30/15 Handler Focus: Adding Obstacles
In part three of this series, Elizabeth Dott shows you how to work on handler focus around obstacles and how to teach moving between handler focus and obstacle focus. 
06/29/15 Rocky Mountain Regional Recap
Hosted by Wasatch Agility, competitors thoroughly enjoyed attending this great event.
06/26/15 Cross Your Dog
Check out this great Masters Challenge course, then work on your crosses on a small course segment that you can fit in your training building or yard. By Brenna Fender
06/25/15 Welcome the Newest USDAA Hall of Fame Member
Coleen Hawker from Wasatch Agility was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Rocky Mountain Regional.
06/24/15 Event Report: NOMAD's Stowe, Vermont Trial
Making memories in a mountain meadow! By John Marcus
06/23/15 Handler Focus: The Next Step
This week we are continuing our handler focus training, asking our dogs to come "into" us rather than working away. Part two in a four-part series by Elizabeth Dott.
06/23/15 2015 Rocky Mountain Regional Champions
Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Rocky Mountain Regional Championships!
06/22/15 2015 Rocky Mountain Regional Championships Courses
See some of the courses from the Regional!
06/19/15 Swim Season - Treating Canine Ear Infections Naturally
Canine frequent swimmers can get help from easy-to-find natural ingredients. 
06/18/15 Fatherhood and Agility
Father's Day is around the corner, so we are celebrating dads in agility! By Brenna Fender
06/17/15 USDAA Message
USDAA President Kenneth Tatsch takes a look back on Keystone Agility Club's early years, and more.
06/16/15 Introduction to Handler Focus
Elizabeth Dott begins a four-part series teaching you how to get your dog to work close. 
06/16/15 2015 Mid-Atlantic Regional Champions
Congratulations to all the winners!
06/15/15 Rules & Course Design Clinics Coming this Summer!
Clinics are open to current and potential judges, and anyone interested in learning more about USDAA course design and rules.
06/15/15 2015 Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships Courses
See the finals courses run by competitors at the recent Regional Championship!
06/12/15 Hot Dogs: Heat Exhaustion and Heatstroke in Dogs
As the summer heats up, keep your dog safe. By Dr. Jennifer Deming, DVM, courtesy of Zuke's.
06/11/15 Training a Deaf Dog
Cindy Perry shares how she's had agility success with her deaf dog. 
06/10/15 2015 Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships Live Stream
Watch some amazing agility this weekend on our free live stream!
06/09/15 2015 Southeast Regional Champions
Congratulations to all the winners!
06/09/15 Handling Discriminations on Course Part 2
Deborah Davidson Harpur presents another course (based on last week's layout so you don't have to move anything!) designed to test your dog's discrimination skills. Check out this analysis, complete with handling options.
06/08/15 2015 Southeast Regional Championships Courses
See some of the courses run by competitors at the 2015 Southeast Regional Championships.
06/05/15 Canine Cancer Clinical Trials May Help Humans
New research unites canine and human medicine. 
06/03/15 Event Report: Not Memorial Day Trial
John Marcus reports on the Riverside Canine Center of New Hampshire's Not Memorial Day Memorial Day Weekend trial. 
06/02/15 Handling Discriminations on Course
Deborah Davidson Harpur presents a course designed to test your dog's discrimination skills and suggests ways to handle it, including many front and rear cross options. 
06/01/15 The Latest USDAA Newsletter is Now Online!
See the May issue of the USDAA Overview!
06/01/15 USDAA Message
A letter from USDAA president Kenneth Tatsch.

