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Call for Poster Submissions

The Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) and the APDT Foundation is inviting submissions for poster presentation proposals from the academic (faculty, students, and researchers) and professional (dog trainers, shelter staff, veterinary staff, etc.) communities for the APDT Annual Conference. Research posters should highlight research in topics relevant to dog behavior and training including preliminary results, completed studies, summaries of relevant published research (for which you are the author), and position papers. The aim of the poster session is to facilitate dissemination of research results to the broader community of dog training practitioners. Example topics of interest include (but are not limited to) behavioral studies, effectiveness studies (i.e., training protocols, training curricula, shelter management protocols, etc.), and business case studies.

The APDT produces the premier dog training and behavior conference in the United States. APDT membership is over 6,000 members worldwide and consists of dog trainers, animal behaviorists, world-renowned speakers/authors, veterinarians, veterinary technicians, shelter personnel, and service dog trainers. Typical conference attendance is approximately 1,000 people. APDT members are committed to becoming better trainers through education and the annual conference is certified to provide continuing education credits to certified dog trainers, veterinarians, veterinary technicians, animal welfare administrators, and animal behavior consultants. For more information on the conference program please visit our web site at

Selection of accepted posters will be determined by evaluations from three members of the program committee (to be announced), including leaders from a diverse set of dog training disciplines.  Reviewers will be selected based on expertise relevant to the submission and feedback will be given to those submitting works.

To submit an abstract for consideration, please e-mail an abstract to between February 1 and July 31 of the year you wish to present. Following our selection process, invitation letters will be sent out electronically by September 12.

Abstract Submission and Contact: 
Phone: 800-PET-DOGS
Fax: 864-331-0767

Selected presenters will be expected to be available during the conference Poster Display to discuss their research with the conference attendees during our exhibit hall hours. APDT will provide the presenters with necessary display equipment (please see the next page for detailed poster requirements). Presenters will also be filmed for an approximately two minute video to be combined into an eLearning program for the APDT Foundation and APDT websites to present their research.

Three Presenter Scholarships Will Be Awarded!
The Principal Investigator for each poster accepted will receive free registration for the full conference. Three awards will be offered for first ($750), second ($500) and third ($250) place poster.

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