2012 APDT Annual Educational Conference & Trade Show

Oct 17, 2012 ‐ Oct 21, 2012

  • The most diverse conference on behavior and training in the world.
  • A line up of the most respected and diverse speakers in the field - meet new speakers and hear some of your favorites.
  • A full day Symposium: Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks: Driving Change in Your Life, Community and Beyond. Through compelling stories of working with people and dogs, our speakers will inspire you to make a difference.
  • The APDT's REX Session - A fast 20-minute presentation from five outstanding speakers.
  • 17 workshop sessions - Live-Demos, Hands-On, Inter-Active, and Field Studies.

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Standard: $245.00


Toward a Whole Dog Dialogue: The Evolving Conversation Between Dog-and-Human Partners

Oct 17, 2012 9:00am ‐ Oct 17, 2012 10:45am

Identification: WE01

Even as we engage with dogs in training of all kinds, even as we come to them with a head full of knowledge and a heart full of good intentions, so too are dogs coming to us communicating their own truths. It is as important for us to watch and listen to them as it is for them to watch and listen to us. And there are so many cues! Susannah Charleson, author of Scent of the Missing: Love and Partnership with a Search and Rescue Dog, discusses the whole-body conversation that forms between dogs and their partners--how to craft it and how to maintain it.


Be the Cookie: How to Become What Your Dog Loves Best

Oct 17, 2012 11:30am ‐ Oct 17, 2012 1:00pm

Identification: WE02

If you are designing a class to empower your students or working to overcoming challenges with your own dog,
successful training is entirely dependent upon holding the dog’s focus. How can we help each dog owner to become the most important object to their dog? Susan Garrett promotes raising dogs in “Do-Land”: a place where dog training solutions are founded in reinforcement -- not punishment. Rather than teaching the dog what not to do: don’t move, don’t pull, and don’t sniff the ground. We will discuss how to inspire the dog to want to hold his sit, to want to walk at your side, to want to work with you and to have eyes only for the work, not distractions.


Getting Reliability at the Distance Drop and Stay

Oct 17, 2012 2:15pm ‐ Oct 17, 2012 2:35pm

Identification: WE03

The drop on recall is an exercise that I see more dogs fail in the Open A category of obedience trials and Level 3 in Rally. This behavior is a chain that must be shaped. When teaching a distance down, I use back-chaining and fluency in my training. Before teaching a distance drop, the dog must know how to drop in a sphinx position with a verbal cue and hand signal, stay in position (having been taught duration, distraction and distance) and drop in motion. Once you have mastered all of these behaviors, you can now begin to chain your distance down. Pia will go over how to get a reliable distance drop using rewards. This behavior can save a dog’s life and should be taught to all dogs!


The Power of Play: Helping Semi-Feral and Traumatized Dogs Make Social Connections

Oct 17, 2012 2:35pm ‐ Oct 17, 2012 2:55pm

Identification: WE04

This presentation covers the importance of play in building social relationships, and how dog-dog and dog-human play can be used to help semi-feral, puppy mill, and traumatized dogs feel safe, overcome fears, and build social connections with other dogs and people.


Unlocking Social Media Power to Boost Your Bottom Line

Oct 17, 2012 2:55pm ‐ Oct 17, 2012 3:15pm

Identification: WE05

Facebook has more than 750 million active users. Twitter has more than 300 million accounts. Those are your customers. They’re using social media and looking for ways to interact with you. Why not meet them where they are? Discover how social media can boost your business, your community, and your bottom line.


Five Things to Know Before You Take Off the Leash: A Guide to Safe Dog to Dog Interactions

Oct 17, 2012 3:15pm ‐ Oct 17, 2012 3:35pm

Identification: WE06

The first 15-20 seconds of a greeting has a strong effect on the future relationship between dogs. You only have one chance to make the best first impression! Understand the five things you need to know before you take off the leash.


That Darned Doorbell!! iconThat Darned Doorbell!!

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That Darned Doorbell!!

Oct 17, 2012 3:35pm ‐ Oct 17, 2012 4:00pm

Identification: WE07

You've seen it before.  The bell rings and the family dog rushes to the door in a frenzied mix of anticipation and anxiety.  No longer do you have to scurry to put the dog away or apologize for muddy paw prints on guests' clothes.  in 20 minutes you'll learn how to have a dog that greets with grace and is greeted with joy.


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Shaping the Future

Oct 18, 2012 9:00am ‐ Oct 18, 2012 9:30am

Identification: TH01

Training businesses, clubs, shelters and other dog organizations need to adapt to change in order to succeed. Learn how to make the journey easier as Jeanine introduces you to Kotter’s 8-Step Change Model. This proven guideline for successful change offers you practical tips you can apply to your own organization. Using an example of change in the Seattle Police K-9 Unit, this session will give you an overview of the tools you’ll need.


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Power of One

Oct 18, 2012 9:30am ‐ Oct 18, 2012 10:30am

Identification: TH02

Rebecca Rodriguez found herself on the small island of Guam with an estimated 40,000 stray dogs. Devastated by their plight, Rebecca felt alone in trying to get people to share her compassion for these scorned "boonie dogs." Instead of giving up, she founded Guam Animals In Need. Her drive created an organization that has survived for more than 20 years and is now a progressive example for animal welfare around the world. This uplifting presentation demonstrates an individual's power to affect change. You'll learn how even the smallest act can make a lifetime of difference.


From Corrections to Cooperation: Transforming a Training Organization, Club or School

Oct 18, 2012 11:00am ‐ Oct 18, 2012 12:00pm

Identification: TH03

In 1996, Gail Fisher's school had 18 trainers teaching pet training, competitive obedience, agility and flyball. All followed the "Volhard Motivational Method," about which Gail had co-authored two award-winning books and had presented camps and seminars for 20 years. Then, Gail attended a clicker training seminar that changed her life. She began a "crossover" journey that transformed her dog training and personal relationships. Gail will share her personal experiences -- from learning new skills, eliminating ingrained habits, facing skepticism and even ridicule, to convincing her students, clients and trainers and ultimately having to cut connections with some. Gail will present a blueprint for changing a training school, club, or organization.