May 2015

05/29/15 Nearly Nested Courses
Starters, Advanced, and Masters courses with minimal obstacle movement.
05/28/15 Getting Ahead
How can you reach your goals? By Kenneth Tatsch
05/27/15 Cross Training and Conditioning the Canine Athlete
Help your dog get fit! Article and photos by Melanie Behrens.
05/26/15 Training Distance for Gamblers Part 3
Some final tips in our Gamblers series. By Alicia Nicholas
05/25/15 2015 Pacific Northwest Regional Championships
Congratulations to all the winners!
05/24/15 2015 Pacific Northwest Regional Championships Courses
See the courses run each day at the event!
05/21/15 Riverside Canine's First Annual Strategy Cup
It's all about the games! By John Marcus
05/20/15 2015 Central Regional-Costa Rica Champions
Congratulations to the winners!
05/19/15 Training Distance for Gamblers Part 2
Handling at a distance by Alicia Nicholas.
05/19/15 New Advisory Committee
USDAA is forming a new Advisory Committee.
05/18/15 Twister Agility Hosts First Regional
Competitors from around the country had a great time at The Plains Regional, hosted by this hard-working group.
05/17/15 2015 Central America-Costa Rica Regional Championships Courses
See some of the courses from this event.
05/15/15 Thank You Team USA Supporters!
Our success is because of your generous donations.
05/14/15 Dogs Know That Smile on Your Face
A scientific study confirms that dogs can recognize human emotions through facial expressions. By Claudia Bensimoun
05/13/15 A.C.E. Agility's 25th Anniversary
A.C.E. Agility celebrates 25 years of USDAA trials. 
05/12/15 Training Distance for Gamblers
Learn how to train the "lateral push" for distance work. By Alicia Nicholas
05/11/15 2015 Plains Regional Champions
Congratulations to all the winners!
05/10/15 2015 Plains Regional Championships Courses
Good luck to all Plains Regional competitors! 
05/07/15 Motherhood and Agility
Moms find children and agility to be a mix of challenge and reward. By Brenna Fender
05/06/15 Welcome GameOn K9 Agility!
GameOn K9 Agility offered an Intro trial as their first USDAA agility event. By Jamie McKay CPDT KSA
05/05/15 How to Plan a Successful Opening in Gamblers Part 3
Part 3: Check Your Understanding of Planning a Gamblers Opening. Learn about time gambles and more! By Alicia Nicholas
05/04/15 Agility Trial Wedding
Happy 1st anniversary to long-time USDAA judge Lynn Sigman and Greg Morgoglione. Learn more about their agility trial wedding! By Pam Jacoby
05/01/15 The April USDAA Newsletter is Now Online!
Get up-to-date on USDAA news in the latest Overview!

