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Virtual Nose Work Camp – Fall 2021

Live Event Date:
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 – Sunday, November 21, 2021

You can purchase the recordings of each of the 12 main webinars until December 9, 2021, 11:59PM. 

Twelve (12) 75-minute unique webinars plus much more!
These webinars will be presented live and recorded: video recordings will be available to view and download beginning December 2, 2021 until 11:59PM, January 6, 2022. They are on sale through December 9, 2021.

About this Virtual Camp
Dogs of Course has lined up an all-star team for a series of Nose Work webinars on Zoom. “Virtual Nose Work Camp” is exactly what you would expect to encounter at camp – minus the 3 classes of hands-on training with your dog and camp cuisine. You will have the option of selecting individual webinars  “a la carte” or purchasing the Super Camper Package of all 12 webinars for a special discount bundle rate. That’s 12 webinars for the price of 9. See “Tuition” and “Registration” sections below for more information.

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Webinar Schedule at a Glance

Tuesday, November 16, 2021


The Competitive Blank Search
Dorothy Turley, CNWI, CPDT-KA


How Many Hides Did I Find?
Michael McManus, CNWI, CAAE, CATT and Natalie McManus, CNWI

NOSTRIL CAFE - 5:30PM-6:15PM EST/2:30-3:15PM PST

Everything But the Kitchen Sync: When Handler and Dog Are Out of Sync
Sue Sternberg

Wednesday, November 17, 2021


Rewarding Your Dog’s Effort
Michele Ellertson, CNWI


Post-trial Recovery and Re-invigoration
Jill Marie O’Brien, CPDT-KA, Co-Founder: NACSW & K9 Nose Work®

NOSTRIL CAFE - 5:30PM-6:15PM EST/2:30-3:15 PST

What’s Your Tell-Tail?
Amy Herot, Co-Founder: NACSW & K9 Nose Work®

Thursday, November 18, 2021


Escape the Trapping
Jason Heng, CNWI, CPDT-KA


Leash Handling for Competition
Amy Herot, Co-Founder: NACSW & K9 Nose Work®

NOSTRIL CAFE - 5:30PM-6:15PM EST/2:30-3:15 PST

Danger, Danger, Will Robinson
Sue Sternberg

Friday, November 19, 2021


Building Search-Duration in Our Nose Work Dogs
Gail McCarthy, CNWI


Sorting It Out!
Leah Gangelhoff, CNWI, CPDT-KA

NOSTRIL CAFE - 5:30PM-6:15PM/2:30-3:15 PST

Sue Sternberg

Saturday, November 20, 2021


Making the Most of Your Virtual Walk-Thru Videos
Dana Zinn, CNWI, CPDT-KA


Making Sense of NW Scents
Tim Lewis, Ph.D.

NOSTRIL CAFE - 5:30PM-6:15PM/2:30-3:15 PST

Fun-Raising Trivia with the Staff
Host: Sue Sternberg

Sunday, November 21, 2021


Holistic Approach to Problem Solving in Nose Work
Carolyn Barney, CNWI, CPDT-KA


Anatomy of a False Alert
Sue Sternberg


Sign up for the series or individual webinars even after they occur. RECORDINGS available to purchase through 11:59PM Thursday, December 9, 2021.  We will send you all the information you need to view them by December 2, 2021 if you purchase the live webinar or the recordings by December 2. Customers who purchase the recordings from December 3 through 11:59PM December 9, 2021, will receive links to the recordings in their confirmation emails. The recordings will be available for viewing and DOWNLOADING to your computer starting December 2, 2021 until 11:59PM January 6, 2022.


Online Via Zoom/Vimeo



Carolyn Barney CNWI, CPDT-KA


Michele Ellertson, CNWI

Gangelhoff 2021

Leah Gangelhoff CNWI, CPDT-KA

jason heng

Jason Heng, CNWI, CPDT-KA

amy herot

Amy Herot, Co-Founder: NACSW & K9 Nose Work®

Tim Lewis and Cricket[1]

Tim Lewis, Ph.D.

gail mccarty

Gail McCarthy, CNWI


Michael McManus, CNWI, CAAE, CATT and Natalie McManus, CNWI

Jill Marie O'Brien

Jill Marie O’Brien, CPDT-KA, Co-Founder: NACSW & K9 Nose Work®

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Sue Sternberg


Dorothy Turley, CNWI, CPDT-KA


Dana Zinn, CNWI, CPDT-KA

Learn from the founders of the sport along with accomplished Certified Nose Work Instructors (CNWI) and trainers who excel in learning theory and understanding of animal behavior. Our webinar presenters are competent, skilled teachers that are also actively involved in training, competition, judging, certifying trials, and instruction. Click on the presenters name to learn more.

Carolyn Barney CNWI, CPDT-KA

Carolyn has been training dogs and their people professionally since 1985. In 1991 she founded Gemini Dog Training, a full-service training and daycare facility and then DOGS! Learning Center in 2007. Over the years, Carolyn focused much of her time on behavior modification through private consulting and training classes. She has educated and coached owners of fearful, aggressive, reactive, and/or socially challenged dogs. Carolyn’s teaching background includes: group classes and workshops on clicker training skills, reactive dog management, and a variety of dog sports that included: agility, obedience, tracking, and earthdog. Carolyn attended the first CNWI training course on the east coast and is currently teaching nose work two nights a week. Her students range from those using the activity for enrichment for dogs with behavioral challenges to those that have achieved their ELTCH and are trialing in Summit.

In November 2001, Carolyn made dog training history along with 117 other dog trainers in the USA, passing the first standardized professional certification test created by what is now known as the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers. For the last three decades Carolyn has trained and mentored 100’s of potential dog training instructors. Many of her previous students and staff trained through her instructor programs have gone on to become Certified Pet Dog Trainers (CPDT-KA), running their own classes and businesses.

