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2020 Working Dog Conference Agenda


 
Friday, April 24, 2020
 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

 Preconference Training Workshops (offsite)

  • Jerry Bradshaw, Training Director, Tarheel Canine Training, Inc. 

Applications of defense table work: drive capping, targeting, impulse control, and fixing outs

Working & Audit Spots Available.

  • Simon Prins, ACT!

Detection: the next level

Working & Audit Spots Available.

3:00-8:00 pm Registration Open
4:00-6:00 pm Exhibitor Hall Open
5:00-6:00 pm Welcome Reception (cash bar)
6:00-7:30 pm

Dinner & Keynote Speaker

  • Simon Prins

Detection training, the next level

7:30-9:00 pm
Welcome Reception (cash bar
 
Saturday, April 25, 2020
7:00 am - 5:00 pm Registration Open
7:00 - 8:00 am Breakfast &  Exhibitor Hall Open
8:00 am - 11:15 am 

Implications of Physical and Mental Training for the Working Dog Team
Hear the latest in physical and mental training techniques and how they can enhance your team’s performance.

  • Allie Bender, CDBC - Pet Harmony

Canine enrichment for the working dog

  • Brian Farr, DVM - Penn Vet Working Dog Center

Working Dog Vigilance

  • Paul Helms, LMT, CPT - Helms Performance

Workplace injury prevention for working dog handlers

  • Carlo Siracusa, DVM, PhD - Penn Vet Behavior Medicine

Understanding the science behind low-stress handling of dogs: the Penn Vet CALM program

 11:15 am - 12:00 pmHighlights from the Field (abstract presentations)
12:00 - 1:30 pm Lunch & Exhibitor Hall Open
1:30 - 4:30 pm

Novel Techniques for Training Successful Working Dog Teams
Industry leaders will share the latest in training not only the dog, but the handler and the critical support team responsible for getting dogs into the field.

  • Jerry Bradshaw, Training Director - Tarheel Canine Training, Inc.
  • Bob Dougherty, Law Enforcement Training Coordinator - Penn Vet Working Dog Center
  • TBD
  • Panel: Insights on training auxiliary contributors to your working dog program
    • Bridget Stewart Beardsley, Trainer - Penn Vet Working Dog Center
    • Jeanne Brock, Chief Instructor (ret.), LVT - Canine Performance Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University
    • Kerry Lemerise, Puppy Program Manager - Guiding Eyes for the Blind
    • Carl Rothe, Senior Instructor - Puppies Behind Bars
    • Mandy Tisdale, CPDT-KA, Canine Training Manager - Search Dog Foundation
4:30 - 5:30 pm
Highlights from the Field (abstract presentations)
5:30 - 8:00 pm

Networking Dinner Reception & Exhibitor Hall Open 

 
Sunday, April 26, 2020
7:00 am - 5:00 pm Registration Open
7:00 - 8:00 am  Breakfast & Exhibitor Hall Open
8:00 am - 11:15 am 

Use of Assessments in Optimizing K9 Training Programs
Learn how the use of critical evaluation tools can increase your efficiency and help you create success in your training

  • Jenny Essler, PhD - Penn Vet Working Dog Center
  • Jennifer Lapin, PhD, Director of PennVet Evaluation and Assessment - University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine

Preliminary evaluation of working dog training

  • Jane Russenberger, BS - Guiding Eyes for the Blind

Measuring behavior using the Behavior Checklist and using the data to optimize genetic potential for key behavior traits important to guide dogs

  • Scott Thomas
 11:15 am - 12:00 pmHighlights from the Field (abstract presentations)
12:00 - 2:00 pm Lunch & Exhibitor Hall Open
3:30 - 8:00 pmWorking Dog Demos & Dinner (offsite at the Penn Vet Working Dog Center)
 
Monday, April 27, 2020
7:00 am - 12:00 pm Registration Open
7:00 - 8:00 am  Breakfast & Exhibitor Hall Open
8:00 am - 11:15 am 

Emerging Technologies for Advancing the Working Dog
Hear how tools such as virtual simulation can enhance your training program.

  • Nathan Hall, PhD - Texas Tech University

Towards behavioral predictors of odor discrimination learning and military working dog performance

  • Melody Jackson
  • Jennifer Punt, VMD, PhD - University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine

Online performance, Online Learning

  • Dave Roberts, PhD - North Carolina State University

IoT, Cloud, and AI instrumentation to improve service dog breeding, socialization, and selection

 11:15 am - 12:00 pmHighlights from the Field (abstract presentations)
12:00 - 12:30 pm

Closing remarks, Raffle drawing

Box lunches provided