Event Information and Registration

K9 Nose Work Camp Add-On Day
with Jill Marie O'Brien and Amy Herot
Camp Coleman

Two Options!
Second Dog Sensational with Jill Marie O'Brien -
Advanced Handling for the Environment with Amy Herot - Full. 
At Camp Coleman, Cleveland, GA
Monday, April 29, 2019
9:00am - approx. 4:30pm

Registration is limited to 12 working dogs, 3 auditors and workshop helpers for each session.

This year we have a special offering for our add-on education day at the end of camp. Jill Marie O’Brien and Amy Herot will each be instructing a full-day intensive workshop with limited attendance. You will have the option to select one of the two topics and learn in a small group environment for the day. There are working and auditing options with each instructor. Expect discussion, search analysis, and working dogs throughout the day. Each one has different qualifications for the working dogs so please read all information on the website carefully.

  • Second Dog Sensational: Jill Marie will be focusing on teamwork and its challenges for those campers running more than one dog at a time. This will give the handler an opportunity to be coached with their other dog who has not worked all camp.  
  • Advanced Handling for the Environment: Amy will look at different environments and how it impacts your handling. Open to campers and their “working dog” at camp.

Working Spot Information:

  • The dog work will be used to illustrate discussion points and other aspects of the workshops so plan on a blended day of learning, and not just running search after search. Working dogs will be divided into two groups and take turns working the problems. Not every dog will work each search.
  • Dogs must be confidently on Birch odor without pairing. Dogs must be able to work all 4 elements. Any level from NW1  - Summit is welcome. No beginner dogs please.
  • Dog and handler must be able to work in a variety of environments (that could be distracting) with up to 20 people watching in close proximity. 
  • The handler must be willing to be coached and de-briefed in front of the group.
  • The sessions will probably be videotaped and may be used by Amy, Jill Marie or Dogs of Course for future educational or marketing purposes. Handlers must be willing to be videotaped.
  • Dogs will be crated near search areas and must be quiet when alone in crate.
  • In the comments field of the registration form, tell us your dog's name, age, breed, title level, odors the dog is working and any other information that you would like us to know.


Second Dog Sensational  Full. 
with Jill Marie O'Brien

Building a solid relationship with our canine partner is a key element in developing a successful search team. Many of us are lucky enough to have more than one partner to enjoy navigating the world of scent. But with it comes challenges that can impact the full potential for each team.

One of the challenges for multiple dog handlers is making a smooth transition from one dog to another. It starts with careful attention to each dog’s training program. Does each dog get the learning she/he needs or does the “second” dog just do what the first dog’s program requires? Building an independent relationship with each individual dog can be the difference between frustration and success; working and meeting that dog where they are can build the necessary trust for creating a satisfying partnership. Understanding the unique nuances of each dog instead of trying to have one dog perform like another can facilitate a solid relationship and enhance team performance.

This intimate day-long session will focus on deepening the understanding and connection with the “secondary” dog. Instruction will be customized for each team and exercises will be designed to illuminate areas of opportunity in which each handler can identify what works best for the dog at the end of the leash. Jill Marie’s goal will be to help handlers create search and handling strategies that supports long-term success.

This unique day is for the second (non-working) dog that is coming to Camp that has been patiently waiting for his/her turn to shine. Semi-retired dogs that are now the “second dog” are also welcome.

Advanced Handling for the Environment Full. 
with Amy Herot

The search environment dictates the way in which a dog and handler team will work together. This is an interactive workshop to work on analysis, strategy, equipment choice, reinforcement schedules and the application in a variety of search scenarios. Teams will examine pre-search choices versus the on the fly adaptations based on conditions.

Review of search areas and understanding how and why you may employ particular strategies and/or equipment will be a significant part of the exercises for the humans. Teams will then have the opportunity to run some of the searches so we can compare the variations in environmental change, breed style and experience. Through group discussion, walk-throughs and demos, we will look at a range of search areas and situations.

The searches will be customized to the experience level of the teams. The limited total group size (12 working teams and 3 audit spots) will allow for an intensive more focused opportunity to see and participate in a variety of searches.

This seminar is ONLY for campers working their "working dog" from the full camp. Your non-working dog will have his/her own special workshop with Jill Marie.

