2024 NATIONAL SERVICE DOGS CONFERENCE

Association of Service Dog Providers Partner Members invite all to our annual National Service Dogs Conference.

Our annual conference consists of two full days of conference formatting for administrative, veterans & first responders, mental health & dog training tracks.  Tickets include lunch for two days, along with an opening night reception. 

Please note our service dog etiquette below which is part of our attendee code of conduct.

Should you have any questions about our annual conference to include vendor requests, sponsorships, or ticketing questions please contact the conference committee chair, Amanda Baity at amandabaity@servicedogs4vets.org.

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Join The Association of Service Dog Providers in St.Louis, Missouri for our 2024 National Service Dogs for Veterans Conference for service dog trainers and non-profits. This conference will provide an opportunity for professional development, dialogue with VA leadership and VSOs, best practices sharing, and development.

Association members invite all nonmembers, collaborative organizations, professional, dog trainers, veteran and first responder service professionals, looking for a better understanding of the Veteran and first responder service dog industry. ASDP’s national service dog standards, which were first establish in November 2016 and are available for download at www.servicedogsforvets.org

Focus areas that will be offered at this year’s conference; dog training, veteran and first responder training, mental health, and suicide prevention and administrative. Many networking and developing opportunities available.

Who should attend?

While our annual conference is open to all who wish to attend, we craft our program to the following audiences:


  • Service Dog Providers to Disabled Veterans & First Responders

  • Service Dog Providers Who are Interested in Working with Veterans & First Responders

  • Service Dog Trainers

  • Veteran & First Responder Serving Organizations Who Want to Learn More about Service Dogs

  • Veteran & First Responder Serving Organizations That Partner with Service Providers

  • Businesses or Organizations Who Need Policy Guidance for Disabled Veterans, First Responders & Service Dog Handlers

  • Foundations & Corporations That Offer Funding to Service Dog Providers & More

  • Dog Breeders That Want to Connect with Service Dog Providers

  • Volunteers of VSOs or Individuals Interested in Volunteering to Support Veterans & First Responders

  • Veterans/First Responders and Family Members Interested in Learning More About Service Dogs

  • Any Agency That Wants to Learn About the Benefits of Service Dogs to Disabled Veterans & First Responders

2024 ASDP National Service Dog Conference – Service Dog Etiquette

Welcome, and thank you for attending the 2024 ASDP National Service Dog Conference. While attending the conference, please be advised that the following service dog etiquette will be enforced. Only service dogs are allowed at the conference. Therapy dogs and ESA dogs are not allowed access to ASDP conferences & events

You will be asked to remove your service dog from the premises if they:


  • Make a mess on the floor

  • Bite, bark at or jump on another patron

  • Wander away from their owner

  • Are disruptive

Etiquette for Interacting with People Using Service Dogs:


  • Speak to the person, not the animal.

  • Cooing at, whistling at, or otherwise distracting the dog is not appropriate.

  • Do not touch the service dog without receiving permission.

  • Do not offer food to the service dog.

Service dog public etiquette:


  • The dog must always be leashed and within 24 inches of the handler unless performing a task that requires them to be further away.

  • Never leave the dog unattended in public or hotel.

  • The dog must be properly groomed.

  • Make sure your service dog is appropriately positioned under a table and/or out of the way of foot traffic.

  • Make sure your service dog does NOT go nose to nose with other service dogs.

  • Your service dog must keep its attention on the handler, not other service dogs.

2024 Conference Committee Members

Chair

Amanda Baity

Semper K9 Assistance Dogs

Partner Member Representatives




Amanda Heflin

Got Your Six Support Dogs



Amanda Heflin

Dog Tag Buddies Founder and Executive Director, DeeDe Baker is the wife of a combat veteran with 21 years of service. She founded Dog Tag Buddies after seeing the relief their own dogs brought her husband when he returned from Iraq in 2005. Assisting veterans and rescue dogs brings together the best of both worlds, especially knowing she is giving two lives a second chance. She is active with Pet Partners, is an AKC CGC Evaluator and has successfully received her IACP Dog Trainer Foundations Certificate. She is also a Certified Trauma Informed Care Super-trainer and QPR Gatekeeper trainer.



DeeDe Baker

Dog Tag Buddies



DeeDe Baker

Dog Tag Buddies Founder and Executive Director, DeeDe Baker is the wife of a combat veteran with 21 years of service. She founded Dog Tag Buddies after seeing the relief their own dogs brought her husband when he returned from Iraq in 2005. Assisting veterans and rescue dogs brings together the best of both worlds, especially knowing she is giving two lives a second chance. She is active with Pet Partners, is an AKC CGC Evaluator and has successfully received her IACP Dog Trainer Foundations Certificate. She is also a Certified Trauma Informed Care Super-trainer and QPR Gatekeeper trainer.