2020 Convention

April 2–5, 2020 in Rock Hill, South Carolina 

Note: The 2020 convention was originally scheduled from April 3–6 (Friday–Monday). The dates were pushed back by a day, to Thursday–Sunday, to accommodate the travel needs of a large percentage of scholarship recipients.

Four service dog users joyfully smile at the camera as they sit on rocking chairs outside of a Cracker Barrel restaurant.

The convention is a place for friends, old and new.



Our 2020 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 around 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 Thursday, April 2nd for the welcome meeting that night (attendance expected) and to leave no earlier than Sunday, April 5th (officially scheduled activities run into Saturday night).


Registration closes on March 3rd. Details are on the 2020 Convention Registration page.

Scholarship applications are due January 1st.

Info packet

Our info packet has much of what you want to know about the convention, plus the policies you need to know about if you’re considering joining us. It will be linked here when it’s ready, but until then you can see last year’s to get a good idea of what it’ll be like.

The 2019 Convention Info Packet PDF is linked in this sentence.

Across the room there are five women with their service dogs (one a service plushie!) during a circle discussion.

Convention-goers are free to relax as they learn, share, and have fun.

What’s it like? Are there pictures?

PSDP conventions are times to network with service dog handlers through workshops, training, support, and a lot of fun! For a taste of what they’re like, enjoy the quotations below and the 2019 convention pictures—and find more on the pages of previous conventions.


We’re now accepting convention sponsors for 2020. Come on board—it’s rewarding and easy!

Gold sponsors:

Seated at a table among other formal tables, a bearded man in a suit and tie smiles with also-smiling young woman in red shirt and glasses holding a drink. Graphic with text. Ruffled oxblood border with a large red heart, text overlaid. Text: In memory of Gabriel, a great soul who assisted his partner for 8 wonderful years and let us see how truly remarkable a service dog can be.

In honor of the Efthimiou family, In memory of Gabriel

Bronze sponsor:

Logo with text. Logo is a green-outlined black circle with connected letters V and E inside in white. Text: Vital Essentials Purely raw. Instinctively healthy.

Vital Essentials


Three women in a bowling alley look up at a scoreboard.  All three women are smiling, and one is clapping.  One of the women holds a Chihuahua for another bowler.

We’re looking forward to having a ball together!



Our 2019 convention was rated 4.639 / 5 overall by convention-goers! They had the following to pass along to those considering joining us at future conventions:


If anyone out there with a PSD or wanting a PSD feels alone or like there is no one that understands or that can relate to them and the way they live or the way they feel and think, come to a PSDP convention and you will find the people that you have been looking for your whole life. That is how it as for me.

The people stood out to me the most. Very helpful, understanding and most of all caring. They cared about not only my comfort and the comfort of my dog but also my safety overall.

The thing that stands out to me is the love and acceptance I feel from my PSDP family. The knowledge I leave with is priceless.

This was a great Convention! We enjoyed everything!

The portion that stood out to me personally was being able to associate and speak with members of my community. Everyone understood to some degree where everyone else was coming from in their problems and triumphs. I felt so at home when I allowed myself to relax.

I look forward to conventions all year long!

PSDP has been an important resource in my service dog journey. Being able to actually meet everyone that have helped me so much over the years was life changing. The convention has helped me feel less alone and more connected with those in my circle. I have expanded my world just a little bit more because of PSDP and the convention has helped confirm that.

I have never been so far away from home yet felt so at home before. This is the best gift I could ever give myself and my service dog.