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December 2016

12/30/16 Holiday Hours for the USDAA
New Year's holiday hours for the USDAA office.
12/29/16 Do You Know How a Dog Walks?
A study found many experts are incorrect when it comes to a dog's gait.
12/28/16 Winter Safety Tips from Zuke's
Zuke's resident veterinarian provides tips to keep dogs safe this winter.
12/27/16 Rescue Dog Profile: Emily Ingersoll and Her Dog Phyllis Diller
It's time for another rescue dog profile - Emily Ingersoll and Phyllis Diller!
12/23/16 Holiday Hours for the USDAA
December holiday hours for the USDAA office.
12/22/16 Updated Worksheets for Spreads, Long Jump, Table and A-Frame Now Online
Updated worksheets now available!
12/22/16 Breeze Thru Agility Class Sports Olympic Gold!
A story of two teams - an Agility class and an Olympic rowing team.
12/22/16 TitleMania 2017 Rules and Regulations
Rules and regulations for Title Mania in 2017 now available.
12/21/16 Rescue Dog Profile: Stephanie Dubick and her dog Ajax
A profile of competitor Stephanie Dubick and her dog Ajax.
12/20/16 Backyard Handling Mastery: 2 Jumps + Tunnel = 24 Challenges
It's Training Tuesday! Agility Nerd Steve Schwarz discusses his Backyard Handling Mastery challenge.
12/19/16 Help Fund the IFCS Team with AmazonSmile!
Use AmazonSmile when you shop to help fund the efforts of the IFCS Team USA!
12/16/16 Vice President's Message
The December OVERview message from USDAA's Vice President Andy Hartman.
12/16/16 Have you moved?
Titles mailed recently are being returned.
12/15/16 The December OVERvew is here!
This month's December OVERview is now online.
12/14/16 Potential Dangers of Using 5-HTP For Your Dog
The ASPCA Poison Control Centers issue a warning about using 5-HTP supplements.
12/13/16 Fostering for the Holidays
Short term fostering over the holidays can help a dog in need, but also help perfect your training skills.
12/12/16 Laser Therapy: It's Not Just for Pain Anymore
New, Safe Laser Helping to Make Champions in All Walks of Life.
12/09/16 Rescue Dog Profile: Jim Allaire and his dog Meadghbh
A Profile of Jim Allaire and his dog Meadghbh.
12/08/16 Spread Hurdle & Long Jump Settings Plus Snooker Super Qs
The spread hurdle and long jump settings have been finalized as well as a revised method for calculating Snooker Super Qs due to height changes effective December 28, 2016.
12/08/16 Contact Zonies 25th Anniversary
Contact Zonies in Phoenix, AZ celebrates their 25th Anniversary of hosting USDAA shows.
12/07/16 Holiday Safety Tips for Dogs
It's that time of year again when holiday decorations and festivities can be an issue for our dogs.
12/06/16 Course Analysis with Judge Jelinda Pepper
USDAA Judge Jelinda Pepper reviews two of her courses for us.
12/05/16 A Tribute to Kamikaze
The first Siberian Husky to achieve ADCH and LAA Bronze.
12/02/16 Dogs Go Back to School
Some middle school students received a hands-on agility experience.
12/01/16 A profile of Christa Beauchat and her dogs Qwyn, Annie and Darby.
A profile of Christa Beauchat and her three rescued dogs: Qwyn, Annie and Darby.

November 2016

11/30/16 Policy for Selecting Accommodating Partners in Titling Relay Classes
More options for selecting accommodating partners in pairs relay.
11/30/16 New Coach and Team Manager for the IFCS World Team in 2017!
The USDAA is pleased to announce the Coach and Team Manager for the IFCS Team for the 2017 World Agility Championships.
11/29/16 Things Trainers & Students would like to Say but Don't
What trainers and students would like to be able to say to each other.
11/28/16 President's Message
This month's message from USDAA President Ken Tatsch.
11/23/16 Revised Procedures Issued for Remeasurement of Height Certified Dogs
This newly issued policy statement sets forth expedited procedures for recertification of dogs for the 17" and 19" cut-offs to become effective December 28.
11/23/16 The November OVERview is here!
This month's November OVERview is now online.
11/22/16 Be Aware of the Top Causes of Pancreatitis
Pancreatitis is a serious issue for dogs. With Thanksgiving this week, here's a reminder of things to avoid!
11/21/16 New Hope for Chemo Treatment for Dogs with Cancer
A new trial of a chemotherapy treatment may be good news for dogs and people.
11/18/16 How Instant Replay Works at Cynosport
An explanation of how the instant replay video process works in conjunction with judging at the Cynosport World Games.
11/17/16 Cynosport Course Maps
Course maps for the Cynosport World Games in Scottsdale, AZ, November 9-13, 2016.
11/16/16 Cynosport Winners
A list of all of our winners from the 2016 Cynosport World Games.
11/16/16 Special Awards - Cynosport 2016
We had some special honors to bestow at Cynosport 2016!
11/16/16 Cynosport Junior Handler Winners
Congratulations to our Junior Handlers at Cynosport 2016!
11/07/16 A Profile of Judge Janet Gauntt
Cynosport is this week! We're thrilled to have Janet Gauntt as one of our judges.
11/07/16 Cynosport Livestream Coverage
Information on the free livestream coverage of Cynosport this week!
11/07/16 Meet Cynosport Judge Carol Kramer
We're delighted to have Carol Kramer as one of our terrific judges at Cynosport this week!
11/04/16 Things to Expect at Cynosport 2016 (Continued)
More event information for Cynosport® World Games, November 9 - 13, 2016.
11/03/16 Things to Expect at Cynosport 2016
Event information for Cynosport® World Games, November 9 - 13, 2016.
11/02/16 Hotel Etiquette With Dogs
As many of us travel to Cynosport next weeks, here's some tips to remember on how to be a courteous and responsible hotel guest with your dog. 
11/01/16 A Profile of Judge Jelinda Pepper
We're excited to have Jelinda Pepper as a judge at Cynosport this year!

