CKC Annual General Meeting

We are delighted to announce that the 2017 CKC AGM will be held in dynamic Calgary on Saturday, June 10 at the Residence Inn by Marriott, Calgary South in Calgary, Alberta. The June 2017 Board meeting will also be held at the Residence Inn by Marriott on Thursday, June 8 and Friday, June 9, 2017.

Our block of rooms at the Residence Inn by Marriott, Calgary South are now full, so we have reserved 10 bedrooms (5 standard kings and 5 standard two bed queens) for CKC AGM attendees at the Courtyard by Marriott, Calgary South (sister property adjacent to the Residence Inn Calgary South) at a rate of $149 per night plus taxes.  The rate includes breakfast. Please reserve your room at the CKC-preferred rate by May 1, 2017.

Registration Now Closed for the CKC Seminar at CKC 2017 AGM

Due to an enthusiastic response from our members, we are happy to report that we have reached maximum capacity for the breeding and reproduction seminar at the AGM and registration is now closed. Confirmation of registration will be sent to those who have enquired already during the week of April 17.

Thank you for your interest in our very first seminar at the AGM. We look forward to seeing you on June 10 for this exciting event.

New this year: CKC Seminar!

Saturday, June 10 at 8:30 a.m.

Join us for our inaugural CKC Seminar, with a focus on Reproduction and Breeding this year! Our presenters are Dr. Carol Graham of Graham Animal Hospital and CKC's 2016 Honorary Veterinarian and Dr. Gayle Watkins of Avidog International LLC. This seminar will be of great interest to novice breeders considering their first litter through to the most experienced breeders.

  • Cost for CKC Members: no charge
  • Cost for Non-Members: $25 + GST

Dr. Carol Graham, DVM
Breeding Timing and Management

Dr. Graham's presentation will focus on how to determine the optimal timing for breeding and the tools and techniques that are available to breeders and their veterinarians CarolGraham_3.jpgthat can play a role in a bitch's successful conception. The topics covered will be the hormonal influences in the cycling of bitches and the importance of timing, as well as the use of frozen and fresh chilled semen and factors affecting results.

About Dr. Graham:
Dr. Graham graduated from the University of Guelph with a BSc. in l974, a D.V.M. in 1978 and a Diploma in Radiography in 1979.  She spent 3 years at the OVC in radiology and then 15 years in mixed practice.  She opened Graham Animal Hospital in 1995 in Hillsburgh, ON. Carol has been breeding Great Pyrenees dogs under the prefix Woolmarsh Perm Reg. since 1990 and has been active in Great Pyrenees Rescue. She has served a term on her municipal council as well as the council of the College of Veterinarians of Ontario.  She has a special interest in reproduction and certifications for breeding purposes, with the clinic now hosting two certification clinics annually. In partnership with a board certified theriogenologist, Dr. Rasa Levstein, the clinic offers frozen semen and TCAI services.

Dr. Gayle Watkins, PhD
Raising Great Dogs: The Lifelong Power of a Dog’s Earliest Months

Raising a litter of great dogs begins before conception and continues through the pups’ first four months. Dr. Watkins will focus on the earliest period, from conception until the pups are two weeks old, looking at parental choices, environmental influences, nutrition and more, targeting breeder choices and actions that maximize neotatal survival and optimum health.

About Dr. Gayle Watkins:
GayleWatkins.jpegGayle 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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