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Congratulations to Our Conference Contest Winners!

November 2, 2009 - Congratulations to our conference contest winners: (read more...)

Go for It - Pursue Certification Through the CCPDT

October 8, 2009 - I can scarcely believe that this time next week we will be immersed in the Symposium on Fear & Anxiety. The presenting panel will no doubt deliver useful resources and insightful theories about every aspect of the subject. (read more...)

Sarah Whitehead to Speak!

October 8, 2009 - With her many books and new online puppy training program, you you’re not in it alone when you’re trying to train that adorable little rascal not to chew on all your moldings. 
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BY POPULAR DEMAND: The APDT Not-Quite-Ready-For-Dog-Park-Players presents this year's Friday Night Bites: "Short Attention Span Theatre" starring Ian Dunbar!

October 6, 2009 - Ever wonder what Dr. Dunbar watches on TV? Come and watch Ian watch TV! Trust us, it's more interesting than it sounds. (read more...)

Suzanne Hetts, PhD, CAAB to Speak This Year at APDT

October 3, 2009 - Learn how to evaluate the sometimes overwhelming amount of training and behavior information available. (read more...)

Puppy Einstein at the Annual Trade Show

October 3, 2009 - Puppy Einstein, Inc. is the brainchild of Sally Montrucchio, a ten-year plus veteran of training dogs for people with disabilities. The focus of Puppy Einstein, Inc. is to present the tools and methods used in training service dogs to the average, everyday dog owner in a fashion that is easy to understand and fun to use. (read more...)

16 Years and Still Evolving...

October 3, 2009 - Sixteen years! It seems so short but yet a long time. I missed the first conference in Orlando but have been at everyone since. Chicago was the second conference…three days full of fun, great networking and more importantly, a change in training philosophy. (read more...)

Digitell, Inc. Recording This Year's Conference

October 1, 2009 - APDT is pleased to partner once again with Digitell, Inc., for this year's conference in San Francisco. Digitell, Inc., is a leading full-service multimedia company who specializes in working with professional associations worldwide. (read more...)

Cloud Star Corporation to Attend Trade Show

October 1, 2009 - It’s only June and I’m already looking forward to this year’s conference. In fact, I had such a great time last year that I decided to invite my mom along this year to help out at the booth. (read more...)

Ellen Lindell, VMD, DACVB Offers the Veterinary Behaviorist Perspective

October 1, 2009 - The veterinary perspective is so important when evaluating behavioral cases with dogs. Is a dog aggressive because he has an underlying thyroid condition or hormonal imbalance? Is he suddenly ‘forgetting’ his housetraining skills because he has a urinary infection? (read more...)

A Conference Puppy Blog

September 29, 2009 - This will be my first time attending an APDT convention and I'm quite excited! I'm a certified veterinary technician and have gone to veterinary conventions before but not a trainer's convention. I'm looking forward to learning techniques to better assist my daily vet clients as well as hone my own training skills. (read more...)

Are You Excited Yet? A Blog by Joel Walton

September 29, 2009 - Are You Excited Yet? You should be excited! The APDT Conference is coming! (read more...)

T-Shirts & Sweatshirts

September 29, 2009 - You must preorder these! T-Shirts are $25.00 each, sweatshirts $35.00. (read more...)

Roundtable Topics

September 24, 2009 - Our popular roundtables will feature a variety of topics on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Here's a sampling of some of the topics. (read more...)

RoundTable Discussion Group Sessions

September 22, 2009 - One of the best reasons to attend the APDT annual conference is the opportunity to learn, not only from the speakers, but from other trainers of all experience levels. (read more...)

Be a Part of the Donation Drive for the East Bay SPCA

September 22, 2009 - The East Bay SPCA has been enormously helpful in assisting us in putting on the conference this year and providing dogs for some of our workshops. In appreciation, we would like to sponsor a donation drive for the shelter. (read more...)

New Session Added with Victoria Lea Voith, PhD, DVM, DACVB!