October 2016

10/31/16 Meet Cynosport Judge Nita Diaz
A profile of Nita Diaz, one of our esteemed judges at Cynosport this year.
10/31/16 Video Services for Individual Runs
Information on ordering video services at Cynosport this year.
10/28/16 2017 Jump Height Amendments-Updated
2017 Jump Height Amendments
10/28/16 Frequently Asked Questions for the 2017 Jump Height Changes - Part 2
FAQs regarding the new 2017 Jump Heights.
10/28/16 Frequently Asked Questions for the 2017 Jump Height Changes - Part 1
FAQs regarding the new 2017 Jump Heights.
10/28/16 2017 Standard Course Time Tables
Revision of Standard Course Time Tables to Align with New Jump Height Structure
10/26/16 Health Benefits of Pumpkin for Dogs
Halloween is the perfect time of year to discuss pumpkin for dogs.
10/25/16 Autumn Dog Safety Tips
Trainer Jamie McKay, CPDT-KSA gives important reminders on keeping our dogs safe this fall.
10/25/16 The 2017 IFCS Team USA
Congratulations to our team members who will represent the US in Spain in April.
10/24/16 A profile of Cynosport Judge Scott Chamberlain
Continuing our series of profiles of our Cynosport judges this year!
10/21/16 President's Message
October's President's Message from USDAA President Ken Tatsch.
10/20/16 The October OVERview is here!
This month's October OVERview is now online.
10/19/16 A Profile of Kristen Wheeler and Ash
Our next profile of a shelter dog competing in USDAA agility is of Ash and his owner, Kristen Wheeler.
10/18/16 Identifying Sports Dog Prospects in Rescues and Shelters, Part 3: Behavior
The third part of our reprinted series on finding dog sport prospects from shelters and rescues.
10/17/16 Meet Cynosport Judge Anton Kuprin
Cynosport is coming up! Let's meet our judges. First up is Anton Kuprin.
10/14/16 Identifying Sports Dog Prospects in Rescues and Shelters, Part 2: Body
The second part of our reprinted series on finding dog sport prospects from shelters and rescues.
10/13/16 Competitor Profile - Diane Allen and Teasal
Our first rescue dog profile for the month - Diane Allen and her dog Teasal!
10/12/16 Environmental and Medical Causes for Pet Obesity
Reviewing some of the major reasons for pet obesity on National Pet Obesity Awareness Day.
10/11/16 Lily & Jo: The Road to Agility Dog Champion
The story of Jo Unbehaun and her Westie, Lily.
10/10/16 New Members of the 2017 IFCS World Team
Results for the IFCS Team Selection event this past weekend.
10/07/16 Resources for Disaster Planning for Pets
A collection of some helpful internet resources on disaster planning for pets.
10/06/16 How Dogs Perceive Their World Through Smell
A new book by researcher Dr. Alexandra Horowitz looks at a dog's sense of smell.
10/05/16 Dogs Improving Welfare for Other Animals
Dogs are wonderful companions for humans and other household pets - but zoo animals too?
10/04/16 Identifying Sport Dog Candidates in Shelters and Rescues, Part 1: Understanding the Market
During October's Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, we'll be promoting using rescue and shelter dogs in dog sports.
10/03/16 What Motivates Dog Owners to Walk Their Dogs?
Why do some owners walk their dogs, and others do not?

