Hangtown Kennel Club proudly presents


Creating a Successful Breeding Strategy For a Successful Future

2-Day Seminar featuring

Gayle Watkins, Ph.D.
Avidog® University


This two-day seminar will focus on why and how to create a breeding strategy so your breeding program will flourish. Your strategy will enable you to achieve your breeding goals, short term and long, so you can feel confident you are producing the best pups possible.

Day 1 

On Day 1 we will explore the components of a quality breeding strategy, from setting and measuring goals to analyzing progress toward them. We will then dig into goal setting, weighting, and measuring. With our goals in place, we will discuss applying epigenetics to breeding programs. Although a very young science, epigenetics should play a role in how dog breeders and owners select, raise and breed dogs for future breedings. We’ll also consider how population genetics should influence our breeding stock selection and puppy placement decisions. Sires and dams contribute differently and play different roles in a breeding’s success but each plays a critical role in their puppies’ future.

Day 2

On Day 2, we’ll continue the creation of our breeding strategy by developing plans for puppy rearing, evaluation and placement. These processes, from prenatal care through evaluating our pups’ temperament, health, natural abilities and structure, are essential to your success. We will determine the kinds of homes that fit best with our pups and develop a plan to find and select these homes since even the best raised and bred pup in the wrong home won’t be successful. And, finally, we will tackle the last step in a breeding strategy, analyzing how we are doing so we can tweak our programs and reach our goals.

Participants will create their personal breeding strategy during this seminar.

Seminar Length

2 Days (9am to 4pm)
Spots are limited, so register early!


Following the seminar, you get free access to the seminar’s resource page, where you will find the slide decks, videos, products and research studies discussed during the seminar. In addition, you will be invited to join the private Avidog Breeder College Facebook forum where you can continue the conversations begun at the seminar with Gayle and other like-minded dog lovers.


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, and national breed club board members and officers.

APRIL 4-5, 2020
9am – 4pm Pacific

Placerville, CA


This seminar is open to all dog breeders and national breed clubs.

Spots are limited so register early! Early Bird Registration ends Saturday, February 15, 2020. Registration closes Saturday, March 21, 2020.

To find out more visit the club’s

Click Here for Registration Flyer


Dogs may not attend this seminar.


GREAT SEMINAR!! 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.!

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 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