2017 Convention


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Four service dog teams smile amicably on a clear day.

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 (minus a detailed schedule) at the following link:

2017 Convention Info Packet—draft


1/13/17 (6 weeks to register): Policies and procedures intro & Sales

Policies and procedures intro…

This is a low-fragrance event. Bring your least-scented personal care products as many are severely allergic.

This is a completely nut-free event. Do not bring any human or dog products containing nuts.

No weapons or illegal drugs will be permitted at this event (pocket knives are OK, as are any medications for which you have a prescription).

The consumption of alcohol or illegal substances is prohibited in PSDP spaces. Convention-goers are welcome to do what they want to outside of our convention spaces.

Disruptive or inappropriate behavior from any cause may result in being asked to leave PSDP spaces, for a length of time in proportion to the situation.


PSDP may offer products or services for sale at the convention.

People sometimes bring gear to swap or sell on their own at the convention. Any offers by convention-goers of products or services for sale cannot be conducted in PSDP spaces during organized activities. Consistent with List Rules 7 & 8, personal requests on the listserv for information to facilitate sales are prohibited.

Anyone selling items is personally responsible for security, financial transactions, and customer satisfaction. PSDP is not responsible for anything involving sales to which PSDP is not directly a party.



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!