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2015

July 2015

07/02/15 Happy Independence Day!
USDAA Office Hours for Independence Day.
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 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 USDAA Message
A letter from USDAA president Kenneth Tatsch.
06/01/15 The Latest USDAA Newsletter is Now Online!
See the May issue of the USDAA Overview!

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 New Advisory Committee
USDAA is forming a new Advisory Committee.
05/19/15 Training Distance for Gamblers Part 2
Handling at a distance by Alicia Nicholas.
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 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?
04/28/15 2015 Southwest Regional Champions
Congratulations to all the winners!
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 The March USDAA Newsletter is Now Available Online!
See the latest OVERview!
04/15/15 2015 IFCS World Agility Championships Photos
Check out these fun photos from the event!
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 IFCS World Agility Championships Team Relay Triathlon Course
The event closes with the 3-Dog Relay Team Triathlon.
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.
04/11/15 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. 
04/11/15 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.
04/10/15 2015 IFCS World Agility Championships Triathlon Jumping
Running order and course for the Jumping Team Triathlon.
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 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 Championships Thursday Results
See the results from the event, and watch it on www.cynosport.tv!
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!
04/08/15 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 Rachel Sanders, Team USA Profile
Learn more about Team USA's dedicated coach.
04/08/15 Tracy Skelnar, Team USA Profile
Learn more about this IFCS World Agility Championships Team USA competitor.
04/07/15 Stacy Peardot-Goudy, 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
04/06/15 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.



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