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2024 BCL Workshop

About This Event

Leader Dogs for the Blind is proud to host the 2024 BCL Workshop presented by IWDR

Presenters: Helen West & Rachel Goldammer

The BCL Workshop will take place over three days.

  • Day 1: Thursday, May 30, 2024, half day
  • Day 2: Friday, May 31, 2024
  • Day 3: Saturday, June 1, 2024

Agenda (subject to change):

Thursday, May 30, 2024  Friday, May 31, 2024  Saturday, June 1, 2024 
11–12pm Registration & lunch* 

12:30–1 p.m. Introductions and Overview

1–2 p.m. IFT GDBart – Video Demos and Scoring Practice

2–2:30 p.m. Break

2:30–4:30 p.m. IFT GDBart – Video Demos and Scoring Practice

4:30–5:30 p.m. Campus Tours

5:30–7:30 p.m. Reception with hors d'oeuvres*

7:30–8 p.m. Transportation to hotel

8:30–10:30 p.m. 10 Month Puppy Walk & Talks (live virtual)

10:30–11 a.m. Break

11–12:30 p.m.  How to set up & troubleshoot a GDBart test

12:30–1:15 p.m. Lunch *

1:15–3:15 p.m. IFT GDBart – Live Scoring Practice

3:15–3:45 p.m. Break

3:45–5:45 p.m. IFT GDBarts – Live Scoring Practice

6–8 p.m. Banquet Dinner*

8–8:30 p.m. Transportation

8:30-10 IFT GDBarts – Live Scoring Practice

10–10:30 a.m. Break

10:30–12 p.m. 4 Month Puppy Walk & Talks (live virtual)

12–12:45 p.m. Lunch Break *

12:45–2 p.m. Training the Handler

2–2:30 p.m. Break

2:30–4:15 p.m. What now? How to use the data to build a better dog

4:15–4:30 p.m. Closing message from the Leader Dog team

4:30–5:30 p.m. Transportation to hotel

* Indicates food included in ticket price. Complimentary snacks and refreshments available all day long.  

More Information

Please register everyone in your group. Payment is required at the time of booking.

  • $175 per person

Transportation to and from sponsoring hotel will be provided by Leader Dogs for the Blind, at no additional cost. Shuttle schedule will be provided prior to event. 

Sponsoring Hotel: Hampton Inn Detroit/Utica - Shelby Township

  • After you register, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to separately book your hotel room at this reduced rate.
  • $129/night Including a complimentary continental breakfast

Service dogs compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act are welcome on campus. This does not include therapy or emotional support dogs. To protect the health of our on-campus canines, all dogs travelling to Leader Dogs for the Blind’s campus must have prior authorization.   Please complete the CANINE PROOF OF VACCINATION  form if you are bringing a service animal to our campus.

Registration cutoff is April 30, 2024. Contact Canine Care Administration at Leader Dog with changes after this date, or if you have any questions, at CCAA@LeaderDog.org.