Canadian Kennel Club
Avidog’s The Boys We Love: Raising, Managing and Using a Stud Dog and Timing Your Breedings: From Beginning to End
Gayle Watkins, Ph.D., of Avidog® International, LLC
June 9 & 10, 2018
Ramada on the Rideau
259 Prince of Wales Dr
Ottawa, Ontario Canada
It is exciting to know that there has been more canine research done in the last 5 years than in the previous 30 years combined! With a voracious appetite for research, Gayle has not only digested the studies and put the information into a presentation that everyone can understand, she will also show you how to implement it into a program that will benefit your own dogs. Gayle has been told that attending her seminars is like being fire-hosed with information!
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2018 CKC Seminar: Improving Breeding Program Success
Item # 6276
CKC Member Price: $73.45 (Tax included)
(Enter your member number at check-out to receive the discounted price.)
Non-member price: $135.60 (Tax included)
Please note: If you purchase multiple tickets, a CKC staff member will contact you to request registration information for the additional attendees.
The Boys We Love: Raising, Managing and Using a Stud Dog
Stud dogs are an essential part of the breeding process but much of what happens with them seems like Greek to many of us: morphology and motility, first fraction or second, bent tails and proximal droplets, chill tests and post-thaw results. In this session we will learn what stud dog and bitch owners need to know about studs, semen and sperm, including:
- how do we raise a young dog to become an effective stud
- how do we manage a stud over his lifetime, including breeding management, nutrition, and conditioning
- how do we read semen reports and stud contracts when choosing a stud
- types of semen and types of breedings
- what do we do when things go wrong
Timing Your Breedings: From Beginning to End
Canids, including domestic dogs, have some reproductive idiosyncrasies that can make breeding them challenging. Poor timing remains the top reason that bitches don’t get pregnant or have small litters. In this session, we’ll talk about increasing your breeding success rate and litter size by:
- timing breedings over your bitch’s lifespan: when to start, when and how often to breed, when to stop
- how the type of breeding and semen affect your timing process
- what you can do to time YOUR breedings, from first blood to whelping
- what to do when things go awry
For more details, please contact Emily MacKinnon at firstname.lastname@example.org
Website link: https://www.ckc.ca/en
NOTE: Participants will be able to get ongoing support from the Avidog® Team and you will be able to access password protected parts of the Avidog® website and private Facebook forum where you can continue the discussions started at the seminar.
My passion for dogs began when I was only 23 and a hard-hearted horse dealer refused to sell me a beautiful Thoroughbred mare.
As we sadly drove home empty handed, my soon-to-be husband suggested we consider getting a golden retriever instead of a horse. Thus began Gaylan’s Golden Retrievers and my 36-year journey as a breeder, competitor, search and rescue handler, and more.
During these decades, I have produced, owned and/or shown over 70 American and Canadian conformation, obedience, agility, tracking and rally champions, as well as Master Hunter and Qualified All-Age field trial goldens. The American Kennel Club honored my success in 2016 by selecting me as one of the sport AKC Breeders of the Year. In addition to breeding, I have given back to dogs as a board member of the Baker Institute for Animal Health at Cornell University, a founding member of Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue, working with local shelters, teaching companion dog obedience throughout the US, and by starting Canine Health Events Inc, a 501(c)(3) charity that funds canine health research.
Dog breeding was my passion but the Army was my career. During my 22 years as a soldier, I was stationed around the world, introducing me to many different dog breeders, activities and philosophies. I served as a maintenance officer and then joined the faculty at West Point, teaching and eventually running the Leadership and Management programs. Along the way, I earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology, an MBA from Harvard University, a Masters in National Security, and a PhD in Sociology from Stanford University. My education and experience, prepared me to think about dog breeding and puppy rearing in new ways.
My focus has always been to apply science to puppy rearing and training to produce healthy, stable, talented dogs. I bring my varied backgrounds as an Army officer, scientist, researcher, business owner and consultant to this goal.
As a result, I have developed many unique techniques to rear litters, evaluate puppies, and match them to homes based on measurable traits. Avidog’s dog breeding and puppy raising has been carefully designed, from conception to placement, to bring out the best in every puppy. It mixes science, nature and experience in a balanced blend of mental, physical, and social developmental opportunities with nutritional support.