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APDT Awards

Information about our new conference scholarship program for 2014 is coming soon! Watch for announcements in the emailed Speak! newsletter in April.

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Dr. Robert Curran NewTrix (2013) Video Award

About the Award

This award will showcase innovative ideas for pet dog trainers. The theme for 2013 is "Fun Games to Train Children and Dogs.”
The target audience is pet dog trainers and the ideas should be transferrable to the pet owner. The winning video will be shown on the APDT Web site and our associated social media sites.

Requirements for Entry

  • Videos must be no longer than 5 minutes
  • Members may use flat, martingale and buckle collars, head halters and harnesses. Members may not use and dogs may not wear choke chains, slip collars, prong collars and shock/electronic collars.
  • Members may use lure/reward or clicker training
  • You may submit only one video for consideration
  • A completed and signed release form is required. Anyone in the video, including a client or assistant, must include their information on the appropriate area of the form. You can download the form here.
  • Contestants must be active members of APDT at the time of submission and at the time of the awarding of the scholarship.
  • Members cannot have won the award in previous years.

Recommendations

  • Use verbal instruction as well as demonstrations
  • When shooting video, make sure the camera is as stationary as possible
  • Shoot close to the subject as the winning video will not only be shown at the APDT Annual Educational Conference and Trade Show but also viewed on the APDT Web site and YouTube
  • Do not do a lot of panning and zooming
  • Light the video brighter than for normal television broadcast. When shooting video, lighting is one of the most important distinctions between a video that looks amateur and a video that looks professional.
  • Recommended format is MPEG4 (DivX, Xvid) at a 640x480 resolution with 64K Mono MP3 Audio. If you have any doubt or limited experience with video encoding then we recommend providing us with the videos in raw AVI format. All videos should be uploaded to our FTP area. Once you have chosen the video you wish to submit, please email us to let us know the name of the video and we will download and process the video for publication. For questions regarding the contest, email awards@apdt.com.
  • Make sure that if there is audio, it is clean and audible.

Judging

The APDT Board of Trustees will evaluate all submissions using the following criteria:

  • Educational value to APDT members and the public
  • Enjoyment value. Was the video interesting? Does it provide innovative ideas?
  • Clarity. Is it easy to watch and understand?

Award

The winner will receive up to $1,500 to go toward travel, meals and hotel and free admission to the APDT Annual Educational Conference and Trade show. The winner will receive recognition and a certificate. The deadline for entry is June 1, 2013.
The Association of Pet Dog Trainers offers this exceptional opportunity for one winner thanks to the generosity of Newtrix.

How to Submit

You can upload the videos at the following web page: http://www.apdt.com/uploads/

The Dogwise John Fisher Essay 2013 Scholarship

About the Scholarship

This scholarship honors both John Fisher and the work of writers whom we think he would have enjoyed reading.

In the introduction to Think Dog! John wrote:

"If we can understand more about dogs, what motivates them, what their values are, how they learn and why they do what they do, then this greater understanding will help us to form a more enjoyable relationship with them."

The judges are looking this year for essays on the topic of “Creative Reinforcement in Training.” The target audience is professional dog trainers and behavior consultants.

Requirements for Entry

  • One submission per person per year
  • Submission should be single-spaced, 12 point,  Times New Roman font, 1 inch margins
  • Each page should include a header with page number and title only. 
  • Submission should be no more than 1500 words (not including text on title page)
  • Title page should consist of
    • Title of paper
    • Name of author
    • Telephone numbers
    • Email address
    • Mailing address
  • We must receive the document as a Word file. PDFs will not be accepted.
  • Contestants must be active members of APDT at the time of submission and at the time of the awarding of the scholarship.
  • Members cannot have won the award in previous years.

Methods for Submitting Your Application

All award applications must be submitted in electronic format. You may send your submission for The Dogwise John Fisher Essay Scholarship by e-mail to: awards@apdt.com.
Any article received after the deadline date will not be eligible for the award.

Judging

The APDT Board of Trustees will evaluate all submissions using the following criteria:

  • Did it meet the requirements as stated above?
  • Rate of the educational value to APDT members.
  • Rate of the enjoyment value. Was the article interesting?
  • Rate of the author's writing skill. Are the grammar, usage, and spelling correct?
  • Rate of the author's writing clarity. Is it easy to read and understand?

The Association of Pet Dog Trainers offers this exceptional opportunity for one winner thanks to the generosity of Dogwise. The deadline for entry is June 1, 2013.

Scholarship

The winner will receive up to $1,500 to go toward travel, meals and hotel and free admission to the APDT Educational Conference. The winner will receive recognition and a certificate. The deadline for entry is June 1, 2013.

Past Award Winners:

2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005

 

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