Additional Information for both options. Please read:

  • Expect to be working both inside and outside and moving around the camp during the day. Rain or shine.
  • Participants are expected to bring their own chairs and be able to walk around the property with the group.
  • Minimum of 10 participants to run each session.
  • If spots still available after end of camper registration time, openings may be offered to non-campers.
  • Fees include all meals through breakfast Tuesday, April 30, 2019 and camper's current housing.
  • No videotaping of the sessions. The handler can have someone videotape her/his dog searching only with the permission of the instructor.
  • Please tell us your second choice in the comments field on the registration form if the option you chose fills before we update the website. Choices are: Working spot in other session (tell us which one), auditing spot or cancel registration and refund in full. We will start a wait list for spots that fill.

Tuition for the Add-On Day
(Includes three meals and camper's current housing)

  • $275 – working spot. Limited to 12 working teams for each workshop
  • $175 – auditing spot. Limited to 3 auditor spots for each workshop

Logistics Team Members only (Camp helpers) Full

  • $150 – This rate is for LTM who wish to audit either workshop. LTM who want to work their dog, must register for a full-price working spot.

Registration will close on January 25th or when workshops are full.

2019 GA Camp Add-On Day Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation and Refund policy is as follows:

  • Cancellations received within 3 days of registration, full refund. If you change your mind about attending the event within 3 days of your registration, a full refund will be offered.
  • No refunds after the 72-hour cancellation period listed above
  • Participant may transfer registration to another qualified camper for the Add-On Day  
  • Dogs of Course will keep a wait list to help assist campers in finding a replacement in case she/he needs to cancel.
  • Seminar tuition cannot be transferred to another event.
  • Campers that have to leave early for their own reasons or are "No-shows” will not receive a refund.
  • Participants asked to leave the event/property by the camp director or lead instructors will not be refunded any part of the tuition.
  • No part of the tuition fee will be refunded if the event cannot take place or be completed by reason of fire, civil disturbances, an Act of God, public emergency, or any other cause beyond the control of the camp organizers.
  • If the workshops do not fill and the camp cancels, currently registered participants will be refunded in full.

This policy applies to participants that must withdraw for ANY reason, including but not limited to injury, illness, emergency, weather/driving, and personal or work-related reasons. This policy is without exception.

If you have concerns about the cancellation/refund policy, please consider researching "Trip/Travel Insurance" options independently


Continuing Education Credits:
7.5 CEUs for working spots
6 CEUs for auditors

7.5 CEUs for CPDT-KAs for working spots
6 CEUs for CPDT-KA for auditors
5  CEUs


Directions and Travel

URJ Camp Coleman
201 Camp Coleman Dr.
Cleveland, GA 30528

From Cleveland, GA (Drive time: 10 Min.)
Take LEFT onto Route 129 North in the center of Cleveland go approximately 7 miles, slow down when you approach mile marker 14. Immediately after passing mile marker 14, turn left into the camp entrance.

From Atlanta, GA (Drive time: 1 1/2 hours)
Take Interstate 75/85 North from Atlanta Airport (or points South). When you see signs for I-85 North and I-75 North (they spilt), take I-85 toward Greenville for just a short time and watch carefully for Exit 87*, GA 400 (easy to miss). Take GA 400 North all the way to North GA (over 1 hour). Shortly after the Premium Outlet Stores at Dawsonville, GA 400 ends and becomes Longbranch Road. Go straight onto Longbranch for 4.7 miles to a stop light at Route 52. Take a RIGHT onto Route 52 ( this road will become 115) toward Cleveland. Proceed approximately 13 miles to the center of Cleveland, Take LEFT onto Route 129 North in the center of Cleveland go approximately 7 miles, slow down when you approach mile marker 14. Immediately after passing mile marker 14, turn left into the camp entrance

Exit numbers change periodically; please refer to www.mapquest.com for the most up to date exit numbers

Airport: Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Atlanta, GA

Lodging: Click here for local hotel and campground information

Contact Dana Crevling at Crevling@dogsofcourse.com or leave a message at 508/529-3568 EST, 8am -7pm M-F. Messages will be returned within 2 business days.


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