The desire for a better understanding of the canine mind and behavior has been the motivating factor in all aspects of her dog experience. Beginning with traditional training techniques, she knew there had to be a better way. Pursuing that better way has evolved into clicker training and a more thoughtful scientific and effective use of operant and classical conditioning. Carolyn believes that training and behavior modification should be safe, enjoyable, and successful for both the dog and the humans who love them. Most importantly, she maintains an open mind to new information and what every dog has to teach the human student.

Along with her training and behavior work, Carolyn wrote Clicker Basics for Dogs and Puppies. Carolyn has 2 DVD’s from the Clean Run Instructor Conference, one on Agility Foundation and one on Scaredy Dogs. Carolyn has co-taught canine cognition/behavior courses at Harvard University Extension School with Bruce Blumberg PhD, lectures to dog trainers occasionally and worked for many years as a behavior consultant for the MSPCA, providing reactive dog training classes and behavior therapy for shelter dogs and their families. Carolyn’s full-time job is Training Director of Operation Delta Dog, a not for profit that trains shelter dogs for veterans with PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury.

Carolyn has been training, competing, and titling dogs for 40 years in obedience, conformation, tracking, agility, earth dog, and for the last decade in K9 Nose Work™. Carolyn’s PRT, Steiff, earned the NW Elite title and participated in the 2014 NACSW National Invitational. Carolyn’s Border Collie, Breezy, has her ELTCH title and participated in the 2017 NACSW National Invitational winning one of the searches and placing in another. Her rescue dog, Sam, achieved his NW2 with a first place overall and is now preparing for NW3 competition.

Michele Ellertson, CNWI

Michele has worked as a Professional Dog Trainer for over 20 years.  Prior to being swept up in the Nosework craze, she worked mostly in behavior modification.  In 2009, Michele was among the first dog trainers in New England to become involved in the National Association of Canine Scent Work’s (NACSW) sport of K9 Nosework.  She currently works with the NACSW as a Certifying Official, Trial Representative, trial host, and competitor.  It’s no secret the sport has skyrocketed, and Michele’s intense schedule of regular weekly classes, private lessons, specialty clinics, and new online virtual programs show it.  In addition to having the honor of teaching at the National K9NW Camps she owns “The Dog’s PACE” out of Massachusetts, a school specializing in K9 Nosework.

Personally, Michele has taken 3 of her rescue dogs to the Elite level, and competed in the 2015 and 2017 NACSW nationals with her 12 lb Chihuahua/Terrier mix names Hemi.  Currently she is owned and loved by two dogs: Chaser, a German Shepherd and Cannoli, a Belgian Tervuren.  While Cannoli is just beginning her journey of carefully laying a solid foundation, Chaser is happily enjoying his time training for his NW3 Elite title.

Although her professional and personal interests have led Michele to train in a variety of dog sports, Michele’s fondness for Nosework comes from the tremendous benefits it offers to all dogs. From confidence building, bonding, mental stimulation, and pure enjoyment, this sport offers so much to both dog and handler.

Leah Gangelhoff CNWI, CPDT-KA

Leah Gangelhoff currently owns and operates Flint Hill K-9 Training, LLC serving the Greater Birmingham, AL area. Leah has owned and operated her own canine training and behavior business since 2002, during which time she has developed thousands of private comprehensive education courses for dogs and their owners for puppy, obedience, and serious behavior issues of all kinds, including fear and aggression. While living in Los Angeles, Leah trained in narcotics detection with co-founders Ron Gaunt and Amy Herot from 2004-2006 before the activity and sport of K9 Nose Work® was born. Leah became involved in K9 Nose Work® in 2010 and is a Senior Faculty Member at the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW™), an NACSW™ Trial Judge and Trial Certifying Official, and a Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI). She has also developed and presented over 30 workshops and seminars nationally and internationally on a variety of topics in K9 Nose Work®. As a Senior Faculty Member, she has collaborated with Founders and Faculty to create and teach Continuing Education courses for Certified Nose Work Instructors and is currently developing and teaching a Continuing Education webinar series for NACSW™ Certified Nose Work Instructors (CNWI).

Leah has logged over 1000 hours of professional narcotics detection training with a large group of dogs prior to the birth of nose work as a pet dog sport, with mentors Ron Gaunt and Amy Herot and with Rodney Spicer/Gold Coast K-9 from 2004-2006. Leah has personally passed professional detection certifications (both written and search tests) in narcotics detection (POST standards) with Evolution K9 in northern California and with the Oxnard Police Department separately with two different dogs (German Shepherd and Papillon, probably the first and only in narcotics detection).​

Leah trained and trialed her German Shepherd, Konner, in K9 Nose Work® all the way up through the NACSW™ Summit Division for Elite Champion teams. She and Konner competed in four Summit Trials before he passed away in 2020 of a brain tumor at 11 years old. Leah and Konner achieved the highest title possible in K9 Nose Work®, a Summit title, placing 2nd Overall with pronounced designations and first and second placements in many Summit trial searches. She earned an NW3 Elite with her Belgian shepherd, Zephyr, placing First, First, and Second Overall at those trials and has earned an NW2 with her 11 pound terrier mix shelter dog, Bruno Mars. She has just recently introduced her Cattle Dog puppy, Butterbean, to the joy of searching for food in boxes.

Leah has had the honor of being invited by the Camp Director and K9 Nose Work® Founders to teach at over 18 K9 Nose Work® Training Camps since 2011. She currently specializes in teaching K9 Nose Work® classes and privates locally and coaching groups, clinics, and seminars nationally and internationally in the sport of K9 Nose Work®.

Jason Heng, CNWI, CPDT-KA

Jason is the owner of HengTen K9 in the Austin, TX metro area specializing in teaching K9 Nose Work®. Jason has attended hundreds of hours of K9 Nose Work® training seminars taught by the founders of the NACSW™ in addition to other talented instructors and professional trainers. Jason works with the NACSW™ as a Certifying Official and Judge for NACSW™ Trials/ORTs. He also had the pleasure of instructing at the; Colorado, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin K9 Nose Work® camps. Jason attended his first K9 Nose Work® camp in GA in 2012. A proud camp moment was receiving the Red Bandana Award in 2013 and seeing the difference a year makes in the confidence of his dog Atlas.

