Join the American Kennel Club at the Fourth AKC National Detection Dog Conference – American Kennel Club

The AKC Detection Dog Task Force (DDTF) is thrilled to announce that the AKC National Detection Dog Conference is returning to the Sheraton Imperial Conference Center in Durham, North Carolina from August 23-25, 2022. We are delighted to invite you to attend!

This year’s theme brings stakeholders together to improve the availability of high-quality, bred, bred, and trained dogs in the United States to protect our national and public safety.

The conference focuses on presenting practical information for key stakeholders, including breeders, puppy raisers, trainers, and buyers, and providing real, actionable resources that enhance attendees’ opportunities to work together for a prosperous future.

Please join us at the 2022 conference to learn the latest news directly from the top experts in the field.

Registration fee: $150 per person

Includes conference sessions plus a welcome dinner on Tuesday evening and lunch on Wednesday

Registrations will be accepted on a “first come, first served” basis. The seats are limited. Registration fees are non-refundable but may be transferred to another person with prior notice. Closing of registrations on July 27, 2022or when the participant limit is reached, whichever comes first.

Participants are responsible for accommodation and transportation. A block of rooms at the conference hotel is available for participants to book. The special discounted group room rate for attendees is $151 per night plus tax, single or double occupancy. Once you have completed your conference registration, you will receive a link for the discounted hotel rate. For those eligible for the government hotel rate, please let us know in the comment field of the registration form. There is a separate hotel link to book at the government rate.

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Conference schedule:

Tuesday August 23

Registration/Welcome Reception – (5:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.)

WELCOME DINNER AND OPENING REMARKS – (6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.)

  • Carmen BattagliaAKC Board Member, Co-Chair of the Detection Dog Task Force

Wednesday August 24 – Programming of conferences and meeting breeders/buyers – Lunch for all participants included – (8:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.)

Thursday August 25 – Programming of conferences – (8:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

Program details:

  • FUNDING A K-9 COP: AKC REUNITE’S ADOPT A K-9 COP PROGRAM & PRACTICAL TIPS FROM USPCA
    • Christopher SweetwoodAKC Board Member, Co-Chair of the Detection Dog Task Force
    • Don Slavic, Executive Director, United States Police Canine Association, Inc. (USPCA)
  • PANEL DISCUSSION: ACQUISITION OF DETECTION DOGS: WHAT ARE AGENCIES LOOKING FOR?
    • Brandon Peters, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Training Instructor, Canine Training Center
    • Other federal and local agencies
  • PANEL DISCUSSION: INDUSTRY PERSPECTIVES
    • Kevin BeckExecutive Vice President, Global K9 Protection Group
    • Lane KjellsenFounder and CEO, K2 Solutions, Inc.
    • Nicholas KingPresident, COO and Founder, Von Der King Kennels and Training (VDK)
    • Heather Henderson Leighvice president, Canine Arete
  • AKC & BREEDING DATA – WHAT AN ANALYSIS OF TOP RETRIEVER PEDIGREES REVEALS FOR DETECTION DOG DEVELOPMENT
    • Stacey WestProgram Manager, AKC Patriotic Puppy Program
  • GENETIC – UPDATES IN GENETIC/GENOMIC RESEARCH IMPACTING DETECTION DOGS
    • Claire Willey, VDM, DAC, Clinician Scientist and Certified Small Animal Internist, North Carolina State University College of Medicine and Scientific Consultant for the American Kennel Club (AKC) DNA Program
  • GROUP DISCUSSION: PUPPY REARING DISCUSSION – FROM PUPPY TO WORKING DOG
    • Manda VanhorneHead Trainer, K2 Solutions, Inc.
    • Bart RogersChief Canine Instructor, Department of Canine Performance Sciences, Auburn University
    • Tim BairdDirector of MK9 Solutions Operations
    • Annemarie DeAngeloDirector of Training, Penn Vet Working Dog Center
  • TALES FROM THE TRENCHES: FROM AKC SPORTS TO WORKING DOG PROFESSIONAL
    • Susan StejskalLVT, PhD, will share his experience bridging the gap between his early days in AKC events and his current work as a K-9 manager, coach and judge.
  • PANEL DISCUSSION: IF YOUR DOG IS NOT CUT FOR EXPLOSIVE DETECTION: OTHER OPPORTUNITIES IN THE WORKING DOG INDUSTRY
    • Paul MundelExecutive Director, American Service Dog Access Coalition (ASDAC)
    • Patricia KaynarogluTraining Manager, Penn Vet Working Dog Center
    • Susan StejskalLVT, PhD
  • EARLY PREDICTION OF PUPPY SUITABILITY FOR DETECTION CAREERS
    • Lucie LazarowskiPhD, Canine Performance Sciences from Auburn University
  • SCALABILITY OF A DETECTION DOG PROGRAM
    • Lane KjellsenFounder and CEO, K2 Solutions, Inc.
  • PANEL DISCUSSION: CAREERS FOR DETECTION DOGS – The wide variety of options and types of detection dogs
    • Joey LeighPresident, Arete Canine
    • Monique ErricoTraining Specialist, United States Department of Agriculture National Detector Dog Training Center
    • Don Slavic, Executive Director, USPCA
  • AKC DETECTION DOG TASK FORCE UPDATE
    • Sheila GoffeAKC Vice President, Government Relations
  • CONCLUDING REMARKS
    • Dr Carmen BattagliaAKC Board Member, Co-Chair of the Detection Dog Task Force

*Schedule subject to change

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Please send questions or comments to [email protected] or [email protected]

For more information on the AKC Detection Dog Task Force http://www.akc.org/edc

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