September 2016

09/30/16 The Facts About Rabies
What do you know about rabies?
09/29/16 Reminder: Judges Continuing Education Clinic in Scottsdale
Judges Continuing Education Clinic to be held in Scottsdale, AZ on November 8, 2016.
09/29/16 Important Information for Cynopsort RV Lottery Participants
If you participated in the lottery for a RV spot at Cynosport, please read!
09/28/16 Tips for Properly Changing Your Dog's Food
If you're thinking of changing your dog's food, here's some steps to follow.
09/27/16 A Recap of the Mexico USDAA Regional  September 16  18, 2016
A recap of the Mexico USDAA Regional by Judge Frank Holik.
09/26/16 Children, Dogs and Asthma
Contact with dogs at an early age may decrease a child's chance to get asthma.
09/23/16 Results from the Mexican Regional
Results from the Mexican Regional held on August 27-28, 2016.
09/22/16 More Things to Expect at Cynosport this Year
If you're coming to Cynosport this , here's some more helpful information to get yourself prepared!
09/21/16 Health & Wellness Wednesday - Polydipsia and Polyuria
If your dog is drinking and/or urinating more, they may be suffering from polydipsia or polyuria.
09/20/16 Things to Expect at Cynosport
Coming to Cynosport this year? Here's some helpful information to get yourself prepared!
09/19/16 Reminder: Judges Continuing Education Clinic
Judges Continuing Education Clinic to be held in Scottsdale, AZ on November 8, 2016.
09/19/16 National Deaf Dog Awareness Week
September 18-24 is National Deaf Dog Awareness Week.
09/16/16 President's Message
September's President's Message from USDAA President Ken Tatsch.
09/15/16 The September OVERview is here!
This month's September OVERview is now online.
09/14/16 Health & Wellness Wednesday - Back to School Dangers for Dogs
The ASPCA cautions parents with dogs to make sure their dog isn't affected by lunchboxes and school supplies.
09/14/16 2017 IFCS World Team Reminder
Intent to Compete forms due, Sept. 15th.
09/13/16 Training Tuesday - The Science Behind Food Motivation in Labs
A new genetic research study finds a biological reason for Retriever's food motivation.
09/12/16 In Memory of Luka, One of USDAA's Greatest Champions
A memorial for Luka by Ashley Deacon.
09/09/16 Jump Height Transitions Effective December 28
Jump height transition rules clarified.
09/09/16 Memorializing a Pet
Some thoughts on how we can mark the passing of a beloved dog.
09/08/16 Training for the Long Jump
Pati Mah explores training for the long jump obstacle.
09/07/16 Western Regional Results
Results from the Western Regional in Prunedale, CA.
09/06/16 Western Regional Course Maps
Course Maps for the Western Regional held in Prunedale, CA on Labor Day weekend.
09/01/16 Pain Awareness Month
September is Pet Pain Awareness Month.

August 2016

08/31/16 Health & Wellness Wednesday - Know the Signs of Canine Cognitive Dysfunction
Canine Cognitive Dysfunction affects senior dogs and early detection can increase the effectiveness of treatment.
08/30/16 Does Your Dog Want Treats...or Praise?
A study using fMRI found that dogs preferred praise from their owner over treats.
08/29/16 Collapsible Tunnel Removed from Obstacle List
Increase in entanglements necessitates removal of collapsible tunnel from list of approved obstacles.
08/29/16 Judge's Continuing Education Clinic
Details on Judge's CE clinic at Cynosport this year.
08/26/16 The Scenting Abilities of Search-and-Rescue Dogs
Neuroscientists are researching how dogs can use their olfactory abilities to navigate terrain and find missing persons.
08/25/16 Training Your Dog in the City
Taking your dog on a training outing downtown can be a great way to work around distractions.
08/25/16 2017 Southwestern Regional Dates and Location
Mark your calendars!
08/24/16 Genetics Study Provides Information on Canine Hereditary Disorders
A study published recently looks at the risk of genetic diseases in dogs across a large spectrum of breeds.
08/23/16 Moving Towards Mastery: Move Obstacles to Challenge Your Handling
Steve Schwarz from AgilityNerd discusses using small spaces to improve your training.
08/22/16 Keeping Dogs Safe in the Home
Some tips on keeping dogs, and other pets, safe in your home.
08/19/16 Central Regional Course Maps
Course maps for the Central Regional held in Kansas on August 12-14, 2016.
08/18/16 Central Regional Results
Results from the Central Regional, August 12-14, 2016.
08/17/16 Tentative Schedule for Cynosport
Specific times will be provided in final confirmations after entries have closed.
08/17/16 August 2016 USDAA President's Message
The August 2016 President's Message from USDAA's Ken Tatsch.
08/16/16 Western Canadian Regional Results
The Western Canadian Regional was held in Murray Creek Ranch, Langley, British Columbia on August 12 - 14.
08/15/16 The August OVERview is here!
This month's August OVERview is now online.
08/12/16 Competitor Profile - Steffi Diem and Inara
A profile of Title Mania Competitor Steffi Diem and her dog Inara.
08/11/16 Problem Solving Weaves - Part Two of Two
Trainer Lynne Stephens continues her discussion of challenges when teaching the weave obstacle.
08/10/16 New Free Health Information Service from the AVMA
The AVMA has announced a new online service to increase education for pet owners and veterinarians.
08/09/16 Problem Solving Weaves - Part One of Two
In part one of this two-part article, trainer Lynne Stephens looks at the challenges of learning the weaves obstacle.
08/09/16 2017 South Central Regional Dates and Locations
Mark your calendars!

08/08/16 International Assistance Dog Week
August 7 to 13 is the week to celebrate the importance of assistance dogs in our lives!
08/05/16 Competitor Profile:  Lisa Anne Zilney and Tennessen
A profile of Title Mania competitor Lisa Zilney and her dog Tennessen.
08/04/16 Teaching the See-Saw with the TipAssist - Getting the Great See-Saw Performance You've Always Wanted!
Trainer Lynn Stephens details how to teach a better See-Saw performance with the TipAssist.
08/03/16 What is Reverse Sneezing?
Reverse sneezing is a common sight with many dogs that owners often mistake for a serious condition.
08/02/16 2017 Wild West Regional Dates and Location
Mark your calendars to attend!
08/02/16 Course Analysis by Judge Juanita Diaz
An analysis of two courses by USDAA judge Juanita Diaz - Masters Challenge Jumpers and Biathlon.
08/01/16 Dogs and Cars - Why Do They Love Them?
We explore why some dogs seem to love car rides as much as they do!

