Calgary Kennel and Obedience Club proudly presents

Transformational Puppy Evaluation System and Matching

Connecting Dogs and Owners so All Thrive

A Two Day Presentation with

Gayle Watkins, Ph.D.
Avidog® International, LLC

This is one of Gayle’s most exciting seminars! Over these two days, we’ll learn about the evaluations every puppy should undergo before placement: temperament, structure, health and working ability. Then we’ll focus on puppy temperament traits and how they mature into an adult dog’s personality. We’ll temperament test several puppies to better understand the Avidog Puppy Evaluation Test, from conducting one to interpreting the results.

We’ll also consider the other end of the leash, trying to better understand owners and what they need in their dog so we can match puppies to homes. Even the best bred and raised puppy can fail if it is not in the right home so matching is a critical element of raising or purchasing a pup.

Finally, we will create short training plans to help owners focus on the top socialization, development and training issues with their puppy.

Rich with videos and examples, this seminar will broaden and deepen your understanding of canine temperament and development starting in puppyhood,


The seminar has something to offer any serious dog person but will have particular appeal to:

  • present and future dog breeders of competition, working and pet dogs
  • working dog owners and handlers
  • performance dog owners
  • dog trainers
  • veterinarians and vet techs

SEPTEMBER 21 & 22, 2019
9am to 4pm Mountain Time

Abbeydale Community Centre
Calgary, AB


forward manner while still being very entertaining. Her methodology on puppy testing is revolutionary and will change the way we place our puppies. Her method of testing is not only easy to implement, but it is intuitive and repeatable. Her seminar will teach even the most
experienced breeders something new


Avidog seminar? I would miss a dog show, an agility trial….heck, maybe even my own wedding to attend another seminar…


It has often been said that the average presenter informs, the good presenter persuades and the great presenter inspires. Gayle definitely belongs in the latter category. I have never been to a workshop where so many people had such profound shifts in thinking and such enormous learning, regardless of background, experience, interest or breed.





Dr. Gayle Watkins, co-founder of Avidog® International is a dynamic, engaging speaker and teacher who presents seminars and consults on dog breeding, puppy rearing and evaluations around the world. She works with pet, performance and working dog breeders and organizations globally to design and implement 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 has actively shown and bred multi-purpose golden retrievers under the Gaylan’s kennel prefix since 1979. Her breeding program was honored in 2016, 2017 and 2018 when she was selected by the AKC as Sport Breeder of the Year, first for rally, then agility and finally tracking. She is an AKC Gold Breeder of Merit and has produced, owned and shown over 130 American and Canadian conformation, obedience, agility and tracking champions, as well as Master Hunters, Qualified All-Age, and mission-ready Search and Rescue dogs.

Avidog International II, LLCWe combine science, art and over 40 years of dog breeding experience to create, develop and present puppy rearing courses, programs and equipment for puppy owners and dog breeders.

Avidog International II, LLC
PO Box 66
Highlands, NC 28741