Event Information and Registration

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

Two Seminars in One Day!
Leash Handling in Tight Spaces with Jill Marie O'Brien

Building and Maintaining the Inaccessible Hide with Amy Herot 
At Camp Westmont, Poyntelle, PA
Wednesday, September 9, 2020
9:00am - approx. 4:00pm

This event is open to everyone. You do not need to be a PA K9NW Camp participant to attend. 

This day will be split into two 3-hour seminars. You'll spend a half day with each instructor. Half the group will attend Amy's seminar in the morning, with the other half attending Jill Marie's seminar. After lunch, you'll switch places, affording everyone the opportunity to learn from both founders.

Registration is limited to 60 attendees.

Leash Handling in Tight Spaces – Jill Marie O’Brien

What leash should you use for a search? How long should it be? How should it be managed? Should you work off leash? These are common questions handlers ponder that can be answered through an understanding of the environment in which you are working. Knowing how and when to adjust your leash handling, particularly in tight and busy spaces, is the central theme of this education day. Live demos and discussion will guide participants through the analysis of a space and how your positioning with your dog can affect the odor picture for better or worse.

Building and Maintaining the Inaccessible Hide – Amy Herot

Success of the inaccessible hide is built upon the dog’s understanding of the odor picture, where odor is coming from, and what he is supposed to communicate about it. Participants will review the components that introduce the concept of inaccessible to the dog, how to generalize the understanding and maintain strength in that ability without eroding a strong sense of source. Through live demos and discussion, Amy will illustrate a variety of inaccessible hide scenarios and how and when they apply in the dog’s training trajectory.

DEMO DOGS needed (limited number):
Demonstration dogs must be on all odors, have the ability to work confidently in front of a large group in a novel environment, be quiet in a crate when not working, and be friendly/ neutral with strangers.
Handlers must feel comfortable talking about the searches and getting feedback in front of the group. An effort will be made to provide a variety of dogs, search styles, and levels to maximize group learning. Selected demonstration teams will pay an additional $20/half day. Selected teams will be notified 2 - 3 weeks before the seminar and will be billed through PayPal for the additional fee/s.

If you would like to nominate your dog for the demos (including your non-working dog if one came to camp with you), 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.

 “I attended the Add-on day for the first time last year, and it was the single best day of training and learning that I've ever experienced. I'm excited to attend again this year!" – KB


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

  • $225 if you register and pay on or before June 9
  • $250 if you register and pay after June 9

Logistics Team Members only (Camp helpers) 

  • $150 if you register and pay on or before June 9
  • $175 if you register and pay after June 9

Registration will close on August 9 or when seminar is full.

2020 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.
  • 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:
6 CEUs 

6 CEUs 


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 (Route 476 N) to exit 115 (PA 315 to I-81). Take route 81 north to route 6 East through Carbondale, PA making a left after you zigzag 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 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.

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Event before or on 2020-06-09 After 2020-06-09
Campers and General Public:

Full Time Camper and General Public Rate. If your dog is selected for demo purposes, you will be billed an additional $20 per half day. ($40 if selected for both sessions) See text above for details.

$225.00 $250.00
Logistics Team Members:

Logistics Team Members rate. LTM who stay for the Add On Day are expected to stay until Thursday, September 10, noon for final camp clean up duties.

$150.00 $175.00
K9 Nose Work Camp Add-On Day
with Jill Marie O'Brien and Amy Herot
Camp Westmont

Poyntelle, PA


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