As an instructor, NACSW™ Certifying Official for Trials and Nosework enthusiast he travels extensively for all things related to Nosework. Jason’s dog Atlas earned NW1, NW2, and NW3 Titles in 2013, NW3 Elite in 2015, and ELT-CH – accumulating 1000 points in Elite Division trials in May 2017, scoring high enough to also qualify for the 2017 NACSW National Invitational where they competed with 46 of the top qualifiers in November 2017 in Springfield, MA.

Jason spent a year as a K9 handler with a GSD doing bed bug detection for a pest control company. He logged hundreds of detection hours all over Texas. At the pest control company, he also trained an additional bug detection dog as part of a grant with the US Department of Agriculture.

He has competed at all levels, NW1 through Summit in over 100 NACSW™ trials and other Nosework venues in over 20 states with his 3 Shiba Inu and Labrador. Jason continues to compete, Atlas at Summit League level, and Bailey and Lexi in the Elite Division, trialing over 30 times at the Elite Division trial level.

Jason has been teaching K9 Nose Work® classes since 2012 and is a NACSW™ Certifying Official for trials. Since becoming a CNWI in 2013 he has been working to grow Nosework in Texas by hosting over 30 trial days at all levels. In addition, he continues to share his extensive trial experience with teams throughout the country through seminars and handler coaching.

Before moving to Texas in 2009, Jason, his wife Katy and daughter Jamie lived in Colorado for many years.

Amy Herot, Co-Founder: NACSW & K9 Nose Work®

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.

Tim Lewis, Ph.D.

Tim Lewis earned a PhD in Wildlife Ecology and approaches canine research through the lens of an ecologist. He is an award-winning teacher and a Professor of Biology at the University of St Thomas in St Paul, Minnesota. His research ranges widely over many species including: wolves, bears, deer, squirrels, turtles, and domestic dogs. He has presented findings of his research in scientific journals, at conferences, and as an invited speaker for over twenty years. His collaborative work with the Canine Sociability Initiative combines his expertise with award-winning animal behaviorist Sue Sternberg and is focused on understanding the biology of canine sociability and recognizing it quickly in dog/human encounter. He also researches canine vision for applications in dog handling and canine sports. While he does not do Nose Work himself (yet), his wife is a student of the sport and, of course, he has heard much about it from Sue Sternberg. Tim recently published Biology of Dogs: From Gonads through Guts to Ganglia, available in English and now in German. Two Border Collies allow him to cohabitate in their home.

Gail McCarthy, CNWI

As the instructor at Scentinel Nose Work Dog Training, Gail has worked with horses and dogs all of my life.  She rode horses professionally for many years after graduating from college and  gave horseback riding lessons up through the advanced levels in dressage and in eventing.  When Gail moved to Massachusetts to go to law school, her training interests shifted to working with search and rescue (SAR) dogs and, over the past twenty-five years, Gail has attended over one hundred workshops and seminars from some of the most preeminent detection dog trainers in the country in her quest to learn how best to train independent, focused, reliable and efficient detection dogs.

Recently retired from canine SAR, during that time period Gail trained and certified three dogs as wilderness live find search dogs, two dogs to the State Advanced Level.  One of these dogs was trained and certified twice at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Advanced Level Live Find Disaster Dog Evaluation.  Another dog was trained and certified twice to the State Advanced Level in Human Remains Detection.  Gail was the founder and former Training Director for the Massachusetts Rescue & Recovery K9 Unit and a founder, former Chairperson and Canine Evaluator with the Massachusetts State Search and Rescue Federation.  She was also a Canine Handler with the FEMA’s Urban Search and Rescue, Massachusetts Task Force 1 since 1994 as well as a FEMA Lead Live Find Disaster Dog Evaluator and a FEMA Human Remains Detection Evaluator.  Gail has worked with numerous SAR dogs over the years and freely shares her knowledge and experience, helping many people achieve their SAR certifications.

As a NACSW Faculty Member, Gail has instructed at most of the K9 Nose Work® Training Camps held in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Colorado, and Oregon.  Currently, she is a NACSW Judge and Certifying Official-in-Training for NACSW sanctioned K9 Nose Work® Competition Trials.  She has been teaching K9 Nose Work® classes for over eleven years and several of her students have obtained their NW3 Elite Titles and Elite Championship Title!!

Michael McManus, CNWI, CAAE, CATT and Natalie McManus, CNWI

Michael has been working with dogs for 12 years, focusing on K9 Nose Work®, Treibball, Herding and now Hunting. His Siberian Husky, Lumi, has done well in Nose Work coming in 1st place in their NW1, 1st place in two of their NW3s,
and 2nd place in the 3rd NW3, and earning numerous placements in elements. They have achieved their NW3 Elite title and are now focusing on competitive obedience. Michael was among the first to title dogs not owned by himself in Nose Work. He has titled a Basenji, a Flat Coated Retriever, a Border Collie, a Doberman, a Spanish Water Dog, a Bloodhound, and a German Shorthaired Pointer in NACSW sanctioned trials. He is also an NACSW Certifying Official, Camp Instructor and teaches seminars around the country.

Michael is also a Tutor and Approved Regional Education Provider for the Ethology Institute Cambridge:

Michael is on a continuous path of learning and has studied with some of the best in the field of behavior and training including, Dr. Roger Abrantes, Dr. Ian Dunbar, John Rogerson, Scott Glen, Amy  Herot, Ron Gaunt, Jill-Marie O’Brien and others.

Natalie grew up with dogs – and other animals – and has been working with them professionally for 11 years.

