The Association of Professional Dog Trainers


Conference Special Events

The conference offers many special events. Join in and meet up with old friends and make some new ones.

Tote Bag Stuffing Party

Tuesday, October 14 - come by in the afternoon and join the party!

Early Bird Reception

Tuesday, October 14 - join this meet and greet reception!

Conference Attendee FAQs and Welcome

Wednesday, October 15 – New and returning attendees can learn about all the activities and events at the conference.

Welcome Reception and Trade Show Grand Opening

Visit our trade show grand opening with accompanying welcome reception featuring hors d'ouvres and our cash bar!

Early Morning Riser Programs

Thursday, October 16 and Friday, October 17 –Take in some local color at the early morning programs!

Roundtable Discussion Groups

Wednesday, October 15, Friday, October 17 and Saturday, October 18 - join a round table discussion to share training information, or start your own discussion group!

Meet the APDT Board of Trustees

Thursday, October 16 – Grab your lunch and meet the APDT Board of Trustees.

APDT Shorts

Thursday, October 16 and Friday, October 17 - short educational presentations from some new and upcoming speakers.

Speakers' Author Signing

Meet some of your favorite authors and have your books or bookplates signed in the exhibit hall.

  • Thursday 10/16, 5-6pm
  • Friday 10/17, 12:30-1:15pm

Thursday Night Dine Arounds

Thursday, October 16 - Want to meet new people and make new friends? We will set up reservations for groups to visit local restaurants and have a night out on the town!

Toymaking with Teoti Anderson

Thursday, October 16 – Last year's event was a toymaking party! Learn how to make simple dog and cat toys and make new friends in the process! Toys will be donated to a local shelter.

Saturday Morning 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Walk

Saturday, October 18 - Join fellow conference attendees on a fun/run walk – proceeds benefit the APDT Foundation.

The Annual APDT Foundation Auction and Reception

Friday, October 17 – View and bid on some of the great items we have collected to raise funds for the APDT Foundation.

APDT Exhibit Hall Activities

"First-in-Class" Exhibit Halls for Pet Professionals
Learn all about the latest technologies, trends, products and services for the pet professional industry when the Exhibit Hall opens Thursday evening!

Wednesday, October 15th

6:00pm - 8:00pm Exhibit Hall Grand Opening

Thursday, October 16th

11:30am - 2:00pm & 4:00pm - 7:00pm

Friday, October 17th

11:30am - 2:00pm & 4:00pm - 7:00pm

Saturday, October 18th

9:00am - 3:00pm

Dog Demos

We will have a variety of dog demos in the exhibit hall during trade show hours.

APDT Poster Session

Friday, October 17th - Our APDT poster presenters will be available in the exhibit hall to present their work and answer questions.

Business Card and Brochure Contest

Bring business cards and one of your brochures to enter the contests. Winners receive access to the 2014 APDT Educational Conference online library.

Conference Extras

The 2014 Conference Booklet

The Conference Booklet will be available to download from the APDT website in PDF form prior to the conference. In order to move toward a more "green" conference, there will be no printed hardcopies of slide presentations and speaker notes. Instead they will be available for download from the website prior to and during the conference.

Conference CD-ROMs

Digitell, Inc. sells audio recordings of all conference sessions. The CD-ROMs take 8-10 weeks to produce and ship. The CDs include audio recordings of all sessions, a copy of the workbook, and speakers' A/V materials. Order a CD-ROM or order access to the online library where you can listen to and download the files.  Please Note: The CDs and online library are not accessible for the deaf/hard of hearing. CDs and the online library can be ordered with your registration online.

APDT Chronicle of the Dog

Chronicile of the Dog

The quarterly APDT Chronicle of the Dog keeps APDT members abreast of contemporary pet dog training techniques and provides a lively forum for discussion of dog training and behavior issues.

Annual Conference

Annual Educational Conference and Trade Show


Date: Oct. 18-21, 2017
Location: Richmond, VA.

Richmond Marriott.
Richmond, VA.

APDT Foundation

The corporation is organized for charitable and educational purposes within the meaning of 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.

The purpose of the foundation is to raise funds for scientific research and of education  of dog trainers.

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