**We now have an Italian translation of our Beginners/Introduction to Treibball handbook. It will be up under our Merchandise tab soon! Thanks to Italian member trainer Tathiana Beltrami for translating this for us–there is a huge Treibball contigent in Italy!
**Certified ATA trainer Lisa Holt of San Juan Island Dog Training has put together an online course for beginner Treibball enthusiasts and trainers. Intermediate is coming in 2014. If you don’t have a trainer near you, or want to take the first part in Treibball Trainer certification program, visit her site and sign up–it’s a great course! http://lisaholt.thedogtrainer.org
**ATA News and Board of Director Additions**
Good News For Our Most Northern ATA Members!
The American Treibball Association is proud to announce the formation of the new Canadian Division, under the direction of Terry Blaine and Lisa Davies of Pawsitively Canine Dog Training Services, in Langley BC–our first certified Canadian ATA trainers. As outstanding trainers and communicators, Terry and Lisa are excellent resources for our Canadian members, providing opportunities for networking, Treibball training and regional competitions throughout the Canadian provinces. All current rules and regulations of the ATA will be upheld by the Canadian Division. Terry has graciously agreed to serve on our Board of Directors to represent that Division.
New Board of Directors to Take Office January 1, 2014
In accordance with our Bylaws, we are proud to announce the following Certified American Treibball Trainers that have been appointed and have agreed to serve as members of the ATA Board of Directors for the term of 2014-2017, in addition to our current three Board members (Dianna Stearns, Mary Manka and Hilary Lane).
• Terry Blaine, Pawsitively Canine Dog Training Services, Langley, British Columbia
• Renea Dahms, Pawsitively Unleashed!, Stevens Point, Wisconsin
• Lisa Holt, San Juan Island Dog Training, San Juan Island, Washington
• Suzanne Kalafian, Superior Dog Training, Inc., Raleigh, North Carolina
• Micheal McManus, Ready, Sit, Go, Pearlblossom, California
• Donna Zaj, Dog Zone Training & Activity Center, Clinton Township, Michigan
These new Board members represent the diverse regional areas where the Treibball is growing, and they possess the necessary creativity and forward-thinking we need for our organization to progress and grow. We are pleased to have their shared involvement and expertise. The Board of Directors will elect new Officers (President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer) for staggered terms in 2014 and 2015.
For reference, you may download a copy of the ATA Bylaws at http://
Please welcome and thank them for their willingness to serve.
ATA is dedicated to teaching and promoting Treibball, a new canine communications sport, in the United States. Join us, learn something new! Build a better bond between you and your dog!
What is Treibball?
Treibball is a new way to play with your dog! It’s a competitive sport for dogs of all ages and sizes–it promotes better teamwork and communication between a dog and his handler. It’s great fun for any energetic dog who works well off-leash and needs a job. Playing the game uses a combination of classic obedience and herding cues.
If you haven’t seen the game in action yet, watch the videos on our American Treibball YouTube channel!
Treibball began in Germany to give their energetic dogs some much needed mental and physical stimulation.
We think it’s a great game–perfect for American dogs and their owners, too! It’s fun for any dog that loves to play chase games, to herd, or just use their amazing, problem-solving ability. Competing in Agility takes special equipment, the ability to run with your dog and direct him through each obstacle. Treibball promotes the same kind of teamwork and communication, but does not put any physical stress on the handler. It also builds confidence for the shy dog, and helps reactive dogs with impulse control.
ATA, a non-profit membership organization, was formed to establish the sport in the United States. We encourage individuals, trainers and clubs to join ATA, form classes and start sanctioned ATA competitions throughout the U.S. As the sport gains wider acceptance, more people and their dogs will enjoy this new kind of teamwork! You can find out how to teach the game through a series of ATA handbooks or by finding an ATA trainer near you.
Individual, Trainer and Club memberships are available. See the Membership tab for more information about the benefits of joining. You can find a directory of member trainers under the ATA Trainers tab.