Association of Professional Animal Waste Specialists Annual Conference
Information for 2017

We are excited to announce that the aPaws 2017 convention will be held in Nashville from Friday, September 22nd through Sunday, September 24th.

To make your reservation, you may call the hotel at 615-889-9090, in which case you will ask for the "aPaws group block" to receive our discounted rate.  You may also make your reservation online by using the following link:

The hotel rate will be $129/night (plus applicable taxes and fees).  This discounted rate will be available to aPaws members 3 days prior and 3 days after our convention dates for anyone who wishes to extend their time in Nashville.

Be sure to download, fill out and return your Convention Registration Form by Sept 17, 2017 or by September 8th to guarantee a convention t-shirt. The cost is only $50 for aPaws members and $75 for non-members. The form is fillable online and may be emailed to


FRIDAY EVENING:  Meet and Greet with hors d'oeuvres and cash bar

SATURDAY:  Convention including breakfast, lunch and speakers. This year we will be featuring: Justine Erickson - EMyth Certified Business Coach. We will focus on giving you a business check up and help you build and grow your business. Be ready to learn!


 Jeremy Rivera - An SEO geek who loves taking apart websites and finding out what makes them rise or fall in the search engines. He has been working in the online marketing industry for the last ten years and is currently part of the marketing team of 2 The Top Design & Marketing in Nashville.

SUNDAY MORNING:  Breakfast will be provided before our attendees disperse to explore Nashville and/or head back home.


The Association of Professional Animal Waste Specialists (aPaws), a 501(c)(6) nonprofit trade organization, has hosted this special event every year since its formation in 2002. The purpose is to provide continuing education specifically for professional animal waste specialists from around the country. However, all pet professional are invited!  In the past, guest speakers have discussed topics such as social media and interactive marketing, how to effectively use google adwords, how to start or expand your business, a virtual office for pet professionals, pet first aide basics and much more.  Round table discussions are also held to allow pet professional to share information with one another on a variety of topics.

In addition, aPaws has made it their ongoing mission to raise money to donate pet air masks to fire departments and EMS Personnel. These cone-shaped plastic masks come in three sizes and fit snugly onto snouts so pets of all sizes can be resuscitated when suffering from smoke inhalation. For more information on pet recovery masks and how you can support our efforts to provide these masks, please visit

The members of aPaws like to mix a little fun into the convention. The “Turd Herding” Contest and “Name That Turd” are activities that every professional pooper scooper looks forward to. The “Turd-Herding” Contest is for professional pooper scoopers to determine who is the fastest pooper scooper in the nation. For this unique contest, fake dog waste is placed around the grounds of the hotel and participating pooper scoopers see who can pick up the most piles in two minutes. The top three winners each receive a trophy and bragging rights... at least until next time!

Turd Herding

Turd Herding Contest, which has become a staple of the aPaws annual convention, will take place on Saturday and is open only to aPaws members. If you got what it takes, you can prove to the world that you are the fastest pooper scooper and take home the first place trophy and have the bragging rights for the rest of the year.

Some of our past Speakers:

Brian Basilico
B2b Interactive Marketing, Inc.

Brad Barton, CSP
Inspirational Keynote Speaker/magician

Kirk Weisler - Chief Morale Officer, inspirational speaker

Kandra Witkowski -
Business Owner and certified Pet Tech First Aid Instructor # 1375

Danielle Vasta - Jump Consulting
Starting and Expanding Businesses, Social Media, and Goal Setting.

Tiffany H. Manson - Pet Pro Office
The virtual office for pet professionals!

Keegan Dyer - DinPoo
DINPOO, LLC is the nation’s first brand of dog waste remains disinfecting solution

William F. (Bill) Hadley - He Is Founder And CEO Of Bio-Pro Research
Zoonotic Diseases “Zoowhat????? What And Why, As A Pet Professional, You Should Care.”

Stasia Holdren - Google Adwords Specialist

Nick Natale - Pro View Systems Authorized dealer for Vehiclepath GPS tracking

TJ Kergin - Anchor Media Communications

Morieka Johnson of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Tools For Connecting With Your Local Newspaper Or Media Outlet.

Day Knight and Associates
Day Knight is a full service collection agency

Fred Hassen
Fred is a dog trainer with Sit Means Sit

QXpress with Paul Jackson
An overview of scheduling software for the service industry.









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