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Greater Richmond Convention Center 403 North Third Street Richmond , Virginia 23219
Tel: (804) 783-7300
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APDT 2017 Annual Educational Conference & Trade Show - Association of Pet Dog Trainers

Overview

Event Overview:

The conference offers many special events. Join in and meet up with old friends and make some new ones.

The APDT offers individual pet dog trainers a respected and concerted voice in the dog world. We continue to promote professional trainers to the veterinary profession and to increase public awareness of dog friendly training techniques.

If you are a Dog Trainer, a Veterinarian, Veterinary Technician, Animal Behaviorist, Shelter Staff or just plain LOVE DOGS, the APDT Conference will provide cutting-edge information invaluable to your profession. Continuing education units may also be earned toward certification renewal.

Exhibitor Information:

Market
• Reach more than 1,000 engaged dog trainers seeking hands-on information about the newest products and services in their profession
• Network with small business owners making decisions about which products and services to use in their business
• Cultivate loyal brand advocates who influence their clients’ purchases
• The APDT Annual Educational Conference and Trade Show is an all-natural, healthy, humane, organic products marketplace Grow Business
• Generate new customers
• Locate new retail outlets or franchisees
• Launch and sample new products in an interactive environment

Sell
• Drive immediate sales on the exhibit floor from pet dog parents
• Target qualified leads for your products
• Build sales among existing customers

Recruit
• Find new members for your organization, cause or nonprofit

About APDT:

The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) is a professional organization of individual trainers who are committed to becoming better trainers through education.

We were founded in 1993 by Ian Dunbar DVM, Ph.D. as a forum for trainers to associate with one another and to discuss topics of mutual interest. We have since become a member-driven organization producing educational conferences in locations throughout the United States. Our annual conference has grown from 250 participants a few years ago to 1500 participants.

Notes:
Past Attendee Statistics: 85% work with animals as their primary source of income 75% sell dog related products at their business
Sponsorship Details:

Agenda

Oct 18   

7:00 am -

Continental Breakfast – sponsored by Cardinal Pet Care


7:00 am - 8:00 am

Registration Open


8:30 am - 9:15 am

Conference Orientation


9:15 am - 9:30 am

Break – Sponsored by Cardinal Pet Care


9:30 am - 10:00 am

Welcome, Awards and Business Meeting


10:00 am - 11:00 am

KEYNOTE: Partner Up: Approaches to Working Hand-in Hand with Your Shelter


11:15 am - 12:15 am

Everyday Tech: Managing Your Digital Life


11:15 am - 12:15 am

APDT Foundation Scientific Poster Session: Lending a Helping Paw: Empathy Towards Owners in Therapy and Non-Therapy Dogs


11:15 am - 12:15 am

APDT Foundation Scientific Poster Session: Positive Punishment and Reinforcement Trends and its Association With Problem Behaviors in Pet Dogs


11:15 am - 12:15 am

APDT Foundation Scientific Poster Session: Feasibility of Using Trained Dogs to Alert to Gluten in Food for People with Celiac Disease


11:15 am - 12:15 am

Brand YOU: Maximize Your Personal Brand


1:15 pm - 3:15 pm

Humane Education for Children


1:15 pm - 3:15 pm

A Dog’s View of the World


1:15 pm - 3:15 pm

The Real Deal: Arousal, Relaxation, Attention and Self-Modulation


1:15 pm - 3:15 pm

Broadening Horizons: New Roles for Canine Professionals in Animal Assisted Interventions


3:15 pm - 3:30 pm

Break – Sponsored by Cardinal Pet Care


3:30 pm - 5:15 pm

Observations on the Socialization of Dogs


3:30 pm - 5:15 pm

Fear Free Veterinary Care – What Dog Trainers Need to Know


5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Ziwi Welcome Reception and Exhibit Hall Grand Opening

 

Oct 19   

7:00 am -

Continental Breakfast – sponsored by Business Insurers of the Carolinas


7:00 am - 6:00 pm

Registration Open


8:00 am - 8:45 am

Shorts – The Magic of Games for Your Dog


8:00 am - 8:45 am

Shorts – Dogs Trust Dog School: Preventing Behaviors from 12 Weeks Old


8:00 am - 8:45 am

Shorts – What is Your Dog’s Currency?


8:00 am - 8:45 am

APDT Foundation Scientific Poster Session: A Change of Heart: Examining Heart Rate Variability in the Treatment of Aggression


8:45 am - 9:00 am

Break – Sponsored by Business Insurers of the Carolinas


8:00 am - 8:45 am

APDT Foundation Scientific Poster Session: Behavioral and Epigenetic Variations in Differentially Socialized Dog Puppies


9:00 am - 11:00 am

It’s Time to Train the Trainer About Fear FreeTM


10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Exhibit Hall Open


11:15 am - 12:00 pm

Round Table Topics


11:30 am -

Demo


11:30 am -

Demo


12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Lights, Camera, Action! Creating Superstars is Your Business


12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Drones, Social Media and More: Using Technology in Your Practice


12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Furry Funding: Grant and Fundraising Basics


12:00 pm -

Demo


2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Exhibit Hall Open


2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Break – Sponsored by Business Insurers of the Carolinas


2:45 pm - 4:45 pm

What Size World is Right for This Dog?


