Northern Flyway Golden Retriever Club
proudly presents


A 2-Day Seminar with

Gayle Watkins, Ph.D.
Avidog® International


This two-day seminar will focus on Avidog’s scientifically based breeding strategies for stud dogs, timing of breedings as well as fitness for breeding and non-breeding dogs:

Saturday (Fit For Life) – working dogs

Designed by Drs. Chris Zink and Dr. Gayle Watkins to improve the fitness, health and longevity of any dog from 6 months through the senior years. This program works for all dogs, from pets to top-flight athletes. We will start with how to evaluate your dog’s fitness and then focus on how to teach some of the exercises in the Fit for Life program.

Sunday (Stud Dogs & Timing Breedings)

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.

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.

Both days use lecture, videos and demonstrations to illustrate key concepts. After the seminar, all participants will have access to a private resource page on the Avidog website and be invited to join the closed Avidog® Facebook group where we continue the discussions started at the seminar.


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


For more information, please contact:
Deb Krebsbach


November 14-15, 2020

Winnegamie Building
2043 Manitowoc Rd
Menasha, WI 54952


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. 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.

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.

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




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