2017 Convention Registration

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR THE 2017 CONVENTION. We hope to see you in the future!

Registration & Fee

The 2017 PSDP convention in Rock Hill, SC is March 31st–April 3rd. The $75 registration fee is nonrefundable and cannot be made on site.

Payment was by PayPal—which takes credit cards, too—or by check. For PayPal, there was a “Pay Now” button just above the registration form. Checks were to be payable to “PSDP” at 1651 Sandpiper Drive, Rock Hill, SC 29732 with “Convention” in the memo line.*

Registration is limited to 25 people, and closed on February 28th. Payment is required on the day of registration, if by PayPal. If paying by check, mail the check the day of registration, but later registrants should keep in mind that the fee must be *received* no later than February 28th. If the registration fee is not received in a timely manner, your registration may be cancelled, so register early if you plan to pay by check.

* Since the payment is for a convention registration and you stand to gain something of value in return, convention (and testing) fees are not considered tax-deductible donations. Feel free to donate, too, though!


Hotel Reservations

The officially scheduled parts of the convention are at or near the Hilton Garden Inn in Rock Hill, SC from the evening of March 31st to the evening of April 2nd. We have blocked nine rooms for the nights of the 31st, 1st, and 2nd; these are King/one-bed and Queen/two-bed rooms. To reserve one of our nine blocked rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn at our discounted rate (until they are all booked, or by February 28th otherwise), you have three options:

Call Central Reservations: 877.STAY.HGI

Call the hotel (Provide Group Code & Stay Dates): 803.325.2800

Use our personalized group websitehttp://hiltongardeninn.hilton.com/en/gi/groups/personalized/R/RKHRHGI-PSDP-20170331/index.jhtml

Group Name: Psychiatric Service Dog Partners
Group Stay Dates: March 31-April 3, 2017
Group Code: PSDP
Discounted Rate: $119/room per night, plus tax and incidentals
(This room rate does not include breakfast.)

We recommend arriving at least by Friday, March 31st to relax before the welcome meeting that night (attendance expected) and we advise leaving no sooner than Monday, April 3rd (officially scheduled activities run into Sunday night). Most people wish they had more time with fellow convention-goers by the end, so arrange to extend your stay if you can, and spend extra time with friends old and new!


Optional Dog Testing

Convention registrants with dogs have the option while registering to sign up to take a Public Access Test (PAT), AKC Canine Good Citizen test (CGC), AKC Community Canine test (“CGCA”), and the AKC Urban Canine Good Citizen test (“CGCU”) at the convention.

The tests are discounted based on the number of tests you pay for ahead of time, priced per handler as follows:

Number of tests     Total cost of tests     Cost per test

1                             $20                         $20

2                             $35                         $17.50

3                             $45                         $15

4                             $55                         $13.75

If you plan to take one of these tests at the convention and want to secure your place, simply pay the appropriate amount as a nonrefundable fee with your registration. This fee does not include food during the mandatory meal portion of the PAT.

A note about AKC fees: In order for your dog to have any AKC title/certificate (CGC, CGCA, or CGCU in this case), your dog must have an AKC number (for which the AKC charges a fee). The AKC also charges for CGC, CGCA, and CGCU certificates and titles. While you and your dog can qualify for the CGC, CGCA, and CGCU certificates simultaneously at the convention, in order to get the CGCA or CGCU certificate/title, you first must get your dog’s CGC certificate/title on record.



So to recap, to attend this convention you must 1) fill out the form that was below, 2) pay via PayPal or check (received no later than February 28th), including your registration fee and any elective dog testing fees, and 3) secure your accommodations. There is no on-site convention registration.

To keep the convention safe, if we do not yet know you we may touch base with you before the convention. Please provide active contact info through the registration form so we do not drop your registration if we cannot get in touch with you!

When you fill out and submit the registration form, it will go blank—please do not resubmit. If you would like to confirm that your registration has gone through, or if you have any other questions about the convention, contact Veronica Morris through the Contact Us form.


If you’ve already registered, but haven’t payed for tests you plan to take, you can still pay before the convention and get a discount using the menu just below.

Pay separately for tests
Note which test(s) you’ll take