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USDAA Letter
By Ken Tatsch

The 2017 regional championship season is coming to a close Labor Day weekend with the Western Regional in Prunedale, California. That means the 2017 Cynosport® World Games held in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, October 25-29, is right around the corner. Entries for Cynosport close on Friday, September 8th. Please get your entries in now! Click here for the test schedule.

Helen McNenly, Cynosport Trial Secretary, is keeping up with entries as quickly as she can. You can check out her website - http://www.dognutmom.com/ - to see where your entry’s status. The schedule is being fine-tuned and we will be able to provide more details about the event once all entries are processed.

This will be the third time that Cynosport will be held at the Tennessee Miller Coliseum in Murfreesboro. We have once again taken steps to enhance existing lighting fixtures in the annex adjacent to the main arena. We are also making sure that competitors rotate through multiple competition rings.

Information for this year’s event can be found on the Cynosport web site at www.cynosport.com. Please be sure to sign up for event update notifications if you haven’t already done so or if your email address has changed.

We will once again offer special schooling rings at Cynosport as a fundraiser in support of Team USA’s for the 2018 IFCS World Agility Championships in Italy next April. Team fundraising efforts are coordinated through the United States Association of Cynological Sports, a 501(c)3 charity, which supports participation in international amateur sports with dogs.

If you don’t have time to participate in the schooling rings, your tax-deductible donation will nonetheless be greatly appreciated. You can contribute at the show, or simply visit the USACS web site at www.donate2dogsports.org to make your donation online.

The 2018 Tournament Season begins on September 5, 2017, with Cynosport returning to West World of Scottsdale in Arizona, October 31-November 4, 2018. The 2018 Tournament Rules have been posted:

We hope to see everyone in Murfreesboro this October!

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Are You Competing at Cynosport with a Rescue Dog?

Every year we feature on our website dogs adopted from a shelter or rescue group who compete in the Cynosport World Games. If you will be competing with a rescue dog this year, please email news@usdaa.com for information on how we can feature your dog!

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Mexico Holds 2017 Regional Champship

TThe 2017 Mexico Regional Championship was held in Metepec, Mexico in August. The location is about 50 miles west of Mexico City. The backdrop for the competition was the 15,354 foot high volcano Nevado de Toluca.

You can read the full article with photos of this lovely location and podium photos.

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Train Through Frustrations

Trainer and competitor Kari Massoth gives ideas on how you can work through training frustrations such as those time when your dog just doesn't seem to be "getting it" or your session isn't going the way you planned. There are some simple steps you can take to improve your training and decrease frustrating episodes.

You can read the full article with training ideas.

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BARK NH Holds Local Trial and a Retirement Celebration

BARK-NH held a trial in Amherst, NH on July 21-23rd. Many titles were won and fun was had during the weekend. A report on titles earned and pictures from the event are available here. The event also featured a "retirement celebration" for Hailey McBean who made her last agility run. Her owner and handler Lauren Stein penned a report of the event and a tribute to her dog. Read more on the USDAA website.

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Arrowhead Dog Agility Association of Duluth Celebrates 25th Annivesary

ADAA's 25th year with USDAA was celebrated at a trial on July 28-30. The event featured a "retro" theme to recall their very first USDAA event in 1992. There were also some unusual obstacles, such as the "tunnel pretzel" and "rainbow aerial lift bridge jump."

Read a full report including photos, titles earned and some Gamblers and Strategic Pairs course maps by Judge Tim Laubach.

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USDAA Starters Trial Hosted by Boise Agility Runners and Climbers Club 

BARC held a very successful starters trial in Boise, ID on August 5-6. The trial was designed to facilitate people brand new to competition and USDAA to feel at ease with competition.

One of the reasons the trial organizers felt the event was a hit was fro the number of experienced handlers and trainers who provided support and guidance for new participants. Read more about this event online.

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Citizen Science for Dog Owners

Have you ever thought about participating in a research trial with your dog? There's a website that provides information on all available studies, which cover everything from behavior and cognition to medical advances for both pets and humans. 

Learn more the website where you can find "Citizen Science" opportunities you can participate in with your dog.

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Upcoming Events Calendar

Watch out for these events with entries closing in the coming weeks:

Closing Date Host Group Location Dates
09/01 Two Rivers Agility Club of Sacramento Woodland, CA 09/15-09/17/2017
09/01 Top Notch Canines LLC Phoenix, AZ 09/15-09/17/2017
09/01 Front Range Agility Team Castle Rock, CO 09/15-09/17/2017
09/03 Playing Agility With Style Greenfield, MA 09/15-09/17/2017
09/03 Mid-Atlantic MADness Finksburg, MD 09/23-09/24/2017
09/03 North Alabama Canine Cruisers Huntsville, AL 09/22-09/24/2017
09/04 Clear Mind Agility Mulino, OR 09/16-09/17/2017
09/05 MAD CO, LLC Palmyra, VA 09/15-09/17/2017
09/05 Boise Agility Runners & Climbers Caldwell, ID 09/15-09/17/2017
09/05 Cream City Canines New Berlin, WI 09/15-09/17/2017
09/06 Happy Dog Agility Moorpark, CA 09/16-09/17/2017
09/06 DataDriven Agility Springfield, VT 09/23-09/24/2017
09/08 The Bay Team Morgan Hill, CA 09/23-09/24/2017
09/08 United States Dog Agility Association, Inc. Murfreesboro, TN 10/25-10/29/2017
09/10 Touch & Go Agility Club Barto, PA 09/29-10/01/2017
09/11 Happy Tails Agility Club Walworth, NY 09/23-09/24/2017
09/11 Xtreme Agility San Antonio La Isla, MEX 09/23-09/24/2017
09/12 All Colorado Agility Team Fountain, CO 09/22-09/24/2017
09/12 Bend Agility Action Dogs Bend, OR 09/22-09/24/2017
09/13 Agility Workout Society of Mid-Michigan Lapeer, MI 09/22-09/24/2017
09/13 B&D Creekside Activity Center LLC Latrobe, PA 09/30-10/01/2017
09/13 Redhot Rovers Auburn, WA 09/29-10/01/2017
09/15 All Dogs Gym Agility Manchester, NH 09/30-10/01/2017
09/17 Contact Agility Carmel, NY 10/06-10/08/2017
09/17 Agility at the Farm Campton Hills, IL 09/29-10/01/2017
09/17 Canine Combustion Dog Agility Club Canton, MI 10/06-10/08/2017
09/17 Low Country Dog Agility Charleston, SC 10/06-10/08/2017
09/20 BARK-NH! Amherst, NH 10/06-10/08/2017
09/20 Stockade Agility Glenville, NY 09/30-10/01/2017
09/25 Top Notch Canines LLC Phoenix, AZ 10/06-10/08/2017
09/26 Think Pawsitive LLC New Berlin, WI 10/06-10/08/2017
09/27 Happy Dog Agility Moorpark, CA 10/07-10/08/2017
09/27 Valley Agility Sports Team Turlock, CA 10/06-10/08/2017
09/27 On The Run Canine Center Ham Lake, MN 10/07-10/08/2017
09/29 Wasatch Agility Draper, UT 10/07-10/08/2017
09/29 Leaps N Bounds Peoria, AZ 10/14-10/14/2017
09/29 Travis Agility Group Leander, TX 10/06-10/08/2017

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