Covering All Your Bases: How to Legally Protect Your business

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Start Date: November 01, 2017
End Date: December 15, 2017
Cost: $300.00 for APDT Members
$399.00 for Non-APDT Members
$100.00 for APDT Members - AUDIT ONLY (what's this?)
$125.00 for Non-APDT Members - AUDIT ONLY (what's this?)
Subject(s): Business, Human Learning, Laws and Legislation
Instructor(s): Heidi Meinzer, JD, CPDT-KA, CNWI
Registration: Purchase Online

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Course Schedule & Details

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Whether you are starting up a new business, or want to be sure you are covering your bases with an existing business, there are several important areas to cover.  This Multi-Week Course will guide you through various steps that your company should review before opening or on a regular basis even once you are established.  Topics we will cover include:  (1) choosing a name and protecting your mark; (2) picking the right business entity; (3) complying with local, state, and federal laws; (4) insuring your company; (5) drafting easy to read contracts and documents that will limit your liability; and (6) solid record keeping.

Learning Outcomes: Attendees of this course can expect to:

1. Choose a name for your business that identifies you while at the same time not infringing on other’s rights, and identify and protect your intellectual property.

2. Protect yourself with an appropriate business entity and insurance policies.

3.Ensure that your business complies with all proper filings, registrations, and licenses.

4. Use written contracts that protect your business but remain easy to understand.

5. Keep accurate and complete business records, including key policies and procedures to keep your business running smoothly.

Course Evaluation & Completion: will be determined based on but not limited to:       

1. On-time completion of all required homework assignments.

2. Participation, attitude, enthusiasm, and productivity.

3. Grammar, punctuation, clarity, and efficacy of writing; meeting assignment guidelines and criteria provided by the instructor.


Level of Knowledge: Attendees are expected to:

1. Have a dog training business or be in the process of establishing one.

2. Attendees may have no knowledge or only basic knowledge of legal issues involved in running a small business.



Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

  • CCPDT: 20 CEUs
  • IACP: 20 CEUs
  • KPA: 20 CEUs

Instructor Biography

Heidi Meinzer, JD, CPDT-KA, CNWI

Heidi Meinzer. JD, CPDT-KA, CNWI,  is an attorney with over fourteen years of experience in both litigation and business matters, making her equally comfortable in the courtroom or in the office handling your business needs.  In 2013, Heidi set up the Law Office of Heidi Meinzer, PLLC in Alexandria, Virginia so that she could focus her practice on animal law and the pet care industry.  Heidi’s clients include successful dog trainer, dog walking, pet sitting and dog daycare companies, and individuals faced with dangerous dog allegations or other animal law issues.  

Heidi is licensed to practice law in Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Washington State, and she is currently the Chair of the Maryland State Bar Association’s Animal Law Section.  Heidi devotes countless hours to animal welfare and state and local legislative efforts as a board member with the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies and Homeward Trails Animal Rescue, and as an at-large member of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Comprehensive Animal Care Laws Work Group.   

Heidi is a trainer with Fur-Get Me Not and Canine Copilots.  In 2013, she became a CPDT-KA and CNWI, and she is a member of both the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and the National Association of Canine Scent Work.  She shares the company of a beautiful German Shepherd mix, Sophie, who has made great strides with reactivity and confidence issues.  Heidi lives in Alexandria, Virginia with Sophie, her boyfriend Bill, and Bill’s adorable black lab, Boomer.  Bill is kind enough to let Heidi compete with Boomer in K9 Nose Work™, and Heidi tagged along with Boomer when he earned his NW2 title in early 2014! 

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