September 19, 2009 - You are invited to be part of an interactive session on dog breed identification with Victoria Lea Voith, PhD, DVM, DACVB on Sunday, October 25th. (read more...)

New Article in Time Magazine Featuring Dr. Brian Hare

September 11, 2009 - Dr. Brian Hare is featured in this article along with other researchers in the canine cognition field. (read more...)

APDT Conference Author Signing Event

September 10, 2009 - Attendees! Meet and talk with dog book and DVD authors at the Author Signing Event. (read more...)

Denise Mullenix to speak on Constructional Aggression Treatment

September 7, 2009 - On Saturday, October 24th, Denise Mullenix will give you an opportunity to better understand just exactly what Constructional Aggression Treatment (CAT) is and how it can be used, specifically for inter-dog aggression. (read more...)

Premier® travels from scenic Virginia across the country to soak up some California sunshine!

September 7, 2009 - Premier® travels from scenic Virginia across the country to soak up some California sunshine and join you at the always exciting APDT Conference! As a sponsor of every APDT conference since the beginning, we wouldn’t miss it! (read more...)

Looking Forward to Seeing Steve White Speak...

September 7, 2009 - He’s wired and fired and ready for fun! Steve’s gregarious personality will keep you on the edge-of-your seat as he imparts sound, scientific information in an easy-to-understand and entertaining manner. (read more...)

Kathy Sdao, Nicole Wilde and Trish King to Speak on Fear and Anxiety Behaviors

September 6, 2009 - Some of the most frustrating cases a pet dog trainer can face involve working with clients of fearful and anxious dogs. Frequently, it can be difficult to gauge the extent of the problem at an initial evaluation, and determining what approach will produce the best results for the dog can be even more of a poser. And even if you can get a handle on all that, it can be even more challenging to find a program that your client will accept and implement! (read more...)

Let the Networking Begin!

September 6, 2009 - Attending the APDT Conference is about so much more than seeing the great speakers we have lined up. After all, you could just skip the conference and buy the DVD, right? Well, sure... but the DVD doesn't contain all of the amazing networking opportunities that you missed! (read more...)

So What in the World is the APDT General Membership Meeting?

September 6, 2009 - The General Membership meeting is the place to be! All APDT members should attend the General Membership Meeting. You are the voice of the APDT. (read more...)

Dr. Ian Dunbar to Speak at 2009 APDT Conference

September 5, 2009 - Dr. Ian Dunbar - Have you heard of this guy? I hear he’s pretty good. Just kidding! (read more...)

Star Struck!

September 5, 2009 - We truly have a great opportunity for meeting the speakers that will be attending the Association of Pet Dog Trainers Annual Educational Conference and Trade Show. We as attendees have the opportunity to speak with each of our speakers about their books and the sessions that we just attended. (read more...)

dogTEC excited about having this year’s conference in the Bay Area.

August 28, 2009 - We’re excited about having this year’s conference in the Bay Area. This is where dogTEC began and it’s an incredible community of trainers. The conference atmosphere should be particularly collegial and full of great conversation. (read more...)

Turid Rugaas isn’t your typical dog trainer around these parts for many reasons.

August 29, 2009 - Turid Rugaas isn’t your typical dog trainer around these parts for many reasons. First, she does her dog training in her native Norway and has been doing so for 25 years. Secondly, she frequents the conference and workshop circuit internationally! (read more...)

Free Sample Offer from Tru-Dose!

August 24, 2009 - True-Dose is excited to be attending the APDT this year. We value trainers and understand the importance of trainers and pet health. Pet parents, professional and sporting dog owners rely on their trainers for accurate and up-to-date advice. (read more...)

My First Conference Experience in 1998

August 19, 2009 - My First Conference was 1998, Valley Forge, PA. As a trainer, I had only recently discovered that there was an association for pet dog trainers, and was excited that the conference was close enough to attend. I was young, and had only been training for about a year and a half... (read more...)

