Do you want to raise your puppies to be as healthy and stable as possible? Are you focused on longevity, confidence and lifetime health for your dogs? Whether you are a dog breeder, dog trainer or a dog owner, our educational seminars will teach you more about breeding, raising and evaluating puppies so you can meet this goal.
Our lively, fun seminars offer insights and tips to take your puppy rearing to the next level. If you are a dog trainer working with owners of new puppies, these seminars will help you teach owners what they can do to create stable pets. And if you are a competitor, working dog handler or dog enthusiast, our seminars will enable you to understand how a puppy’s first four months sets the stage for its lifetime!
July 1-2, 2017 Saint Lazare, Quebec, Canada
Host: Guides Canins Canine Sports Center
Two-day Avidog’s Transformational Puppy Evaluation System: Matching Puppies to Lifetime Homes.
July 29-30, 2017 Lebanon, Indiana
Host: Central Indiana Shetland Sheepdog Club, Overboard Portuguese Water Dog Club and White River Golden Retriever Club
Saturday – Avidog’s Transformational Puppy Rearing: Raising Healthy, Stable Dogs!
Sunday – Avdiog’s Transformational Puppy Evaluation System: Matching Puppies to Lifetime Homes.
September 15-22, 2017, Alaskan Cruise – Canine Seminar at Sea
Join Dr. Gayle Watkins, Dr. Chris Zink and Dr. Cheryl Lopate for a fun-filled canine educational cruise while also visting various ports in Alaska.
October 14-15, 2017, 950 Rue Élodie-Boucher Laval, QC H7W 0C6,Canada
Canine Advantage Resources and Education Conference
Join us for a weekend of seminars, workshops & demos conducted by experts in their fields. Topics will include whelping, neo-natal care, nutrition, care and conditioning of breeding stock, puppy evaluation, reproductive techniques, grooming, genetics and much more!
Dr. Gayle Watkins Ph.D. is honored to join Myra Savant Harris RN, Monica Segal AHCW, Dr. Christine Scruggs, VMD, Dr. David Silversides PH.D DVM, Jac Harbour, Anders Rosell and Natalie Green Tessier in what promises to be an exciting, educational weekend!
October 17, 2017, Chandler, AZ
Host: Great Dane Club of America
National Specialty Presentation of Avidog’s Transformational Puppy Rearing: Raising Healthy, Stable Dogs!
FMI: Denise Williams
What are People Saying About our Seminars?
I have never been more impressed or more satisfied with any other seminar ever!
The content was great, it was very well presented and never lost focus. Gayle answered questions honestly and openly. She was so well prepared with both slides and video that she held my attention throughout.
I will recommend Avidog’s seminars to many people.
Goldencol Golden Retrievers
Breeding top goldens for over 30 years
Transformational Puppy Rearing was incredible!
Gayle’s intelligence, passion, and commitment, along with her dynamic delivery and wonderful sense of humor, made the days fly by and left me wanting more. The breadth of material was nothing short of awe-inspiring. An empowering educational seminar that I would recommend to anyone breeding and to puppy buyers looking to educate themselves on just how much influence those early weeks can have on their dogs.
Kelly St-Jacques, Ph.D.
Gayle is a world-class presenter,
…facilitator and coach with an endless well of knowledge and wisdom to impart. She models everything she teaches and her delivery is often humorous and always relevant. She is also one of the most caring and supportive people I know and that clearly came across during the workshop and in the generosity she showed to people in the one-on-one conversations she held with individuals during breaks and after the event.
Audeo Golden Retrievers
[Gayle’s] seminar will teach even the most experienced breeders something new!
Gayle Watkins is a first-class presenter who is able to explain complex topics in a straight-forward manner while still being very entertaining. Her methodology on puppy testing is revolutionary and will change the way we place our puppies.
Different Seminars for Different Audiences
1. Raising Brave Puppies…And Healthy Ones, Too and Transformational Puppy Rearing: Creating Dogs That Enrich People’s Lives
The most formative time in a dog’s life begins at conception and ends by sixteen weeks of age. This early period sets each dog’s life-course trajectory for lifetime health and temperament. Under-rearing during this time results in anxious, hyper-active dogs that are prone to disease and over-rearing can cause confusion, poor problem-solving skills and developmental health issues for dogs. Optimal rearing enables each puppy to develop to the best of its ability, both mentally and physically. Research has given us good information describing optimal rearing—what and how much we should do when for sires, dams and puppies.
This session will discuss what makes up under-, over- and optimal rearing. We will progress through each stage in your dog’s early development, highlighting the action steps that you should take in each to enable your puppy to develop fully, applying key principles of breeding stock care, epigenetics, nutrition, canine development and socialization. You will leave with hundreds of simple yet scientifically sound ideas for creating an optimal rearing program for every dog, regardless of breed or background. This seminar has broad appeal to dog breeders, owners, competitors and trainers, as well as service, guide and working dog organizations.
2. pHarmony.com: Creating Harmony Through Exceptional Puppy Evaluation and Matching or Transformational Puppy Evaluations: Matching Pups and Owners So Everyone Thrives
One of the most important parts of raising puppies is matching each pup to the right home. Even the best-raised puppy may not thrive in the wrong home and even the most diligent owner may struggle if her dog doesn’t fit her personality, goals and lifestyle.
In this presentation, we will explain the puppy aptitude test (also known as a puppy temperament test) we use to evaluate litters, as well as other opportunities we create to assess puppies. We will also discuss how to use these assessment results to appropriately match puppies to buyers and guide new owners in the training and development of their puppy.
