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September 2015

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 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.
08/20/15 Continuing Education Clinic for Judges
To be held in conjunction with the Cynosport World Games in Murfreesboro, TN.
08/19/15 2016 IFCS-Team USA Update
Here are the details on selecting team members for 2016 and fundraising efforts.
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
08/18/15 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 2016 Regional Championships
Mark your calendars and start making plans to attend some of the 2016 Regional Championships!
08/13/15 Dogs Really Are Our Best Friends
Even though we already knew this, there's now scientific proof.
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 Have you moved?
Remember to update your contact information in Competitor Services.
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 Courses
Check out some of the courses competitors ran from this past weekend
07/13/15 2015 New England Regional Champions!
Congratulations to all the winners!
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 The Latest USDAA Newsletter in Now Online!
Check out all the great information in the June issue of the USDAA OVERview!
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
07/07/15 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 2015 Rocky Mountain Regional Champions
Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Rocky Mountain Regional Championships!
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.
06/22/15 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 2015 Mid-Atlantic Regional Champions
Congratulations to all the winners!
06/16/15 Introduction to Handler Focus
Elizabeth Dott begins a four-part series teaching you how to get your dog to work close. 
06/15/15 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 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.
06/09/15 2015 Southeast Regional Champions
Congratulations to all the winners!
06/08/15 2015 Southeast Regional Championships Courses
See some of the courses run by competitors at the 2015 Southeast Regional Championships.



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