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Virtual Nose Work Camp – Summer 2022

Live Event Date:
Tuesday, August 2, 2022 – Sunday, August 7, 2022

Registration is closed.

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 August 16, 2022 until 11:59PM, September 19, 2022. They are on sale through August 22, 2022.

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, August 2, 2022


Dogs Just Want to Have Fun!
Jill Marie O’Brien


Interiors: Put It Here!
Jean Richardson

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

Climbing to the Summit……Should We?
Jean Richardson

Wednesday, August 3, 2022


Vehicles: Are You a Back Seat Driver?
Michele Ellertson


Containers -The Perfect Training Tool
Jill Kovacevich

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

Who is Reading Whom?
Carolyn Barney

Thursday, August 4, 2022


Little Things Do Matter: Attention to Detail in Exterior Searches
Laurel Scarioni


False Alerts: When You Call It Wrong
Sue Frisch

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

For What It’s Worth…
Laurel Scarioni

Friday, August 5, 2022


Trained Final Responses – Why, When, What, and How!
Wendy Krehbiel


The One That Got Away
— A Look at Missed Hides
Amy Herot

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

Nerd Alert at the Nostril Café
Jill Kovacevich & Silke Wittig

Saturday, August 6, 2022


Persistence: Friend and Foe?
Carolyn Barney


The Next Dog: Maximizing Your Training and Avoiding Pitfalls
Natalie & Michael McManus

Sunday, August 7, 2022


The Power of Conditioned Expectations
Leah Gangelhoff


Demystifying Containers
Barbara Schwerdt


Sign up for the series or individual webinars even after they occur. RECORDINGS available to purchase through 11:59PM Monday, August 22, 2022.  We will send you all the information you need to view them by August 16, 2022 if you purchase the live webinar or the recordings by August 16. Customers who purchase the recordings from August 17 through 11:59PM August 22, 20221, will receive links to the recordings within 24 hours of purchase.. The recordings will be available for viewing and DOWNLOADING to your computer starting August 16, 2022 until 11:59PM September 19, 2022.


Online Via Zoom/Vimeo


Carolyn Barney CNWI, CPDT-KA


Michele Ellertson, CNWI

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Sue Frisch, CNWI

Gangelhoff 2021

Leah Gangelhoff CNWI, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA

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

Jill Kovacevich

Jill Kovacevich, CNWI

Wendy Krehbiel, 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®

Jean Richardson, CNWI

Laurel Scarioni

Laurel Scarioni, CNWI

Barbara Schwerdt, BA, CPDT-KA, CNWI

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.

Sue Frisch, CNWI

Sue Frisch is a professional dog trainer with 30+ years of experience working with dogs and their owners.   After 25 years managing an animal shelter while also running a dog boarding business at her farm and teaching training classes at night, Sue’s expertise includes everything from basic manners training and behavior modification to dog psychology, nutrition, and exercise. Over the years she has worked with hundreds of families and their pet dogs.

Sue’s nose work journey began when she attended a workshop in June of 2010 and she was completely hooked!  She enrolled in the NACSW’s CNWI course and completed her Instructors certification in October of 2011 and has been involved ever since.  Besides being a regular at many CNWI continuing education workshops and other NACSW seminars around the country, Sue hosts several NACSW sanctioned trials each year, is a Nose Work Camp instructor,  NACSW Trial Site Advisor Team Leader and is a NACSW approved Judge as well as a NACSW Supervising Certifying Official currently approved to officiate NW1/NW2/NW3 and Elite Division trials.

Through her business, Your Dog’s Place, LLC, she and her staff help dog owners train dogs of all sizes, ages, and temperaments to be polite four-legged family members, as well as offering all levels of K9 Nose Work® classes, private and group coaching.  Her many students have successfully titled their dogs in all levels including the first 2 Collies in the country to earn their Elite Champion Titles!

Sue and her Rottweilers, Sully & Obi compete regularly in the Mid Atlantic/North East Region and reside in Honesdale, PA

Leah Gangelhoff CNWI, CPDT-KA, CBCC-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 recently earned an NW3 Elite placing 2nd Overall and receiving a Pronounced ribbon, with her 11-pound chihuahua/terrier mix shelter dog, Bruno Mars. She and her 16-month-old Cattle Dog puppy, Butterbean, are entered into their first ORTs later this month.

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®.

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.

