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Handling Skills and Strategies
What to Do When Your Dog Is in Odor

An NACSW authorized seminar
with NACSW™ & K9 Nose Work® Co-Founder, Amy Herot

Saturday, March 26, 2022
9:00am  – 5:00pm
Gemini Dogs
Littleton, MA

Please read ALL the information on the webpage and note that policies and related procedures have been added/adjusted due to COVID.

Including:

  • Registration will be limited
  • Our plan is to use the 50′ x 100′ agility ring for this seminar to allow more space between attendees.
  • All participants must be fully vaccinated and MUST submit copy of proof when submitting registration. 
  • All participants must be masked over nose and mouth when inside. Amy may or may not be masked during the seminar.
  • Hospitality will either be limited or not available. This will include not eating and/or drinking during the seminar in order to stay fully masked. Complete information will be included in your final seminar information letter 7 days before the event.
  • This seminars does NOT include dogs. You learn with Amy and apply in your classes, with your instructor, or at home.
Amy Herot

Location

Gemini Dogs
53-B Ayer Rd (Route 2A/110)
Littleton, MA 01460

Presenter

Amy Herot
NACSW™ & K9 Nose Work® Co-Founder

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 passed national certification through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) in December 2004.). 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.

An NACSW authorized seminar
with NACSW™ & K9 Nose Work® Co-Founder, Amy Herot

The conversation that occurs between dog and handler in scent detection is very personal and unique to that partnership. This dialogue begins with first observing how the dog works odor, followed by the handler gleaning information about the source of odor based on their dog’s changes of behavior. The next step is for the handler to respond to that information through: movement, non-movement, leash handling, or voice, all of which provides feedback to the dog. This two-way communication between dog and handler becomes a conversation.

Handling Skills and Strategies takes a closer look at the choices we make as handlers in response to our dog’s changes in behavior. Finding the right strategy for you and your dog, for the right purpose at that moment in time, is the art of handling. The brush strokes painted by the dog provide us with clues about what is happening to odor in the environment. Though we may observe these changes in behavior, we are not always sure what is the best course of action in response to them. This seminar will help you to learn what to do when your dog is in odor.

Through lecture and video review, Amy will review the many handler choices we have available, and why and when we might apply certain choices over others. Videos of many types of handler scenarios encountered, with good or bad results, will help illustrate how you might provide the right support for the conditions at hand. Learn how to make the best handling choices for you and your dog and your partnership.

Amy is one of the country’s most experienced K9 Nose Work® instructors and has worked with thousands of dog and handler teams, including many of the top competitive teams. As an NACSW™ Certifying Official and Judge, she has also reviewed hundreds of trials that have provided important insights into training and handling for success.

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

This does not include your dog. It is learning for you.

Before you register, please read the important information under “Rules, Considerations and Refunds” below.

Cost:

  • $130 – early bird rate (register and pay before January 26, 2022)
  • $145  (register and pay on or after January 26, 2022)

Registration will close one week before the start of the seminar or when the seminar is full.
Business Group Discounts are available. Please read the information on our Business Group Discount Page for more information about who qualifies and how to register.

Confirmation Info
After registering and sending payment, you will receive a confirmation email from Dogs of Course.

Tips:

  • Remember to look in your junk mail folder
  • Check all your e-mail accounts for your confirmations

COVID-19
Due to COVID-19 and all the uncertainty that has come with it, we need to let you know several things:

  • Our goal is to provide a safe environment where we can all feel comfortable and risk is minimized.
  • All Seminar Attendees must be fully vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination with your registration form.
  • Your temperature may be taken at the door.
  • All attendees must wear masks over nose and mouth while inside the building. We will be making decisions based on CDC guidelines and will err on the side of caution.
  • By coming to the seminar, you will agree to cooperate with the rules or regulations set in place with regards to mask wearing, hand sanitizing, food handling, and other protocols.
  • You will be asked to sign a COVID-19 waiver before coming to the seminar, indicating that you have had and are up-to-date on your vaccine including boosters, do not have COVID-19,  have been symptom-free for 14 days, have not been in contact with or exposed to any person with COVID-19.

COVID Cancellation/Refund Policy for this seminar:

12/16/2021
Due to the ever changing national COVID situation, it is difficult to anticipate what will be happening when this seminar runs. Please read the COVID refund policy below, in addition to the regular seminar refund policy.

  1. A registrant who gets COVID within 14 days of the start of this seminar or are still symptomatic (other than sense of smell/taste) will be refunded in full minus $25 admin fee.
    • You may also give or sell your spot to another person. Your replacement must tell us at registration whose spot they are taking and must also submit a copy of their vaccination status, either via email attachment or show a copy at the registration check-in desk. Replacement must also agree to follow the masking and other protocols in place.
  2. Registrants who arrive at the seminar and have not or cannot present their COVID vaccination proof will be turned away and refunded in full less the $25 admin fee.
  3. Registrants who have a temperature that is above normal at the seminar  will be turned away and refunded in full less the $25 admin fee.
  4. If you are sick the day of the seminar, please stay home. It doesn’t matter if you think it may the flu or a cold or COVID-19. If you are sick, please take care of yourself and others by staying home. Let us know, and we will refund you in full less the $25 admin fee.
    • You may also give or sell your spot to another person. Your replacement must tell us at registration whose spot they are taking and must also submit a copy of their vaccination status, either via email attachment or show a copy at the registration check-in desk. Replacement must also agree to follow the masking and other protocols in place.

