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

Sessions

Helping Handlers ChangeHelping Handlers Change

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Helping Handlers Change

Oct 18, 2012 1:30pm ‐ Oct 18, 2012 2:30pm

Identification: TH04

Some of the frustrations in dog training and behavior consultation are related to the handlers. Even when canine professionals have competence and confidence in changing dogs' behaviors, they sometimes find themselves at a loss when it comes to changing human behavior. The very best interventions with dogs can unravel if their handlers are not on board with the required training and implementation. This presentation highlights several specific communication, problem-solving, and follow-through skills that really work with people. Learn from case studies and get helpful resources for developing these critical skills for working with handlers.

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Train to Adopt - and Change Dogs' Lives

Oct 18, 2012 2:30pm ‐ Oct 18, 2012 3:30pm

Identification: TH05

Learn how a training program has helped animal shelters across the nation. Train to Adopt is Sue's program for training shelter dogs and implementing minimum behavioral, emotional and mental standards of care. The program has inspired shelter staff and volunteers to welcome new daily protocols that include simple dog training, behavior modification and quality of life enhancements. Having worked in animal shelters and as a dog trainer since 1981, Sue will share details on how she believes change is best inspired in the shelter/rescue setting. If you've wanted to get involved with your local shelter and make a difference in the lives of homeless dogs, come hear how to make yourself an integral part of that difference.

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Panel DiscussionPanel Discussion

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Panel Discussion

Oct 18, 2012 4:00pm ‐ Oct 18, 2012 5:00pm

Identification: TH06

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An Ethogram for Resource Guarding

Oct 19, 2012 9:00am ‐ Oct 19, 2012 12:00pm

Identification: FR01

Sue will present a video catalog of behaviors, to help dog professionals read dogs better, stay safer and communicate
more effectively. This presentation will NOT include behavior modification protocols for problem dogs. This is just to
enhance our observation skills. Human/owner guarding behaviors will also be detailed.

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Puppies: Inspiring Focus and Never Looking Back

Oct 19, 2012 9:00am ‐ Oct 19, 2012 12:00pm

Identification: FR02

Susan promotes the philosophy that the skills needed for a brilliant performance sport dogs are the same ones which
create a phenomenal family pet. Effective and efficient training at home, during the times most owners don’t even realize they are training, is the key to a well behaved family pet. Susan’s “Say Yes” dog training program focuses on “stacking skill understanding” in a young puppy to help ensure he grows into the dog you have always dreamed of owning.

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Making the Most of Your Facebook Fan Page

Oct 19, 2012 9:00am ‐ Oct 19, 2012 12:00pm

Identification: FR04

Discover how setting goals and asking the right questions can boost your Facebook engagement and establish you as
an authority in your niche. Melanie explains how to take your Facebook business page from meh to amazing with a few tweaks to your status updates and data tracking efforts.

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The Transactional ApproachThe Transactional Approach

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The Transactional Approach

Oct 19, 2012 1:30pm ‐ Oct 19, 2012 3:00pm

Identification: FR05

The Transactional Approach turns positive training into positive living by applying modern behavioral science to the natural, immersive way puppies (and children) learn the language that lubricates their day-to-day interactions with those around them. The end result provides liberating clarity at both ends of the leash. In the end life gets easier for both dogs and owners because of the smooth, natural, and effective feedback loop that promotes the transition from training to daily life.

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The Smell of Happy, the Scent of Fear: A Human's Condition as Understood by the Nose-Dog

Oct 19, 2012 1:30pm ‐ Oct 19, 2012 3:00pm

Identification: FR06

Search-and-Rescue K9 Handler Susannah Charleson discusses research and real-time experience suggesting that scent may play an unseen but significant role in the psycho-emotional connection between dog and human.

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Playgroups for Fun and ProfitPlaygroups for Fun and Profit

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Playgroups for Fun and Profit

Oct 19, 2012 1:30pm ‐ Oct 19, 2012 3:00pm

Identification: FR07

Pet professionals will explore some basics skills to keep themselves safe around dogs in an off-leash play setting.
With the increase in demand for off-leash play, all pet facility operators should consider offering this additional service as an additional source of revenue. However, safe supervision is vital to a well run playgroup. This seminar will teach the basics.

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An In-Depth Look at Off-Leash Interactions between Unfamiliar Dogs

Oct 19, 2012 3:30pm ‐ Oct 19, 2012 5:00pm

Identification: FR08

This session takes the participants on a tour of dog parks around the United States. What makes a good off-leash
dog-dog experience? Is it the behavior of the dogs? Is it the behaviors of the humans? What makes some off-leash dogdog interaction between unfamiliar dogs particularly risky? Through extensive video footage of dog-dog interactions, fights, social conflict, socialization, play and owner behavior, this workshop will define the benefits and drawbacks of offleash interaction between unfamiliar dogs.

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