Jill Kovacevich, CNWI

Jill KovacevichJill is the owner of Mountain Dogs in McCoy Colorado. She specializes in K9 Nose Work training, hosting trial events and supporting NACSW in multiple ways. She has trained in obedience, therapy dogs and Dock Dogs with Digger. In 2011 she discovered K9 Nose Work with Dana Zinn at Zinn Dog Training in Wheatridge, CO and began her Nose Work journey with Digger and Izzy. Jill is also the Medical Administrator for Doctors On Call in Avon, CO since 2000, working with her husband Guy, a primary care provider serving Eagle County for 30 years and is a retired Colorado attorney. Jill is a Certified Nose Work Instructor, Trial Site Advisor (on hiatus during COVID), ORT Certifying Official and Judge, Score Room Lead NW1-NW2, Trial Certifying Official (NW1-NW2-NW3) and participated in the 2015-17 NACSW National Invitational Event Committees. Jill is currently trialing with Digger (ELT CH) at the Summit level and with Izzy at Elite.

Jill has also been a professional ski instructor and scuba diving instructor utilizing progressive positive sports training methods for human sports training, a style of teaching she now uses as a key foundation in developing, enhancing and enriching the human-canine bond with every K9 Nose Work handler-dog team from Intro to Nose Work to Elite and beyond. Jill teaches regularly in Eagle, Grand Junction and in the front range area in Colorado and hosts multiple trials annually in Colorado as Mountain Dogs.

Wendy Krehbiel, CNWI

Wendy is a professional dog trainer and owner of Tell a Tail Dog Training in Livermore, CA. She participated in the first k9 Nose Work® seminar in Northern California in 2009 and became completely hooked on the sport. Since that day, she has become a Certified Nose Work Instructor and teaches all levels of K9 Nose Work® classes at her training facility. She has hosted and organized NACSW trials in Northern California and has traveled throughout the United States to help this growing sport. Wendy also works for the NACSW™ (National Association of Canine Scent Work) behind the scenes as the National Trial Director which involves managing all aspects of the sport including membership, scheduling of events, customer service, training of Certifying Officials, etc. Prior to pursuing dog training as a career, Wendy earned her BS in Computer Science at Michigan State University and worked as a software engineer and manager.

Wendy started in K9 Nose Work® with her dog reactive Golden Retriever, Renegade. “Ren” was an intense working dog that earned his NW3 title twice. Wendy currently lives Mica, Coal, and Carbon. Mica is her 9-year-old golden who has earned a NW3 title and loves spending time at home with dad. Coal is a 5-year-old border collie who loves competing in agility and has earned his NW3 Elite title. Carbon is a 2-year-old border collie who has his NW1 title and also competes in agility.

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.

Jean Richardson, CNWI

Jean is the owner of Wells Creek Dog Training on the Central Coast of Oregon and has been involved in dog training in various forms since 1984. She began training her personal dog for obedience competition at that time and has continued to learn along the way. She has competed and trained her own personal dogs to titles in AKC Obedience and Rally, Agility, Herding, Coursing, Tracking, Field Trials, Conformation and K9 Nose Work®.

Since becoming a CNWI in 2011 she has brought K9 Nose Work® to the central coast of Oregon, teaching many classes for various organizations in the area including Safe Haven Humane Society and the Emerald Dog Obedience Club. She has since gone on to become a NACSW™ Certifying Official and is now the CO Training Liaison in charge of Certifying Official education and training as well as the NACSW’s National Trial Site Advisor.

Before moving to Oregon in 2008, she was an Instructor for Guide Dogs of America in Sylmar, Ca, helping to train and then pair hundreds of guide dogs with visually impaired recipients. She has also been involved in teaching obedience, puppy and reactive dog classes in Southern California as well as Oregon.

Jean and her husband currently share their home with Field Champion Heirline Five O Clock Charlie, VC RN CA TDX ELT1 L1V. Charlie has the honor of being the first Basset Hound in the country to earn a NW3 and NW3 Elite title. Field Champion Heirline Whirlybird, TD, NW2 L1I, a Basset Hound and Fasth von Herzensfreude NW3 L2C L2I, a German Shepherd.

Laurel Scarioni, CNWI

Laurel Scarioni

Laurel has been working professionally with dogs since 1996 with roles including animal control officer, veterinary technician, dog trainer, and behavior specialist. She has trained and titled dogs in rally obedience, agility and, of course, K9 Nose Work®. Laurel teaches K9 Nose Work® classes and workshops, has been an instructor at PA and CO Nose Work Camps, is an NACSW™ Certifying Official, Judge and Trial Coordinator, and is an AKC Scent Work Expert Judge.

