Seminar Information

The Young Nose Work Dog: From Puppies to Adolescents
with Amy Herot, NACSW co-founder, CPDT-KA
From the Outside In: A Behavioral View of Your Nose Work Dog
with Sue Sternberg

Amy Herot
Sue Sternberg

October 07, 2017 -
October 08, 2017

We are sorry, this course is closed at this time

Pre-registration is closed, but walk-ins are welcome. See 'Tuition and Registration' for details.

Dates and Locations - About this Seminar - Meet the speakers - Continuing Education Credits - Tuition and Registration - Directions and Travel Information - Rules and Considerations

Dogs of Course is proud to host this 2-day seminar with Amy Herot and Sue Sternberg. We encourage all Nose Work enthusiasts to take advantage of this rare opportunity to learn from both instructors. 

Dates and Locations

Saturday & Sunday
October 7 & 8, 2017
9:00am - 5:00pm
Dogs' Learning Center
Hudson, MA

This is a non-working seminar (no dogs).

Dogs’ Learning Center is a 60' x 100' training facility with attached climate controlled office space, offering a variety of services for dog owners and professionals. It is located at 12 Kane Industrial Drive in Hudson, MA just 6 miles off Route 495 in a professional business park.

Bring a comfortable folding chair that you can move from place to place, something hard to write on, and dress in layers.  Be prepared and bring clothing in case we do any observing outside. We may be outside for a demo/exercise.

About this Seminar

The Young Nose Work Dog: From Puppies to Adolescents

with Amy Herot

It is an exciting time…you are getting a new Nose Work dog! Whether it is a puppy or adolescent, there is so much to be learned. This seminar covers how to create an individual comprehensive plan as well as the specifics of building a strong, confident, Nose Work dog from the foundation up.

As the sport of K9 Nose Work has gained in popularity, the quest for the youngest, fastest, breed-specific prodigy had begun with efforts to improve efficiency, scores, and training goals. For the young dog, there are factors to consider that may best support the well-being and behavioral development of the dog along with your Nose Work goals. Amy will share her views on what steps to take for success as well as the pitfalls and shortcuts that can plague a team throughout their Nose Work careers. This seminar looks at the approach employed in the spirit of K9 Nose Work for the young dog.

  • Follow puppies through video of various development phases across their first year
  • Toy or Food Reward: why they were chosen or changed
  • Review of current scientific research on olfaction and neurological development of young dogs.
  • Risk assessment of choices made for your personal goals and your dogs developmental phase

This seminar focuses on young dogs but will include many applicable ideas for the older but green dog that is just starting out. Whether you have your new dog, will be getting one in the future, or are a K9 Nose Work teacher, this seminar will provide insights and lots of practical information.

From the Outside In: A Behavioral View of Your Nose Work Dog

with Sue Sternberg

3 topics in one day!
A Nose Work Ethogram. Sunday AM. An Ethogram is a catalog of species-specific behavior, and Sue has created a Nose Work-specific Ethogram by watching hundreds of hours of footage of dogs searching and categorizing the most common discrete behaviors. By watching in fast and slow motion, she can train your eye to notice more during every search. Come be the Jane Goodall of scent work!

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Dog Elimination and More. Sunday AM. We watch our dogs eliminate multiple times a day, and yet do we really study it? We miss an amazing opportunity to study dog behavior and body language when we take elimination for granted. Luckily, Sue has been filming and studying the way dogs sniff and pee and poop and scratch and all the behaviors leading up to the event and topping it off as well! 

If you're a Nose Work enthusiast, you may occasionally have problems with your dog being distracted during a search. Usually this happens more in outdoor searches than anywhere else, and when it happens, the possibility exists for a dog to urinate or urine mark when we would rather he be searching for clove, anise or birch. 

What, exactly, does a dog look like when he is about to lift his leg? What, exactly, does a dog look like just before he poops? What, exactly, does a dog look like when he's absorbed in sniffing where another dog has been, as opposed to sniffing what you want him to sniff? What does "crittering" look like? Is it the same as sniffing dog odor?

Come learn more than you really wanted to know about a dog's behaviors with other dogs: marking and elimination!

Dog to Dog Reactivity--Training Tips and Management Skills. Sunday PM. (1:30pm-5:00pm) While the sport of Nose Work welcomes and has woven into its teaching protocols dogs who are reactive with other dogs, not much is actually taught about how to navigate and maneuver through the world with a barking, growling and lunging dog. 

