2018 CKC Seminar: Improving Breeding Program Success
Due to the feedback of CKC members and attendees last year, Dr. Gayle Watkins of Avidog International is back as our main presenter and will present on two topics.
Thank you to our presenting sponsor, Purina® Pro Plan®, for such generous support of the CKC Seminar.
The Boys We Love: Raising, Managing and Using a Stud Dog
In this session, Gayle will cover:
- What stud dog and bitch owners need to know about studs
- Semen and sperm
- How to raise a young dog to become an effective stud
- Breeding management
- How to read semen reports and stud contracts
- Types of semen and types of breedings
- What to do when things go wrong
Timing Your Breedings: From Beginning to End
The goal of this session is to help participants increase their breeding success rates by understanding timing. Gayle will explore:
- Timing over a bitch's lifespan including when to start
- How often to breed and when to stop
- How the type of semen and breeding affect timing
- Timing your breedings from first blood to whelping
- What to do when things go wrong
About Dr. Gayle Watkins
Gayle Watkins, PhD is a longtime golden retriever breeder with over 70 American and Canadian Conformation, Tracking, Obedience and Agility champions, plus Qualified-All Age and Master Hunter golden retrievers. In 2016, the AKC honored Gayle’s breeding program with a sport Breeder of the Year Award.
Through Avidog International, Gayle designs continuing education for pet, competition and working dog breeders around the world. Avidog’s courses, seminars and products enable breeders and puppy owners to raise great dogs through cutting-edge science focused on long-term health and stable temperaments. She also serves on the boards of Cornell’s Baker Institute for Animal Health and Canine Health Events to fundraise and guide future canine research efforts.
Gayle’s professional life included 22 years of service as a US Army officer (retiring as a Colonel), teaching, speaking and publishing, and conducting research for the Department of the Army, as well as many corporate and non-profit organizations. Her education includes biology, business and sociology degrees from Harvard, Stanford and Gettysburg College.
For more information on our speaker, please visit www.avidog.com
Vaccine antibody testing can be helpful to your breeding program – Find out how!
Joining Gayle this year is Dr. Laurie Larson from the University of Wisconsin. An expert on small animal immunology, Dr. Larson will guide participants through an interactive discussion covering:
- General overview of canine vaccines and how they work
- Pros and cons of various puppy vaccination schedules
- Reasons for vaccine failure in puppies
- Potential problems that can be caused by vaccines
- Types of antibody tests and what they can tell you
- How to use dam nomographs and puppy baseline titers
- Detection of active response to vaccines versus maternal antibody
- Factors impacting passive transfer of antibody from dam to litter
- Special approaches to high risk situations
This interactive discussion will include several real life scenarios and examples of ways that antibody testing can be useful to you to ensure your pups are protected and healthy.
Dr. Larson is one of the authors of the most recently updated Canine Vaccine Guidelines produced by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) in September 2017.
About Dr. Laurie Larson
After five years in clinical veterinary practice, Laurie Larson, DVM joined the laboratory of Dr. Ronald Schultz at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States. Until his retirement in 2016, Dr. Larson studied canine and feline immune responses to vaccines and infectious diseases under Dr. Schultz’ mentorship, eventually becoming a co-investigator with him. As current director of the Companion Animal Vaccines and Immuno-Diagnostics Service (CAVIDS) Laboratory, Dr. Larson enjoys providing titer testing and consultation for veterinarians, dog breeders, pet owners, and animal shelters. She is pleased to be able to carry on Dr. Schultz’s important work in small animal immunology. Helping to improve the health and well-being of dogs and cats by serving the people who care for them is her life’s work and passion. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin with a devoted Labrador and two disinterested cats.
For more information on our speaker, please visit http://www.vetmed.wisc.edu/lab/cavids