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Lecture Sessions

Day 1 – Lecture Description

Individual session registration not required. Open to all registered attendees.

Note: All Lectures will be held in the lecture room.

1:40PM – 3:40PM

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Canine Sports Medicine with Sue Yanoff

Lecture only- No working team spots!

Learn about some common, and not-so-common, injuries that can happen to your active dog and how to recognize those problems. Sue will discuss what a good sports medicine exam looks like, the importance of an accurate diagnosis, and what to look for when finding someone to help you.

Day 2 – Lecture Description

Individual session registration not required. Open to all registered attendees.

Note: All Lectures will be held in the lecture room.

9:00PM – 10:40AM

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Concept Training with Heather Lawson

Lecture only- No working team spots!

Does your dog really know his left from his right? How about finding a matching object? Can he even count? You bet he can. If you’re interested in elevating your training game, introducing new ways to use foundation skills, or in finding a way to stretch your dog’s brain, then come join Heather on an adventure into the realm of Concept Training. You’ll be amazed at how your dogs can grasp what are seemingly, at least to us, the very difficult concepts of Matching To Sample, Modifier Cues; (understanding left/right, large/small), and even Counting (also known as Quantity Recognition). You’ll be amazed at how transferable skills learned through concept training can help you in other dog sports.

11:00AM – 12:40PM

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Reactivity Management with Amy Cook

Lecture only- No working team spots!

Every great training plan has a management plan behind it! You don’t have the space to train if you’re still not sure how to get through your daily life and walk your dog without “over threshold” moments! Before you can teach your dog that strange dogs or people are not scary, you first need to get past them with your dog under control and not getting a big jolt of arousal. Come join Amy and learn how management is different from training or rehab, and why it needs daily practice whether your dog is “over threshold” or not! 

1:40PM – 3:40PM

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Human Shaping Lecture / Workshop with Deb Jones

Experience level – All; Lecture only- Open Participation!

In this workshop, you will be shaping the most difficult species of all: humans!  Everyone who participates will have the opportunity to see what it’s like not only to be the trainer, but to also be the subject, timer, and scribe.  Experiencing the process from your dog’s perspective will lead to amazing insights.  You will shape each other in small groups using a series of fun exercises.  Each exercise will highlight and strengthen an important aspect of the learning process.

4:00PM – 6:00PM

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Stressed Out: Dogs, Hormones & Stress with Jessica Hekman

Lecture only- No working team spots!

What happens in your dog’s brain and body when something scares her? How long can you expect her stress response to last? In this lecture, Jessica Hekman, DVM, PhD, will talk about the stress response in dogs. She will explain the original evolutionary purpose of the stress response; what the hormones involved in it (like cortisol) do in the body; the difference between acute and chronic stress and the different effects they have on dogs’ health; and what we know about how long it takes the body to clear those hormones. You will definitely learn some cool stuff about how the brain works and what that means for your dog’s ability to focus through the stress of something like a trial environment! Jessica loves to take questions, so look forward to a lively Q&A.

Day 3 – Lecture Description

Individual session registration not required. Open to all registered attendees.

Note: All Lectures will be held in the lecture room.

9:00AM – 10:40AM

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What is Your Dog Telling You? Understanding Your Dog’s Emotional Signals with Amy Cook

Lecture only- No working team spots!

Is your dog ready to work? Is your dog comfortable in the environment and able to think clearly? Your dog’s comfort needs have to be met first before he can work. Do you know how he’s communicating those needs with you? Signs of stress and discomfort are subtle early on. Come learn how to read your dog in new ways!

11:00AM – 12:40PM

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The Business End of the Dog: Marketing101 with Melissa Breau

Lecture only- No working team spots!


Do you run your own pet-related business? If you’re a dog trainer, groomer, or another pet professional with your own business and you struggle with marketing your business, this session is for you. Whether you’re new and trying to figure out where to start, have been marketing your business for a while and just aren’t seeing results, or have enjoyed a ton of success but need to figure out what’s working and what’s not, this interactive lecture/lab will cover where most people go wrong, evaluate what’s working for you now (and what’s not), and discuss new ideas for improving the effectiveness of your marketing efforts. You’ll walk away with a better understanding of how marketing works and new ideas for bringing in new clients.

1:40PM – 3:30PM

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Ring Tips with Nancy Gagliardi Little

Lecture only- No working team spots!

Become better prepared for your ring performances with this lecture.  Nancy judged AKC obedience trials and National Obedience tournaments for 20+ years. In this lecture, Nancy will cover some of the more common mistakes that handlers make in various exercises and what you can do to avoid these errors. Learn some things that can help you improve your performance. Hear some tips to improve your ring experience.