Upcoming Seminars, Events, and Wokshops!!!
Become the best dog owner/trainer you can be!
At Top Dog we firmly believe that we can never stop increasing our knowledge about how we interact with dogs. Every dog is an individual, and the more tools we add to our toolbox the more dogs we help. This part of our website is devoted to showcasing upcoming workshops, seminars, and other events that we are hosting at the Top Dog facility.
Canine Nutrition Seminar December 8th
Top Dog is very excited to be hosting Plear Littlefield for a Canine Nutrition Mini Seminar with an emphasis on how to develop a raw diet for your dog. Veterinary statistics are showing alarming spikes in diabetes, heart disease, cancer, thyroid issues, and almost every other health concern that you can imagine when it comes to our dogs.
June 22nd from 12pm-4pm
As we learn more about dogs we would hope that they would be living longer, healthier lives, but unfortunately this is simply not the case. So much of this has to do with inappropriate diets. Plear has been our go to source whenever we’ve had questions about this topic for the last couple years, and we’re so excited that we now have the opportunity to really sit down and learn from her. Plear is the founder of the most extensive raw feeding group online: The Raw Feeding Community. You can read some of her articles, as well as those that she’s compiled on the website: https://therawfeedingcommunity.com/ Raw feeding is not for everyone, and Plear will also be going over ways to choose the right kibble for your dog, supplement your dog food to improve the quality, and various other tips and tricks so that we can help to cut down on all these illnesses! If you love your pet, and you want to do the best for them you won’t miss this seminar!
June 22nd from 12pm-4pm Cost: $25/person
Emily Stoddard Workshop
Diabetic Alert Dog Summit
March 23-28 2020 (Please ignore date in picture at left, we’re experiencing some technical difficulties with changing that picture for some reason.)
Training Diabetic Alert Dogs is one of the most rewarding choices we’ve made in the dog training industry. We want to share that opportunity with other qualified dog trainers. We’ve attempted some short two and three day workshops in the past. Unfortunately we felt that we were just getting started when the workshops came to a conclusion. For this reason we’ve built the Diabetic Alert Dog Summit. The reason we call it a Summit, and not a school or a workshop is because we are only allowing professional trainers that already have all the basic skills required to train a dog. Therefor, we can skip the basics, and put our skills immediately to the test in training the more advanced behaviors required of a diabetic alert dog.
The other thing that makes the Summit special when compared to our other workshops is the class size. We only allow eight participants per session. Due to the popularity of the course this is obviously a blessing and a curse. We want to train as many competent and moral trainers as we can, but we just don’t feel we can do that if we let the group size get too large. The downside to this however is that the course can fill up months in advance so we recommend if you are seriously interested that you sign up as soon as you’re able to.
What will be covered:
- What exactly a diabetic alert dog does, and does not do. There are many myths that need to be dispelled.
- Who are the correct candidates for a diabetic alert dog (not all T1 Diabetics need one)?
- Selecting the right dog/puppy for the job. Being a diabetic alert dog is an extremely tall order, and not all dogs make the cut. We will be doing hands on aptitude testing with puppies and adult dogs.
- Scent Imprinting (the different stages and drills to imprinting the correct odor on the dog).
- How to train the dog to alert.
- Proofing and generalizing the scent detection so that the dog learns to alert no matter what.
- Public Access training
- Training night alerts.
This is by no means a comprehensive list. Our goal with this summit is that you will leave feeling confident in starting the process to becoming a diabetic alert dog trainer so that you can go out and have a positive impact on the lives of those that are so desperately seeking help.
Requirements: As mentioned earlier, this workshop is only open to those with a solid foundation in training dogs. We require that you have a minimum two years professional experience in obedience training, competition training, or other comparable fields.
Price: $1200 includes six days of instruction, breakfast snacks (granola bars and fruit), and all lunches. Most days will run from 9am-5pm. Tuesday will run from 9am-7:30pm. Saturday will run from 9am-2pm. It is possible to still fly out on Saturday if needed.
Each person will need to register for the workshop individually in order to attend. (In the event that two people from the same household would like to attend they still need to register separately.)
For those that are traveling from out of town: Our training facility is located about 1 hour from DFW Airport and 1 hour 10 minutes from Dallas Lovefield Airport. Feel free to fly into either airport and we will happily pick you up November 3rd and return you to the airport on the 9th or 10th. You will not need to rent a car if you don’t want to as the facility is located very close to a little cluster of hotels. If you stay in one of the hotels (listed below) we’ll be happy to have our staff shuttle you back and forth from our facility. The hotels are also within easy walking distance to quite a few restaurants so once again you should be able to save some money by not renting a vehicle. We will not be offering pickups from the airport November 4th, we know some folks like to fly in the day of the workshop, and we simply can’t get out to the airport and still start at 9am the same day.
Accommodations: We are very fortunate to be just down the road from a cluster of hotels (some dog friendly some not). For the Summit we don’t have a large enough group to receive any kind of special discounts so we just recommend that you do some checking to see which one best fits your needs. Again, if you stay at any of these hotels we’ll be happy to shuttle you to our facility each day so that you don’t have to rent a car. If you are interested in sharing a room with another participant please let us know and we’ll put out an email to see if anyone is interested.