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June 15, 2011

2011 APDT Annual Educational Conference and Trade Show

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Conference Update

If you have attended previous conferences you know that this year we have many more offerings of workshop than ever before. But even though we have more sessions we are starting to experience sell outs in some sessions.

  • Click a Chick - You still have opportunities to register. Three sessions still have openings.

  • Feisty Fidos - Three sessions still have slots available.

  • K9 Nose Works - Three sessions still have slots available.

  • Rally Savvy - Two sessions still have slots available

  • SeaWorld and SD Zoo Safari Park - These trips are full, but you can add your name to the wait lists.

  • Your Web Site, Email, and Social Media - Full session, but you can add your name to the wait list.

  • Developing a Business Marketing Makeover - Currently has slots available.

If you have already registered, but just cannot pass up one of these great workshops, call the APDT office 800-PET DOGS and add a workshop to your registration.

Register for the conference on-line >

Meet Some New Speakers

Of course we have some many wonderful APDT favorite speakers, but meet some of the new shinning new stars:

Hannah Branigan, MS, CPDT-KA, KPA-CTP
Hannah Branigan has been training dogs and teaching people for more than 10 years.

Kelly Gorman Dunbar
Kelly Gorman Dunbar is a Co-Founder and the Executive Editor of and a contributing editor at, Co-Founder and President of Open Paw.

Valli Parthasarathy
Dr. Parthasarathy first studied behavior in high school, where she assisted with a study on kitten socialization. From then on, she was hooked. Dr. Parthasarathy is the incoming President of AVSAB.

Grisha Stewart
Grisha Stewart specializes in dog aggression in Seattle. Her fascination with dogs led her to develop Behavior Adjustment Training (BAT), an operant counter-conditioning method for problem behaviors, with protocols for fear and aggression.

Trena Thomas
Terena Thomas' training center, The Canine Country School, successfully instructs, both animals and their humans effectively without fear, intimidation or pain for all species.

Learn more about all the conference presenters

Finding Roommates for the APDT Conference

RoommatesLooking to find a roommate for the APDT conference? I found a roommate last year and it was a great experience for me. It takes a little bit of invested in time but it is definitely worth it.

I used the APDT Roommate Search on their website. I emailed a few people on the list and exchanged information. We decided to have three in our room so it would be a lot less expensive and left us more money to spend at the trade show. We were from three different states and it was such a great fit for us.
Roommates: Lonnie, Linda and Mary Kay

I couldn't have asked for better roommates. We all got along so well and ate most meals together. We went to some of the seminars together and attended some alone as well. We met other people and enjoyed the new friendships at the conference itself.

We all were Border Collies, which for me was a great experience, and I will do it again. You meet more people that way and you can get to know a lot about the conference and how it works.
The three of us bonded and have stayed in touch. My investment not only allowed me to gain valuable dog training skills but allowed me to make two great professional friends.

Thank you APDT for my wonderful experience with the roommate search program that is available for conference attendees.

Lonnie Pearson
Pearson's Pooch Training
Greenville, SC

Whose Dog Is This Contest

We made a goof in the last newsletter. Karen Pryor's book is called Reaching the Animal Mind: Clicker Training and What it Teaches Us About All Animals. You can order your own autographed copy at:  Sorry Karen!

Who is Mommy's Little Predator?
Nicole WildeLast issue, we featured Sierra, Nicole Wilde's 2-3 years old "Husky-Keeshond-Who-Knows-What Mix". The comment that Nicole hears most often is that she looks like a miniature wolf. Her best trick is taking a bow. Tracey Schowalter of Puppy Adept in Gainesville, GA had the best trick winning a selection of Natural Dog Treats donated by Cloud Star Corporation. Eighty-six percent of you guessed correctly. Nicole will be presenting on Saturday Separation Distress: Both Sides Now and on Sunday focusing on Solving the Mystery: Taking a History. Be sure to catch her sessions!

