The 2007 Conference Workbook
A conference workbook will be distributed to all attendees. It contains: conference program, abstracts, outlines of the sessions prepared by speakers, biographies of each speaker, plus a list of exhibitors.
Digitell, Inc. sells audio recordings of all conference sessions. The CD-ROMs take between 8-10 weeks to complete production. The CDs will be shipped to you directly from Digitell, Inc. The CDs include complete audio recordings of all conference sessions, a copy of the workbook, special inserts from speakers, and web links to special sites. The CD-Rom is not accessible for the deaf/hard of hearing. CD-ROMs can be pre-ordered with your conference registration for a special pre-conference price of $139.00.
Official Conference T-Shirts and Sweatshirts
Official Conference T-shirts & Sweatshirts must be pre-ordered with registration and picked up at the conference. No shipping is available. Shirts are available for pre-sale only. PLEASE REMEMBER - SHIRTS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE FOR SALE AT THE CONFERENCE.
Video & Audio Taping Policy
APDT reserves all video and audio taping rights at this educational conference. No video or audio taping is permitted.
Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) has approved the APDT Conference for CEU’s. Number of Hours of CEU’s is one unit for each hour attended. Full conference 32 units. This program is included under APDT provider listing on CCPDT’s Website (www.CCPDT.org). At the end of the conference you will receive a certificate with the number of hours you attended which can be submitted to the CCPDT.
International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, Inc. (IAABC) has approved the APDT Conference for CEU’s. Number of Hours of CEU’s is five CEU’s per day for a total of 13 CEU’s for the full conference. This program is included under APDT provider listing on IAABC’s Website (www.IAABC.org). Pick up attendance sheets at the registration desk for each session you attend which can be submitted to IAABC.
American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) Registry for Approved Continuing Education (RACE) has approved the APDT Conference program as meeting the Standards adopted by the AAVSB for CE’s.
Program Number: 343-3515
Number of Hours of CE for Veterinarians: 65.00 (Maximum for one veterinarian: 29.00). Number of Hours of CE for Veterinary Technicians: 65.00 (Maximum for one veterinary technician: 29.00).
This program is included under APDT provider listing on AAVSB's Website (www.aavsb.org).
At the end of the conference you will receive a certificate with the number of hours you attended which can be submitted to your state’s certification board.
If you would like us to submit to your organization for certification, contact the APDT Conference Office at APDT@details2.com, or call toll free 1.866.570.9967.
Interested in Becoming A Certified Pet Dog Trainer?
The Certification Examination for Pet Dog Trainers will be given the day before the conference on Tuesday, October 23, 2007 at 1:00pm. Please contact PTC at 212.356.0660 or www.PTCNY.com to obtain an application and handbook.
Join APDT & Save!
Discounted registration for full and associate APDT members for the Annual Educational Conference and Trade Show is just one of the many benefits you’ll enjoy as an APDT member.
Full membership benefits include: listings in the website Trainer Directory and Membership Directory; subscription to The APDT Chronicle of the Dog; access to the members-only E-mail List; access to medical, dental, life, liability and other insurance, and use of the APDT Member logo on marketing materials.
Associate membership benefits include: listing in the Membership Directory; subscription to The APDT Chronicle of the Dog; access to medical, dental, life, liability and other insurance, and use of the APDT Member logo on marketing materials.
So join APDT today, SAVE on registration, and enjoy the many benefits of membership!
All cancellations must be made in writing and post marked or E-mailed no later than September 19, 2007 for a refund. Cancellations post marked or E-mailed by September 19, 2007 will receive a refund less a $50.00 processing fee. Cancellations post marked or E-mailed after September 19, 2007 and no shows, will not receive a refund.
Submit your cancellations to the APDT Conference Office in writing using one of the following:
E-mail - APDT@details2.com,
Fax – 916.443.1838,
Postal Service – 1507 21st Street, Suite 204 Sacramento, CA 95814.
You will receive confirmation of your cancellation no later than 48 hours after it is received by the APDT Conference Office. If you do not receive this notification, you should re-contact the office.
APDT Conference Dog Attendance Policy
After much discussion and input from conference speakers, attendees and the Conference Committee, in 2005 the APDT Board of Directors established that dogs will not be allowed at our Annual Educational Conference and Trade Show. Service dogs of course, are an exception to this policy and are always welcome!
The number of complaints against dogs attending the conference has grown in recent years. Numerous speakers expressed their concern at the number of dogs under stress. Our conference evaluations were overwhelmingly against future dog attendance. Here are some of the complaints we received:
- Some handlers could not control their dogs during the sessions and at the trade show.
- The crowded session rooms compromised safety for some dogs.
- Some dogs were blocking aisles and emergency exits. Some attendees were concerned about walking over dogs and offended that some owners allowed their dogs on seats, taking up space in rooms with popular speakers.
- Some dogs barked continuously when left alone in hotel rooms and it was difficult to locate their owners.
- There was an increase in owners who would not clean up after their dogs. Over the years, the APDT has had to pay additional cleaning fees to address this issue as we could not depend on all attendees to clean up responsibly. Volunteers have also stepped up to scoop. At a professional conference of dog trainers, this should not be necessary.
It is also growing more difficult to find hotels that can accommodate our need for larger speaker rooms who will also allow dogs on site. The hotels we will be using the next two years, while offering many benefits to attendees, do not have environments that are ideal for dogs.
As our conference continues to grow and attract national attention, we want to leave a favorable, professional impression with hotels. We sincerely appreciate and thank all the attendees who have taken such care to be responsible with their dogs in the past. It is unfortunate that a few attendees and their dogs have caused such significant problems.
The APDT Board will evaluate this policy on an annual basis and, should the situation change, we will certainly reconsider asking dogs to attend. For now, in protection of the APDT’s reputation, in fiscal responsibility to avoid additional dog-related costs, and for the safety and comfort of our canine friends, dogs will not be allowed at the conference.