The National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors will be hosting its annual meeting April 24th-27th in Fort Meyers, Florida. This four-day event is for members and non-members and is an excellent opportunity to network with professional dog obedience instructors from all over the world. (Florida in April is also a fantastic family vacation destination.)
One of the nicest things about a NADOI gathering is the chance to start or renew friendships. Participation in the pre-seminar activities combines fun and networking possibilities. I went to my first NADOI annual meeting in Tucson in 1993. I was so thrilled to meet all the people whose articles I had been reading and influenced me as a beginning instructor. I was also able to get away for the 1994 meeting in Denver (my sister also lived in the area). What fun! On the last night a group of us went out to dinner: John Rogerson, Terry Ryan, Joann Locher, Lonnie Olson, Charlotte Schwartz, Missie Parker, Joyce Bradley, Margie English, Joan Segler… now you don’t have dinner with a crowd like that too often!
Read on for a brief description of what to expect in Florida in 1997. Thursday, April 24th is an all day trip which will include the Ding Darling National Wildlife Sanctuary, located on Sanibel Island in the Gulf of Mexico just outside of Fort Meyers. Our guided tour of the National Wildlife Sanctuary will concentrate on birds, native vegetation and the history of the Calusa Indians. Sanibel Island is referred to as the “Hawaii of the South” and is world renowned for its shelling and bird watching. This fun day will be followed by an evening at the Seminole Gaming Casino to test your luck or skill.
On Friday, April 25th we will spend the morning at the Babcock Wilderness Adventure, which is a part of a 90,000 acre working ranch, the Crescent B Ranch. You will tour this ranch in a swamp buggy, and explore unspoiled woodlands and swamps first hand by viewing alligators, wild boars, or buffalo. You are guaranteed to see birds galore, so bring your birding guidebook, binoculars, and camera along. The afternoon will be spent at The Factory Outlet Village where you will find more stores than you can imagine. It might be a good idea to bring along an extra carry-on bag so you will be able to bring home all your bargains. For more information about the Fort Meyers area try surfing the Internet. On Friday evening there will be a pool and pizza party followed by a video presentation by Naomi Sagara on dog training in Japan.
The presenter for Saturday, April 26th is William (Bill) Campbell. Bill Campbell has been consulting with owners, trainers and consultants about dog behavior problems since 1967. His book Behavior Problems in Dogs is a classic and a must read for any dog obedience instructor. This book is now out in its second edition with Bill currently working on the third edition. The topic for Bill’s day-long presentation will be Obedience = Quality Owner/Dog Relationship. On Saturday evening there will be a gathering at the hotel for seminar attendees including a dinner party, dancing, live band, singing, and games.
Sunday, April 27th will have two presentations. The first will be Dr. David Nichols, DVM from the Coral Veterinary Clinic. His topic will be: Anomalies that Affect Dogs in Training. The afternoon presentation will be dolphin trainers from Sea World. You can learn a lot about training when you meet the trainers of another species.
©1997 Carol Cronan (Gannaway)