5 Must-Haves For A Seminar

5 Must-Haves For A Seminar

As a modern dog trainer, you most likely enjoy furthering your education via seminars.  They are even better when you can score a working spot with your dog.  But it is important to remember some essential supplies for both you and your dog to ensure you both have a fun, safe experience.


Image taken by Liz Wyant

Image taken by Liz Wyant

All seminars have down time between working sessions.  During this time, you want to make sure your dog has a safe, comfortable place to relax and recharge.  A crate is preferable to a mat because the leash can come off and they can easily curl up and take a snooze without worrying about other dogs getting in their space.  Obviously it’s important to make sure your dog is comfortable being crated with other dogs around.

Water And Treats

This one is for both you and your dog.  Though some seminars provide snacks and beverages for the human half of the equation, it is still a good idea to bring your own just in case.  Also, you will obviously want to make sure you have plenty of water and treats for your dog.  Your dog will be working hard and will appreciate fresh, cool water and plenty of treat rewards.

Pen And Notepad

If there are going to be lecture portions of the seminar, which most do have, you’ll want to make sure you have writing materials so you can take notes.  Nothing worse than having the presenter say something brilliant and then not being able to remember it later.

Business Cards

Seminars are fantastic for networking!  Make sure you have a stack of business cards you can share as you meet new people.  And make sure to get their cards, too.  It’s always fantastic to have plenty of options for referring/consulting.

Sense Of Humor/Open Mind

Murphy’s Law is right – if something can go wrong, it will.  Being able to maintain a sense of humor will keep you relaxed, thereby keeping your dog relaxed.  It is so important to remember that yes, you are there to learn and improve your skills, but your dog’s happiness needs to come first.  You’re there to bond with your dog and improve your teamwork.  If you are getting stressed out, your dog will shut down and tune you out and have a miserable time.

What do you find imperative to bring with you to a seminar?

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