These policies may change depending on the current COVID information and status. Registered campers will be informed of changes in this policy. We will update this page as policies change.

NACSW for CNWIs
9 CEUs

CCPDT
No CEUs from CCPDT for this Seminar

IAABC
6.5 CEUs

KPA-CTP
6.5 CEUs

More Information about CEUs:
If you indicated, on your webinar registration, that you need CEUs for NACSW, CPDT, IAABC, or KPA, you do not need to do anything else unless the organization is requiring proof of attendance. If you need proof of attendance for your organization, we will let you know.

  • IAABC and KPA-CTP CEU certificates will be sent to you through email, so you can print them and/or save them.
  • NACSW™ CEUs are entered online and there will be no certificates sent to you. Please check your membership account on the K9 Nose Work® website instructor portal three weeks after the seminar.

There may be items for sale at the seminar. We will let you know in the final confirmation email, which will be sent 5 days before the seminar.

Registration Refund Policy for the Seminar
Registration for this event confirms that you have read and agree to these policies.

Non-Working Seminars
Full payment is required to confirm your registration. Registration is complete when both the registration form and your payment are received.

All cancellations must be in writing (e-mail):

  • Within 3 days of registration, full refund. If you change your mind about attending the event within 3 days of registration, a full refund will be offered.
  • Between 3 days of initial registration and up to 45 days prior to the start date: Full refund, minus $25.00 administration fee.
  • Between 44 -7 days prior to the start date: 50% refund except for programs less than $50.00. Programs with tuition less than $50.00 will be refunded the full amount minus $25.00 administration fee.
  • Cancellations 6 days or less before the course: No Refunds.
  • “No-shows” will not receive a refund.
  • Participant may transfer registration to another person for non-working seminars only. The participant is responsible for finding a replacement and working out reimbursement arrangements. The replacement participant will tell us who they are replacing at registration check-in on the day of the seminar. The new participant is responsible for reporting her/his attendance the day of the seminar if she/he wants Dogs of Course to update seminar attendance records.
    Your replacement must tell us at registration whose spot they are taking and must also submit a copy of their vaccination status, either via email attachment or show a copy at the registration check-in desk. Replacement must also agree to follow the masking and other protocols in place.
  • For participants that are attending a camp, special seminars, or any of the Instructor Training Courses, please check on any specific refund policy stated with the event information for that event as policies may differ. In the case where a special refund policy is stated for an event, that policy would supersede the policy information above.
  • If the seminar does not meet the minimum number of participants required to hold the event and must be cancelled by Dogs of Course, currently registered participants will be refunded the full amount without penalty.
  • If the seminar cannot take place or be completed by reason of fire, civil disturbances, an Act of God, public, national or regional emergency, or any other cause beyond the control of the organizers, a portion of the tuition will not be refunded. The amount withheld will depend on when the cancellation takes place and the nonrecoverable expenses the host incurs.

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

A written note back from Dogs of Course, within 5 working days, will confirm your cancellation. Your cancellation is not valid without a confirmation of receipt.

This policy applies to participants/auditors that must withdraw for any reason including but not limited to injury, illness, emergency and personal or work-related reasons. Working registration is not transferable, including to another person or another seminar/event. Non-working/Auditing registration is not transferable to another seminar/event. This policy is without exception.

COVID-19
Due to COVID-19 and all the uncertainty that has come with it, we need to let you know several things:

  • Our goal is to provide a safe environment where we can all feel comfortable and risk is minimized.
  • All Seminar Attendees must be fully vaccinated and submit proof of vaccination with your registration form.
  • Your temperature may be taken at the door.
  • All attendees must wear masks over nose and mouth while inside the building. We will be making decisions based on CDC guidelines and will err on the side of caution.
  • By coming to the seminar, you will agree to cooperate with the rules or regulations set in place with regards to mask wearing, hand sanitizing, food handling, and other protocols.
  • You will be asked to sign a COVID-19 waiver before coming to the seminar, indicating that you have had and are up-to-date on your vaccine including boosters, do not have COVID-19,  have been symptom-free for 14 days, have not been in contact with or exposed to any person with COVID-19.

COVID Cancellation/Refund Policy for this seminar:

12/16/2021
Due to the ever changing national COVID situation, it is difficult to anticipate what will be happening when this seminar runs. Please read the COVID refund policy below, in addition to the regular seminar refund policy.

