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June 13, 2012

BUILDING BETTER TRAINERS THROUGH EDUCATION

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Registration is Open!

Workshops and Field Studies are filling fast! Register today for early bird rates and to ensure your spot in the workshop(s) of your choice. The agenda and speaker information is posted on the APDT website.

This year's brochure goes out next week. Can't wait? A flip book version is available on the APDT website.

2012 Symposium

Whenever we teach a dog to sit instead of jump up, we are creating change. Every trainer knows it's usually easier to change a dog's behavior than the client's behavior. If you have struggled to change your clients, your community's shelter or your own business, join us on Thursday, October 18 for Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks: Driving Change in Your Life, Community and Beyond.

Thursday's symposium will cover how you can develop and implement successful change. Symposium Faculty -- Teoti Anderson, Jeanine Johnson-Brown, Gail Fisher, Rebecca Rodriquez, Sue Sternberg and Risë VanFleet -- will guide you through the perils and the pitfalls of leading change to the point of celebrating a successful outcome.

Whether you want to change the way your community works with animals, revamp your curriculum or get clients to buy into reward-based training, the symposium will get you on the path to creating meaningful, lasting change.

Experiential Pet Loss Support Group - Sharing our Stories

Workshop informationSaying goodbye to beloved pets is never easy. We encounter clients, friends and family who need our help when saying goodbye to a pet. Enid Traisman, certified grief counselor and director of the DoveLewis Pet Loss Support Program, will be facilitating this unique workshop to help us, as pet professionals, work through our own feelings, and in the process become empowered to move forward in helping others with similar stories.

Check out the other great workshops. Workshops fill quickly, so register early to ensure your spot.

Calling all Researchers - Poster Session

Calling all Researchers - Poster SessionThe APDT is calling on researchers, academic or professional, to submit poster presentation proposals for our poster session at the conference. We are looking for research topics that apply to dog behavior and training. It will be an opportunity for researchers to present their work and to interact with dog trainers.

Authors whose posters are accepted will receive free registration to the conference. The APDT Foundation is sponsoring two prizes - Best Poster from a Dog Trainer and Best Poster from an Academician. More details and to submit poster abstracts >

Road Trip!!

Roomshare/Rideshare boardHow long will it take you to drive to this year's conference?
Go to this page >
Put your City in box A
In box B put: Cincinnati
It will tell you the number of hours from your house to this year's conference. Find a roommate or someone to share driving expenses with the Roomshare/Rideshare board.

The conference, located in Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati, is less than a day car ride from 60% of the U.S. population and both conference hotels offer free parking for hotel guest.

Need a car or van, so more can travel together, call one of the following car rental companies some are offering APDT Conference discount rates. Price shop all of them - rental rates are different in different regions of the country:

Avis
Special APDT Discount use AWD# D006951
Reservations are available via the following options:

Dollar Rent A Car
Reservations are available via the following options:

  • Online

  • By Phone 1-800-800-4000

Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Reservations are available via the following options:

Hertz
Special APDT Discount use CV# 022L3510
Reservations are available via the following options:

  • Online

  • By Phone:

    • From the U.S. and Canada 1-800-654-2240

    • Other 1-405-749-4434

What Are All Those Border Collies Doing?
What Are All Those Border Collies Doing?Want to join a fun group, help people, and network all at your first conference? If so, what do Border Collies REALLY do?

Border Collies (aka BCs) may be assigned to BC Central helping to pass out conference bags and help with directions during the Conference. They help with traffic control to the various lecture halls and workshops. They work closely with the green-shirted staff, taking room counts or distributing materials or straightening up rooms after sessions end. In workshops and on field studies, Border Collies may help with dog handling or bus duty. BCs continue to attend sessions and enjoy presentations while keeping an eye for opportunities to assist attendees.

We ask that BCs accept at least three assignments, but many are willing to take on multiple assignments each day.

Border Collies smile a lot and do their best to help all attendees have a great conference experience. Won't you join our fun team? Send an email to APDT@Details2.com to volunteer or to request further information.

Flat Pets Invade the APDT Conference

Flat Pet LolaJoin the APDT Flat Pet Contest! Our first contestant is Flat Pet Lola. She is actually showing you the view from the Marriot in Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati where the APDT Conference will be held. Behind her is a historic bridge and the beautiful Ohio River in February. We'd like to feature your flat pet in your community on our Facebook Page with an opportunity for them to be featured in the Conference Workbook and in The APDT Chronicle of the Dog. Get started now >

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

The National Underground Railroad Freedom CenterLocated along the banks of the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, the Freedom Center shares stories of the struggle for freedom for all U.S citizens.

The museum exhibits the compelling drama of the Underground Railroad. a secret network of escape routes that existed in the years leading up to the Civil War. One major escape route passed through the region in and around Cincinnati. These paths were used by escaping slaves fleeing states where slavery was legal; along the way, they were given food, shelter and guidance by sympathetic citizens. Easily accessible from Kentucky by crossing the Roebling Suspension Bridge, approximately ½ mile from the conference hotels. Open 11am to 5pm Tuesday through Saturday.

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INSIDE THIS EDITION

Registration is Open!
 
2012 Symposium
 
Experiential Pet Loss Support Group - Sharing our Stories
 
Calling all Researchers - Poster Session
 
Road Trip!!

What Are All Those Border Collies Doing?
 
Flat Pets Invade the APDT Conference

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Follow all the latest conference news

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