April 2015

04/30/15 Pet First Aid
What do you need to handle emergencies at home and on the road?
04/29/15 Dice's Journey to Performance Dog Champion
Christy Skinner shares the extreme challenges she faced while earning the PDCH title with her dog, Dice.
04/29/15 USDAA Cynosport® Talent Search
So you think you can announce on live-stream during Cynosport®
04/28/15 2015 Southwest Regional Champions
Congratulations to all the winners!
04/28/15 How to Plan a Successful Opening in Gamblers Part 2
Part 2: What is your Dog's Obstacle Number? By Alicia Nicholas. How many obstacles can your dog do in a 30-second gamblers opening?
04/26/15 2015 Southwest Regional Championships Courses
Check back each day for more courses from this event!
04/23/15 The C-BARQ Study
What's really in a dog breed? By Claudia Bensimoun
04/22/15 Intro Trial Fun!
Leaps N Bounds recently held an Intro Trial that was great fun! Photos and article by Annie DeChance
04/21/15 Calling all Agility Trainers, Judges and Authors!
We are always getting calls with training questions and need your help to provide quality information.
04/21/15 How to Plan a Successful Opening in Gamblers
Part 1: Introduction to Gamblers by Alicia Nicholas. Learn the basics of preparing the best opening plan for your dog. Train yourself so you can better train your dog!
04/17/15 What Motivates Volunteers?
Volunteers are necessary to keep agility afloat. Why do competitors volunteer? By Brenna Fender
04/16/15 Disaster Preparation for Pets
Make plans for your pets in case of disaster.
04/15/15 2015 IFCS World Agility Championships Photos
Check out these fun photos from the event!
04/15/15 The March USDAA Newsletter is Now Available Online!
See the latest OVERview!
04/14/15 Training Exercises: IFCS WAC Weaves and Discriminations
The weave entry heard 'round the world! How would you handle it? These segments fits in a small space, so give them a try! By Brenna Fender
04/14/15 2015 North Central Regional Champions
Congratulations to all the winners! Photos by Steve Delaney, Pawprint Pictures, www.pawprintpictures.com.  
04/12/15 2015 North Central Regional Championships Courses
Check out the courses each day of the weekend here, and watch them run on www.cynosport.tv!
04/12/15 2015 IFCS World Agility Championships Sunday Results
The event came to a close on Sunday with the conclusion of the Biathlon and Team Triathlon.
04/12/15 2015 IFCS World Agility Championships Agility Standard Biathlon Course
Check out the course and the running order for the final class in the Biathlon.
04/12/15 2015 IFCS World Agility Championships Team Relay Triathlon Course
The event closes with the 3-Dog Relay Team Triathlon.
04/11/15 2015 IFCS World Agility Championships Agility Standard Triathlon Course
The Agility Standard Triathlon class is combined with Agility Jumpers Triathlon and Team Relay to name team winners at each jump height.
04/11/15 2015 IFCS World Agility Championships Saturday Results
Placement information for Saturday's classes.
04/11/15 2015 IFCS World Agility Championship Agility Standard Individual and All Around Course
This one of Saturday's two Standard courses counts for individual medals and is part of the all around competition as well. 
04/10/15 2015 IFCS Championship Opening Day Class Results
Medalists and reports from Wednesday's opening class-the Individual Jumpers class, and the first of four classes in the Individual All-Around competition.
04/10/15 2015 IFCS World Agility Championships Triathlon Jumping
Running order and course for the Jumping Team Triathlon.
04/10/15 2015 IFCS World Agility Championships Gamblers
Running order and course for Gamblers Individual & All Around
04/10/15 2015 IFCS World Agility Championships Friday Results
Learn who topped the challenging Gamblers Individual and All Around class and Jumping Triathlon class.
04/09/15 2015 IFCS World Agility Championship Thursday Courses and Running Order
See the courses and running order here and watch the event on www.cynosport.tv!
04/09/15 2015 IFCS World Agility Championships Thursday Results
See the results from the event, and watch it on www.cynosport.tv!
04/08/15 Rachel Sanders, Team USA Profile
Learn more about Team USA's dedicated coach.
04/08/15 2015 IFCS World Agility Championships Wednesday Course & Running Order
Check out Wednesday's course and running order. View it live on www.cynosport.tv!
04/08/15 Tracy Skelnar, Team USA Profile
Learn more about this IFCS World Agility Championships Team USA competitor.
04/07/15 Training Tuesday: IFCS Style
In honor of this week's IFCS World Agility Championships, train on courses from last year's event. By Brenna Fender
04/07/15 Stacy Peardot-Goudy, Team USA Profile
Learn more about this IFCS World Agility Championships Team USA competitor.
04/06/15 Monique Plinck, Team USA Profile
Learn more about this IFCS World Agility Championships Team USA competitor.
04/05/15 Mike Padgett, Team USA Profile
Learn more about this IFCS World Agility Championships Team USA competitor.
04/04/15 Marcy Mantell, Team Member Profile
Learn more about this IFCS World Agility Championships Team USA competitor.
04/03/15 Linda Womer, Team USA Profile
Learn more about this IFCS World Agility Championships Team USA competitor.
04/03/15 Live Stream: 2015 IFCS World Agility Championships
Live and on demand coverage from this international competition.
04/02/15 Laurie Zurborg, Team USA Profile
Learn more about this IFCS World Agility Championships Team USA competitor.
04/01/15 Keith Highley, Team USA Profile
Learn more about this IFCS World Agility Championships Team USA competitor.

