Pet Boarding & Daycare

New Ideas, Innovative Products and Some Sun: Pet Boarding and Daycare Expo West 2018

New Ideas, Innovative Products and Some Sun: Pet Boarding and Daycare Expo West 2018

By Barkleigh Productions

This year’s expo features many brand new, progressive programs that are a must-see for all pet care professionals in the boarding and daycare industry.

With a focus on daily practices, protocols and disease prevention, the 2018 Pet Boarding & Daycare Expo West has something for everyone—from employees new to the industry to veteran owners/managers.

To kick off the expo, a powerful and inspiring keynote address will be given Monday night by two of the most prominent women in the pet care industry, Laura Laaman and Teija Heikkilä. Their presentation, “The State of the Pet Care Industry” is one sure to motivate and get you thinking about where you and your business stand in today’s competitive industry.  Following the Keynote Address will be a fun and relaxing meet & greet party, hosted by National Kennel Sales which will feature free drinks and hors d’oeuvre.

Seminars will begin Tuesday morning and run through Thursday afternoon, with plenty of time on Wednesday and Thursday to attend the tradeshow. The tradeshow will feature dozens of vendors with products and services for all things boarding and daycare! Also, be sure to sign up for the Round Table Luncheons held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday which will give you a chance to swap stories and ideas with some of your industry peers.

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One of the new programs being featured is the four hour “Ask The Experts: Everything you Wanted to Know About Opening a Pet Resort” seminar, which includes a ninety minute panel discussion with the presenters. The focus of this program is on opening a new facility but would be well worth it for anyone to attend, as they will address maintenance and upgrades as well. This program will feature nearly ten industry experts sharing their knowledge who will be available to answer your questions—from the top kennel designers to successful multi-facility owners—these are the people that you want answering your facility–related questions!

Another brand new program is the “Professional Pet Boarding Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Certification”. This certificate program is the first in a series of Professional Pet Boarding Certifications, which is collaboration of Barkleigh Productions (Pet Boarding & Daycare magazine) and The Outstanding Pet Care Learning Center. This particular program has the most up to date information on Canine Infectious Respiratory Diseases, including Canine Cough and Canine Flu, and is designed for pet care facility owners, managers and staff to educate them on the causes, prevention and treatment of these illnesses, as well as how to respond to an outbreak.

Wednesday will feature the “Quiet Dog Daycare Workshop”, which is a three part, four hour program designed to help dog professionals help & retain more dogs—and make more money! Learn ‘how to speak dog’ in order to get your playgroups under control for a more enjoyable, controlled environment.

Other topics covered in the seminars throughout the expo include staff hiring and training, systems, processes & protocols, daycare activities, medical emergencies, marketing, cleaning & sanitation, facility equipment and dog behavior.

With all of the new and innovative seminars being offered at this year’s west coast expo, it will be well worth it for anyone in the boarding or daycare industry to attend. You’re guaranteed to walk away with new ideas, information and processes to implement at your own facility to create a safer, more profitable business.

To register for the expo and for additional information, go to