Seminar Information

Dogs in Odor - Painting the Scent Picture
with Amy Herot, NACSW co-founder, CPDT-KA

Amy Herot, NACSW Cofounder, CPDT-KA

March 24, 2018

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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 welcomes Amy Herot back to New England with her new seminar.

Dates and Locations

March 24, 2018
9:00am - 5:00pm
Good Sports Dog Training (previously Dogs' Learning Center)
Hudson, MA

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

This seminar is full.

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

Dogs in Odor - Painting the Scent Picture

An NACSWauthorized seminar
with NACSW™ Co-Founder, Amy Herot, CPDT-KA

 The canine-human partnership is one of constant two-way communication. When working detector dogs of any type, the handler must learn to be an astute observer of the dog. The dog is the architect of a beautiful drawing of what is happening with odor. The process in which the dog recognizes odor, responds to odor, triangulates odor and/or works out a series of complex odor problems is the process the handler must learn, follow and support.  Every change of behavior in the dog is another brush stroke that progresses the scent picture for the handler. 

The handler’s responsibility is to take in that information and assess its meaning, identify a strategy and support the dog in pursuit of the odor. The subtleties in the changes of behavior are significant as the dog encounters more challenging searches, environments and odor problems. All becoming more challenging under the time pressure in competition.

Through lecture and video review, this seminar will cover the details of dog communication in painting that scent picture. Videos of many kinds of odor problems and environments are included to illustrate how the dog works a problem and what the handler needs to focus on to provide the right support.  The alert is part of a chain reaction of events that create an overall scent picture that the dog must decipher hide by hide.

Amy is one of the country’s most experienced K9 Nose Work® instructors. 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.

This seminar is open to all K9 Nose Work® and scent work enthusiasts.

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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.

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Continuing Education Credits

5 CEUs

6.5 CEUs for CPDT-KA/KSA

6.5 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: This seminar is full.

 • $140 - One day, register and pay on or before January 24, 2018
• $160 - One day, register and pay after January 24, 2018

Registration ends 8:00am on Monday, March 19, 2018 or when full.
Registration is limited to approximately 80 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.  Click here 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 Good Sports Dog Training:

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

 Good Sports Dog Training (previously 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.
 Good Sports Dog Training 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.

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

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