March 2015

03/31/15 Jody Lolich, Team USA Profile
Learn more about this IFCS World Agility Championships Team USA competitor.
03/31/15 Training: Pairs Relay
Train. Prepare. Strategize. Have fun! By Brenna Fender
03/30/15 Jessica Ajoux, Team USA Profile
Learn more about this IFCS World Agility Championships Team USA competitor.
03/30/15 Group Spotlight
Virginia Ruff Riders, one of the Showcase's long-time organizers, is first in our Spotlight. 
03/29/15 Jeannine Doepke, Team USA Profile
Learn more about this IFCS World Agility Championships Team USA competitor.
03/28/15 Janet Dunn, Team USA Profile
Learn more about this IFCS World Agility Championships Team USA competitor.
03/28/15 IFCS World Agility Championship Team USA Member Change
Greg Fontaine and Spice will not compete due to injury.
03/27/15 Giuliana Lund, Team USA Profile
Learn more about this IFCS World Agility Championships Team USA competitor.
03/26/15 Potential Poisons in Your Home
Find out what foods and plants in your home might be dangerous for your dog.
03/26/15 Elicia Calhoun, Team USA Profile
Learn more about this IFCS World Agility Championships Team USA competitor.
03/25/15 Dudley Fontaine, Team USA Profile
Learn more about this IFCS World Agility Championships Team USA competitor.
03/24/15 Training Exercises: Ring Around the Tunnel
Ring Around the Tunnel; Pocket Full of Kibble is a fun exercise that works obstacle discriminations, weave entries, and handling skills in a small space. By Alicia Nicholas.
03/24/15 USDAA Message
A letter from USDAA president Kenneth Tatsch.
03/24/15 Desiree Snelleman, Team USA Profile
Learn more about this IFCS World Agility Championships Team USA competitor.
03/23/15 Deanna Fairchild, Team USA Profile
Learn more about this IFCS World Agility Championships Team USA competitor.
03/22/15 Dave Grubel, Team USA Profile
Learn more about this IFCS World Agility Championships Team USA competitor.
03/21/15 Daneen Fox, Team USA Profile
Learn more about this IFCS World Agility Championships Team USA competitor.
03/20/15 Cynthia Hornor, Team USA Profile
Learn more about this IFCS World Agility Championships Team USA competitor.
03/19/15 Courtney Keys, Team USA Profile
Learn more about this IFCS World Agility Championships Team USA competitor.
03/18/15 Andy Mueller, Team USA Profile
Learn more about this IFCS World Agility Championships Team USA competitor.
03/17/15 Abigail Beasley, Team USA Profile
Learn more about this IFCS World Agility Championships Team USA competitor.
03/17/15 Training Courses: Masters Challenge
Check out these Masters Challenge courses from the 2015 South Central Regional Championships.
03/16/15 2015 South Central Regional Champions
Congratulations to all the winners!
03/15/15 2015 South Central Regional Championships Courses
Courses from the event.
03/12/15 IFCS World Agility Championship Team USA Member Change
Team USA loses a team member.
03/10/15 Training Exercises: Tunnel Discrimination Part 3
Elizabeth Dott kicks tunnel discrimination training up a notch by adding movement and working it in a sequence. 
03/09/15 Dog Behavior Varies With Height, Bodyweight and Skull Shape
How does a dog's physical traits relate to his behavior? By Claudia Bensimoun
03/06/15 Healthy Snacks for Dogs
Check out these healthy treat suggestions and learn you what to avoid when cooking for your pet.
03/04/15 Beware of Drowsy Driving
Time changes and other factors might leave you drowsy when driving to or from an agility trial. Learn the signs and how to avoid a possible accident. By Kelly McFaul-Solem
03/03/15 Training Exercises: Tunnel Discriminations Part 2
Step up your dog's ability to choose the correct end of a tunnel in a discrimination. By Elizabeth Dott
03/02/15 The February USDAA Newsletter is Now Available Online!
See the latest OVERview!