While keeping a comfortable distance from other dogs can help, there is a lot more we can do to prevent the eruption of dog-dog reactivity or aggression. 

In this presentation, Sue will show what reactivity is, what dog on dog aggression looks like, and show training tips and management for ALL DOGS--not just the reactive ones.

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Meet the Speakers

Amy Herot, CPDT-KA, NACSW™ Co-founder
NACSW™ & K9 Nose Work® Founder/Nose Work Instructor

Amy is a professional K9 trainer and handler and brings over a decade of experience to her work. She has certified teams in Narcotics and Explosives and has logged over 1500 instructional hours in detection dog training. As co-founder of K9 Nose Work, and the National Association of Canine Scent Work Association,LLC® (NACSW™), she has sought to bring that experience to companion dogs and handlers through the development of K9 Nose Work® classes and sport events.

In the canine sport world Amy has trained dogs for tracking, agility, sheepherding, protection sports, and detection. She has competed nationally with her Dutch Shepherd, Maya and took 3rd place in Narcotics Detection at the Gold Coast K9 Working Dog Trials and 1st place, open division, at the Oxnard Police K9 Foundation Inaugural Trial, 2009. Her Belgian Malinois, Seven, is a nationally certified explosives detection dog and took 1st place in the Explosives Building Search at the 2009 Ventura County Sheriff's K9 Trial and holds an APR1 IPO title.

Amy holds a Bachelor of Science from NYU and is nationally certified through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT). Additionally, she is a graduate of the Balu Academy for Dog Trainers and is a John Rogerson associate here in the U.S.

Her professional memberships and affiliations include the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), Southern California Dog Trainers’ Forum (SCDTF), Southern California Schutzhund Club, California Narcotics Canine Association (CNCA) and International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators (IABTI). Amy gives much volunteer time and expertise to the betterment of shelter dogs. Some of Amy’s other achievements have been the 2007 President's Volunteer Service Award, spcaLA's 2005 Outstanding H.E.A.L. (Helping Enhance Animals Lives) Volunteer and 2006 Volunteer of the Year.

Amy is one of the country’s most experienced K9 Nose Work® instructors and is a co-founder of NACSW™. In addition to teaching many of the top competitive teams, she has also reviewed hundreds of trial videos that have provided important insights into training and handling for success. Amy is owner of the Los Angeles based All Good Dogs, LLC.

Sue Sternberg
Sue has over 35 years of dog behavior experience, including as a dog control officer, kennel and animal care technician at various shelters, dog trainer, behavior counselor, instructor, temperament evaluator, boarding kennel owner, veterinary assistant, is a successful competitor in a variety of dog sports, and a teacher of dog trainers. In 1993 she started her own shelter in upstate New York and has created national shelter programs to improve the lives of shelter dogs.

Sue has two main goals in life: to make the shelter dog world a better place and to make public dog parks safer and more fun for dogs who must use them. To do this, Sue travels and educates people on canine communication, body language and behavior.

She is the author of Successful Dog Adoption (Howell Book House) and numerous other books--most recently How Old is This Dog? They can all be found at Sue has produced many DVDs on dog behavior and aggression, and also has an iPhone app, The Dog Park Assistant, which is a video repository of dog play and aggressive behaviors, to ensure that when dogs get together they are truly having fun and not going to hurt each other. Sue has two wonderful, adopted heeler mixes.  In 2013, Dana Crevling introduced Sue to the sport of K9 Nose Work®. Sue and both her dogs have been completely obsessed, out of control and intoxicated with it ever since.

Sue is also an accomplished fiddle player, an amateur paleontologist, loves Earl Grey tea, and is a major Star Trek fan.

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Continuing Education Credits

Saturday - 3 CEUs
Sunday - 3 CEUs

Saturday - 6.5 CEU fo CPDT-KA/KSA
Sunday - N/A

Saturday - 6.5 CEUs
Sunday - 6 CEUs

CEUS for KPA-CTPs based on CCPDT and IAABC approval units

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Tuition and Registration

Registration includes: seminar support materials, beverages and snacks. Lunch is on your own.  There are many places to eat within driving distance. Lunch break will be one hour.