July 2016

07/29/16 Competitor Spotlight - Tina and Darryl Power
A profile of Title Mania competitors Tina and Darryl Power and their three dogs, Loudon, Joliet and Rock.
07/28/16 USDAA's Miscellaneous Classes for Training in the Ring
Coach Rachel Sanders discusses the benefits of the new rule amendment to allow the scheduling of training Miscellaneous Classes during regular competition events.
07/27/16 The Dangers of Water Intoxication and Implementing Water Safety Measures
For Health & Wellness Wednesday, we focus on the dangers of water intoxication which can happen more often in the summer months due to everyone swimming to beat the heat!
07/26/16 The Most Famous Agility Course on the Planet
A course analysis by Judge Anton Kudrin of a much discussed biathlon course from the 2015 IFCS World Agility Championships.
07/25/16 A Class of Gold
The story of a training class and their Regional experience.
07/22/16 President's Message - July 2016
USDAA President Ken Tatsch's July 2016 message.
07/21/16 The July OVERview is here!
This month's July OVERview is now online.
07/20/16 Hypothyroidism in Dogs
Learn how to recognize the signs of thyroid disease in dogs.
07/19/16 A Fond Farewell to Rickie Roo
Our condolences to Deborah Davidson Harpur on the sudden passing of her beloved Rickie Roo this past weekend.
07/19/16 New Research on Inhibitory Control in Dogs
A new study looks at a dog's ability to solve problems based on how well the dog can inhibit his or her own behavior.
07/18/16 2017 Cynosport World Games Dates and Location
Dates and locations for the 2017 Cynosport World Games and Regional Championships.
07/18/16 Congratulations to our new USDAA Judges!
We're proud to share a list of our new USDAA judges.
07/15/16 Pet Fire Safety Tips
Keep your home and your pets safe from fires with these tips!
07/14/16 New England Regional Results
Results for the New England Regional, July 8-10, 2016 in North Kingston, RI.
07/14/16 Let's Communicate!
On Training Thursday, Lynne Stephens looks at communicating more effectively with our dogs.
07/13/16 Enhancing Your Dog's Diet for Better Health
Zuke's veterinarian provides advice on food you can add to your dog's diet to improve their health.
07/12/16 All About Heterochromia
Today is "National Different Colored Eyes Day," which is medically known as heterochromia.
07/11/16 New England Regional Course Maps
Course maps for the New England Regional on July 8-10, 2016.
07/08/16 Competitor Spotlight - Alice Reinkemeyer
A profile of Alice Reinkemeyer and her dog Tess.
07/07/16 Dealing with Dog Fights
If a dog fight were to occur, would you know what to do to keep yourself and the dogs safe?
07/06/16 New Hypertension Disease Concerns for Dogs
A study by Michigan State University has found evidence of a rare hypertension disorder in humans in dogs as well.
07/05/16 Training Games for Impulse Control
Training games are a fun way of teaching dogs specific skills and behaviors that can enhance their performance.
07/01/16 July 4th Holiday Tips
In order to have a safe holiday for you and your pets, here are some tips!
07/01/16 Holiday Office Hours
The USDAA office hours for the July 4th holidays.

June 2016

06/30/16 President's Message - June 2016
USDAA President Ken Tatsch's June 2016 message.
06/29/16 The June OVERview is here!
This month's June OVERview is now online.
06/28/16 Preparing Your Dog for the 4th of July
Is your dog fearful of loud noises and fireworks? 
06/27/16 Canadian Regional Results
The Eastern Canadian Regional took place this past weekend in Barrie, Ontario.
06/24/16 Heat Stroke Awareness
Now that we're in the midst of summer with excessive heat in some parts of the country, it's important to know the signs of heat stroke.
06/23/16 Training Thursday - Take Your Dog To Work Day
Friday is National Take Your Dog to Work Day - Are you planning to take your dog to work?
06/22/16 TitleMania - Versatility Results
Results for Versatility from TitleMania.
06/22/16 First Members of 2017 IFCS Team USA
Members were determined based on their performance at Title Mania last week in Geneva, Ohio.
06/21/16 TitleMania - Masters Challenge Results
Results for Masters Challenge from TitleMania.
06/21/16 TitleMania - Jumpers Results
Results for Jumpers from TitleMania.
06/21/16 TitleMania - Standard Agility Results
Results for Standard Agility from TitleMania.
06/21/16 TitleMania Course Maps - Jumpers and Standard
TitleMania course maps for Jumpers and Standard.
06/20/16 TitleMania - Snooker Results
Results for Snooker from TitleMania.
06/20/16 TitleMania Course Maps - Snooker and Gamblers
TitleMania course maps for Snooker and Gamblers.
06/20/16 TitleMania - Gamblers Results
Results for Gamblers from TitleMania.
06/17/16 Unlikely Breed Earning USDAA Titles
Zonda is the first Dogo Argentino to earn a USDAA title!
06/16/16 What Do Titles Mean to Us?
TitleMania starts today! What does a title mean to you?
06/15/16 TitleMania Judge Profile: Kama Rueschenberg
Learn more about one of our excellent judges and course creators for TitleMania, Kama Rueschenberg!
06/15/16 Upcoming A-frame Rules Amendment
USDAA approves new A-frame performance specifications, to take effect July 1, 2016
06/14/16 TitleMania - Fulfilling the Olympic Ideal
Learn what it means to have a USDAA event be part of Olympic Day.
06/13/16 TitleMania Judge Profile: Dave Visniski
A profile of TitleMania judge Dave Visniski.
06/10/16 TitleMania Judge Profile: Meredith Keraga
A profile of Meredith Keraga, an upcoming TitleMania Judge.
06/09/16 Live to Run Again - Tips for Staying Safe on the Road
With the summer season, lots of competitors will be on the road traveling to regionals and to TitleMania. It's important to practice safe driving! Jamie McKay discusses the Live to Run Again program (and will bringing her library to the NE regional!)