February 2015

02/26/15 Drop It Training
Stuck indoors? Train Drop It to keep your dog busy, exercised, and entertained!
02/25/15 Traveling Responsibly with Your Pet
February is Responsible Pet Owner month. Find out what it takes to care for your pets responsibly while they are traveling in your vehicle. By Annie DeChance and Brenna Fender
02/24/15 Training Exercises: Tunnel Discrimination
When you face a U-shaped tunnel, how do you get your dog to take the correct end? By Elizabeth Dott
02/23/15 2015 IFCS World Agility Championship Team USA News
New logo and more!
02/18/15 AAHA Dental Care Guidelines for Dogs and Cats
More information for National Pet Dental Health month!
02/17/15 Training: Handling the Path
How can you watch your dog and pay attention to where you are on the course at the same time? By Alicia Nicholas
02/16/15 Hotel Etiquette
How can you be courteous, responsible and set a good example when staying in hotels with your dog? By Annie DeChance and Brenna Fender
02/12/15 New Survey Coming Soon
Watch for a survey to help us improve our website.
02/11/15 Five Ways to Keep Your Pet's Teeth and Gums Healthy for Life
Learn more about good dental health for your dog!
02/10/15 Training Exercises: You Touch! I Touch!
An agility game to proof two-on/two-off contacts by Alicia Nicholas.
02/09/15 Jealousy in Dogs
A new scientific study looks at whether dogs really experience jealousy. By Claudia Bensimoun
02/05/15 USDAA is Proud to be Partnering with Zuke's
Be on the lookout at a Regional near you for the Zuke's crew!
02/04/15 February is National Pet Dental Health Month
Dental health is important for our dogs!
02/03/15 Training Exercises: Snooker 101
How to play USDAA Snooker with flow and fun! Link by Alicia Nicholas
02/02/15 The January USDAA Newsletter is Now Available Online!
Check out what's going on at USDAA!

January 2015

01/29/15 Two-Sentence Training Tips
We finish National Train Your Dog Month with some great advice!
01/29/15 IFCS World Agility Team USA on the Web
Team USA gets their own website!
01/28/15 USDAA Founder Kenneth Tatsch in the News
Dog Fancy magazine celebrates "45 People Who Changed the Dog World," including USDAA's president, Kenneth Tatsch!
01/27/15 Training Exercises: Weave Work
Elizabeth Dott offers some weave proofing exercises to help you whip your weaves into shape!
01/26/15 New Research on Rabies Vaccine....
New research on rabies vaccines alters a common misconception.
01/21/15 What Does Your Dog Really Know?
Why do many dogs perform differently at trials than they do in practice?
01/20/15 Training Exercises: Practicing Pressure to Direct Your Dog
Elizabeth Dott shows how to experiment with "pressure" in these exercises. 
01/19/15 IFCS 2016 USDAA/USA World Team Selection Process
Learn how to try out for Team USA!
01/16/15 2015 IFCS World Agility Championship Team USA Sponsorship Opportunities
Support Team USA!
01/14/15 Zuke's Offers Tips on Keeping Your Dog Busy this Winter
In the heart of winter, owners of active dogs need to get creative!
01/13/15 Training Exercises: Snowman Series Part 2
Check out these exercises based on a winter-themed course layout. Courses by Leona Hellesvig.
01/12/15 New Year's Resolutions, Agility-Style!
The start of a new year is a good time to set agility-related goals. By Brenna Fender
01/08/15 Wild West Regional Standard Courses
Check our these Starters, Advanced, and Masters Standard courses from the recent regional.
01/07/15 What Your Natural Health Magazine Doesn't Want You to Know
Are you confident in your veterinarian's ability to help your dog be healthy?
01/06/15 Wondering Where Your Permanent Card Is?
We don't want it to get lost at the post office.
01/06/15 Training Exercises: Wild West Regional Gambles
Check out these Gamblers courses from this weekend's regional!
01/05/15 Congratulations to the Winners of the 2015 Wild West Regional Championships!
See the winners! 
01/04/15 2015 Wild West Regional Championships Courses
Information about and courses from the first Regional Championship in 2015



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