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2018 Working Dog Conference Agenda


Friday, April 20, 2018 - Clarion Hotel -  76 Industrial Highway, Essington PA

2:00p – 5:00p

Registration Open

  • Where: Ballroom Foyer

4:00p - 6:00p 

Exhibitor Hall Open

  • Where: Ballroom I & II

6:00p – 7:30p 

Dinner & Keynote Speaker

  • Patricia McConnell, PhD, CAAB, McConnell Publishing - Creating and maintaining resilience in working dogs
  • Sponsor:Dogwise

7:30p – 8:30p

Welcome Reception & 
Exhibitor Hall Open 

  • Where: Ballroom I & II
  • Join us for a casual reception to reconnect with old acquaintances and meet new friends and future collaborators.
  • Cash Bar
Saturday, April 21, 2018 - Clarion Hotel -  76 Industrial Highway, Essington PA

7:00a – 8:00p

 Registration Open

Where: Ballroom Foyer

7:00a – 8:00a 

Exhibitor Hall Open

  • Where: Ballroom I & II

  • Breakfast is served in the exhibitor hall


8:00a – 12:40p 

Breeding & Weaning - Getting Off to a Good Start

  • Where: Ballroom III & IV

  • Sponsor: American Kennel Club

  • Panel: Carmen Battaglia, PhD, American Kennel Club; Liz Hare, PhD, Dog Genetics, LLC & Penn Vet Working Dog Center; Eldin Leighton, PhD, Canine Genetic Services, LLC; Cindy Otto, DVM, PhD, DACVECC, DACVSMR, CCRT, Penn Vet Working Dog Center; Scott Thomas - A  national breeding cooperative for detection dogs: What will it take?

  • Marina Hall Phillips, Assitance Dogs International Breeding Cooperative - A breeding cooperative: Systematically working together to deliver purpose-bred stock

  • Russell Kelley, Royal Canin - Nutrition and practical management tools to maximize the puppy to working dog transition

  • Matthew Breen, PhD, C. Biol, FRSB, NC State University - New tools for high resolution canine GWAS

  • Eldin Leighton, PhD, Canine Genetic Services, LLC - Using the International Working Dog Registry to manage breeder selection and mating decisions


12:40p - 1:30p 

Lunch & Exhibitor Hall Open 

  • Where: Ballroom I & II

1:30p -  5:20p

Job Specific Training (8 weeks-8 months): Preparing for Success

  • Where: Ballroom III & IV
    Sponsor: Nutramax

  • Bridget Stewart, Trainer, Penn Vet Working Dog Center - Fitness for puppies 
    Sponsor: FitPAWS

  • Laura Monaco Torelli, KPA Faculty, CPDT-KA, TAGteach Level 3, Animal Behavior Training Concepts - Ready…Set …for Groomer and Vet! Everyday training tips for animals and caregivers to improve routine care
    Sponsor: Karen Pryor Academy

  • Cindy Otto, DVM, PhD, DACVECC, DACVSMR, CCRT, Penn Vet Working Dog Center - Can we impact the risk of hip dysplasia through exercise? 
    Sponsor: Canine Rehabilitation Institute

  • Leslie McDevitt, CDBC, CDPT-KA, International Association of Dog Behavior Consultants - Creating a focused and confident working partner


5:20p - 6:30p 

Highlights from the Field

  • Where: Ballroom III & IV
    Sponsor: AKC Canine Health Foundation

6:30p - 9:00p 

Exhibitor Party

  • Where: Ballroom I & II
    Sponsor: American Kennel Club
  • Enjoy an evening of networking with the diverse attendees of the 2018 Penn Vet Working Dog Conference.
  • Exhibitors will be available
  • Cash bar

Sunday, April 22, 2018 - Clarion Hotel - 76 Industrial Highway, Essington PA

7:00a–8:00p 

Registration Open

 

  • Where: Ballroom Foyer

7:00a–8:00a 

Exhibitor Hall Open

 

  • Where: Ballroom I & II
  • Breakfast is served in the exhibitor hall

8:00a–12:40p 

Foundation Skills Training (8 weeks-18 months): Building a Well-Rounded Dog

 