She is also Certified Search Designer and Judge for United States Canine Scent Sports, a Judge for AKC Scent Work, and a Judge for PUSH Treibball. She has been active in K9 Nose Work for 12 years and teaching classes for 9 years.

She has titled an Australian Shepherd mix (5th mixed breed dog to achieve an NW1), Pomeranian (1st Pomeranian to achieve an NW1 title), Border Collie (2nd Border Collie to achieve an NW3 title), a Belgian Malinois, and another Border Collie. Natalie is currently
working on Elite Champion with her Border Collie and Elite 1 with her Malinois.

Natalie is also a K9 Nose Work Camp instructor, and has taught at GA camp, CO camp, and PA

Jill Marie O’Brien, CPDT-KA, Co-Founder: NACSW & K9 Nose Work®

Jill Marie has been working with and training dogs since 1987. As co-founder of the National Association of Canine Scent Work® and K9 Nose Work® Jill Marie has focused her attention on the development of the K9 Nose Work® program. Her work has taken her to almost all the States of the Union, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Japan and most recently Sweden.

In 1996 Jill Marie joined spcaLA and developed the agency’s first Animal Behavior and Training Department since its inception in 1877. During her time at spcaLA she created the HEAL program (Helping Enhance Animals’ Lives) to improve and enrich the lives of the animal clients in the shelter, developed the Standards Program for enhanced assessments, behavior modification and placement recommendations and wrote the dog training curriculum for the TLC program designed for at-risk youth. Jill Marie’s tenure working in the shelter environment has given her a unique insight into how successful dog/human relationships are developed and sustained.

Jill Marie’s years of dog training experience includes developing a behavior assessment protocol for use in the shelter environment, agility instruction and competition, tracking, Animal Assisted Therapy, Schutzhund and canine detection training along with many hours of K9 Nose Work™ development and instruction. As one of the founders of the sport of K9 Nose Work™ and the National Association of Canine Scent Work, LLC™ she is a strong believer in activities that enhance and cultivate teamwork between dog & handler.

Along with her involvement with the NACSW and K9 Nose Work, Jill Marie operates her own dog training and consulting business in the Los Angeles area. She shares her life with her son, Aedan, and husband, Jim, and three dogs, Raven, Grip and Stella.

Sue Sternberg

Sue Sternberg has over 40 years of canine behavior experience, including: animal control officer, kennel and animal care technician at various shelters, veterinary assistant, behavior consultant at the ASPCA, temperament evaluator, kennel and animal shelter owner, shelter dog expert and advocate, successful competitor in a variety of dog sports, skilled teacher of dog trainers/professionals and internationally recognized speaker. Sue founded, and was the director of, Rondout Valley Animals for Adoption for over a decade. RVAA is an open admission, private shelter dedicated to pet owner outreach, safe animal adoptions, and quality of life. Sue has known Dana Crevling for over 20 years and is a guest speaker at K9 Nose Work Training Camps and has been on staff with the Dogs of Course Instructor Training Courses since the inception in 1999.

Sue is a dog behavior expert, author, and an innovator in the field of shelter dog welfare. She spends a lot of time on the road traveling to educate people on canine communication, body language, and aggression thresholds. Sue developed programs to prevent pet relinquishment and overpopulation, to match families with safe pets, and to help shelters attend to the mental health of the animals in their care. Her contribution to the shelter and dog training communities was  honored by the Association of Professional Dog Trainers granting her a lifetime achievement award.

Sue was bitten by the Nose Work bug in 2014 and had been joyfully addicted ever since. She is an avid student of the sport going to as many K9 Nose Work Training Camps, seminars, classes and workshops possible with her busy schedule. Sue has worked four dogs in the sport and is currently starting her fifth Nose Work teammate, Pon. Chappy, her red Heeler mix, is a NACSW Champion and that has placed High in Trial and second in the demanding Summit League.

Sue lives with two wonderful, adopted Heeler mixes: Chappy and Pon.  She is an accomplished fiddle player, an amateur paleontologist, loves Earl Grey tea, and is a major Star Trek fan. Her unique style, sense of humor, and frank, open approach create a fun, motivating, learning environment.

You can keep up with Sue on Facebook.

Dorothy Turley, CNWI, CPDT-KA

Dorothy is a professional, full-time dog trainer in the Olympia, Washington area. Her business, Let’s Talk Dogs, specializes in pet dog training, behavior issues and K9 Nose Work®. She began dog training as a hobby in 1995 and quickly became involved with rescue and education work as a volunteer. She eventually transitioned to training others and quit her day job in 2002 to pursue dog training as a full-time professional.

Dorothy teaches classes, private lessons and also hosts educational seminars and workshops. She has also traveled as the working assistant to Kathy Sdao, MS, CAAB (Bright Spot Dog Training). She is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) and a Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI) and continues her education by attending seminars and workshops. She has graduated from the Dogs of Course Instructor training, CNWI instructor training and 3 sessions of Bob Bailey’s “Chicken Camp.” Over the years she has volunteered and worked at her local shelters and various rescue groups.

In early 2010 Dorothy attended her first K9 Nose Work® seminar with Ron Gaunt. She was hooked. She knew this was a great activity that she wanted to share it with her clients. She began working with her dog and car reactive dog, Zoey, and never looked back. She had no plans to compete with this particular “problem” dog so was thrilled when Zoey not only earned her NW1 title but also took first place. Dorothy is now a Supervising/Elite Certifying Official for the NACSW™. She is also an experienced trial and ORT host, National Trial Coordinator, Trial Representative and Score Room Lead for the NACSW™. She shares her life with her husband and 3 dogs (all mutts) in Rochester, Washington. She is currently trialing with her Chihuahua mix, Brigette, at the NW3 level. Dorothy and Zoey had the honor of attending the National Invitational in November, 2017.

Dana Zinn, CNWI, CPDT-KA

Dana Zinn has been working with and training dogs since 1999. Her many years of dog training experience include working at the spcaLA as an Animal Behavior & Training Specialist. It was the time working with dogs in the shelter that drew her to the sport of K9 Nose Work®; not only for her own dogs, but for the many dogs in need of a “job” to do.

Dana was involved in the first publicly offered Nose Work class in Long Beach, CA. She not only participated but eventually assisted in instruction. From there Dana became involved in the development of the K9 Nose Work® instructor certification program. Dana was one of the first participants to be certified as an instructor for the K9 Nose Work® curriculum approved by the National Association of Canine Scent Work, LLC.

Today, her many jobs with NACSW include certifying official, supervising certifying officlal, and trial judge.  She is also thrilled to be a part of education committee helping to train new certifying officials joining the organization.

Her learning never stops as she continues to teach classes, instruct at camps, compete in trials, create webinars, and teach workshops. One of her proudest moments was placing first in the 2014 NACSW National Invitational.

Dana has participated in a variety of canine activities such as obedience, herding, agility and of course Nose Work. Dana moved from California with her family to Golden, Colorado in 2008 and brought the sport of K9 Nose Work® with her.  She hosted the first trials in Colorado and has absolutely loved watching nose work flourish there.  Dana is honored to be a part of the amazing community that has grown around the game and sport in Colorado and surrounding areas.

Dana strives to increase her knowledge about canine behavior and instruction. She has attended and helped coordinate many seminars featuring some of the world’s most sought-after speakers. One of her most memorable educational experiences was working with and learning from the renowned dog behavior expert and trainer John Rogerson. She has traveled to England and Washington state to work with and assist him on many courses including his 21-day Instructors’ Course.

Dana is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and a member of the Colorado Trainers’ Networking Group. Dana was certified as a professional dog training in 2005 by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT).

Dana currently shares her life with her wonderful husband Ken, two beautiful children Jessica & Ben, and her two Labrador Retrievers, Winnie and Sunny.

Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 12PM EST/9AM PST: The Competitive Blank Search

Dorothy Turley, CNWI, CPDT-KA
The Competitive Blank Search
Clearing a blank search area can be tricky. This webinar will look at how to help build a team’s ability to successfully navigate blank searches. Dorothy will share practical ideas and exercises designed specifically to increase the team’s knowledge about blank searches for competition.

Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 3PM EST/12PM PST: How Many Hides Did I Find?

Michael McManus, CNWI, CAAE, CATT and Natalie McManus, CNWI
How Many Hides Did I Find?
Improve your searches by improving your memory

 We all know that a good memory is useful is nose work searches, but many handlers think they are stuck with the “bad” memory they have right now. Not so! Significant improvement in memory is possible. But, like anything, it must be practiced. Michael and Natalie will discuss games, exercises, tips and tricks for improving your memory within the search and after.

Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 12 PM EST/9AM PST: Rewarding Your Dog's Effort

Michele Ellertson, CNWI
Rewarding Your Dog’s Effort
In positive reinforcement training, we get more of what we reward.  We like a sit?  Reward the sit and it’s more likely the dog will offer that next time.  It’s easy to see the effort made by the dog with those types of behaviors.  It’s less easy to see effort when we are focused on a dog solving an odor puzzle quickly, getting as close to source as possible and communicating with the handler. Being perfect.
What if we think about it like this: If we feed for the dog making an effort, we get more effort and more potential for the dog to solve the search problem.  In the end we want our dogs to try.  Try and solve the problem.  Try to get to source. We need the willingness to put in the effort for the dog to reach his full potential. When we focus too much on attaining perfection, we forget about all the hard work the dog exerted to get there and miss out on the advantages of shaping the behavior through rewarding for effort.
Michele will discuss the benefits of a dog that understands putting in the effort “pays” and how to and when to reinforce the dog’s best effort. She will also discuss how to avoid common pitfalls with this training technique.

Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 3PM EST/12PM PST: Post-trial Recovery and Re-invigoration

Jill Marie O’Brien, CPDT-KA, Co-Founder: NACSW & K9 Nose Work®
Post-trial Recovery and Re-invigoration
Trialing can be a fun, scary, exciting, as well as an exhausting endeavor. Regardless of the experience level of the dog, handler, or trial outcome, processing the impact that trialing has on the team can help with creating a strategy for the critical days post trial.
Jill Marie is going to look at how to make the days after a trial productive, recuperative, and reinvigorating no matter the outcome of your most recent trialing adventure. The days after an event are critical in processing outcomes and setting the tone for training plans and recovery.
Jill Marie will identify potential post-trial fallout that can influence the team’s skills and confidence. She’ll then share a few exercises and ideas to support post-trial recovery and rebuilding so the time between trials is productive and sets the tone for the next competitive experience.

Thursday, November 18, 2021, 12 PM EST/9AM PST: Escape the Trapping

Jason Heng, CNWI, CPDT-KA
Escape the Trapping
Implementation of practical tactics for assessment and escape from “pooling” or “trapping” odor

Join Jason to explore the most common categories of trapping odor and how to analyze and implement possible escape tactics for each scenario. By breaking down the most common cases, we give ourselves the best chance to implement tactics in competitive situations.
For example; Wind-driven pooling is a fairly common trap we will review; where the odor is continually pushed into an area and the dog/handler team can feel trapped in limbo generally ending in false alerts.
Jason will review detailed strategies for escaping trapping and pooling odor scenarios and how to practice trapping odor so both dog and handler are familiar with the conundrum.

Thursday, November 18, 2021, 3 PM EST/12PM PST: Leash Handling for Competition

Amy Herot, Co-Founder: NACSW & K9 Nose Work®
Leash Handling for Competition
The leash has many functions in the relationship between dog and handler. As a tether to the handler, it can provide security, limit exploration and chasing or be too restrictive in the context of nose work. The timed search in a competition creates a situation in which use of leash technique may be employed to provide aid to the search for efficiency and safety. Knowing when and why to apply particular leash skills, or back off the pressure, or go off leash is a must for the competition minded handler.
This webinar will review tactical strategies for leash skills and how to balance the use of technique in certain settings with the independent learning that must also happen in training.

Friday, November 19, 2021, 12 PM EST/9AM PST: Building Search-Duration in Our Nose Work Dogs

Gail McCarthy, CNWI
Building Search-Duration in Our Nose Work Dogs
The concept of “search-duration” in Nose Work dogs is multi-faceted.  The concept includes “duration” with regard to a dog’s “staying at source,” to continuing to work when no hides are quickly found and to a dog’s willingness to stay engaged when working out complicated search problems. “Search-duration” also includes a dog’s ability to eagerly hunt though out an entire trial day and to that dog maintaining this willingness to hunt throughout the course of his search career.  Finally, handlers, too, experience “search-duration” when their dog does not quickly locate target odor or if the dog takes too long to solve a search problem. Developing “search-duration” is something each handler should factor into their training program and this webinar will focus in and offer training exercises to address some of these issues.

Friday, November 19, 2021 - 3PM EST/12PM PST: Sorting It Out!

Leah Gangelhoff, CNWI, CPDT-KA
Sorting It Out!
As dogs progress in their journey toward Elite, it is critical that we give them exposure in training to exercises that allow them the time to learn and build complex sorting skills. As our dogs are gaining familiarity through repetition and building an understanding of this important skill, we can be sharpening our observation skills as handlers. Once we begin to recognize how our dogs actually “sort out” the scent picture, this can help us know how to best support them in a blind search. This webinar is a wonderful adjunct to any Elite training program. 

Saturday, November 20, 2021, 12PM EST/9AM PST: Making the Most of Your Virtual Walk-Thru Videos

Dana Zinn, CNWI, CPDT-KA
Making the Most of Your Virtual Walk-Thru Videos
Now that we no longer have in-person walk-thrus at trials, it’s more essential than ever that we make the most of our virtual walk thru videos.  Even though it’s a different experience, it’s still a valuable tool to help us evaluate and plan for trial searches.
In this webinar we will discuss:

  • search area evaluation
  • areas/objects your dog may use to gather information
  • entrances and exits and their potential effect on odor movement
  • choosing the right leash
  • running on or off leash, if given the option
  • making the most of debrief videos

We will look at videos, evaluate the areas, watch teams work them, and then look at debrief videos to complete the picture.

Saturday, November 20, 2021 - 3PM EST/12PM PST: Making Sense of NW Scents

Tim Lewis, Ph.D.
Making Sense of NW Scents
As it happens, most of scent work is brain work. Unfortunately, our brains do not actually function the way we think they do because brains lie. In this webinar, we will look at how evolution shaped the canine brain, and ours too. Knowing what tricks brains are up to, and why they lie to us, will help you improve in nosework. We will look at how distractors affect the brain, and how filtering (from search images to confirmation biases) help and hurt you and your dog’s training. We will discuss nose and brain parts as well as how they function from how scents themselves are received by neurons to their processing in the brain. And we will do all this in a way you can remember and learn to use.

Sunday, November 21, 2021, 12 PM EST/9AM PST: Holistic Approach to Problem Solving in Nose Work

Carolyn Barney, CNWI, CPDT-KA
Holistic Approach to Problem Solving in Nose Work
“Fixing” (or avoiding) an unwanted behavior takes the ability to systematically analyze, isolate, and then design a training protocol for both dog and trainer/handler. A holistic approach looks more closely at the important factors that play a role in the problem behavior beyond the specific action presented. It takes into account: who dogs are (collectively and individually), the dog’s training history and the skill level, and the behavior, perspective and abilities of the trainer/handler. Carolyn will be using a behavior analysis approach to look at how to break down the unwanted behavior and then build a training program specific for the team.
Through the presentation of a variety of typical problems from diagnosis to a training program for improvement, Carolyn will help you better understand why problems exist and how to best combat them.  Examples will include: pawing at or biting boxes or objects with odor, urine marking while working, and dogs that get distracted when searching or are unable to work in specific environments. This is useful information whether you do nose work just for fun, are an amateur trainer or are a professional.

Sunday, November 21, 2021, 3PM EST/12PM PST: Anatomy of a False Alert

Sue Sternberg
Anatomy of a False Alert
In this presentation, we will dissect the innards and major organs of The False-Alert. By studying, under the nose work microscope, the dog’s symptoms, along with (and even more importantly) the handler’s symptoms, we can find the most common causes of the dreaded-but-curable disease we all know of as The False Alert.
In this presentation, participants can expect to find a treatment 95% effective at preventing The False Alert, and 100% guaranteed to either prevent or at least improve your ability to diagnose it in the early stages, where it is far more treatable.

These Live ONLY Bonus Sessions have been added to enhance your camp experience. These Bonus Sessions were not be recorded and not available for purchase as recordings.

Welcome to the Nostril Café
All Campers are welcome to join us at the Nostril Café for your evening entertainment and education at no additional cost. If you have purchased at least one webinar, you will get a link(s) to all these live only events. You may also buy JUST the Nostril Café for those that want to learn more about dog communication but are not interested in Nose Work.

Our hosts for the Nostril Café are Sue Sternberg and guest host, Amy Herot.

So grab your favorite beverage, some snacks and join us at the Café for some light hearted learning at the end of your camp day. Learning is the bonus!

Nostril Café Menu

Tuesday, November 16 - 5:30PM-6:15PM: ET Everything But the Kitchen Sync: When Handler and Dog Are Out of Sync with Sue Sternberg

Matching your dog’s speed, pace and momentum is not only important for supporting your dog’s search and direction choices, but because when you and your dog are out of sync you can inadvertently push your dog past a hide, or pull him off a hide, and many other errors that can lead to false alerts and/or missing hides.
Join Sue at this afternoon’s Nostril Cafe to see if you can spot the out-of-sync moments! The session will start with some fun guess work, and then conclude with detailed explanations of how to identify these moments and adjust handling to keep your team moving smoothly.

Wednesday, November 17 - 5:30PM-6:15PM ET: What’s Your Tell-Tail? with Amy Herot

Join Amy Herot for a fun and fascinating look at dogs’ tails when at source. What are they telling us with their tail?

Thursday, November 18 - 5:30PM-6:15PM ET: Danger, Danger, Will Robinson with Sue Sternberg

Thursday, November 18
5:15PM – 6:00PM ET
Danger, Danger, Will Robinson
Your dog perks his ears forward and stares out—is he just watching a butterfly? Or is the dog tracking a person, and will your dog come to the conclusion the person is a threat and hence start barking or growling? How can you tell the difference between a dog staring with wholesome thoughts in his head vs staring leading to a conclusion of threat or danger?

Join Sue in this presentation showing videos of dogs at the beginning of an “orient” sequence (defined as ears forward and eyes focused on a target) and try your skills at predicting which orienting leads to quickly stopping any staring, which leads to chase, which leads to growling/barking, and which leads to melting down into a cashew shape with extra wide wagging and greeting behaviors, because a beloved human is recognized.

Friday, November 19 - 5:30PM-6:15PM ET: Orientation with Sue Sternberg

What is meant by “orientation”? Orientation is when the handler’s hips, shoulders and head are aimed at and focused on the dog during the search. In the immutable laws of body language and nonverbal communication shared by dogs and humans, orienting in this way toward your dog during a search is a way to fully support your dog and his decisions. Maintaining and becoming aware of true orientation allows the handler to fully honor the dog’s work, and, in times when the handler feels the need to make a suggestion or move the dog for whatever reason, changing orientation is much more likely to be listened to by the dog whose handler has been communicating clearly during training. With improper orientation, or with a handler who has deliberately or inadvertently used a more random orientation style, can develop a dog who ignores the handler’s orientation, a dog who loses faith in what the handler’s body language is saying because it is arbitrary and inconsistent.

In this visit to the Nostril Cafe, Sue will start with video examples of teams and attendees will be able to guess at what the handler’s orientation might be saying to the dog, and then guess as to whether or not the handler wanted to actually say that!

We will conclude the visit to the cafe with an educational segment on what clear and consistent body language-orientation looks like, what the handler is saying, and what the handler is saying to their dog when it is off.

Saturday, November 20 - 5:30PM-6:15PM ET: Fun-Raising with the Staff

Trivia fun for charity with your Virtual Camp Staff! Sue Sternberg will moderate this silly game that will benefit an animal charity. Watch teams of Virtual NW Camp staff go head-to-head on answering Nose Work and dog trivia questions. The staff team with the most points wins $250 for the charity of their choice.

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


  • $270 Super Camper Package! Sign up and save $90.00 / 25%. 12 webinars for the price of 9 with access to view and download the recordings until 11:59PM January 6, 2022.
  • $30 per individual webinar with access to view and download the recording/s you purchased until 11:59PM January 6, 2022.
    • sign-ups are separate for each webinar

Payment MUST be made through PayPal, either with a PayPal account or by using your credit or debit card. No checks for the webinars, please.


In order to attend the live webinars, you must download the Zoom app for your phone OR register through your PC or laptop for a free Zoom account at

Confirmation Info
After registering and sending payment, you will receive a confirmation email(s) from Dogs of Course. If you have registered before or during the live presentations, you will receive an ADDITIONAL email from Zoom right after you register for each webinar, giving you the information on how to connect to the live webinar. You will also get a live webinar reminder from Zoom approximately 45 minutes before the presentation depending on when you register.


  • Remember to look in your junk mail folder
  • Check all your e-mail accounts for your confirmations
  • Contact the Tech Team if you did not get a confirmation for the live webinar and it is starting within 30 minutes. Don’t forget that Zoom will send you a reminder with the link at about 45 minutes before the event.

We have compiled commonly asked questions well as helpful information. Please click on the link below.

FAQ About ZOOM and the Fall 2021 NW Virtual Camp

LEADER: Kathy Austin; 508-397-0618

  • Virtual Camper Last Names A-F – Kathy Austin; 508-397-0618
  • Virtual Camper Last Names G – M – Jenn Jackson; 978-337-3904
  • Virtual Camper Last Names N – Z – Rachel Lachow; 410-746-0058

Please note: Only the main camp presentations are eligible for CEUs. The evening “Nostril Cafe'” sessions are not eligible for CEUS.

1 CEU per webinar. 12 total for Super Campers.

1 CEU for CPDT_KAs for the following 7 webinars only (speakers are certified with CCPDT):
Turley – The Competitive Blank Search, O’Brien – Post Trial Recovery, Heng – Escape the Trapping, Gangelhoff – Sorting it Out!, Zinn – Virtual Walk-Thru Videos, Lewis – Making Sense of NW Scents, Barney – Holistic Approach to Problem Solving

1.25 CEUs per webinar for those that are Certified with the IAABC, not just members. 15 CEUs total.

1.25 CEUs per webinar. 15 CEUs total

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. For organizations that want proof of attendance (IAABC only for this webinar series) you will have a LIMITED time to apply.

  • IAABC Certified, Accredited, and Affiliate Members and KPA-CTPs Only: A “secret word” will be in embedded in each of the webinars. Each webinar will have a unique “secret word” which must be sent to Bonnie at Dogs of Course in order to receive your CEUs for IAABC and KPA. “Secret words” must be received by Bonnie at Dogs of Course by January 10, 2022.
  • IAABC and KPA-CTP CEU certificates will be sent to you through email, so you can print them and/or save them. You can expect to receive them by January 10, 2022.
  • 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 Virtual Nose Work Camp series We will submit the CEUs to the organization by December 20, 2021, but cannot predict when they will appear in your instructor portal.
  • CCPDT CEUs for CPDT-KAs have been granted for ONLY the presenters who are CPDT-KAs. CCPDT CEUs are entered online and there will be no certificates sent to you. Please check your membership account on the CCPDT website three weeks after the Virtual Nose Work Camp series We will submit the CEUs to the organization by December 20, 2021, but cannot predict when they will appear in your instructor portal.

Fundraiser 1:

Who and What
Dogs of Course will run a Facebook Auction fundraiser. We will be donating to Vested Interest in K9s, a 501c(3) non-profit whose mission is to provide bullet and stab-protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the country. They rely on funds raised through contributions, grants and fundraising events.

When and Where
Monday, November 15 through Monday, November 22, 2021 on the Virtual Nose Work Camp Fall 2021 Facebook page. Go to Facebook and typeVirtual Nose Work Camp and Charity Auction Fall 2021” in the search box.

We are looking for NEW items, electronic gift cards, gift certificates, and services that our Nose Work community would be interested in. Items that would appeal to a wide variety of people are best. Items are mailed by the donor to the winner.

Please donate ASAP so we can process and post your item to get the best exposure. We would like your donation by November 10, 2021 although we will try to take it later. Click on link below to send in your donation item info.

Facebook Auction Donation Form

Go to the FB page for Virtual Nose Work Camp Fall 2021 and then look up the auction under “Events.” Items will be listed as individual posts. You bid by commenting on the post.

Fundraiser 2:
We will have a staff trivia contest on Saturday, November 20th at the live Nostril Cafe’ session. That’s 5:30 ET on Zoom. Dogs of Course will donate $250 the charity of the winning teams choice.

The Camp Store will be open from November 8 – December 8, 2021.

  • We have a large variety of Nose/scent work related items for YOU! Shop early to get the size and design you desire.
  • Featured Item:
    • GET your Nostril Café T-Shirt and celebrate your love of searching and your dog’s patience! More info and the design will be coming your way via the Camp Newsletter Update and on the Camp Facebook page.
Registration Refund Policy for the Webinar
Registration for this event confirms that you have read and agree to these policies.
  • Individual Webinars: If you cancel your registration through Zoom before the start time of the webinar, we will refund the registration fee in 3-5 business days. The link to cancel can be found at the bottom of your email confirmation for each individual webinar from Zoom. No refunds after the start time of the live webinar.
  • Super Camper Package: You will find the cancellation link at the bottom of the webinar confirmation from Zoom. You must submit a cancellation through Zoom for EACH of the webinars you wish to cancel. It will not be a “blanket cancellation.” You will be refunded the registration fee in 3-5 business days. No refunds after the start time of the selected live webinar you want to cancel. Individual webinars canceled from the Package discount rate will be pro-rated so the full price of each video will be assessed.
    NOTE: If you cancel your webinar registration through Zoom, please notify Dogs of Course of your cancellation, too.
  • No refunds for “no-shows.”
  • No refunds for failure to view or DOWNLOAD the recording before 11:59PM EST January 6, 2022 .
  • The webinar fee is not transferable to another webinar, seminar, camp, or course.
  • Our webinar presentations include video analysis. Dogs of Course and the speaker(s) will do their best to provide you with a quality product. However, there are factors of running live webinars beyond our control that can impact the overall quality.
  • The quality of the presentation video is contingent on your computer operating system, your internet connection and the bandwidth available. Even with high speed internet, video can/will lag or stutter a bit. You should expect degraded video to some degree.
  • If your computer is older or your internet slow that your smart phone might be a better choice.
  • Please read and print out this link. It has important information. FAQ About ZOOM and the Fall 2021 NW Virtual Camp

Below is information from Zoom about system requirements and a website where you can test your internet speed to see if your system is optimal for the presentation. Dogs of Course can not guarantee the quality of the video in the webinars.

System requirements

How do I know how fast my internet speed is?

In order to attend the live webinars, you must download the Zoom app for your phone OR register through your PC or laptop for a free Zoom account at

If you don’t have the zoom link or cant connect to the live webinars please check the FAQ sheet and/or contact the Tech Team. Their info is under the “FAQ and Tech Team” section above.

If you have questions about this virtual camp, please contact Dana Crevling via email or leave a message at 508/529-3568 EST, 8am -7pm M-F. We will do our best to reply within 2 business days.

If you have questions about NACSW or would like to become a certified instructor you can learn more by going to the NACSW website.

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Individual Webinars – $30 each

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Super Camper Package $270.00

includes all 12 Webinars + Nostril Cafe
If you select the Super Camper Option, you will get all 12 Webinars. You do not need to select the individual Webinars.

If you are purchasing 9 or more Webinars, then you should select this Super Camper Option instead of Individual Webinars. This will give you all 12 Webinars + Nostril Cafe Bonus Sessions for the same price.

The Competitive Blank Search $30.00

11-16-21, 12 PM EST/9AM PST

How Many Hides Did I Find? $30.00

11-16-21, 3PM EST/12PM PST

Rewarding Your Dog’s Effort $30.00

11-17-21, 12 PM EST/9AM PST

Post-trial Recovery and Re-invigoration $30.00

11-17-21, 3PM EST/12PM PST

Escape the Trapping $30.00

11-18-21, 12 PM EST/9AM

Leash Handling for Competition $30.00

11-18-21, 3PM EST/12PM PST

Building Search-Duration in Our Nose Work Dogs $30.00

11-19-21, 12 PM EST/9AM PST

Sorting It Out! $30.00

11-19-21, 3PM EST/12PM PST

Making the Most of Your Virtual Walk-Thru Videos $30.00

11-20-21, 12 PM EST/9AM PST

Making Sense of NW Scents $30.00

11-20-21, 3PM EST/12PM PST

Holistic Approach to Problem Solving in Nose Work $30.00

11-21-21, 12 PM EST/9AM PST

Anatomy of a False Alert $30.00

11-21-21, 3PM EST/12PM PST

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