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  • Kathy Sdao - So Many Choices
    Aug 13, 2022, 9:00 AM – Aug 14, 2022, 4:30 PM
    Hilton Appleton Paper Valley Hotel , 333 W College Ave, Appleton, WI 54911, USA
    So Many Choices: A two-day workshop for trainers and dogs

Kathy Sdao

So Many Choices: A Workshop for Trainers and Dogs


New Dates: August 13-14 2022


Dog training is an activity which attempts to elicit, modify and control the behaviors of dogs. The trainer needs accurate information as well as physical skills and is obliged to make seemingly endless choices about methods, tools and priorities. From the initial choice of how to “get” the desired dog-behavior to occur, to later decisions about how to integrate the learned behavior into the dog’s repertoire and daily life, the trainer must consider practicality, expediency and the dog’s emotional welfare.


We trainers aspire to make the best choices possible. So we continue to educate ourselves by studying the science, watching great trainers in action, brainstorming ideas and then trying them out with our dogs, and by discussing concepts with colleagues. This workshop will include all these activities. We’ll combine lecture segments about the practical application of SMART (See, Mark and Reinforce Training) with plenty of dog-training exercises, demonstrations, games and time for questions. Please consider this weekend workshop as an opportunity to participate in a “trainers’ think-tank.”

WHERE:  Hilton Appleton Paper Valley Hotel (formerly Red Lion Paper Valley)

333 W. College Avenue

Appleton, WI 54911                


WHEN:    Saturday, August 13th - Sunday August 14th 2022  *NEW DATES*

9:00am-4:30pm both days

Tickets issued for the 2020 event will remain valid for the new dates.  Full refunds** are available for those unable to attend our rescheduled event.  You must email to request a refund.


Auditor and Working Spots Available!

2 Day Auditor $290.00

2 Day Working Spot $350.00 (FILLED!)

EARLY BIRD AUDITOR $250.00 (FILLED, Deadline passed)

Please read about our Working Spot Lottery Here.

Please no dogs except those approved for working spots and service animals.

​No video or audio recording at the event.

CEU's Approved:
IAABC = 13.75

CCPDT = 13.75 for CPDT; 2 for CBCC

KPA = 14.75

PPAB (PPG) = 10.25

Distance to venue from closest airports:

ATW - Appleton International Airport: 6 miles (15 minutes)

GRB - Green Bay Austin Straubel International Airport: 30 miles (40 minutes)

MKE - (Milwaukee) General Mitchell International Airport: 114 miles (2 hours)


Danish & donuts will be available in the morning. Coffee and water will be available throughout the day.


Lunch and snacks will not be provided. Venue includes in-house restaurant along with several options within walking distance.


Ramp parking available for all attendees.

Rate = $5.00/day


Discounted rooms available at venue (Hilton Appleton Paper Valley, formerly the Red Lion).

Rate = $109.00 (use BOOKING LINK or call hotel to book and mention event: 920-733-8000)

Alternative lodging:

La Quinta Inn by Wyndham

3800 W. College Avenue, Appleton


2 pets per room, no pet fee

3.3 Miles from the airport

2.8 miles to venue


Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriot

130 S Nicolet Drive, Appleton


Service Animals only

2.7 miles from airport

3.1 miles to venue


Refund/cancellation policy: A refund will be issued if requested on or before April 1st, 2022. Refunds are issued in the full amount, less a $50.00 registration processing fee. No refunds will be issued after April 1st, 2022.  There are no exceptions to this policy.  All refunds must be requested in writing to


**Due to the event reschedule, we will be offering full refunds to those who cannot attend the rescheduled dates if requested prior to April 1st, 2022.  Refunds will be processed in weekly batches.  Due to limits set by our credit card processor, refunds back to original purchase method may not be possible and fees incurred for cashier's checks will be deducted from refund amount.  To request a refund please email with your ticket information.  Your ticket will remain valid for the new dates and we hope you'll join us then!

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About Kathy Sdao


Kathy Sdao is an applied animal behaviorist. She has spent 30 years as a full-time animal trainer, first with marine mammals and now with dogs and their people. As a graduate student at the University of Hawaii in the 1980s, she was part of a research team that trained dolphins to solve complex cognitive puzzles. She received a master’s degree in experimental psychology and was hired by the United States Navy to train dolphins for applied open-ocean tasks. After that, Kathy spent five years as a marine-mammal trainer at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Washington. There she expanded her training skills by working with beluga whales, walruses, porpoises, sea lions, otters and polar bears. After leaving the zoo, Kathy and a colleague created Tacoma’s first dog-daycare facility, Puget Hound Daycare, where Kathy began teaching clicker-training classes for pet owners.

Since selling Puget Hound in 1998, Kathy has owned and managed Bright Spot Dog Training. Services include consulting with families about their challenging dogs, teaching private lessons to dogs and their owners, and coaching novices and professionals to cross over to positive-reinforcement training. In addition, she has trained animal actors, written for The Clicker Journal and the Seattle Times, consulted with Guide Dogs for the Blind and with Susquehanna Service Dogs, served as a subject-matter expert for the Delta Society’s “Service Dog Education System” and taught at the Instructor Training Courses hosted by Dogs of Course. And, in a sillier moment, Kathy appeared as the “Way Cool Scientist” on an episode of the television show Bill Nye the Science Guy. Kathy is proud to be one of the original faculty members for Karen Pryor’s long-running Clicker Expos and has taught at thirty-five of these popular conferences since 2003.  


Kathy also has traveled across the United States, Canada & Europe, and to Australia, Israel, Japan and Mexico, educating students about the science of animal training. She’s taught more than 250 seminars, workshops, conference presentations & webinars, enjoying these opportunities to share her passion for the incredible power of positive-reinforcement training, confirmed over decades of working with dozens of species.

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