Smok’nGold Retrievers and Gary Over Kenneling and Obedience proudly presents


Raising Healthy, Stable Dogs!


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


This two-day seminar will focus 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. This seminar can include working spots on Day 2 for pups 8 weeks to 6 months.

Day 1 (Early Puppy Rearing)

Will focus on puppy development from before conception, through pregnancy, up to three weeks of age. During this session, we will cover key activities during the prenatal, neonatal and transition periods that give pups the best chance to become healthy, stable, long-lived dogs. We will address everything from epigenetics to potty training litters.

Day 2 (Sensitive Period Puppy Rearing)

Covers a puppy’s Sensitive Period, from four to 16 weeks, the most critical time in a dog’s life. Topics include nutrition, socialization, sport and work development, housebreaking, recalls, and much more. All are focused on optimizing every pup’s temperament, health and talents so it will thrive.


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

NOV 7-8, 2020
9am – 4pm CT

Gary Overs K9 Academy
1254 9th Ave N.W. 
Moose Jaw, SK Canada



Spots are limited so register early!


The Transformational Puppy Rearing seminar was incredible. Gayle’s intelligence, passion, and commitment, along with her dynamic delivery and wonderful sense of humor, made the two information-packed days fly by and left me wanting more.





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