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August 31, 2011


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The average temperature in San Diego in October is high 74°/low 61° and you all know the Beach Boys song:
"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 conference

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Visit our Roomshare/Rideshare page.

Special Needs
If you have special needs and have not let us know when you registered– please send an e-mail to 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 open.

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 dogs (738-3647).

Speaker Highlights

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.

The Association of Pet Dog TrainersGrey Stafford, PhD
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

Border Collie heardingYou've 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

Teoti Anderson, CPDT-KAThis 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!

Things to packNow 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 to Place your answer in the Subject Line. Contest ends on Friday, September 9th.

Develop Your Paranormal Chops
Have Some Fun

San Diego

A 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

10.  All the great dog trainers are doing it!
9. Great speakers and amazing information. See them in sessions, workshops and short lectures.
8. More fun 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.
7. Networking - 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.
6. Location - San Diego is an amazing place -- beaches, zoo, SeaWorld, fine dining and world-class shopping.
5. Meet the 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 them.
4. CEU's - maintain your certification(s) with continuing education units.
3. Access to the Exhibit Hall - Exhibitors with the latest in dog products and services, dog demonstrations, regional networking, Meet the Experts, contests, author book signings.
2. Register before September 6th and get a free conference t-shirt.
1. Value! 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!


The Association of Pet Dog Trainers


Conference Updates
Speaker Highlights
Volunteer to be a Border Collie
Whose Dog Is This? Contest
Develop Your Paranormal Chops
Top 10 Reasons For Attending the APDT Conference


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