Tawzer Dog Video's Blog

August 19, 2009 - Tawzer Dog Videos is excited about again being an exhibitor and sponsor at the upcoming APDT Conference in California. It is always great to meet old friends and make new ones. (read more...)

A History of the APDT and the Bay Area

August 19, 2009 - The San Francisco Bay Area enjoys a rich dog training history that spans many decades and includes names and developments that have touched us all. Berkeley, just across the Bay from SF, is the home of Ian Dunbar and the starting point of the puppy training revolution. It was, as we all know, Dr. Dunbar who first asked the question, “Why aren’t we training puppies?” (read more...)

Working with Fearful Dogs by Nicole Wilde

August 19, 2009 - I know a trainer who is excellent with aggression cases. In fact, she loves working with them. Give her a biting malinois and she’s in seventh heaven! But present her with a fearful Chihuahua and this accomplished trainer wants to run for the hills. Like so many other professional trainers, she’s not quite comfortable working with fearful dogs. (read more...)

Regional Groups to meet and network at this years’ conference!

August, 17, 2009 - Hello everyone! As we gear up for the 2009 Annual Education Conference and Trade Show in Oakland/San Francisco, California, we wanted to offer our membership something brand new! The APDT Trainer Network, which encompasses the newly formed Regional Group List, will be offering an opportunity for Regional Groups to meet and network at this years’ conference. Regional Groups can meet up at the Conference Welcome Reception, Wednesday, October 21, 2009 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm i (read more...)

Business Insurers of the Carolinas

August 17, 2009 - Business Insurers of the Carolinas has worked with the Association of Pet Dog Trainers since 2001 to provide quality General Liability Insurance Protection to all Active APDT Members at Reduced Rates. We offer the broadest General Liability Insurance including Care, Custody & Control for all Pets in your care with absolutely no breed exclusions.
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DVD Networking!

August 17, 2009 - We will have a DVD Networking session on Tuesday, October 20th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. The video player will be set up and we'll have a cash bar. You bring a DVD of your dog doing something funny or bad. Or show off a great agility run, freestyle routine, puppies playing or a great game from your classes. (read more...)

Confessions of a Conference Puppy by Derby McKendry

August 17, 2009 - I attended my very first APDT conference in Louisville, KY in 2008 where I was living at that time. I actually didn't get to attend the whole conference but the part that I did go to sure was worth it. See, I had special accommodations at the Kentucky Humane Society and was asked to help the people from the conference learn some new behaviors... (read more...)

Visit the Dogwise Booth at the Conference...

August 6, 2009 - Hello to our many APDT friends from Dogwise. We are already beginning to organize the large stock of books we plan to bring this year, an effort we equate to getting ready for the D-Day landings in Normandy! (read more...)

You Can Teach an Old Dog NewTrix!

July 28, 2009 - NewTrix is excited to be participating in the 2009 ADPT annual Conference. We have met many wonderful people at past conferences and look forward to meeting many more of you this year! If you haven’t yet heard, the NewTrix head halter is “by far the best.” So said Dr. Ian Dunbar after an independent study of canine head halters. (read more...)

Learn About APDT Rally at This Year's Rally Demo

July 28, 2009 - At this year's APDT conference in Oakland, there will be an APDT Rally-O demonstration near the trade show. We will have a number of dog and handler teams who will strut their stuff in Levels 1, 2 and 3. Join us and watch the demos to see how cool it is when dogs and their people work together! (read more...)

Oakland Zoo trip with Lisa Clifton-Bumpass and Margaret Rousser

July 28, 2009 - As dog trainers using positive reinforcement and marking behaviors, we have all had many clients that often don’t see how these techniques work for their dog. Why can’t you just push your dog’s bottom into sitting? One of the best ways to really demonstrate the value of our training is to compare how these techniques we use with the dogs are put into action within zoos and marine life parks all over the world. (read more...)

