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ADSJ Advanced Institute

Since its inception in 1995, the ADSJ Advanced Institute was held in August of each year at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, until 2014. The reception this distinctive week-long program received was phenomenal. Recognized for its high quality and unique format, the Institute quickly became the model for judges’ education throughout the country. A past AKC Assistant Vice-President, Darrell Hayes, on more than one occasion, described the ADSJ Advanced Institute as “the best program of its kind in the country.” Former AKC Director of Judging Operations, Peter Gaeta, called it the “gold standard” of judges’ education.   

For a variety of reasons, the Dog Judges Educational Foundation, which designed, implemented and administered the Institute, decided to take 2014 to reconsider the offering of a week-long program at IUP and to explore other options and venues. 

In 2015 a new program was introduced by the DJEF which focuses on half of the breeds in two groups. While this reduced scope makes the program much more manageable and affordable, the program maintains the same high standards for which the ADSJ Advanced Institute has become known. This new program was offered in March in conjunction with the Kentuckiana Cluster of Shows in Louisville, Kentucky. In 2016 "Seminar Only" classes were added which greatly enhanced the educational opportunities afforded to our members by the Institute.

In 2015 the DJEF turned over the day-to-day management of the Institute to a new Institute Director, Mr. Robert Ennis. Bob now has two hats as he has also been appointed by the ADSJ as its new Director of Education. The DJEF remains the organization responsible for the design, implementation and administration of the ADSJ Advanced Institute with the ADSJ as the historic and ongoing sponsor of the Institute.

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