  • Where: Ballroom III & IV
  • Sponsor: HQ Inc.
  • Panel: Vicki Berkowitz, Penn Vet Working Dog Center; Paul Mundell; Carl Rothe, Senior Instructor, Puppies Behind Bars - Crossing the great divide: From 8 eeeks to career ready
  • Annemarie DeAngelo, Training Director, Penn Vet Working Dog Center & Jenny Essler, PhD, Penn Vet Working Dog Center - Using an artificial odor, Universal Detector Calibrant (UDC), to imprint and train working dogs for scent detection
  • Mark Ruefenacht, Dogs4Diabetics - Canine olfaction: Performance reliability and statistical confidence for the working and service dog
  • Erin Perry, PhD, Southern Illinois University - An evaluation of the relationship between phase of work and core body temperature in working dogs
  • Pat Kaynaroglu, Training Manager, Penn Vet Working Dog Center - Evaluating the tools used to predict and assess the career paths of working dogs

12:40p-3:30p 

Lunch & Exhibitor Hall Open

 

  • Where: Ballroom I & II

1:30p-3:30p 

  • Breakout Sessions
  • *preregistration required 

 

  • Sponsor: Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health
  • Eldin Leighton, PhD, Canine Genetic Services, LLC; Jane Russenberger, BS, Guiding Eye for the Blind - Hands-on with the International Working Dog Registry (IWDR) database 
    Limited registration: 30 spots (no dogs, computer-based)
    Download full description INSERT LINK TO PDF FROM INSTRUCTOR
  • Scott Thomas - Assessing puppy aptitude across ontogeny and breed
    Limited registration: 30 spots (dogs provided)
    Download full description INSERT LINK TO PDF FROM INSTRUTOR
  • Laura Monaco Torelli, KPA Faculty, CPDT-KA, TAGteach Level 3, Animal Behavior Training Concepts - Ready … Set … for Groomer and Vet! Everyday training tips for animals and caregivers to improve routine care.
    Limited registration: 12 working spots, 24 audit spots 
    Download full description INSERT LINK TO PDF FROM INSTRUCTOR.

3:00p & 3:45p 

Shuttles depart for offsite event

 

  • Where: Hotel Lobby
  • Shuttle tickets must be purchased separately during registration. Seats are limited.

 

Sunday, April 22, 2018 *Offsite
Where: Penn Vet Working Dog Center - 3401 Grays Ferry Avenue, Bldg. 6179, Philadelphia PA
3:30p – 8:00p

  • Penn Vet Working Dog Center Open House
  • Where: ~15 minute drive from the Clarion. Shuttle available. Must purchase ticket at registration.

3:30p - 5:30p

  • Working Dog Demonstrations & Tour
3:30p - 6:00p
  • Poster Session
  • Presenters will be available at posters between 5:30p - 6:00p
  • Sponsor: Purina
6:00p - 7:30p
  • Dinner (cash bar)
  • Working Dog Practitioner Certification Program Launch
  • Sponsor: Royal Canin

7:45p
Shuttles depart for Clarion

  • Shuttle tickets must be purchased separately during registration. Seats are limited.

 

Monday, April 23, 2018
Where: Clarion Hotel - 76 Industrial Highway, Essington PA

7:00a – 12:00p
Registration Open

  • Where: Ballroom Foyer
7:00a – 8:00a
Exhibitor Hall Open
  • Where: Ballroom I & II
  • Breakfast is served in the exhibitor hall
8:00a - 9:10a
Highlights from the Field
  • Where: Ballroom III & IV
  • Sponsor: AKC Canine Health Foundation
9:10a - 1:00p
Candidate Screening & Career Selection: Picking the Right Dog for the Job
  • Where: Ballroom III & IV
  • Fred Helfers, Pacific Northwest Police Detection Dog Association -The utilization of double blind testing in drug dog certifications
  • Brad Gillespie, Canadian Police Canine Association - Improving communication and struggle in learning to meet standards
  • Refael Franco, MPH, Hebrew University - Puppy character tests
    Sponsor: PetPace
  • Jane Russenberger, BS, Guiding Eyes for the Blind -Use of the Behavior Checklist to screen candidates for breeding and working dogs at Guiding Eyes for the Blind
1:00p - 1:30p
Closing Remarks & Raffle Drawing
  • Where: Ballroom III & IV
  • Do not need to be present for raffle drawings to win
1:30p - 2:00p
Lunch
  • Grab & Go Box Lunches provided in the Ballroom Foyer

2:00p

  • Conference concludes