NADOI will host its 1996 annual meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, at the King Henry VIII Hotel, April 11th through the 14th. This four-day event is an excellent opportunity to network with professional dog obedience instructors. You won’t want to miss it! Reservations can be made at the King Henry VIII Hotel by calling (800) 325-1588. There is a block of rooms being held for seminar attendees. To keep these rooms your reservation must by made by March 15th. Remember to mention that you are attending the NADOI annual meeting to get our special rate for the rooms. The hotel is centrally located in St. Louis and just off a major freeway. There is limo service available from the airport to the hotel. For more information about this educational event, please call the annual meeting chairperson Bill Burt at (314) 756-4051.
Thursday and Friday the Delta Society will be giving interested pet people the opportunity to become a Delta Society Animal Evaluator. You will be trained to recognize appropriate behavior of animals involved in animal-assisted therapy programs. Final certification is dependent on successful demonstration of the latter. In order for a pet to remain a Delta Society participant that pet must be recertified every three years by a Delta Society Evaluator. This is an excellent opportunity to become involved in the Delta Society.
Saturday morning’s presenter will be Dani Weinberg. Dani’s presentation will be about the people skills needed when teaching dog obedience classes. On Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning attendees will have the opportunity to choose four sessions from the list of mini-sessions. The choices are varied, here are just a few: problem solving/lateral thinking, the use of games in classes, setting up and creating class plans, teaching a CGC class, or working with young dog trainers. The presenters of these breakout sessions will be our peers Terry Ryan, Charlotte Schwartz, Linda Copti, and Marti Kincaid, just to name a few.
Social events include a Friday night hospitality room where NADOI members can visit and get caught up on all the news. Our annual banquet will be held on Saturday evening. Other social activities are still in the planning stages as I am writing this article, but you can be assured that whatever is planned it will be interesting and fun. When members of NADOI gather annually, a good time is always had by all!
©Carol Cronan (Gannaway)