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CKC Annual General Meeting, CKC Seminar and Member Recognition Reception

CKC Annual General Meeting

The 2018 CKC AGM will be held in Ottawa, Ontario on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at the Ramada Ottawa on the Rideau, in conjunction with the June Board Meeting.  You may view the AGM agenda here.

Although AGM registration is not mandatory, we encourage members to register in advance to ensure a faster check-in at the AGM and support CKC event planning. When you register, please include your name and membership number to confirm your attendance. Questions? Please contact Victoria Measures at  
Register for the AGM


The Ramada Ottawa is fully booked, but we are pleased to offer rooms at:
  • the Days Inn Ottawa Airport, 366 Hunt Club Road, Ottawa, Ontario K1V 1C1. The bedroom rate is $144 for standard rooms, single to quad occupancy and includes breakfast. To get the CKC preferred room rate, please reserve your room with group code CGCKC1 by calling 613-739-7555 by May 22, 2018.   
  • the Days Inn Ottawa West, 350 Moodie Drive, Ottawa, Ontario K2G 8G3 – a short drive from the host venue. The bedroom rate is $125 for standard rooms, single to quad occupancy and includes breakfast. To get the CKC-preferred room rate, please reserve your room with group code CGKENN by calling 613-726-1717 by May 26, 2018.  
Saturday, June 9
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
2018 Annual General Meeting
Featuring the 2017 Annual Report release and a special presentation from IT4YOU
See the 2018 AGM Agenda here.
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Member Benefits Open House
See a demonstration of the new member only website and find out how CKC’s sponsors support CKC members when you visit the sponsor booths for Purina Pro Club, Pets Plus Us, BFL Canada,, and Pet Tech Solutions.
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
CKC Seminar Day 1 
The 2018 CKC Seminar, "Improving Breeding Program Success," kicks off with the first presentation by Dr. Gayle Watkins of Avidog International, “The Boys We Love: Raising, Managing and Using a Stud Dog.”
6:30 p.m.
Member Recognition Reception
Join the Board of Directors and CKC staff as we celebrate local CKC members for their contributions to the Club, the fancy and purebred dogs.  

Sunday, June 10
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.,
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
CKC Seminar Day 2
The CKC Seminar continues with Dr. Watkin’s second presentation, “Timing Your Breedings: From Beginning to End.” Plus an interactive session with small animal immunology expert Dr. Laurie Larson of the University of Wisconsin. Find out how vaccine antibody testing can be helpful to your breeding program!


2018 CKC Seminar:
Improving Breeding Program Success
The 2018 CKC Seminar is an excellent educational opportunity for anyone interested in expanding and enhancing their breeder knowledge-base. Experience 12 hours of breeder-focused education with small animal immunology expert, Dr. Laurie Larson, DVM, from the University of Wisconsin and brand new content from Dr. Gayle Watkins of Avidog International!

Schedule: June 9: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. & June 10: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
CKC Member Price: $73.45 (Tax included)
Enter your CKC member number at check out to get the member-only price.
Non-Member Price: $135.60 (Tax included)

Questions? Contact the Seminar Registration Co-ordinator, Victoria Measures at or call 1-855-364-7252.

Win a Trip to the 2018 CKC Seminar!

We are thrilled to announce that our presenting sponsor, Purina Pro Plan®, wants to help you learn how to take your breeding program to the next level! Purina is generously offering one lucky individual a trip to the CKC Seminar including registration to the CKC Seminar, two night hotel stay and return airfare from any major city in Canada.* 
Contest details available from Purina Pro Plan®. Contest ends May 17, so be sure to enter soon! 
*not open to residents of Quebec
Contest Details

Thank you to our presenting sponsor, Purina® Pro Plan®, for such generous support of the CKC Seminar. 

Dr. Gayle Watkins, PhD
GayleWatkins.jpegThe 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
  • Nutrition
  • Conditioning
  • 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.

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Dr. Laurie Larson, DVM

DrLarsonPhoto.jpgVaccine 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.

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