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Date: September 24, 2009
Author: Marni Dlin
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.
Working with bully breeds roundtable - Saturday, 8:00 - 8:45 am
For trainers who have worked with them, pit bulls are not usually the vicious monsters depicted by the media, but highly intelligent and motivated creatures that can often make their handler look good with the speed of their learning. In order to help this oft-maligned breed or type of dog many trainers have made extra effort to understand the unique challenges that come with bully breeds and help them be the great companions we all have known. If you would like to share experiences you have had working with bully breeds, or if you simply want to learn more about how you can help pit bulls in local shelters, in your classes, or perhaps even in your own home, than you definitely want to make it to the Bully Breeds roundtable.
Day Training or Board ‘n Train roundtable - Thursday, 12:30 - 1:30 pm (during lunch)
Is it effective to train a dog without their guardian present? Do you offer day training (private lessons with no owner) or board and train? Even though many humans are busier than ever we still want dogs in our lives and our dogs still need help learning how to live with us. In order to help owners fit training into their lives many dog trainers now offer training while you work or board and train services. The benefits are clear are both sides, the owner does not have to disrupt their schedule, the trainer can focus specifically on the dog without having to translate everything into layman’s terms. But what happens when the trainer leaves? How can we make sure that pet guardian’s can maintain the success achieved when the trainer works with the dog? If you have or want answers to these questions then you should check out our roundtable discussions. There will be one table devoted specifically to the topic of owner-absent training, as well as several open tables for break off conversations. Come meet other trainers who are facing challenges and situations similar to your own, and have a great time too!
Business End of Leash and Networking roundtables - Saturday, 8:00 - 8:45 am
The APDT conference is all about networking. Not only do you meet some of your dog training heroes, but you meet those other trainers like yourself trying to be the best trainer possible while also making a living in this field. All of this getting to know you stuff is great, but what about when you are back home and feeling like you are the only trainer who has ever heard of a clicker, or you just don’t know how to get the word out about your services? If you need some help with local networking, advertising, or innovating your business than the roundtable discussions have great help to offer you. We will have multiple tables covering the more business-y aspects of dog training where you can share and “steal” ideas about how to maintain your integrity as a dog trainer and make some money at the same time.