average temperature in San Diego in October
is high 74°/low 61° and you all know the Beach
"Seems It never rains in Southern California"
If you have not registered -
what are you waiting for? The great rates
will change on September 6th.
If you have registered - be sure to pack some
sunscreen, sunglasses, and get some rest - that
will be the only thing in short supply at the
Need a Roommate?
If you have special needs and have not let us
know when you registered– please send an e-mail
We want to be sure we are prepared to
make your conference experience a positive one.
Mobility issues are important to share with
us so we have adequate service to the Beach
Party and the Field Studies.
Click a Chick has some observer spots
K9 Nose Work. Only a few spaces remain
open for the K9 Nose Work Workshop. In an interview
with Nose Work co-founder Jill Marie O’Brien
she said “ Even though we'll be using shelter
and/or rescue dogs at the workshop the principles
are still the same whether working in a shelter,
practice groups or starting a dog on your own.
This is a great way to get a taste for the activity/sport
and for getting fresh ideas for working with
shelter and special needs dogs or adding something
different to your current training offerings.”
Add this workshop to your conference agenda
don’t miss this opportunity to work directly
with the Nose Work Founders, Jill Marie O’Brien
and Amy Herot. For more information visit the
APDT conference page.
Add a Workshop. Already registered
but want to add a workshop call 1.800.pet dogs
Kathy Sdao, MA, ACAAB
Kathy Sdao is an Associate Certified Applied
Animal Behaviorist who has spent 25 years as
a full-time animal trainer who has trained dolphins,
whales and walruses. Since 1998, Kathy has owned
and managed Bright Spot Dog Training which provides
behavior-modification services for pet owners.
Dr. Stafford is author of the pet training book,
Zoomility: Keeper Tales of Training with Positive
Reinforcement ZOOmility and Grey have been featured
on NBC’s Tonight Show. He has appeared on national
news programs such as CNN’s HLN Prime News to
provide expert commentary on topics such as:
the importance of zoos, reinforcement-based
training, and wildlife behavior.
Victoria Lea Voith, PhD, DVM
Dr. Voith has enjoyed a variety of experiences
in veterinary medicine. The common theme of
all of these venues has been human and animal
behavior. She is one of the pioneers in the
fields of applied animal and veterinary medical
behavior. Dr Voith is a charter diplomate in
the American College of Veterinary Behavior.
She will be presenting the findings of her Breed
Identification Study, which she introduced at
the 2009 conference.
Learn more about all the conference presenters
It's Your Conference… Be Part
of It!! Volunteer To Be A Border Collie
attended many conferences over the years but
you've never been a Border Collie? Well, here's
your chance. We still need Border Collies for
many slots that are not during the sessions.
We need your help herding attendees to where
the buses are loading and directing the volunteers
bringing demo dogs in the right direction.
So come and join the Border Collie team and
add a brown ribbon to your badge.
If you would like to be part of the "working"
Border Collie team, please send an e-mail to
letting us know why you would like to become
a Border Collie. Please remember to include
your name, e-mail, and phone number where we
can reach you before and at the conference.
Whose Dog Is This? Contest
puzzler had you rocking and rolling! Eight-seven
percent of you were RIGHT. The brave, Fred "Astaire
Papillion" is Teoti Anderson's Finian! Teoti
is as fiercely loyal to the APDT as Fin is to
her. Not only is Teoti Anderson the APDT Member
of The Year, she will be offering exciting sessions
including "To Pee or Not to Pee?" during the
REX Sessions on Wednesday and will partner with
Dr. Grey Stafford on Sunday to talk about "Generating
Great Press Even When They're Against You."
You will need to guard the doors to make sure
you get a seat! This puzzler's winner is Brad
Waggener of Cold Nose College, LLC in Murphy,
North Carolina! He can pick up his prize from
dogTEC. It includes two books and a dogTEC web
seminar of his choice. Congratulations Brad!
for this newsletter puzzler
Ok my puzzler friends; it is time for a twist!
For this newsletter we are searching for the
wisdom of conference veterans. Send us your
suggestion of the ONE thing that conference
puppies (first time conference attendees) should
bring with them. Two prizes will be awarded.
Entries will be judged on creativity, accuracy
and how easily you can dance to it.
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
firstname.lastname@example.org. Place your
answer in the Subject Line. Contest ends
on Friday, September 9th.
Develop Your Paranormal Chops
Have Some Fun
Haunted Hotel, The Haunted Trail at Balboa Park,
the Scream Zone, Pirate Ship Adventures and
tours of haunted areas at various locations
throughout San Diego. Come on - we know
you have always wanted to experience a haunting!
Haunted Hotel will be open during the conference.
It is the longest running haunted attraction
in San Diego and provides "horror filled nights
through Halloween". The Haunted Hotel is one
of the top 10 haunted attractions in the country.
The Haunted Trail at Balboa Park is a great
event to pair with the sightseeing of daytime
attractions and museums at Balboa Park.
Both of these jaunts are accessible via Trolley
or Trolley and quick bus ride.
Hotel Del Coronado, a must see with or without
your paranormal inclinations, is a magnificent
sight to behold. The wooden hotel is an
architectural marvel, the second largest wooden
structure in the U.S. In 1958, the Marilyn
Monroe movie Some Like It Hot was filmed here.
lists a plethora of sights to see if you’re
an amateur paranormal investigator. Who
knows, maybe this could become a part-time hobby
for some of us trainers! San Diego is
a great place to start. Enjoy!
Top 10 Reasons For Attending
the APDT Conference
great dog trainers are doing it!
speakers and amazing information. See
them in sessions, workshops and short
than attending political conventions
- be a part of the largest gathering
of pet dog trainers. Helping educate
trainers, communities and pet families
to dog friendly methods.
- and we're not talking FOX! Meet lots
of trainers from around the world and
get new ideas for your business! Roundtables
and other forums will be available for
you to learn, meet new trainers and
catch up with old friends.
- San Diego is an amazing place -- beaches,
zoo, SeaWorld, fine dining and world-class
experts! While the exhibit hall is open,
various experts will be available to
answer questions and talk with you.
This is so much easier than stalking
- maintain your certification(s) with
continuing education units.
to the Exhibit Hall - Exhibitors with
the latest in dog products and services,
dog demonstrations, regional networking,
Meet the Experts, contests, author book
before September 6th and get a free
The APDT Conference is a GREAT VALUE!
Meet and hear from the leaders in dog
training and dog friendly approaches
to training. REGISTER BY 9/6 and save
up to $50 over regular conference prices!