This seminar has broad appeal to dog breeders, owners, competitors and trainers, as well as service, guide and working dog organizations.
3. Fit to Be Tied: Conditioning Breeding Dogs with Dr Chris Zink and Dr Gayle Watkins
Properly conditioned stud dogs and brood bitches will be able to perform reproductive activities better, including breeding, whelping and puppy rearing. In addition, fit dogs suffer less stress and this translates to healthier puppies and greater stamina and longevity. This creates a win-win-win situation for dogs, puppies and owners.
This session will discuss how to evaluate your dogs’ fitness, which different types of conditioning you should do during each step in the breeding process, and how to develop a balanced, doable exercise program based on your dogs’ structure and activities in addition to taking into account your own time constraints and physical abilities. It will include intensive discussion of strength, endurance and proprioceptive (body awareness) exercises, what constitutes an appropriate warm-up and cool-down.
Although this seminar is focused on breeding dogs, the analyses and exercises are also appropriate for performance and working dogs.
4. Transformational Dog Breeding
Successful dog breeding requires a breeding strategy and plan the orchestrates each breeding component. Without a coherent strategy, breeders will flounder, rarely reaching their breeding goals. However, with clear goals and alignment between these goals and key components, breeders can achieve or even surpass their expectations. This seminar includes setting breeding goals, selecting breeding stock and methods, puppy rearing and evaluations, home selection and matching, and the ever important analysis.
This advanced seminar has particular appeal to present and future performance, conformation and pet dog breeders who are raising puppies to be stable, confident canine competitors and companions. Attendees will create their own individual breeding strategy during the seminar, leaving with a plan they can immediately implement.
We can customize presentations for your organization on a wide-array of topics related to raising puppies, dog breeding, puppy development and puppy evaluation.
We will customize our presentation to meet your organization’s specific needs. Our goal is to facilitate the outcome you want to create. Keep in mind that we can offer these presentations as a keynote or a workshop. We also have half- and full-day seminar versions.
About the Presenters
Gayle Watkins, Ph.D.
Gayle is a consultant on dog breeding, puppy rearing and evaluation who presents Avidog seminars around the continent. She also works with pet, performance and working dog breeders around the world to design breeding strategies that produce healthy, stable, long-lived dogs. Gayle serves on the boards of Cornell’s Baker Institute for Animal Health and Canine Health Events.
Gayle’s professional life included 22 years of service as a US Army officer (retiring as a Colonel), teaching, speaking and publishing, and conducting research for the Department of the Army as well as many corporate and non-profit organizations. Her education includes biology, business and sociology degrees from Harvard, Stanford and Gettysburg College.
Gayle has been breeding golden retrievers for over 35 years and has bred over 60 American and Canadian Conformation, Tracking, Obedience and Agility champions, plus Qualified-All Age and Master Hunter golden retrievers. These dogs include the second National Agility Champion golden retriever and the youngest Champion Tracker golden.
Chris Zink DVM PhD DACVP DACVSMR CCRT CVSMT CVA*
Chris is a consultant on canine sports medicine who presents Coaching the Canine Athlete seminars worldwide and designs individualized rehabilitation and conditioning programs for canine athletes. She is the award-winning author of the books Peak Performance: Coaching the Canine Athlete, Dog Health and Nutrition for Dummies and The Agility Advantage and co-author of the bookJumping From A to Z:: Teach Your Dog to Soar and the DVD Building the Canine Athlete. She co-edited the first ever book on Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, which was published by the veterinary textbook publisher Wiley-Blackwell. Dr. Zink was instrumental in establishing the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation as the newest specialty in veterinary medicine. She presents seminars worldwide.
Chris has put over 85 titles in Agility, Obedience, Conformation, Tracking, Hunt Tests, and Rally on dogs from the Sporting, Hound, Working, Terrier and Herding groups. She is currently competing with her Golden Retriever Hobby in all of the above dog sports. Her Norwich Terrier, Vespa obtained her MACH as well as obedience and rally titles and now travels to events as Chris’s demo dog.
Honors and Awards:
- Dog Writers Association of America – Best Book on Health 2013 for Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation
- Woman Veterinarian of the Year – 2009
- Dog Writers Association of America – Best Publication of the Year 2008 for The Agility Advantage
*What do all those letters mean anyway?
Chris is a board-certified specialist in Veterinary Pathology (DACVP) and Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (DACVSMR) and she has additional training in Canine Rehabilitation (CCRT), Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy or Chiropractic (CVSMT) and Canine Acupuncture (CVA). She sort of can’t help herself – she’s passionate about educating herself in all things dog.
Want to Host a Seminar?
We offer single and multi-day seminars on topics including raising puppies to be healthy and stable, puppy temperament testing and matching so pups end up in the right homes, and creating a dog breeding strategy to enable breeders to meet their goals. We also waive our speaking fees for shorter keynote presentations at national breed specialties.
Interested in hosting an Avidog seminar? Here is what you can expect from us:
- Prompt, professional replies to your phone calls and email messages.
- A personal phone consultation with us prior to your event, so we can better understand how we can best serve you and your audience.
- An announcement about your event on our blog and social media channels. (This assumes that your event is open to the public and you want additional visibility for it.)
- A professionally prepared, dynamically delivered presentation focused on achieving the outcomes you want with your audience.
- A custom resource page, exclusively created for your attendees. It will include the slides we used in the presentation, along with links to books, articles, and other resources we believe will be helpful.
- A quick follow-up communication after the event, to make sure we met your expectations. (We also want to know how you think we can improve.)
If you have questions or to inquire about hosting a seminar, please contact us!