2017 Convention


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The 2017 convention will find us again among the friendly faces of Rock Hill, South Carolina! Rock Hill is just over the Carolina border from the Charlotte, NC Airport, recently announced as the sixth busiest in the world and fifth in the nation (cheaper flights—but book early!). The convention will take place sandwiching the first weekend in April.

We’ll return to the lovely lodging of the Hilton Garden Inn for our convention, within walking distance of a breadth of eateries, a shopping center, and a large park. Plan to arrive Friday, March 31st for the welcome meeting that night (attendance expected) and leave Monday, April 3rd (officially scheduled activities run into Sunday night).

PSDP conventions are times to share memorable experiences with fellow service dog handlers through workshops, training, and support. For a taste of what they’re like, enjoy the pictures and video from previous conventions, as well as previous convention schedules.


The latest day for you to complete your registration and payment is February 28th. Space is limited, so visit our 2017 Convention Registration page for the details and to sign up now!

Info packet

Every week or so leading up to the convention, we feature new info packet sections below. Keep checking back to stay up-to-date! If you want to peek ahead, you can view a pdf draft of the packet at the following link:

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2/17/17 (approx. 1 week to register): Packing list

This list is only a suggestion of items you may want to bring to the convention. Wear clothes suitable for walking around.

Clothing, including layers, long pants, shorts, t-shirts, and long-sleeved shirts (PSDP logowear is encouraged!)

Medications, including prescriptions, over-the-counter pain meds, and motion-sickness meds

Extra underwear and socks



Water bottle

Sweatshirt or jacket

Emergency contact & medical info for you and your dog

Hat for warmth

Dog dishes

Sunglasses/hat/ballcap to protect from sun

Dog food

Comfortable shoes to walk or hike in

Dog medication

Soap and shampoo (unscented, please!)

Towel for your dog


Poop bags


Service vest if you use one

Toothbrush and toothpaste (human & dog!)

Collar and leash

Brush or comb (human & dog!)

Dog treats

Camera & film/storage, charged batteries

Charging cords: camera, phone, etc.

Bag for dirty items

Dog toys

Doctor’s letter for flying

Portable dog watering bowl

2017 Convention schedule image

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Our 2016 convention was rated 4.741/5 overall by convention-goers! They had the following to pass along to those considering joining us in 2017:

“Everyone and everypup were so nice and welcoming.”

“I absolutely LOVED the convention! I feel like the people there understand me better than anyone else on Earth. I am able to be myself, and not have to worry about educating everyone about service dogs. It’s a nice break from the stress of my everyday life. Everyone is so supportive and accepting. I can relax and be at home with friends, new and old.”

“I’ve been going to PSDP conventions since they started, and each time I think they can’t get better—each time I’m wrong! I love to welcome newbies to share in the unique learning and social opportunities. It’s way less scary the first time than many people imagine, and you’ll be looking forward to future conventions with new friends! :)”

“Attending the PSDP convention energized me by connecting me to my community, educating me on advocacy, and giving me more information on techniques to train my SD.”

“Attending the convention was well worth all the hassles of traveling. I came to the convention not knowing anyone and left with a group of new friends.”

“Conventions are a place where I belong. The people are so understanding and supportive. I wouldn’t miss one for the world!”

“This is a wonderful event, full of good people and good dogs. Perfection is not required, and I found a lot of support in training the things we needed to work on. Thank you for the best part of my year!”

We look forward to spreading similar smiles across faces new and old at our 2017 convention!