2:45 pm - 4:45 pm

Empathy, Teaching, & Boundary-Setting: Finding the Right Mix with Human Clients


2:45 pm - 4:45 pm

The ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center: A Second Chance for Fearful Dogs


3:30 pm -

Demo


3:30 pm -

Demo


5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

iFetch Give-a-Grand Reception with Live Auction and “Second Chance Dogs” movie – courtesy of ASPCA®

Oct 20   

7:00 am -

Continental Breakfast


7:00 am - 6:00 pm

Registration Open


8:00 am - 8:45 am

Shorts – Using Behavior Management Plans to Improve Playgroup Experiences for Dogs and Humans


8:00 am - 8:45 am

Shorts – Lessons Learned From A Former Victim of Cruelty


8:00 am - 8:45 am

Shorts – Attachment Scales as a Tool for Behavior Consultants, Dog Trainers and Shelters


8:45 am - 9:00 am

Break


9:00 am - 11:00 am

Understanding and Applying the LIMA (Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive) Approach


10:00 am - 3:30 pm

Exhibit Hall Open


11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Lunch – Concessions Available for Purchase


11:15 am - 12:00 pm

Round Table Topics


11:45 am -

Demo in Blue-9 Demo Area


11:45 am -

 


12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Reward for Caring: Generating ROI from Social Responsibility


12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

How Going Live Can Boost Your Business


12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Citizen Scientist – Studying Sociability in Dogs


1:30 pm - 1:45 pm

Break


1:45 pm - 3:45 pm

The Power of Single-subject Research Designs to Enhance Training Practices and Research


1:45 pm - 3:45 pm

Beware! Aggression in Dogs


1:45 pm - 3:45 pm

How to Be a Diplomat – Making Peace Among Cats and Dogs


1:30 pm -

Demo


3:45 pm - 4:00 pm

Break


4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Panel – Safety vs. Autonomy – What’s the Trade Off?


5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Yappy Hour Closing Reception – Tito’s Handmade Vodka Bar Sponsor


5:45 pm -

Demo

Oct 21   

7:00 am -

Continental Breakfast


7:00 am - 3:00 pm

Registration Open


8:00 am - 8:45 am

Shorts – Draw Your Dog a Picture (or Why I Won’t Teach Off)


8:00 am - 8:45 am

Shorts – The Cognitive Revolution and Everyday Dog Training


8:00 am - 8:45 am

Shorts – Be a Better Teacher, Be a Better Trainer


8:45 am - 9:00 am

Break


9:00 am - 11:00 am

Dominance: Myth or Fact? A Detailed Look at What the Science Says


9:00 am - 11:00 am

The Behavioral Economics of Your Dog’s Behavior: Preference, Reinforcement and Training


9:00 am - 11:00 am

Natural Methods to Positive Behavior


11:00 am - 11:15 am

Break


11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Writing and Publishing Books About Dogs and Dog Training


11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Socialize Your Dog Training Business with Content Marketing on Social Media


12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

Lunch


1:15 pm - 3:15 pm

Panel Discussion: So You Want to Be an Advocate? Finding and Changing Animal Laws in Your Community – Grand Ballroom, B21 A,B


1:15 pm - 3:15 pm

Enrichment in Richmond


1:15 pm - 3:15 pm

Tips and Tricks for Detecting Subtle Injuries That Can Derail Training


3:30 pm -

CLOSING KEYNOTE: +R Training: The Force-Free Movement

Keynote Speakers

Mark Peralta

Executive Director for Best Friend Animal Society

Partner Up: Approaches to Working Hand-in Hand with Your Shelter

Marc Peralta is the executive director for Best Friend Animal Society – Los Angeles. In 2011, Los Angeles was struggling to save just over half of the cats and dogs entering our city shelters, and under Marc’s leadership, LA is on target to meet a 90% save rate by the end of 2017. Marc’s duties as executive director specifically include the operations for the Best Friend’s Pet Adoption Center in Mission Hills, Calif., the NKLA Pet Adoption Center in West Los Angles as well as leading the 119 group and growing NKLA coalition. Marc also served as vice president and chief operating officer as well as interim CEO at the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PSPCA) located in Philadelphia, Penn. In addition to his duties at the Pennsylvania SPCA, Marc also served as a member of the board of directors for the Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia. Prior to the PSPCA, Marc worked in animal care managerial roles at the Nevada Humane Society in Reno, Nev., and the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region in Colorado Springs, Colo.

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