Conference Features 2020


Pre-Conference Workshop – Cincinnati Zoo

Sponsored by PetSafe

(workshop content is subject to change at any time by the Cincinnati Zoo due to the nature of the event and keeping the animal’s health and welfare a priority)

Schedule:  Depart from NKY Convention Center at 10 am on Tuesday, October 20 and then depart the Zoo at 4:15 pm to return to the convention center.

Attendees may explore the zoo until noon when the workshop begins with a penguin encounter, elephant meet-and-greet, and giraffe feeding. There will be a chance to experience positive reinforcement training in the cheetah yard and bird house. Experience hands-on with a trainer at the zoo, on animals designated by the zoo, i.e. barnyard animals.  A private tour will discuss the zoo’s sustainability and green initiatives.

$100 per person includes round trip transportation to the Cincinnati Zoo, admission to the Zoo and participation in the workshops and tours.  Maximum 60 attendees


Tuesday Evening “Regiception”

Come join your fellow trainers at our opening reception on Tuesday, October 20 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm in the NKY Convention Center – 2nd level.  After getting your badge, “networking” badge and the fabulous “swag bag”, stop by our vendors to learn about their products and services, play some games, win some prizes and enjoy some light hors ‘d ouvres and a cash bar.  Representatives from NKY will also be there to help you with local transportation, the best places to eat and the sites to be seen while in Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati.


APDT Foundation Luncheon & Live Auction

Come join the APDT Foundation immediately after the opening keynote presentation on Wednesday morning for a light lunch and live auction.  Help support the Foundation by bidding on some great prizes that will be auctioned by a professional and entertaining auctioneer.  Registration is only $15/person.


Tim Lewis, Ph.D. Learning Labs

This two-hour lab provides students with hands-on opportunities for understanding basic canine anatomy and the implications of skeletal form for trainer professionals. Working with material from wolves and domestic dogs, as well as bone-clone skulls, students will

  • learn comparative anatomy of canine skulls including domestic dogs, wolves, and foxes and how skull shape and dental anatomy impacts animal health and well being
  • learn details about canine hair and how variations in coat affect temperature tolerance
  • learn basic joint anatomy and how different joints function

The labs will be offered each day of the conference.  $15.00/person.  Maximum 25 people per lab.


Power Hours

We are bringing back the very popular Power Hours to the APDT conference.  Spend your lunch on Thursday, Friday or Saturday with one of our VIP speakers in a more intimate setting while having the ability to hear from them first-hand on their industry expertise.

Each Power Hour is limited to 25 people.  $25/person, which includes a $10 lunch voucher.


Learning Circles

NEW for 2020!  When you register, you can sign-up to be part of a learning circle, which is a group of up to 8 conference attendees that will meet each day at designated times to discuss the different sessions, what everyone learned and what they can learn from each other.  Don’t be shy, join a learning circle and meet some new friends in a positive environment.


Ziwi Welcome Reception

Come celebrate the opening of the APDT Exhibit Hall on Wednesday after the education sessions.  Visit with dozens of vendors, stop by the demonstration area for live demos and meet some of your favorite authors next to the Dogwise booth.  Stop by the APDT Foundation scientific and citizen science posters and the Foundation Silent Auction tables where there is something for everyone.  The APDT booth will be displaying APDT apparel for men and women and Board members will be present to answer your questions.  There will be light hors ‘d ouvres and cash bars available during the welcome reception.


Breakfast, Breaks, Concessions & Receptions

Your conference registration includes a continental breakfast each morning in the convention center, an afternoon break, concessions available for lunch (cc, debit or cash), and admission to the Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday evening receptions where light hors ‘d ouvres and a cash bar will be available.


Hotels This Year

There are two (2) host hotels this year.  Following is some information to help you make your selection.  Each property has a $100 cleaning fee if you are bringing a dog (only service dogs are admissible to the APDT conference).

The Cincinnati Marriott at RiverCenter

-$155/night on the APDT room block

-Across the street from the convention center, or accessible via a 2nd level skywalk that leads directly to registration

The Embassy Suites Cincinnati RiverCenter

-$165/night on the APDT room block

-Across the street from the convention center

-Includes a made-to-order breakfast and evening reception

For more information, or to make a reservation, go to https://book.passkey.com/e/50042878


Social Media Badges

Tell everyone that you’re attending the APDT Annual Conference by downloading and sharing the conference social media badges.


Questions?  Contact the APDT office at apdt@apdt.com or 1-800-PET-DOGS.