Call for Poster Submissions
The Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) and the APDT Foundation are 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/CAPDT Virtual Conference, September 29-30, 2021. 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 APDT Foundation is also inviting submissions for Non-Academic (not sponsored by a College/University) posters! These posters should highlight a researched topic(s) relevant to dog behavior and training including preliminary results, any completed summaries, and recommendations for next steps. The purpose of including non-academic posters this year is to include and share interesting work being done outside of College and Universities as related to dog training, behavioral studies, husbandry, management, veterinary visits, etc. The Non-Academic posters will be judged by peers and are not required to have the same rigor in method/results as the academic posters. If you love dog training and love to measure, track and share your progress and results, then this Citizen Science opportunity is for you!
The aim of the poster sessions is to facilitate dissemination of research results to the broader community of dog training practitioners. In addition to the topics mentioned above, other 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 4,800 members worldwide and consists of dog trainers, animal behaviorists, world-renowned speakers/authors, veterinarians, veterinary technicians, shelter personnel, and service dog trainers. Typical in-person conference attendance is approximately 650 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 https://apdt.com/apdt-conference-2021/
Selection of accepted posters will be determined by evaluations from the board or committee of the board. To submit an abstract for consideration, please e-mail an abstract to poster@APDT.com by May 30, 2021. Following our selection process, invitation letters will be sent out electronically by June 22, 2021.
Selected presenters will be expected to be virtually available during the 2021 conference Poster session to discuss their research with the conference attendees during the exhibit hall hours. APDT will provide the presenters with necessary electronic/virtual display platform (please see the next page for detailed poster requirements).
Presenter Awards Will Be Presented Each to Academic and Non-Academic Posters!
The Poster Presenter for each poster accepted will receive free registration for the full conference. Additionally, three awards will be offered to academic and non-academic posters for first, second and third place poster. Monetary award may be available for the 2021 virtual poster session, so watch this space for updates as we work through pivoting our pre-COVID closure-based budget and re-imagining that concept. The winners will be announced virtually at the Virtual APDT Foundation booth. Attendance is required for virtual judging and Q&A (question and answer) sessions. Day/Time is TBD.