This past weekend, I launched a very exciting new venture, Avidog International LLC (www.Avidog.com). With two of my friends, I have started a business focused on inspiring and empowering dog breeders and puppy owners to raise fabulous dogs.
Avidog’s first project was a two-day seminar that I presented for the Ottawa Valley Golden Retriever Club last weekend. The first day was on “Transformational Puppy Rearing” and covered the period from before a bitch is bred until her pups go to their new homes. We discussed using nutrition, care of the dam, and physical, social and mental puppy development programs to rear terrific puppies. On Sunday, we focused on “Transformational Puppy Evaluations” to match the right pup to the right home so that dog and owners will thrive. During this discussion we had fun watching videos of the Avidog Puppy Evaluation Test (PET), which we have developed to evaluate temperament.
The breeders and owners in Ottawa were a fabulous group, asking great questions and sharing fascinating stories. They were the perfect gathering with which to launch Avidog! Despite travel challenges and severe sleep deprivation, they made my weekend wonderful and very interesting.