  1. A registrant who gets COVID within 14 days of the start of this seminar or are still symptomatic (other than sense of smell/taste) will be refunded in full minus $25 admin fee.
    • You may also give or sell your spot to another person. Your replacement must tell us at registration whose spot they are taking and must also submit a copy of their vaccination status, either via email attachment or show a copy at the registration check-in desk. Replacement must also agree to follow the masking and other protocols in place.
  2. Registrants who arrive at the seminar and have not or cannot present their COVID vaccination proof will be turned away and refunded in full less the $25 admin fee.
  3. Registrants who have a temperature that is above normal at the seminar  will be turned away and refunded in full less the $25 admin fee.
  4. If you are sick the day of the seminar, please stay home. It doesn’t matter if you think it may the flu or a cold or COVID-19. If you are sick, please take care of yourself and others by staying home. Let us know, and we will refund you in full less the $25 admin fee.
    • You may also give or sell your spot to another person. Your replacement must tell us at registration whose spot they are taking and must also submit a copy of their vaccination status, either via email attachment or show a copy at the registration check-in desk. Replacement must also agree to follow the masking and other protocols in place.

These policies may change depending on the current COVID information and status. Registered campers will be informed of changes in this policy. We will update this page as policies change.

Directions to Gemini Dogs, 53-B Ayer Road (Rte 2A/110), Littleton, MA 01460 (ph: 978-486-9922):

Gemini Dogs is conveniently located 1.5 miles west of I-495, in eastern Massachusetts near the intersection of I-495 and Route 2A.

When using other mapping tools, use this address: 53 Ayer Road, Littleton, MA 01460
Please note that most Mapping and GPS systems will NOT bring you to the Gemini door. They will drop you on Route 2A in front of the building. They sometimes do not mention Distribution Center Drive, which is the driveway.
Please do not park in front of the gym, which is to the right of the Gemini training center door. Only gym patrons are allowed to park in front of the gym annex.

From I-495
Take 495 to exit 30 and turn left (Rt 2A/110 West).
Follow 2A/110 West about 1.5 miles. You will pass St. Anne’s Catholic Church and a Shell gas station. Stay forward (bearing right) at the light.
Before you pass the gravel company, turn right onto Distribution Center Drive.
Take your first right and then immediately RIGHT into the parking lot.
Please do not park in front of the gym, which is to the right of the Gemini training center door. Only gym patrons are allowed to park in front of the gym annex.

 From Route 2
Take Route 2 to exit 39 (Taylor Street) and head toward Littleton.
Go approximately one mile and turn right at the stop sign.
Go over the train tracks and turn left at the stoplight onto Ayer Road (Route 2A West).
Pass the Littleton Electric Light Department and continue up the hill.
Before you pass the gravel company, turn right onto Distribution Center Drive.
Take your first right and then immediately RIGHT into the parking lot.
Please do not park in front of the gym, which is to the right of the Gemini training center door. Only gym patrons are allowed to park in front of the gym annex.

 Area Airports:
Manchester, NH – about 55 miles away
Boston, MA – about 30 miles away

Hotel Information: CHECK PET POLICIES BEFORE MAKING RESERVATIONS! Make sure you understand ALL the fees and restrictions. Policies and rates may change.

  • Best Western at Concord, Concord, MA (15 mins away). Ph: 978-369-6100; Dog Fees: $15/night. Room: $100
  • Motel 6 Leominster, Leominster, MA (20 mins away). Ph. 978-537-8161. No pet fee. Dogs up to 50 pounds. Room: $80
  • Best Western Marlborough, Marlborough, MA (30 mins away). Ph: 508-460-0700; Dog fees: Contact for fees. Room: $90
  • Motel 6 Nashua South, Nashua, NH (30 mins away) Ph: 603-888-1893; No pet fee. Room: $90
  • Holiday Inn Express, Hudson, MA (18 mins away), Ph: 978-562-1001; NO PETS. Room: $115
  • Days Inn, Leominster, MA (20 mins away). Ph: 978-751-3757. NO PETS. Room: $90

Food: Lunch will be on your own. There are many places to eat within a 10-minute driving distance. Lunch break will be one hour.

Beverages and snacks may or may not be available depending on ability to offer them and a place to enjoy them safely with COVID concerns. A decision will be made on this a week before the seminar.

We may ask that you do not eat or drink in seminar area so masks will stay on during the lecture. More info a week before the seminar.

 

What to Bring: Bring a comfortable folding chair that you can move from place to place and a towel to place under the chair to protect the new matting, something hard to write on, pad of paper, notebook or laptop for taking notes.
Dress appropriately for inside and outside temperatures. The training room is climate controlled, but you should dress in layers to be sure you are comfortable as the heat/AC can vary depending on your seating location.

No Video or Audio Taping, please.

Dog Policies: This is a non-working seminar. Please leave your dogs at home if possible. If you must bring your dog, please plan on crating in your vehicle. Dog toileting area is away from the building on the small hill at back of parking lot.

If you have questions about this seminar, please contact Dana Crevling via email. We will do our best to reply within 2 business days.

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Early Bird Rate – $130 (register and pay before January 26, 2022)
Regular Rate – $145 (register and pay on or after January 26, 2022)

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