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About The Lemonade Conference

In March of 2020, the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) and the Fenzi Dog Sports Academy (FDSA) faced a daunting challenge: How does one host an educational conference when COVID-19 is virtually guaranteed to risk the health and safety of participants?

The answer is – you don’t. You cancel because that is the right thing to do.

So you make the decision to cancel, and then you feel terrible. You’ve let people down, you’ve risked a ton of money, and all that work has been lost. But then you remember – you’re a trainer! It’s not about what we can’t do – it’s about what we can do! So you get up, brush yourself off, look around, and find a solution that fits the problem. You take those lemons, squeeze them, add some water, sugar, and a splash of attitude and you make … lemonade!

And that is exactly what happened. Recognizing that our community needed something to look forward to, especially at a time when many of us are struggling for work, we looked for something we could do.

After a night of non-stop brainstorming between IAABC and FDSA, we knew the answer was there within our reach. We could create an online conference with top-notch presenters, interactive opportunities, and a worldwide schedule to reach the largest number of people. We could offer generous scholarships to support our community in a time of need. We could combine the very best that our communities has to offer in the fields of dog behavior, training and dog sports – the best of the best!

And we did exactly that! Working together, IAABC and FDSA created The Lemonade Conference, an online educational extravaganza of unprecedented size and scope – 40+ presenters with two simultaneous classrooms running for three days, 18 hours a day that first year. And for those not available for the live event, we included a free “library” of all of the presentations, included with the conference registration fee.

And now we’re back for our second year… with 50+ presenters, three rooms running simultaneously at any point, and 12 hours a day — plus, we kept the library and have figured out a method to record Q&A this year! 

Leading Speakers

Hours Each Day

Days in a Row

The Industry’s Leading Speakers…

Sue Ailsby

Jiovany Alcaide & Taylor Barconey

Eileen Anderson

Teoti Anderson

Eva Bertilsson & Emelie Johnson Vegh

Sara Brueske

Dante Camacho

Sharon Carroll

Ryan Cartlidge

Melanie Cerone

Suzanne Clothier

Amy Cook

James Crosby

Julie Daniels

Malena DeMartini

Jessica Dolce

Denise Fenzi

Kamal Fernandez

Petra Ford

Megan Foster

Lauren Fraser

Susan Friedman

Susan Garrett

Terrie Hayward

Jessica Hekman

Deb Jones

Elinor Karlsson

Vidhyalakshmi Karthikeyan

Tabitha Kucera

Emily Larlham

Hélène Lawler

Amy Learn

Barbara Lloyd

Kathryn Lord

Debbie Martin

Daniel Mills

Loretta Mohler

Michelle Mullins

Craig Ogilvie

Christopher Pachel

Catja Pedersen

Sarah Rodriguez

Alexandre Rossi

Chrissi Schranz

Kathy Sdao

Michael Shikashio

Sarah Stremming

Jennifer Summerfield

Zazie Todd

Laura VanArendonk Baugh

Mara Velez

Shade Whitesel