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September 18

7:30 - 8:30 am

Breakfast/Meet and Greet

Gather with other conference attendees and have breakfast at the Riverside Convention Center prior to the beginning of conference.

8:30 - 9:30 am


You don't want to miss the opening welcome of APDT 2024. Special annoucements will be made.

9:30 - 10:45 am

Opening Keynote: The Neurobiology of Cognitive and Emotional Control and What We Need to Know in Dog Training

Dr. Kathy Murphy

In her forthcoming presentation, Dr. Murphy will delve into the intricate neurobiology of cognitive and emotional control, highlighting its crucial role in both normal and pathological behavioral processes in dogs. By exploring the underlying neurobiological mechanisms, the talk aims to shed light on how appropriate and proportional control of cognitive and emotional responses impacts canine behavior. Furthermore, Dr. Murphy will discuss the implications of these neurobiological insights for practical dog training strategies. This presentation promises to bridge the gap between complex neurobiological theory and everyday dog training practices, offering valuable knowledge for both researchers and practitioners in the field.

10:45 - 11:00 am


11:00 - 12:00 pm

Nose Work and Your Business

Jill Marie O'Brien

K9 Nose Work® or Nose Work in general terms has grown in public awareness since its inception as a scent detection activity for companion & sport dogs. At its core, K9 Nose Work® has been an activity with identifiable behavioral and enrichment benefits that goes beyond competitive sports. During this talk we'll look at how incorporating nose work into your training business cannot only increase opportunities for client engagement but can provide support benefiting both the canine and human learner.

11:00 - 12:00 pm


Bill Dotson

More info on this session coming soon.

11:00 - 12:00 pm

Limiting Trainer Liability

Kristen Bergsten

This session will review Indemnification clauses versus liability waivers and why the difference matters. What does a good indemnification clause look like? What does a good liability waiver look like?

12:00 - 1:30 pm


Concessions are available for purchase at the Riverside Convention Center.

1:30 - 3:00 pm

Multi-Species Households

Ken McCort

Session description coming soon.

1:30 - 3:00 pm

Revisiting Reactivity

Kristina Spaulding

Reactivity. What does it mean? Barking and lunging on leash? Emotional oversensitivity? Something else? What do clients think “reactivity” means? This webinar will take a deep dive into the literature on reactivity: what it means, how it’s currently used and how we might want to use it (or not) moving forward. Get ready for some thought-provoking new information and follow-up discussion!

1:30 - 3:00 pm

Listen to Your Gut: One of Your Brains Is In There, Too

Tim Lewis

Both dogs and their handlers have multiple brains (five of them, not a typo), each with its own evolutionary history and area of expertise. We will discuss the different cues and rewards each brain focuses on, which should help you motivate and communicate with your canine partner.

3:00 - 3:15 pm


3:15 - 4:45 pm

Aggression Treatment Procedures

Ken Ramirez

Dealing with reactive dogs, handling aggression, and working through problems with highly sensitive animals can be a challenge for even the very best trainers. Over the years, many creative trainers have presented various alternatives to handling aggression and reactivity problems. The explosion in the number of approaches, combined with an array of new nomenclature, is often confusing for trainers seeking to choose an approach for themselves or to recommend to others. Today, some of the most discussed approaches include, but are not limited to, Counter Conditioning, Constructional Aggression Treatment (CAT), Click to Calm, Behavioral Adjustment Training (BAT), the “Look at That” game (LAT), and a host of others. How do these varied treatment approaches compare? What common or distinct scientific principles are being employed? Are certain plans better for certain situations than others? This Session is designed to help you sort out the choices. It will explore the science underlying the approaches, look at their known efficacy, and help you see what these approaches share, as well as their differences, so that you can make informed choices.

5:00 - 7:00 pm

Welcome Reception

Exhibit Hall Opening

Join us in the Exhibit Hall for a Welcome Reception. Meet exhibitors, watch demos, and more!

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