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By Ken Tatsch

The Regional Championships have ramped up. The Southwest (CA) and North Central (MI) regionals were held earlier this month and the Northwest (WA) regional took place over Memorial Day weekend. Title Mania - East was held in Rhode Island over Memorial Day weekend as well. June is even busier with four Regional Championships as competitors set their sights on the 2017 Cynosport World Games being held in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, October 25 - 29. In case you missed it the information on hotels for Cynosport was posted at the end of April. Please visit http://www.cynosport.com/travel-hotels/ for details.

Last month the IFCS World Agility Championship held in Valencia, Spain turned out to be one of the most competitive international events of the year. It is exciting to see IFCS's continued growth. This year's event attracted top competitors from around the world as the Russian team continued their dominance by earning the most medals at 35, with Italy and Canada tied for second with 14 each. Andy Mueller and Crackers captured two medals for Team USA.

The 2018 IFCS World Agility Championship is scheduled for April 25-29 at Circolo Ippico Di Castellazzo, an equestrian complex near Milan, Italy. The 2018 World Team Selection Rules are currently being updated and they will be published on www.usdaa.com by Friday, June 15th.

Good luck to all competitors as we enter the summer agility season!

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Data Driven Agility Hosts First New Trial

Data Driven Agility hosted their first trial in Vermont with the help of some friends including NOMAD, PAWS and Riverside Canine of New Hampshire. The trial had 238 runs in the titling classes at all levels and the Miscellaneous class and even one ADCH.

Read more about the set-up and camaraderie at this new trial.

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Rescue Dog Profile: Diane Driscoll and Jack

Diane Driscoll is the proud owner of ADCH ResQ's Action Jackson (Jack), a nine-year-old male Border Collie adopted from East Tennessee Border Collie Rescue (ETBCR). He was one of over 40 Border Collies seized by animal control in a cruelty case.

Read more about their life together and Jack's success in agility!

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Puppy Agility

Steve Schwarz AKA AgilityNerd gives his thoughts on working with puppies and training agility skills. His story of working with his puppy Flyer illustrates how to work with the individual dog and build a strong connection.

Read more about his journey with his dog Flyer and agility training for puppies.

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Skin Cancer Awareness and Dogs

National Melanoma Monday is the a part of the month of May and it's a good time to remind dog owners that dog can get skin cancer. Since our dogs are often out in the sun at agility trials it's important to be able to recognize the signs of skin cancer in dogs.

Read more about the types of skin cancer found in dogs and the warning signs and typical body areas where lesions and tumors are found.
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Training & Handling Writers Needed!

We are always looking for writers who can discuss the ins and outs of agility training for the USDAA website and social media accounts. Any topic related to agility training is welcome, from working specific obstacles, training exercise, handling common training issues, strategies at trials, setting criteria, course analysis, working with specific issues (i.e. dogs with disabilities, unusual breed traits, etc.) and more. We have the ability to include links to video in articles as well, so an article could be a description of an exercise in a video or a challenge handled on a course, for example. Writers will be featured on both the USDAA website news section as well as on our Facebook page and on the USDAA Sounding Board list.

Please contact Mychelle Blake, Web News/Social Media Editor, at news@usdaa.com if you are interested and include links to writing samples if available.

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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
06/07 Wasatch Agility Farmington, UT 06/15-06/18/2017
06/09 All Dogs Gym Agility Manchester, NH 06/23-06/25/2017
06/09 Penn-Ohio Agility Erie, PA 06/23-06/25/2017
06/11 Sugar Bush Farm Stephentown, NY 06/30-07/02/2017
06/12 Canine Sports Zone Middleton, WI 06/23-06/25/2017
06/12 Happy Dog Agility Moorpark, CA 06/24-06/25/2017
06/12 Rocky Creek Dog Agility Colmar, PA 06/24-06/25/2017
06/12 Club Agility Chiluca Metepec, MEX 06/24-06/25/2017
06/14 K9 Sports of Tennessee Franklin, TN 07/06-07/09/2017
06/14 First Dog Sports Show Low, AZ 06/24-06/25/2017
06/14 Tails in Motion Little Falls, MN 06/24-06/25/2017
06/16 The Bay Team Prunedale, CA 07/01-07/03/2017
06/17 Renegade Agility LLC Leander, TX 07/01-07/03/2017
06/18 Dog Dynasty Duluth, LLC Duluth, MN 07/08-07/09/2017
06/19 All Dogs Can Agility Lapeer, MI 06/30-07/02/2017
06/19 Pawsitive Partners Dog Training Center Indianapolis, IN 07/01-07/03/2017
06/19 Dog Agility Sport Handlers Garden Grove, CA 07/01-07/02/2017
06/19 Riverside Canine Center North Kingstown, RI 07/07-07/09/2017
06/19 Fly Right Over Agility Club Campton Hills, IL 07/01-07/02/2017
06/21 Virginia Ruff Riders, LLC Knoxville, MD 07/01-07/02/2017
06/21 Austin K-9 Xpress Leander, TX 06/30-06/30/2017
06/21 Front Range Agility Club (FRAC) Littleton, CO 07/02-07/02/2017
06/25 Rocky Creek Dog Agility Colmar, PA 07/15-07/16/2017
06/26 Happy Hounds Agility Team Addison, TX 07/07-07/08/2017
06/26 Columbia Agility Team Longview, WA 07/07-07/09/2017
06/28 Happy Dog Agility Moorpark, CA 07/08-07/09/2017
06/30 Salinas-Monterey Agility Racing Team Prunedale, CA 07/14-07/16/2017
06/30 Countryside Agility LLC Erie, PA 07/15-07/16/2017

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