06/08/16 Jack West and Annie - A Lifetime Agility Partnership
Jack West and his dog Annie have been involved in agility since 2003!
06/07/16 Southeast Regional Results
Results from the Southeast Regional on June 2-5 in Perry, GA. 
06/06/16 Course Maps for Southeast Regional
The Southeast Regional took place on June 2-5 in Perry, GA.
06/03/16 TitleMania Judge Profile: Rafael Quinones
Let's meet our TitleMania judges! Today's profile is Rafael Quinones.
06/01/16 Pacific Northwest Regional Results
The results for the Pacific Northwest Regional held on May 26-29, 2016.
06/01/16 North Central Regional Results
The results from the North Central Regional on May 28-30, 2016 in Canton, MI.

May 2016

05/31/16 North Central Regional Course Maps
The course maps for the North Central Regional on May 28-30 in Canton, MI.
05/31/16 Pacific Northwest Regional Course Maps
The course maps from the Pacific Northwest Regional, May 26-29, at Argus Ranch, WA.
05/27/16 President's Message
This month's message from USDAA President Ken Tatsch.
05/26/16 Have You Moved?
Looking for a title that hasn't arrived?
05/26/16 The May OVERview is here!
This month's May OVERview is now online.
05/25/16 Characteristics of Typical Dog-Human Play
We look at a recent research project which studied play between dogs and humans to look for patterns in how we interact with dogs.
05/24/16 Be a Part of TitleMania!
Even if you can't make it to the inaugural event, you can still follow along at home!
05/23/16 This Year's Team USA Experience at the World Agility Championships
A recap of the events at last month's World Agility Championships with insight from Team USA members.
05/20/16 A Celebration of Peak's Throw The Switch, "Juice"
"Juice" was an IFCS World Champion dog - Some thoughts celebrating her life and accomplishments from her handler, Marcus Topps, and other fellow competitors.
05/19/16 What Would You Do in the Case of a Dog Bite at a Trial?
Experiencing a dog bite at an agility trial can lead to a variety of consequences - what would you do?
05/18/16 Canine Cross Training: Building Balance, Strength and Endurance in Your Dog - Part 5 of a Series
For Health & Wellness Wednesdays, we feature the final section of an excerpt from the book, "Canine Cross Training: Building Balance, Strength and Endurance in Your Dog" by Sasha Foster, MSPT, CCRT.
05/17/16 Rocky Mountain Regional Results
Results from this past weekend's Rocky Mountain Regional event in Lakewood, CO.
05/16/16 Rocky Mountain Regional Course Maps
Course maps from the May 13-15th Rocky Mountain Regional in Lakewood, Colorado.
05/13/16 Steeplechase - What's the rush?
Want to learn more about Steeplechase? Stephanie Morgan gives us the lowdown on this fun event.
05/13/16 IFCS Officially Announces 2017 Championships
IFCS announces dates and location for its 2017 world agility championships
05/12/16 Natural Disaster Preparedness
Tips on packing a disaster preparedness kit for our pets.
05/11/16 Canine Cross Training: Building Balance, Strength and Endurance in Your Dog - Part 4 of a Series
For Health & Wellness Wednesdays, we continue featuring an excerpt from the book, "Canine Cross Training: Building Balance, Strength and Endurance in Your Dog" by Sasha Foster, MSPT, CCRT.
05/10/16 2016 IFCS WAC Biathlon Jumping Analysis
IFCS USA Team Member Shane Miller analyzes a course from this years World Agility Championships.
05/09/16 Pet Cancer Awareness
May is Pet Cancer Awareness Month - Know the signs for early detection.
05/06/16 Reminder: Title Mania Closing Date
Remember to get your Title Mania entries in ASAP!
05/05/16 Top 10 Reasons to be part of Title Mania
Closing date is May 9th - Don't delay!
05/04/16 Getting Revved for Title Mania
Be sure you understand the basics of Title Mania®.
05/04/16 Canine Cross Training: Building Balance, Strength and Endurance in Your Dog - Part 3 of a Series
For Health & Wellness Wednesdays, we continue featuring an excerpt from the book, "Canine Cross Training: Building Balance, Strength and Endurance in Your Dog" by Sasha Foster, MSPT, CCRT.
05/03/16 Southwest Regional Results
Results from this past weekend's Southwest Regional in Moorpark, CA.
05/03/16 "Come One, Come All" Rules for Title Mania
A review of the eligibility rules for Title Mania for new and experienced competitors.
05/02/16 Southwest Regional Course Maps
The course maps for this past weekend's Southwest Regional in Moorpark, CA.

