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Old 04-21-2008, 10:12 PM
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Default My experince at the 2008 CAPPDT conference in Ottawa

So I attended my very first CAPPDT ( Canadian Association of Proffessional Dog Trainers) Conference this year being held in Ottawa and have lots of stories to share for anyone intrested. I wish I had thought to bring my camera, next year it will accompany me. It was a three day conference with lectures by Bob Bailey, Joan Orr, Don Hanson, Phil Arkow, Dr. Eddy Beltran DVM, Jacinthe Bouchard, Anne Douglas, Edie Jane Eaton, Dr. Simon Gadbois, Dee Ganley, Dr. Jesus Rosales-Ruiz and last but not least Patrice Robert.

I couldnt get the friday off work so I only attended the Saturday and Sunday and I have to say I feel like my mind was blown away and I still havent even been able to absorb everything that was discussed.

You could attend two work shops a day and both days had two feature lectures. The workshops I attended were advanced clicker training, bridge and targets, New Directions in Rally Obidence and Fun and Games play training. The four lectures I heard were:

-"All in the Family" the links between animal abuse and ther forms of family violence and will offer a workshop on Animal Assisted Therapy activities.

- Dr. Simon Gadbois of Dalhousie University did a presentation on scent detection work his lab has utilized to help conservation efforts, training companion dogs to locate scat or hair off critically endangered animals and to further identify things like sex, did the samples come from the same individual as well as the communiation of human and dogs during play.

- Don Hanson presented on the Trends in Training, the evolution of a pet care proffessional.

- The last talk of the day on Sunday was phenominal and was presented by Dr. Jesus Rosales-Ruiz, Associate Professor in Behaviour Analysis at the University of North Texas outlined the problems which occur when combining positive and negative reinforcement during training and has been researching what he has called, "The Poisoned Cue".

I flew up and since I fly stand by I generally try not to take luggage with me incase I dont get on one flight and usually just do carry on. However Air Canada has a two carry on bag limit and because we all got nifty bags at the conference and I bought *cringes* far, far too many books in order to make everything fit I ended up throwing out my labtop carrying case so that I could hold all of my books. Im pretty sure I must have thrown out my shoulder on the way from the entrance to the airplane and from the airplane to my ride but it was all worth it.

The advanced clicker training workshop and bridging to target workshops have given me great insight into the problems I have been running into when trying to teach more complex behaviours and I am currently having a hard time reminding myself to keep training sessions short as there are so many things Im excited to try with Duke.

Last but not least on my exciting news agenda was that I got to talk to and meet for the first time in person Ian Dunbar! and got him to sign his book this was his last conference before officially finishing his apperances at such conferences but luckily he has developed the following website where you can access daily publications by him.

www.dogSTARdaily.com

Anyways no pictures my apologises but just thought I should share.

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Old 04-22-2008, 08:28 AM
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Sounds like that was a lot of fun!
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Old 04-22-2008, 01:39 PM
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I am so jealous! And Ian Dunbar is very nice to talk to isn't he? (I went to a seminar of his a few years back in Guelph)
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Old 04-22-2008, 08:41 PM
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Lol he is Dekka, wonderful sense of humor, over all I found the seminar so enlightining to areas of training I was really struggling in and even though I am still at the apprentice stage It has fully recharged my passion to continues on into the field.
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Sounds like alot of fun im so jealouse
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