April 5–8, 2019 in Rock Hill, South Carolina
We’re now accepting convention sponsors.
Our 2019 convention will be among the friendly faces of Rock Hill, South Carolina! Rock Hill is just over the Carolina border from the Charlotte, NC Airport, which is surprisingly one of the busiest in the world (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 by Friday, April 5th for the welcome meeting that night (attendance expected) and to leave no earlier than Monday, April 8th (officially scheduled activities run into Sunday night).
Registration closes on March 4th. Details are on the 2019 Convention Registration page.
We may have scholarships available. Find out more on our scholarships page; applications are due January 1st.
Here’s where we will feature new info packet sections or announcements every week or so leading up to the convention, so you can keep checking back to stay up-to-date. A draft of the info packet (minus the schedule) is also available for those who want to look ahead.
What’s it like? Are there pictures?
PSDP conventions are times to network with service dog handlers through workshops, training, and support. For a taste of what they’re like, enjoy the quotations below and the 2018 convention pictures and videos, and find more on the pages of previous conventions.
Our 2018 convention was rated 4.815 / 5 overall by convention-goers! They had the following to pass along to those considering joining us at future conventions:
Being around friends who know what it is like to be me is the best part of the conventions.
I loved that I got help with training my dog for catatonia response! That was AWESOME!!! Training was great, the community of teams is great, and I was excited to find out about more resources in my area. I loved role playing to learn to deal with obnoxious strangers!
The PSDP convention is the most meaningful part of my year. The friends, the learning, the laughing—and sometimes, the crying—there is no experience in the world where I feel more at one with the people (and dogs!) around me.
PSDP and the yearly convention are the highlight of my year. Mixing with people who understand me and PSDs is a special feeling I cannot describe.
When I’m at the PSDP Convention, I feel at home in a way I never get to in my regular life. The people there understand and accept me, and I always leave more confident and empowered. It inspires me to be a better service dog handler and reminds me that I have a support network. I wish I could go every year!