2017 NADOI Annual Gathering
Oklahoma City, OK

April 21 – April 23, 2017


New Leash Companion Animal Center

4000 N Lindsay
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Email: conference@nadoi.org


Program topics suggested by members will be an integral part of our Annual Gathering, April 21-23, 2017 at New Leash on Life in Oklahoma City.

Chad Mackin of Pack to Basics will present a workshop for us on Saturday, and take part in a panel with NADOI members. Chad is from the Chicago area and worked with Dick Russell with large field socialization.

Our wonderful friends and staff at New Leash on Life will do two presentations on the world of therapy dogs and service dogs.

Kelly Bowers will be presenting topics Friday and Saturday to help us with our businesses and even the dreaded taxes. And Sunday, NADOI members will host a session on tips for instructing people.

The other integral part of the Gathering is just that; gathering and talking with our community. NADOI is a community of people who want to train dogs and people, who want to keep learning, who want “lots of tools in the toolbox”. “Just” sitting and visiting with instructors who have such a wealth of experience is often one of the best parts of the weekend. So please come and join us!!

Kelly Bowers will be presenting on the topics “Your Passion, Your Profits” and “Can I Deduct That” during the Gathering. Kelly is the author of “Before You Leap: Six Secrets to Making Your Passion into a Real Business” and co-author of “Can I Deduct That?” In January she will release a version of “Can I Deduct That?” written for our profession and other animal-related businesses. Some of our members participated in her research survey.

Gathering 2017 Schedule

Friday, April 21, 2017

Noon – 3:00 Registration desk open (come in early and chat with members!)
3:00 Welcome, intro for the weekend
3:15-4:30 Kelly Bowers, Your Passion, Your Profits
Imagine your dog training business as a 2-room house (client interactions on one side, business on the other.) Do the two side recognize each other? Are you happy with both sides of the house?
4:30-4:45 Break
4:45-6:00 Welcome, Introduce BOD members – wine and cheese and snacks with members
6:00 BOD dinner meeting (members on their own)

Saturday, April 22, 2017


Registration desk open
8:00 am Coffee and breakfast snacks (come and chat with members!)
8:30-Noon Workshop with Chad Mackin (opportunity for 8 dogs participating)  Chad will talk about his foundations for training and leash work.
Noon-1:15 Lunch

Concurrent Sessions

1:15-4:15 Service Dog Training/New Leash on Life staff
1:15-4:15 Kelly Bowers, Your Passion, Your Profits II and Can I Deduct That? (You are welcome to attend even if you didn’t attend the first session)
4:15-4:30 Break
4:30-6:00 Panel with NADOI members and Chad Mackin  “Current Issues and Challenges for the Dog Training Profession”
6:15 Dinner, followed by Annual General Meeting
 Dinner Wrap-up – Helen

Sunday, April 23, 2017

8:45 Registration desk opens
8:30 Coffee and breakfast snacks (come and chat with members!)

Concurrent Sessions

9:00-10:15 Service Dog Training/New Leash on Life staff/shorter version
9:00-10:15 Instructor Tips with and from NADOI members
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-11:00 Wrap up and how to make 2018 even better, ideas for the organization, etc.

NADOI 18 CEUs (Gathering, Banquet and Annual Meeting) – CCPDT, KPA, IACP, IAABC CEUs pending