April 2016

04/29/16 Competition Dog Sports Etiquette
Denise Fenzi shares her thoughts on proper Competition Dog Sports Etiquette.
04/28/16 Titlemania Closing Date Coming Up - May 9th!
Come be a part of this great inaugural event in Geneva, OH, June 16-19, 2016!
04/27/16 Canine Cross Training: Building Balance, Strength and Endurance in Your Dog - Part 2 of a Series
For Health & Wellness Wednesdays, we continue featuring an excerpt from the book, "Canine Cross Training: Building Balance, Strength and Endurance in Your Dog" by Sasha Foster, MSPT, CCRT.
04/26/16 Bringing Home Puppy: Socialization
On Training Tuesday, the importance of proper socialization for the new agility (or any!) puppy.
04/25/16 Klev'r's Story: Running Agility with a Seizure Dog
The "second part" to Chick's story: Her teammate's own struggle with seizures, and the importance of teamwork.
04/22/16 Chick's Story: Doing What's Best for Your Dog
A story of a dog and her handler when medical issues strike.
04/21/16 Whats in a Game? That Which We Call Gamblers Would be Just as Fun
What's USDAA Gamblers all about?
04/20/16 Canine Cross Training: Building Balance, Strength and Endurance in Your Dog - Part 1 of a Series
For Health & Wellness Wednesdays, we will be featuring an excerpt of a chapter from the book, "Canine Cross Training: Building Balance, Strength and Endurance in Your Dog" by Sasha Foster, MSPT, CCRT.
04/19/16 Can Dogs Be Trained by Watching Other Dogs?
A recently published research study indicates using dogs to teach other dogs may be an effective way to train.
04/18/16 2016 IFCS Biathlon & Triathlon Relay Final Results
Day 5 courses for Biathlon Standard Agility & Triathlon Relay. 
04/18/16 Proper Identification for Pet is a Must!
Today marks the beginning of National Pet ID week.
04/17/16 2016 IFCS World Championships - Gamblers & Triathlon Agility Results
Dav 4 courses & Results for the IFCS World Agility Championships
04/16/16 2016 IFCS World Championships - Results through Day 3
Day 3 of World Agility Championships courses and running orders.
04/15/16 2016 IFCS Snooker & Triathlon Jumping Courses & Results
Day 2 courses & results for the IFCS World Championships
04/15/16 2016 IFCS World Championships - Agility & Jumping
Day 3 courses and running order lists for Standard Agility & Jumping
04/15/16 The Many Signs of Stress in Dogs
Can you recognize the signs of stress in dogs?
04/14/16 2016 IFCS - Event Opening & Day 1 Results
Day one featured the opening ceremony & the Biathlon Standard Agility class. 
04/14/16 President's Message
This month's message from USDAA President Ken Tatsch.
04/13/16 Mid Atlantic Regional Results
Congratulations to all the winners at this past weekend's regional in Palmyra, PA!
04/13/16 The April OVERview is here!
This month's April OVERview is now online.
04/12/16 South Central Regional Results
Congratulations to all the winners at this past weekend's regional in Denton, TX!
04/12/16 IFCS 2016 Team Member Profile: Linda Womer
A profile of IFCS 2016 Team Member Linda Womer and her dog Sonic.
04/12/16 IFCS 2016 Team Member Profile: Marcy Mantell
A profile of 2016 IFCS Team Member Marcy Mantell and her dog Stripe.
04/11/16 2016 IFCS World Agility Championships April 13-17, Laag Soeren, Netherlands Live Stream Coverage & Video on Demand (VOD)
Information on live stream and video on demand coverage for this week's World Agility Championships.
04/11/16 2015 Mid Atlantic Regional Course Maps
Check out some of the courses run by USDAA competitors this past weekend in Palmyra, PA!
04/11/16 2015 South Central Regional Course Maps
Check out some of the courses run by USDAA competitors this past weekend in Denton, TX!
04/08/16 IFCS Team Coach Profile: Rachel Sanders
A profile of Rachel Sanders, the coach for the IFCS 2016 Team USA, competing in The Netherlands this month.
04/07/16 Spencer's Story
April is National Pet First Aid Awareness Month - Here's one story of the importance of knowing first aid for your dogs.
04/07/16 IFCS 2016 Team Member Profile: Melanie Miller
A profile of IFCS 2016 Team Member Melanie Miller and her dog Integrity.
04/06/16 IFCS 2016 Team Member Profile: Jamie Herren
Jamie Herren and her dog Zip are proud members of the 2016 IFCS Team USA.
04/06/16 2017 Team USA Selection Rules
Team USA Selection Rules for the 2017 IFCS World Agility Championships in Spain have been published.
04/05/16 Training Tuesday - Finding Motivation in Success
Steve Schwarz from Agility Nerd looks at the links between finding motivation and training.
04/05/16 IFCS Team Member Profile: Kerry Smith
A profile of 2016 Team Member Kerry Smith and her dog Hype.
04/04/16 Welcome the New Agility Competitor
Some thoughts on what it's like to be a brand new competitor in agility by Stephanie Morgan.
04/01/16 IFCS 2016 Team Member Profile: Yukari Nishimura
A profile of 2016 IFCS Team Member Yukari Nishimura and her dog Simba.

