Thursday, October 28, 2010

The APDT Conference - Atlanta

Well she had a good excuse this time. Barbara has been very bad about blogging about our adventures lately but she went to the Association of Pet Dog Trainers annual conference in Atlanta so we will cut her some slack. Over 1200 dog trainers gathered for 5 days to hear lectures from the best dog trainers and behaviorists in the world.

Since Barbara is on the Board of Directors she had meetings before and after the conference so we spent 10 days at K9 Kindercare - good thing we like it there. She got to stay at the Hilton on the 24th floor of the hotel. Look at the view from her room.

Some of the speakers included Dr. Patricia McConnell, Suzanne Clothier, Dr. Alexandra Horowitz, Dr. Pam Reid and many of our dog training heroes. Barbara got to spend time with Dr. Temple Grandin which was very interesting. There is a HBO movie about Dr. Grandin's life and struggles as a person with Asperger's syndrome. She is brilliant and has great insights about animals.

Victoria Stillwell (It's Me or the Dog on Animal Planet) spoke at the conference. She and Dr. Grandin had a lot to talk about with each other.

It was a great conference and we hope Barbara learned a lot that will help her be a better trainer.

We did a lot of playing at K9 Kindercare. Ambrose made a new friend while were there.

But the best part of Barbara going to the conference is the trade show. The vendors have everything a dog could want. She bought lots of treats and toys for us. I investigated the bags carefully when she brought them home.

Of course I will do my annual treat taste testing experiment soon. I know that you want to know all about the most delicious treats.


Lorenza said...

Hi, Niamh!
I am sure Barbara had a super duper time there!
Meeting all those pawesome trainers and sharing very good experiences!
Glad you two were happy too!
I can't wait for your review on those treats!
Kisses and hugs

Maggie and Mitch said...

ooooooooooooh - we know Victoria Stillwell! We've watched her on TV with mom and dad!
How neat that you guys got all kinds of toys and treats!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

Oh the doggie daycare looks like a lot more fun than that conference...

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie