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Leash Handling for Competition
An NACSW authorized seminar
with Amy Herot
NACSW™ and K9 Nose Work® Co-Founder

We will be starting at 10:00am due to the upcoming storm. Please be safe and drive carefully. Check in at 9:15 – 9:50am.

Saturday, March 23, 2024
9:00am  – 5:00pm
MasterPeace Dog Training
Franklin, MA

Registration is closed. Walk-ins are welcome. See below under “Tuition” for walk-in information.

Current limit is 100 attendees.
This is a non-working seminar.
Please read ALL the information on the webpage and note that policies and related procedures have been added/adjusted due to COVID.

  • All participants must agree to the COVID/health policy below.
  • Please read all seminar specifics before registering. 
  • Registration will close on Monday, March 18. Walk-in registrations will be available the day of the event.


MasterPeace Dog Training
264 Fisher St.
Franklin, MA 02038


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

Amy Herot, NACSW™ and K9 Nose Work® Co-Founder
Amy is a professional K9 trainer and handler and brings over two decades of experience to her work. She has had certified teams in Narcotics and Explosives detection 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®, 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. Amy currently directs the NACSW™ Trial Division.

In the canine sport world Amy has trained dogs for tracking, agility, sheepherding, protection sports and detection. She competed nationally with her Dutch Shepherd, Maya, and took 3rd place in Narcotics Detection at the Gold Coast K9 Work Dog Trials and 1st place, open division, at the Oxnard Police K9 Foundation Inaugural Trial, 2009. Her Belgian Malinois, Seven, was 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 APR 1 IPO title.

Amy holds a Bachelor of Science from NYU and was nationally certified through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) from 2004 to 2019. Additionally, she is a graduate of the Balu Academy for Dog Trainers and was a John Rogerson associate here in the U.S.

Her professional memberships and affiliations include the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), Southern California Schutzhund Club, President (SCSC), California Narcotics Canine Association (CNCA) and International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators (IABTI). Amy has given 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.  In addition to being the director of the NACSW Trial Division, Amy is owner of the Los Angeles based All Good Dogs, LLC., which provides training and behavior consulting, scent detection, and K9 Nose Work products.

Leash Handling for Competition is geared towards the trial-minded handler who wants to explore the nuance of leash technique for that competitive edge. Amy will cover various skill sets for leash handling to expand the handler tool set and develop strategies for employing the best tools for the search parameters.

Understanding the appropriate application and timing of leash technique is key to successful execution. Analysis of search areas, conditions, dog search style and ability along with handler ability will provide a framework for building and maximizing search work in partnership with your dog.

Through lecture, video, and live demonstrations, Amy will cover lots of ground to improve your competitive game. This is a non-working seminar.

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.

Before you register, please read the important information under “Rules, Considerations and Refunds” below.  Walk-in Registration is available. If you would like to attend, you are welcome to come on Saturday morning to register. There will be an additional $25 walk-in convenience fee for walk-ins. Cash or check ONLY.

  • $150  – early bird rate (register and pay on or before January 23, 2024)
  • $170  (register and pay after January 23, 2024)
  • $195  Walk In Registration. Cash or Check payment only

Currently limited to 10attendees.
Registration will close March 18, 2024, or when the seminar is full.

Business Group Discounts are available for AUDITORS ONLY. Please read the information on our Business Group Discount Page for more information about who qualifies and how to register. Please contact us via email to make sure there is availability.

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


  • Remember to look in your junk mail folder
  • Check all your e-mail accounts for your confirmation
  • Dogs of Course will be sending you updated information and reminders before the start of the seminar. Please watch for our email/s.

9 CEUs for CNWIs

N/A for this seminar

6.5 CEUs

If you indicated, on your webinar registration, that you need CEUs for NACSW, CCPDT, 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.

  • KPA-CTP CEU codes will be sent to you through email, so you can print them and/or save them.
  • NACSW™  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 and/or CCPDT member portal three weeks after the workshop.

Update: 3/17/24: No store for this seminar. Thank you for understanding.

We expect there will be a small store. The “Camp Store” sells clothing and other items for the Nose/Scent Work enthusiast. Cash and checks are encouraged. We will give you any additional information in the final confirmation email, which will be sent 5 days before the seminar.

Charity Raffle:
Our charity raffle will benefit a dog-related charity.  Raffle tickets purchases will be in the form of cash or a check to the charity.

If you have a new item you would like to donate please contact Dana to discuss. 

Health policies
Due to ongoing COVID-19 and Flu concerns we need to let you know several things:

  • Our goal is to provide a safe healthy environment where we can all feel comfortable, and health risks are minimized.
  • Please do NOT attend the seminar if you are not feeling well, including having: COVID- 19, a cold or the Flu.
  • ALL participants must not have contracted COVID fewer than 7 days prior to the seminar date AND must be symptom free.
  • ALL participants must not have been in contact with, living with, or exposed to any person with COVID- 19 for at least 5 days prior to the seminar.
  • We encourage all Seminar Attendees to COVID TEST the morning of the seminar to make sure they are negative. This kindness protects our community.
  • You may be asked to wear masks depending on the level of COVID-19 in the area. Best to plan for them. We will be making decisions based on CDC guidelines and current outbreak levels. We will err on the side of caution and let you know if masking will be required in our final email confirmation to you 5 days before the seminar.
  • Your temperature may be taken at the door. Those with high temperatures will be asked to leave and will not be allowed in.
  • By coming to the event, you agree to, and will cooperate with, the rules or regulations set in place with regards to mask wearing, hand sanitizing, food handling, and other protocols. The host has the right to adjust procedures and protocols.
  • You will be required to sign a COVID-19 waiver on-line before coming to the event, indicating that you do not have COVID-19, or if you are recovering from COVID-19 you are symptom-free (other than loss of taste/smell) and were diagnosed with it at least 7 days before the seminar date, and that you have not been in contact with, living with, or exposed to, any person with COVID-19 for at least 5 days
  • See Cancellation and Refund section below for COVID specific refund policies.

These policies may change depending on the current COVID information and status. Registered participants will be informed of changes in this policy. Dogs of Course will make a reasonable effort to inform registered attendees of significant changes in this policy but is not responsible for guaranteeing the information is communicated. We will update this page as policies change.

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

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

  • 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.
    • You may sell or give your registration to another person in lieu of a refund. See “Transferring your registration” in the 6th bullet point.
  • 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.
    • You may sell or give your registration to another person in lieu of a refund. See “Transferring your registration” in the 6th bullet point.
  • Cancellations 6 days or less before the course: No Refunds. (note COVID policy exception below)
  • “No-shows” will not receive a refund.
  • Transferring your registration to another person. Participant may transfer registration to another person. The participant is responsible for finding a replacement and working out reimbursement arrangements as well as informing the replacement of any and all policies and procedures. The replacement participant will tell us who they are replacing at registration check-in on the day of the seminar. The replacement participant must follow all rules and considerations for the seminar including the COVID policies and other health protocols including signing a waiver etc., either via email attachment or at the registration check-in desk.
  • Registration fee is not transferable to another seminar, camp, or virtual event.
  • 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.

COVID, Flu, Illness Cancellation/Refund Policy for this seminar:
Please read the attendance requirements and refund policy below, in addition to the regular seminar refund policy.

      • A registrant who gets COVID within 5 days of the start of this seminar and or who is still symptomatic (other than loss of sense of smell/taste) or who have been directly exposed to a person with COVID 5 or less days before the seminar will not be refunded any portion of their seminar fee.
      • Registrants who arrive at the event ill or have a temperature will be turned away and asked to leave without refund.
      • If the registrant is sick the day of the event, please stay home. It doesn’t matter if you think it may be the flu or a cold or COVID-19. If you are sick, please take care of yourself and others by staying home. We are sorry but we cannot refund you any portion of the seminar fee due to illness. Let us know you are sick and won’t be attending so we won’t worry about you not showing up.
      • The above refund dates apply to anyone that cannot attend due to illness.
      • You may transfer your registration to another person if you are unable to attend. See requirements above.

All cancellations must be in writing (e-mail):
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. This policy is without exception.


Waiver, Assumption of Risk, and Agreement to Hold Harmless
I understand that attendance and participation in seminars run by Dogs of Course/Dana C. Crevling is not without risk to myself and/or guests who may attend this seminar.

I hereby waive and release Dana. C. Crevling, Dogs of Course, the speaker or organization, the shelter or business the seminar is located at, any animal shelter or rescue group that provided the animal, all owners of any other animals in attendance, and any of the above mentioned employees, owners, and agents from any and all liability of any nature for injury or damage which I or my dog may suffer, including specifically, but not without limitation, any injury or damage resulting from the action of any dog, and I expressly assume the risk of any such damage or injury while attending the seminar, while supervising or interacting with a dog while on the grounds or surrounding area thereto. In consideration of my attendance and participation in the seminar, I waive the right from any and all claims or claims by any member of my family or any other person accompanying me during the seminar as a result of any action by any dog, including my own.

MasterPeace Dog Training
264 Fisher St.
Franklin, MA 02038
Phone: 508-553-9300

MasterPeace Dog Training is conveniently located off I-495, in southeastern Massachusetts.
Carpooling is encouraged! Parking will be tight.

Find your best route to Exit #43 off Rt 495 to Route 140 South.
Follow Rt 140 South for approximately 1 mile.
Turn right onto Fisher Street and go to the end, passing over the railroad tracks. MasterPeace is the last building on the left.

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

Area Airports:
Providence, RI (TF Green) – about 35 miles away
Worcester, MA (Worcester Regional) – about 40 miles away
Boston, MA (Logan) – about 45 miles away

Food: Lunch will be on your own. There are many places to eat within a 10-minute driving distance.
Lunch break is scheduled for 1 hour.

Beverages and snacks are expected to be available. If the host feels that COVID concerns dictate a need to limit or not offer beverages and snacks, participants will be notified in the final confirmation about 5 days before the seminar. We ask that you wear your mask when not eating or drinking.

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 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.
Bring a mask please. We encourage you wear to one if possible and it may be required if conditions change.

No Video or Audio Taping, please. Exceptions may be made for the demo teams that want video of themselves for personal use only.

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.

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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Currently attendance is limited to 100 participants.


  • $150  – early bird rate (register and pay on or before January 23, 2024)
  • $170  (register and pay after January 23, 2024)
  • $195  Walk In Registration. Cash or Check payment only
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