March 2016

03/31/16 IFCS Team Member Profile: Brenda Kelly
A profile of 2016 IFCS Team Member Brenda Kelly and her dog Déjà Vu.
03/30/16 Dog Walking Ideas for Take a Walk in the Park Day
On Wellness Wednesday, some ideas to spice up your regular walking routine with your dog.
03/29/16 IFCS 2016 Team Member Profile: Kate Moureaux
A profile of IFCS 2016 Team Member Kate Moureaux and her dog Smart.
03/28/16 IFCS 2016 Team Member Profile: Desiree Snelleman
A profile of IFCS 2016 Team Member Desiree Snelleman and her dog Pace.
03/25/16 Title Mania Test Schedule Published
Test schedule for Title Mania and premium list for Rally World Championships have been posted.
03/25/16 IFCS 2016 Team Member Profile: Karen Beattie Massey
A profile of IFCS 2016 Team Member Karen Beattie Massey and her dog Bella.
03/24/16 President's Message
This month's message from USDAA President Ken Tatsch, from the March OVERview newsletter.
03/23/16 IFCS 2016 Team Member Profile: Mike Padgett
A profile of IFCS 2016 Team Member Mike Padgett and his dogs Kona and Elsie.
03/23/16 The March OVERview is here!
This month's March OVERview is now online.
03/22/16 "Goofing Off" with Your Dog, or the Importance of Taking a Break
On Training Tuesday, we talk about how to use breaks during training sessions to improve outcomes.
03/21/16 IFCS 2016 Team Member Profile: Joy Mercier
A profile of IFCS 2016 Team Member Joy Mercier and her dog Chiquita.
03/18/16 IFCS 2016 Team Member Profile: Jody Lolich
A profile of IFCS 2016 Team Member Jody Lolich and her dog Skillz.
03/17/16 It's a St. Patrick's Day Themed Training Thursday!
Get some ideas for training from some St. Patrick's Day themed courses.
03/16/16 IFCS 2016 Team Member Profile: Andy Mueller
A profile of IFCS 2016 Team Member Andy Mueller and his dog Crackers.
03/15/16 Training Tuesday - Science Looks at Canine Body Language
A recent research study in Japan looked at a dog's body language as indicators of learning during training sessions.
03/14/16 Title Mania is Coming!
Test Schedule available on or before Friday, March 25.
03/14/16 IFCS 2016 Team Member Profile: Shane Miller
A profile of IFCS 2016 Team Member Shane Miller and his dog Luna.
03/11/16 IFCS 2016 Team Member Profile: Jeannette Hutchison
A profile of IFCS 2016 Team Member Jeannette Hutchison and her dog Rumble.
03/10/16 Daylight Saving Time is This Sunday, March 13
Make sure you change your clocks this Sunday!
03/09/16 IFCS 2016 Team Member Profile: Laurie Zurborg
A profile of IFCS 2016 Team Member Laurie Zurborg and her dog Rodent.
03/08/16 Fit Training Into Your Busy Schedule with Some Creative Ideas
Some fun ideas for fitting training your dog into your busy daily schedule!
03/07/16 IFCS 2016 Team Member Profile: Chris Tucci
A profile of Team Member Chris Tucci and his dog Bratska
03/07/16 TitleMania Rules & Regulations
Get the details on this exciting event.
03/03/16 Congratulations to the our new USDAA Judges!
Please welcome our new Starters/Advanced and Masters level judges.
03/03/16 Dallas Rules & Course Design Clinic a Huge Success
New judges and current judges advance in level.
03/03/16 From the Ground Up: Agility Foundation Training for Puppies and Beginner Dogs - Part 6
The sixth and final part of a multi-part series featuring a chapter from the book, "From the Ground Up: Agility Foundation Training for Puppies and Beginner Dogs."
03/02/16 Health & Fitness Wednesdays: Is Your Vet on Social Media?
For today's Health & Fitness Wednesday article, we talk about why we should follow our veterinarians on social media.
03/01/16 Training Tuesday - Better Jackpot Rewards
For Training Tuesday, Steve Schwarz from Agility Nerd looks at jackpot rewards in training.

