APDT Conference – Day 1

APDT Conference – Day 1

This week we are attending the APDT Conference in Hartford. As day one comes to a close, we want to share some of our favorite moments.

Conference Opening Ceremony

Amber Burckhalter from the APDT Board of Trustees gave a beautiful introduction and moment of silence for Dr. Sophia Yin who passed away just a few weeks ago.



Jill Marie O’Brien, also a member of the Board of Trustees, awarded Don Hanson with the member of the year award.


Karen Pryor, who was currently hosting a workshop in Europe, accepted an award of Lifetime Achievement from the APDT. Then Patricia McConnell, Phd., gave a heartfelt speech as the keynote speaker.


Dr. McConnell’s speech was followed by Ray Coppinger who spoke about the evidence that supports the evolution of dogs – which he showed was little to none!


After a brief 1.5 hour lunch break the seminars began. Among the variety to choose from, we chose to attend Ian Dunbar. His talk about puppy socialization and dog-dog reactivity was entertaining. The practical applications of his discussion points will be interesting to put into place, but we enjoyed his straight forward perspective about dogs.


Day two will commence shortly and we look forward to sharing more information and pictures later. Make sure to follow up on Twitter @ModernTrainer.

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