Event Information and Registration

K9 Nose Work Camp Add-On Day
with Jill Marie O'Brien, Amy Herot, and Jean Richardson
Camp Westmont

Three Options!
"Scent"sational Teamwork with Jill Marie O'Brien
Advanced Handling for the Environment with Amy Herot
Containers - Yes, You Can Enjoy Them! with Jean Richardson - canceled

At Camp Westmont, Poyntelle, PA
Wednesday, September 4, 2019
9:00am - approx. 4:30pm

This year we have a special offering for our add-on education day at the end of camp. Three options to choose from to best meet your needs. 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. Jean Richardson will be offering a non-working, full-day lecture/demo seminar. Please read all information on the website carefully.

  • "Scent"sational Teamwork: Jill Marie will be focusing on teamwork and its challenges for those campers running more than one dog at a time or for handlers wanting better communication and connection with their canine partner. Registration is limited to 12 working dogs, 3 auditors and workshop helpers for this session.
  • Advanced Handling for the Environment: Amy will look at different environments and how it impacts your handling.  Registration is limited to 12 working dogs, 3 auditors and workshop helpers for this session.
  • Containers - Yes, You Can Enjoy Them!: Jean Richardson will present a day long lecture/discussion/demo seminar breaking down the ins and outs of successful container searches. This is a non-working seminar limited to 15 attendees.

Working Spot Information for Jill Marie's and Amy's workshops:

  • 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 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 independently. 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 by camp staff 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.
  • Plan to bring a crate dolly to move your own crate and supplies for the Add-On Day. The Logistics Team will not be available to move crates on September 4th.
  • 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.

"Scent"sational  Teamwork (12 working spots. 3 auditors) Full - wait list only. Email Bonnie to be placed on the wait list.
with Jill Marie O'Brien

Building a solid relationship and clear two-way communication with our canine partner is a key element in developing a successful search team. One of the challenges in building our teamwork lies in creating a training program tailored to our individual dogs and adjusting the program as our dogs evolve. Training and handling is fluid, not a one size fits all proposition.

The focus of this workshop will be on building an independent relationship with your dog or dogs. Training and handling strategies, and being flexible to adapt to your dog’s needs, can mean the difference between frustration and success. Working within your dog’s personal learning style, physical and emotional needs, and the external factors that impact performance are essential to building the trust and bond for creating a satisfying partnership. Understanding the unique nuances of your dog instead of trying to perform like another dog can facilitate a solid relationship and enhance team performance.

This intimate day-long session will focus on deepening the understanding and connection with your 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 open to all camp dogs, including your second (non-working) dog that is coming to Camp and has been patiently waiting for his/her turn to shine.

Advanced Handling for the Environment (12 working spots. 3 auditors) Full - wait list only. Email Bonnie to be placed on the wait list.
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 unique day is open to all camp dogs, including your second (non-working) dog that is coming to Camp and has been patiently waiting for his/her turn to shine.

Containers - Yes, You Can Enjoy Them! (Limited to 15 auditors) Canceled.
with Jean Richardson

We've all either heard or said the following during out Nose Work lives: I hate Containers! Containers are the Hardest! My Dog always false alerts on Containers. We will spend the day breaking down the ins and outs of successful - and not so successful - Container searches.

Using demo dogs and video review, we will take away some of the baggage that most of us have with the Container search. The lecture/demo will include the different aspects of Container searches from leash handling, pattern or no pattern, distractors, and everything in between. We will discuss the variations of each of the levels of Containers and how to work through the problems that we often encounter.

Demo dogs will be selected to illustrate the lessons.


Additional Information for the workshops/seminar. 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.
  • Working dog teams will move their own crates and supplies during the day. Bring a dolly.
  • 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 the camper's current housing and all meals through breakfast Thursday, September 5, 2019.
  • 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 in another sessions (tell us which one) 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)

  • $295– working spot. Limited to 12 working teams for Jill Marie's and Amy's workshops
  • $195 – auditing spot. Limited to 3 auditor spots for Jill Marie's and Amy's workshops. 15 auditors for Jean's seminar on Containers.

Logistics Team Members only (Camp helpers)

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

Registration will close on August 1st or when workshops are full.

2019 PA 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.
  • Cancellations received 60 days or more before the start date will be refunded less the $25 non-refundable deposit.
  • Cancellations received between 60 and 30 days of the start date will be refunded 50% of the tuition after the $25 non-refundable deposit is deducted. 
  • Due to the nature of running a workshop in conjunction with a dog training camp, cancellations received 30 days or fewer before the start date will not receive a refund.
  • Participant may transfer registration to another person for Add-On Day ONLY. The participant is responsible for finding a replacement and working out reimbursement arrangements.
  • 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.

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

CCPDT - only for Amy and Jill Marie's session
7.5 CEUs for CPDT-KAs for working spots
6 CEUs for CPDT-KA for auditors
6  CEUs for CNWI

Directions and Travel

Camp Westmont
81 Spruce Lake Road
Poyntelle, PA 18454

Click here for directions through Google Maps

Via I-80
GW Bridge-80W (towards the Delaware water gap) Stay on route 80W for approximately 87 miles to exit 293. (route 380N) Take 380N approximately 20 miles to exit “route 6E-Carbondale”. Take 6E to exit 7 (Carbondale business district). The exit will be on the left side of the road, make a left off exit and go approx. ½ mile to first right (Canon St). Go on Canon Street to full stop and make a left. Go down hill to end and make a right onto 171. Stay on 171 approx. 15 miles and make a right onto 370 go 4 ½ miles to our sign on the left.

Via the Thruway and Quick Way
NYS Thruway to exit 16 (Harriman). Take route 17 west to second Hancock exit #87 (not 87A) about 1 ¾ hours. Turn left off exit, left onto main St….Go 1 long block making a right after a gas station. Go over RR tracks and bridge and continue on Rt. 191 for 1 mile, making a right turn onto route 370 west. Go approximately 12 miles to Camp Westmont turn right at camp sign, just after the blue and white sign for Village of Poyntelle.

From Philadelphia
NE extension of PA Turnpike to exit 37. Take route 81 north to route 6 East through Carbondale, PA making a left after you ride through onto route 171 north. Continue about 15 miles, making a right turn onto route 370 East. Go approximately 4 ½ miles to Camp Westmont sign on left side, make left.

From Baltimore
1-95 to 695 west. Take 695 west 83 North (towards York & Harrisburg) Take 83 north (towards Wilkes-Barre and Scranton). Take 81 north to route 6 east through Carbondale, Pa, making a left after you ride through town, onto route 171 North. Continue about 15 miles, making a right turn onto route 370 east. Go approximately 4 ½ miles to Camp Westmont sign on the left side, left into camp.

Airports: (times are approximate and will vary based on traffic conditions)

  • Newark, NJ – 3 hours
  • Newburgh, NY – 2 hours 15 minutes
  • JFK, NYC – 3 hours 30 minutes
  • LaGuardia, NYC – 3 hours, 10 minutes
  • Albany, NY – 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA – 1 hour 15 minutes


Camp Westmont has a long list of lodging options on their website. Click here for list.

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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