Goldendoodle Associate of America proudly presents


Raising Healthy, Stable Dogs!


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


This seminar is a condensed version of Avidog’s Transformational Puppy Rearing seminar which focuses on the why, what and how of Avidog’s scientifically based, ground-breaking puppy-rearing system that enables us to bring out the best in puppies. Dr. Watkins will share how you can add science to your puppy rearing, week by week, to produce healthy, stable dogs that are well prepared for their future homes.

It is her intent to convince you that applying Transformational Puppy Rearing methods is not only critical to raising great pups, but also is possible to incorporate into your breeding program. You will begin to think strategically about the puppy’s mental, physical and social development.


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

MARCH 8-10, 2019

Embassy Suites by Hilton
250 Riverplace
Greenville, SC 29601



Spots are limited so register early!
Dogs are not to attend this seminar
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GREAT DOG BREEDING SEMINAR!! I know there are many dog breeding seminars out there but this one is truly worth attending. The information is research based and not anecdotal. I found out about AVIDOG at my breed national specialty and have taken several of their online courses. The follow-up resources and community are invaluable to me. Whether you are a breeder or someone who will be looking for a puppy, attending one of these seminars is a must!

The weekend I spent at the Avidog dog breeding seminar was one of the most rewarding I have attended. I would highly recommend this program to the seasoned breeder and one just starting out. It will not only help you breed healthier puppies but just as important get them into ” forever homes.”

Avidog was able to back up their points with specific studies and references. I had an amazing time and learned SO much. Unlike other seminars which provide facts but no explanation, Avidog was able to back up their points with specific studies and references which were provided to us for further research if we wanted.




Dr. Gayle Watkins, co-founder of Avidog® International is a dynamic, engaging speaker 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 name since 1979.

In 2016, she was selected by the AKC as Breeder of the Year. She has produced, owned and shown over 70 American and Canadian conformation, obedience, agility and tracking champions, as well as Master Hunters, Qualified All-Age, and mission-ready Search and Rescue dogs.

Her breeding program has also produced over a dozen GRCA Outstanding Dams and Sires.

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