2013 APDT Annual Educational Conference & Trade Show

Oct 23, 2013 ‐ Oct 27, 2013

Celebrate 20 years of the premier conference for the dog training and behavior field!

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Standard: $245.00


Keynote Speaker: Tales from the Field: The Diverse Faces of a Professional Animal Trainer

Oct 23, 2013 9:15am ‐ Oct 23, 2013 10:45am

Identification: WE01

Ken Ramirez has been an animal trainer, teacher of trainers, and consultant for more than 35 years. Based on his experiences throughout his career, he will share his philosophy and stories that he believes reflect the key factors needed to succeed in the modern training world. His presentation will focus on four main topics: 1) The importance of having a philosophy - principles that guide your decision making throughout your career. 2) Science vs. Practice - Knowing how to hone ones skills balancing theory and application. 3) Diversifying your skills beyond just training – this will only be brief as it will be the focus of his talk the next day. 4) Keeping the passion and finding your calling – Staying motivated and finding your special niche.

Learning Objectives:
1. Analyze the value of having a philosophy upon which you can make decisions
2. Hone how to hone skills by balancing theory and application
3. Assess how and why to diversify skills beyond just training

Standard: $24.00

Developing Alternatives to Food and Toys: Personal Play!

Oct 23, 2013 11:30am ‐ Oct 23, 2013 12:30pm

Identification: WE02

The purpose of this presentation is to encourage the use of personal play (no food or toys) as a way to develop a stronger bond between people and their pets. Dogs genuinely care about their playful interactions with humans, and we can take advantage of this innate desire by incorporating play into our training programs. By developing a better understanding of how dogs play and why personal play is so effective, we can take our human/canine relationships to a new level. This presentation will provide specific information on developing your ability to play with dogs. By focusing on a dog's senses of sight, touch, and hearing, we can learn to play with our canine companions – no food or toy required! Manners are only the tip of the iceberg; develop the richest possible relationship with your dogs by encouraging personal play!

Learning Objectives:
1. Analyze how a dog's "senses" impact play
2. Develop game options for different dogs
3. Differentiate a dog's positive or negative responses to our efforts.

Standard: $12.00

REX: The Best Marketing You Never Paid For

Oct 23, 2013 1:45pm ‐ Oct 23, 2013 2:10pm

Identification: WE03

Many of you think, "I can't afford to work with non-profits", but the truth is you can't afford not to. Non-profts are one of the fastest growing sectors in the United States today. Animal non-profits are more diverse than ever including humane societies, private and municipal shelters, sanctuaries, breed-specific rescues, size specific rescues and all breed rescues. These organizations have one thing in common – they are surrounded by dog lovers. With 16 years working in the canine non-profit field, Lauren Fox will detail five ways you can collaborate with local dog non-profits to boost your bottom line and your spirit!

  • Ian Dunbar, PhD, MRCVS, CPDT, Director, Center of Applied Animal Behavior
  • Lauren Fox, BA, CDPT-KA, All Breed Rescue & Training
Standard: $12.00

REX: Be a Blabbermouth, Not a Know-It-All

Oct 23, 2013 2:15pm ‐ Oct 23, 2013 2:35pm

Identification: WE04

Dog bites are a serious problem. Between breed-specific legislation and the rising costs of homeowner's insurance, we're heading down a dangerous path. In our society's quest for safety through regulation, are we actually reducing the number of dog bites or simply making it more difficult to own dogs? Using Colleen Pelar's approach to reducing the number of dog bites, you can make a difference in your community.

Standard: $12.00

REX: Stimulus Control iconREX: Stimulus Control

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REX: Stimulus Control

Oct 23, 2013 2:40pm ‐ Oct 23, 2013 3:00pm

Identification: WE05

It's so much fun to shape new behaviors, but many of us lose interest when it's time to get these behaviors solidly on cue. Frankly, that part of the training just isn't "sexy!" But when you see a dog that is able to consistently perform behaviors precisely on cue, that is a beautiful sight indeed. This REX session will cover ideas on how to build stronger cues that reliably elicit the behaviors you want, when you want them!

Standard: $12.00

REX:When Grammar Attacks! iconREX:When Grammar Attacks!

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REX:When Grammar Attacks!

Oct 23, 2013 3:05pm ‐ Oct 23, 2013 3:25pm

Identification: WE06

Subjects and verbs in disagreement. The perpetual confusion of when to use a semicolon. Is it its or it’s? And eek -- dangling participles! If you think you left these issues behind in school, think again. Modern, professional dog trainers cannot afford to ignore proper grammar, spelling or punctuation. How you communicate impacts the impression you make on your clients, colleagues and community. Learn why correct communication is important and some simple tips for improving your skills. Teoti Anderson, a professional editor, will use her decades of

Standard: $12.00

REX: What I've Learned Talking to Dog Trainers All Day

Oct 23, 2013 3:30pm ‐ Oct 23, 2013 3:50pm

Identification: WE07

What makes some dog businesses succeed while others fail? Why do some dog professionals make a good living while others struggle to pay their bills? Can you learn business skills or are they just innate - you've got it or you don't? dog*tec has spent the last 10 years answering these questions and many more about running a dog business. We spend our day helping dog pros across the country and around the world, and we've learned a thing or two about what makes dog businesses work. Join Gina Phairas as she shares what it take to make your business succeed.

Standard: $12.00

The Challenges of Being a Consultant: The Things They Don't Teach You in Animal Training Class!

Oct 24, 2013 9:00am ‐ Oct 24, 2013 10:00am

Identification: TH01

Join Ken Ramirez for this seminar as he reviews his work as a consultant and a wide range of experiences with both exotic animals and dogs. The discussion will focus on the fact that some of the most important skills needed to survive and be successful in the animal training field are, in fact, not animal skills. Often what are needed most are people skills, organizational skills, negotiating skills, and many others. The presentation is full of helpful hints that should be useful to trainers who do home consultations, teach group classes, or who get hung up because of the people end of the equation.

Learning Objectives:
1. Analyze about the value of people and business skills to becoming a successful trainer.
2. Develop skills in human communication, teaching, and business

Standard: $12.00

Symposium: Prey Drive Case Studies

Oct 24, 2013 10:30am ‐ Oct 24, 2013 11:30am

Identification: TH02

This symposium segment will cover real-life behavior consultation case studies, from Ken himself and/or those submitted by the APDT membership. Ken will the most interesting, unique, difficult, extreme, or intense prey drive cases with commentary on what went wrong, what went right, what could have been done, what the outcome entailed, and more.

Standard: $12.00

Symposium: Separation Anxiety Case Studies

Oct 24, 2013 1:00pm ‐ Oct 24, 2013 2:00pm

Identification: TH03

This symposium segment will cover real-life behavior consultation case studies, from Malena herself and/or those submitted by the APDT membership. Malena will the most interesting, unique, difficult, extreme, or intense separation anxiety cases with commentary on what went wrong, what went right, what could have been done, what the outcome entailed, and more.

Standard: $12.00