Author and Trainer Gail Fisher Speaks at the 2009 APDT Annual Educational Conference

July 28, 2009 - Training a Thinking Dog: The Advantages of Marker Training - A “thinking dog” is a joy to live with. That is the opening line to this lecture’s description and I couldn’t agree more. I recently read Gail’s new book The Thinking Dog and I am eager to see how this lecture compliments her great book. (read more...)

A Conference Puppy's Blog ...

July 21, 2009 - When I registered for the 2008 APDT Annual Educational Conference and Trade Show in Louisville, Kentucky last year, not only was it my first time at an APDT conference, but I assumed it would be my last chance to attend for quite a while... (read more...)

Sue Sternberg's First Blog Ever About the Upcoming Fear Symposium ...

July 21, 2009 - I am very excited about compiling a video ethogram of what I observe to be fearful dogs and dogs experiencing fear ... (read more...)

California Here We Come! The Canine Freestyle Federation Where Every Dog is a Star

July 21, 2009 - CFF is honored to participate in the APDT Conference. We are assembling three star filled demonstration teams for three different demonstrations to entertain you. There’s a Yorkie from Utah, an Azawakh from Minnesota. a toy poodle and a cavalier from Florida, several from California and others. Each presentation will illustrate the wonders and unique qualities of each dog and the joy the dog and handler have in working and training together. (read more...)

Speaker Spotlight: Bob Bailey and Jean Donaldson

July 21, 2009 - I first heard of Bob Bailey when a trainer friend mentioned something called “Chicken Camp.” It was several years later before I had the opportunity to attend a session of Chicken Camp myself, and I consider myself extremely fortunate to have done so... (read more...)

How Much and How Soon Can I Really Use The Stuff They Talk About at the APDT Conference?

July 17, 2009 - How quickly can you integrate the great tips you pick up at APDT conferences into your dog training programs? My experience has been that you can often use the information as quickly as you hear it. There have been times I heard a great phrase or a new benefit of a method I was already using, and shared it in callbacks during the conference. (read more...)

What’s a Chicken Camp?

July 17, 2009 - Chicken Camp? Why go to a camp with chickens? Parrots ... at least they talk and you can teach them tricks but chickens? Well believe it or not, they can teach you a lot more than you think whether you are new to training or an old pro and have loads of fun! (read more...)

What is an APDT Conference Border Collie?

July 17, 2009 - According to the AKC, the Border Collie is the workaholic of the dog world, world’s premier sheep herder, prized for its intelligence, extraordinary instinct and working ability.

According to the APDT, the Border Collie is the workaholic of our annual conference. Appreciated for its dedication to a smooth running conference, able to herd attendees to the right sessions, assist during demos, help at the doors checking name badges, answering questions, and other tasks...


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Dogs Say NO to Rock, Yes to BACH

July 17, 2009 - Is your dog afraid of thunder? Does she suffer from separation anxiety? Sound researcher, music producer and authority in the field of psychoacoustics, John Leeds, has collaborated with veterinary neurologist Dr. Susan Wagner to write the book Through a Dog’s Ear: Using Sound to Improve the Health & Behavior of Your Canine Companion. It provides insights to assist your nervous pooch in achieving relaxation in a chaotic world. (read more...)

Keynote Speaker Brian Hare and the First Release of Bonobos Into the Wild from a Sanctuary

July 17, 2009 - Rare primates to leave sanctuary in Congo. Brian Hare wants you to care about the bonobo, a saucy, endangered primate that needs a better publicist. For generations, bonobos have lived just outside the limelight, as their well-known cousin, the common chimpanzee, became a cause célèbre, largely through the good works of famed anthropologist Jane Goodall. (read more...)

36 Hours in Oakland, CA

May 9, 2009 - 36 Hours in Oakland, CA A recent article (5/3/09) by Emily Brady for The New York Times featured some excellent ideas on things to do in Oakland, CA. We’ve summarized some of the highlights from the article to give our conference attendees some ideas on fun things to do during your stay in Oakland/San Francisco.


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Online Registration Available May 2009

Apr 21 - Online registration for the 2009 APDT Educational Conference and Trade Show will be available in May 2009. (read more...)

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