Ready For a New Puzzler?
Who is this dog?My owner has given me a number of names some of which we cannot say in a newsletter. If you can think of the dog from the movie "The Jerk", my special name is similar. I was found cowering in a 55 gallon drum during what some would call a storm. My parents say my best trick is "behaving". The truth is that I've chased off a couple of burglars. But my best catch was how I helped my parents meet. I was playing at the local park and this young human boy was running through the park with a stick. Oh how I love sticks! So I grabbed him and drug him to the ground. Our owners are now married and he's my brother!.

Think you have the answer? We have more great prizes to give away. Winners will be chosen at random from the correct submitted answers and announced in the next Conference Update, winners can pick up their prizes at the conference (prizes will NOT be shipped to winners, you must attend the conference to claim prize). Send your guess to Place your answer in the Subject Line. Contest ends on Friday, June 20th.

Sign Up for Fun - Join the Border Collie Pack

How many Border Collies does it take to change a light bulb? Just one, but then he will also replace any wiring that's not up to code, clean the lamp, resupply extra bulbs and on and on.

Seriously, how many Border Collies does it take to make an APDT Conference come together? At least 50 and that's no joke. The working Border Collie Brigade checks name badges at session doors, helps out at the workshops, answers questions from the attendees, helps Conference Puppies and Speakers find their way around. They stuff bags, hand out shirts, make lots of new friends and do the many varied but important jobs that help to make this a GREAT Conference for all involved.

The only qualification required is your desire to help. You don't need any special skills; you don't even have to be a conference veteran, you can be a puppy and still be a very valuable asset. Send an email to letting us know you are interested.

"You can make a difference. By taking an active role in helping others, you enhance your own Conference experience and make your APDT organization stronger." Come join our pack and have a ball!


Bring an extra suitcase!
Get a roommate so you save $$$!

Get Ready - It's Shopping Time!

APDT Conference Exhibition Hall

2011 Exhibitors
Partial List

Animal Behavior College
Association of Pet Dog Trainers
Ball Dynamics New
Behavior Education Network
Best Friends Animal Society
Business Insurers of the Carolinas
Cardinal Labs Inc.
Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers
Cloud Star Corporation
Freedom Dogs New
Good Dogs of America
Health Technology Professional New
Ilio Products New
J&J Dog Supplies
Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior

Koller Enterprises
Kong Company
MARS Veterinary
Operation Socialization, LLC
Pet Sitters International
Premier Pet Products
Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure & Massage New
S.D. Humane Society and SPCA New
Tawzer Dog, LLC
The Academy For Dog Trainers
The Clicker Company
Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Training
Walk InSync Inc. New
Wiggles, Wags & Whiskers

San Diego

Balboa Park

Balboa ParkSan Diego's Balboa Park is a mecca of cultural diversity and entertainment, and is the site of over 15 museums, the world famous San Diego Zoo, hiking and biking trails, theatres, cafes and attractions. The original buildings, gardens and pools, were built in Spanish-Renaissance style architecture for the 1915 1st World's Fair.

Visit Balboa Park using the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), from the Town and Country Resort, it takes 20 minutes. Free tram service, once inside the park, will provide you with access to all park attractions. Begin your visit at the Balboa Park Visitors Center, 9:30am-4:30pm daily.

Birch Aquarium at Scripps in La Jolla

Birch AquariumLocated in beautiful La Jolla with a generous panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean. Enter the world of sharks, seahorses, living coral reefs and discover a stunning variety of Pacific marine life in more than 60 habitats. Interact with exhibits that showcase the cutting-edge discoveries of Scripps Oceanography explorers. Visit the aquarium using the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS),from the Town and Country Resort.


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Conference Update
Meet Some New Speakers
Finding Roommates for the APDT Conference
Whose Dog Is This Contest
Sign Up for Fun - Join the Border Collie Pack
Get Ready - It's Shopping Time!


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