February 2016

02/28/16 IFCS 2016 Team Member Profile: Catherine Laria
A profile on IFCS 2016 Team Member Catherine Laria and her dog Blizzard.
02/26/16 The Story of a Boy and His Service Dog
A heartwarming story of the bond between a young boy with autism and his faithful service dog.
02/25/16 From the Ground Up: Agility Foundation Training for Puppies and Beginner Dogs - Part 5
The fifth of a multi-part series featuring a chapter from the book, "From the Ground Up: Agility Foundation Training for Puppies and Beginner Dogs."
02/24/16 A Message from the President
USDAA President Ken Tatsch' s letter from the February Overview newsletter.
02/23/16 The latest USDAA Newsletter is Online
There's lots of great information in the February issue!
02/22/16 National Walk the Dog Day - How Do You Walk Your Dog?
Today is National Walk the Dog Day, in which we discuss the ways that a dog can enjoy their walks more through the use of scent.
02/19/16 Is Your Dog Feeling the Winter Boredom Blues?
With the cold weather many of our active dogs receive less exercise which can lead to boredom and inappropriate behavior.
02/18/16 From the Ground Up: Agility Foundation Training for Puppies and Beginner Dogs - Part 4
The fourth of a multi-part series featuring a chapter from the book, "From the Ground Up: Agility Foundation Training for Puppies and Beginner Dogs."
02/17/16 Dogs Improve Physical and Cardiovascular Health
The American Heart Association provides a scientific statement on the benefits of pet ownership to our health.
02/16/16 Dogs Excel at Following Pointing Gestures
An interesting study comparing the differences between a dog and a chimpanzee's ability to understand human gestures and infer information and direction from them.
02/15/16 President's Day Office Holiday
USDAA office closed in recognition of President's Day
02/15/16 New Study Finds Dogs IQ Can Be Measured
A new study looks at whether dogs have measurable IQ similar to humans.
02/12/16 Heartwarming Video About the Power of Finding the Right Dog
They say the right person always finds the right dog for them. A powerful new short film illustrates this perfectly!
02/11/16 Amendments to Rules and Policy Statements
New rules provide more options for competitors.
02/11/16 From the Ground Up: Agility Foundation Training for Puppies and Beginner Dogs - Part 3
The third of a multi-part series featuring a chapter from the book, "From the Ground Up: Agility Foundation Training for Puppies and Beginner Dogs."
02/10/16 Why Do Dogs Have Bad Breath?
It's more than just annoying for dog owners - bad breath from your dog can indicate some serious health conditions.
02/09/16 Training Tuesday - Tips to Create a Solid Recall
For today's Training Tuesday article, we look at the all-important recall behavior for our dogs.
02/08/16 Can Old Dogs Learn New Tricks?
A new study researches a dog's cognitive functions and ability to learn based on age group.
02/05/16 Emergency Plan in the Event of a Lost Dog
Shannon Viljasoo and Carol Lawrence of McCann's Dogs present an important plan for dealing with finding a lost dog.
02/05/16 A Sad Loss for the Agility Community
Arthur (Artie) Weiss passed away Feb. 1st. 
02/04/16 From the Ground Up: Agility Foundation Training for Puppies and Beginner Dogs - Part 2
The second of a multi-part series featuring a chapter from the book, "From the Ground Up: Agility Foundation Training for Puppies and Beginner Dogs."
02/03/16 Reading Your Dog's Food Labels
There are five key items to look for when reviewing a dog food label.
02/03/16 Have you moved?
Remember to update your contact information in Competitor Services.
02/02/16 Using Food in Dog Training - Bribery Vs. Reward
For today's installment of Training Tuesdays, Shannon Viljasoo of McCann's Dogs, discusses the difference in training between bribing dogs with food and rewarding them for a job well done.
02/01/16 February is National Pet Dental Health Month
How much do you know about your dog's dental health? The AVMA has some tips on how to care for a dog's teeth and gums.

January 2016

01/29/16 Is Your Ice Melt Product Safe for Your Dog?
With all the snow the East Coast received, ice melt is a product many of us will be using. Make sure your brand is truly pet safe.
01/28/16 From the Ground Up: Agility Foundation Training for Puppies and Beginner Dogs
The first of a multi-part series featuring a chapter from the book, "From the Ground Up: Agility Foundation Training for Puppies and Beginner Dogs."
01/28/16 2016 IFCS World Team Members Named
Congratulations to all the members of the 2016 IFCS Team USA!
01/27/16 President's Message
A message from USDAA President Kenneth Tatsch from this month's Overview newsletter.
01/26/16 Training Tuesday - Moving Towards Mastery: Change Paths to Challenge Your Handling
Steve Schwarz of Agility Nerd discusses the benefits of running a dog through a sequence that isn't the best.
01/25/16 IFCS USDAA World Team Selection Event Results
Team USA selection trials were held this past weekend, January 22-24, in Belton, Texas.
01/22/16 Changing Pet's Lives for the Better
January 24th is National Change a Pet's Life Day. We look at some individuals who have changed dogs' lives for the better.
01/21/16 Dog Bite Prevention and Teaching Children Proper Meetings
Do you know how to coach children how to properly greet your dogs? Here's some helpful tips from Doggone Safe and the AVMA.
01/20/16 The latest USDAA Newsletter is Online
There's lots of great information in the January issue!
01/19/16 World Team Selection Event Live-Stream Coverage
Information on watching the World Team Selection Event from your home or office!
01/18/16 Improve Your Dog's Health with Veggies!
Adding fresh vegetables to your dog's meal can improve their health (and reduce waste!)
01/15/16 Paralyzed Dogs Have Hope With New Research
The American Animal Hospital Association reports on new research to help paralyzed dogs to walk again.
01/14/16 Science Confirms It - Your Dog Knows What You're Feeling
A new study finds that dogs use their senses to recognize human emotions.
01/13/16 Top Toxins for Pets By State
Have you ever wondered what toxin most often affects pets in your state?
01/12/16 New Years Resolutions in Dog Training
For Training Tuesdays, Shannon Viljasoo of McCann's Dogs, puts New Year's resolutions on the table to set us up for success in 2016.
01/11/16 Clean Run Course Designer: Not Just for Judges
Clean Run Course Designer is the worlds most popular software for designing and sharing dog agility courses and exercises.
01/08/16 Cold Weather Tips for Dog Care
Winter weather, just like hot summer weather, can present health hazards for dogs. 
01/07/16 Dogs Have Been Man's Best Friend for Even Longer Than Once Thought
A new study by scientists has found that dogs have been with humans far, far longer than we previously had theorized.
01/06/16 Dogs Shed More in the Winter and Spring
Have you noticed an increase in your dog's shedding now that we're in the midst of winter?
01/05/16 2016 Wild West Regional Champions!
Congratulations to all of our winners!
01/04/16 Wild West Regional Course Maps
Check out some of the courses run by USDAA competitors this past weekend in Tempe AZ!



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