Event Details

Calgary Kennel and Obedience Club [AVIDOG SEMINAR]

Sat, Feb 23, 2019 to Sun, Feb 24, 2019
Calgary, Alberta

Early Bird: Thu, Jan 24, 2019, 11:59 PM MST
Closing Date: Sun, Feb 10, 2019, 11:59 PM MST

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Della Kyncl
Box 22, Site 1, RR 1
Didsbury
Alberta
T0M 0W0

Location

Abbeydale Community Centre
Calgary
Alberta

ABOUT GAYLE
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.

ABOUT AVIDOG®
Avidog® International’s mission is to provide education about dog breeding and puppy rearing to dog breeders, owners, clubs and veterinarians. Avidog’s clients include the Canadian Kennel Club, Guide Dogs for the Blind, and many national breed clubs. Avidog® programs are carefully designed using current science and long-time experience to bring out the best in every puppy and preserve the future of dogs. You can find more about Avidog® courses, seminars and products, including the Avidog® Adventure Box, www.avidog.com.

SEMiNAR DETAILS
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( 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.

SUNDAY( Fit To Be Tied & Fit For Life ) – working dogs
Properly conditioned stud dogs and brood bitches will be more successful as breeding animals! They will be more fertile and able to breed, whelp and raise puppies. In addition, fit dogs are likely to suffer less stress and this translates to healthier puppies and greater stamina and longevity. Gayle will review how to evaluate your dogs’ fitness and which exercises to do when while breeding.
- 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.
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® Puppy Evaluation Facebook page where we continue the discussions started at the seminar.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
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

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