Seminar Tuition:
• $250 - Two days, register and pay on or before August 7, 2017
• $295 - Two days, register and pay after August 7, 2017

• $315 - Two days Walk-in registration. Cash or Check payment only

• $140 - One day, register and pay on or before August 7, 2017
• $160 - One day, register and pay after August 7, 2017

• $170 - One day Walk-in registration. Cash or Check payment only

• $230 – Saturday plus Sunday half day only (am or pm), register and pay on or before August 7, 2017
• $260 - Saturday plus Sunday half day only (am or pm),  register and pay after August 7, 2017

• $275 - Saturday plus half day Sunday Walk-in registration. Cash or Check payment only

• $ 90 – Sunday half day only (am or pm), register and pay on or before August 7, 2017
• $100 - Sunday half day only (am or pm),  register and pay after August 7, 2017

• $105 - Sunday half day Walk-in registration. Cash or Check payment only

Registration ends 8:00am on Monday, October 2, 2017 or when full.
Registration is limited to approximately 90 attendees.

Business Group Discounts are available for 3 or more employees, staff, or volunteers who attend from the same business, shelter or organization as an incentive for continuing education. Contact Dogs of Course to find out more.

You may pay for tuition by:
• Personal or Bank Check
• PayPal - using your account or opening a new account
• Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover through PayPal's secure system
Complete payment information will come up on the screen after you complete registration. General Payment Information
If the seminar does not meet the minimum (35 participants) and must be cancelled, currently registered participants will be refunded the full amount without penalty.

Please familiarize yourself with the Registration/Refund Policy, and the Waiver before signing up.

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Directions and Travel Information

Hotels near Dogs' Learning Center:

If you are attending a working seminar, CHECK PET POLICIES BEFORE MAKING RESERVATIONS! Make sure you understand ALL the fees and restrictions. Policies and rates may change.

The following hotels are dog friendly:

Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel, Marlborough, MA (approx. 4.5 miles away)
Phone: 508-460-0700; Dog Fees: Small pets allowed w/deposit
Room Rate: $160

Marriott Courtyard, Marlborough, MA (approx. 7 miles away)
Phone: 508-480-0015; Dog Fees: Pets allowed ($75 sanitation fee)
Room Rate: $125

Motel 6, Framingham, MA (approx. 10 miles away)
Phone: 508-620-0500; Dog Fees: NO FEE; 2 pets per room
Room Rate: $65

Red Roof Inn, Framingham, MA (approx. 12 miles away)
Phone: 508-872-4499; Dog Fees: NO FEE; 1 pet per room
Room Rate: $80

Red Roof Inn, Southborough, MA (approx. 14.5 miles away)
Phone: 508-481-3904; Dog Fees: NO FEE; 1 pet per room
Room Rate: $79

Econo Lodge Inn and Suites, Northborough, MA (approx. 18 miles away)
Phone: 508-842-8941; Dog Fees: $15/night/pet; dogs under 100 pounds only
Room Rate: $85

Quality Inn, Marlborough, MA (approx. 9 miles away)
Phone: 508-460-1000; Fees: $25/night; dogs under 20 pounds only
Room Rate: $105

Holiday Inn Express, Hudson, MA (approx 3 miles away)
Phone: 978-562-1001; Service Dogs only
Room Rate: $150

Dogs' Learning Center
12 Kane Industrial Drive, Bldg. #12
Hudson, MA 01749

From Interstate 495 North or South:
Take exit 25A for State Hwy 85 toward Hudson (0.4 mi). Merge onto RT-85 (1.3 mi). Turn left at RT-85/Washington St and go straight at roundabout(1.2 mi). At Main St/Wood Square rotary, take the 1st exit onto Main St/RT-62 and continue to follow Main St.
Dogs' Learning Center is part of a business complex on the left (3.4 mi). One mile after you pass Ferjulian's farm stand on the left, look for the very large Kane Industrial Park sign (just after Rich's Used Auto Parts). 

Building #12 is 1/10 mile down on the left and has a stone-face front. Parking is on both sides of the building and will be marked for the event.

Area Airports:

Manchester, NH - about 55 miles away

Boston, MA - about 30 miles away

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Rules and Considerations

No personal audio or videotaping.

Please bring the following items with you to the seminar:

  • Paper/Note book/clipboard. There will be handouts and exercises to write down.
  • Chair so you will be comfortable. We will have some chairs available if you cannot or do not wish to bring your own.

We will be videotaping container searches with pre-selcted demo dogs,  so all teams and auditors must be comfortable with and consent to being videotaped. The video taping will be used for educational future purposes by Amy Herot with handler permission.

This is a non-working seminar.  If you must bring your dog, please plan on crating in your vehicle.

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