Laurel and her husband are currently owned by Agnes, a 2-year-old Brittany, and Walter, a 1-year-old “Malinauzer

Barbara Schwerdt, BA, CPDT-KA, CNWI

Barbara and her German Shepherd Landis (R.I.P.) were involved in K9 Nose Work since 2008. At the first sanctioned NW1 trial they earned “The Harry Award”, which is given to the most outstanding rescue dog that demonstrates extraordinary ability and spirit in nose work. They received a “Pronounced” designation for each of the three title levels: NW1, NW2, and NW3. Barbara and Landis were the 3rd team in the country to earn an NW3 Elite title. They qualified for the first four National Invitational events and competed in the first three, placing 2nd, 5th, and 12th. He earned his Elite 2 title before retiring. Landis was also part of the United States Naval Research Laboratory’s Odor Discrimination Study.

Barbara and her next K9 Nose Work partner, “Cassandra Sue (Cassie)”, a Labrador Retriever/Border Collie mix, have been working together since July 2015. After spending nearly a year on “primary” in literally dozens of locations, Cassie is now competing at the Elite level, having just earned her 3rd NW3 Title. Cassie has also earned her L1I, L2I, L1C and L2C.

Currently, Barbara and her newest K9 Nose Work partner, a German Shepherd named Renner, have been working together since February 2022. A firm believer in building a strong foundation, Barbara is keeping Renner on “primary” for a while longer before introducing odor.

In addition to her role of Trial Judge and retired Certifying Official, Barbara also serves the organization as a Senior Faculty member. Barbara has been instrumental in curriculum development and education of new nose work instructors, as well as continuing education for certified instructors. In partnership with Dogs of Course, she has been a K9 Camp Instructor since the very first camp in Pennsylvania in 2010. Barbara has been invited to speak, coach, and teach seminars throughout the United States and on the east coast of Australia. Seminar topics include Trial Prep for NW1, NW2, and NW3, Converging Odor, Inaccessible Hides, Problem Solving, and the ever-popular Hide Placement. She teaches weekly K9 nose work classes for students at the NW3, Elite, and Summit levels.

By day Barbara is a full-time corporate trainer where she has been since 1990. She holds the position of Director of Education and Training for a not-for-profit property management company that serves low to moderate income senior citizens, families, and the chronically-mentally ill. She holds a BA degree in Deaf Studies with a minor in Gerontology from California State University, Northridge. She worked as a nationally certified sign-language interpreter for nearly 20 years.

She shares her dog training company, Amante’ Dog Training, with her husband’s dog-walking and pet sitting business Safe at Home Pet Care. Barbara is a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), a certified member of the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT), The National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW), the Association for Talent Development (ATD), the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS), Pet Sitter’s International (PSI), AIDS LifeCycle Training Ride Leaders, and Shifting Gears Cycling Club. She and her husband have fostered numerous guide dog puppies in training, primarily German Shepherds, ensuring appropriate house-manners are part of the skills they learn.

She has been an avid distance cyclist since 2011 and has raised nearly $50,000 for AIDS LifeCycle, a non-profit organization in California which provides much needed services to those infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

Barbara is grateful to share her life with her long-time husband, Gerry, a house cat named Parker, their little black Labrador Cassandra Sue, and newest member Renner, German Shepherd Dog.

Silke Wittig, CPDT-KSA, CNWI (Nostril Cafe presenter only)

Silke was introduced to K9 Nose Work® in 2010 and became one of first two CNWI™ in PA in 2011. In addition to instructing group classes, private sessions and coaching clinics, Silke has hosted multiple NACSW™-sanctioned ORTs, trials and workshops. She has taught at multiple K9NW camps hosted by Dogs of Course, and is also a webinar presenter for the K9 Nose Work® Education Division. Silke is a Supervising Certifying Official and Judge for NACSW™-approved trials and ORTs, and is involved in various admin projects for the NACSW and K9 Nose Work®.

Silke loves to work on all aspects of this great dog sport while making sure that both ends of the leash have fun in a safe environment! She has a soft spot for shelter dogs and introduced K9NW to several local shelters, two of which have now included it in their regular canine enrichment program.
Silke is also a certified professional dog trainer and behavior consultant and has been running HeRo Canine Consulting LLC, a successful dog training and behavior consulting business since 2006.

She currently competes with her 7-year-old Pit Bull Snap in NACSW™ nose work competitions and is an avid K9NW lover.

Tuesday, August 2, 2022, 12PM ET/9AM PT: Dogs Just Want to Have Fun!

Jill Marie O’Brien, CPDT-KA, Co-Founder: NACSW & K9 Nose Work®
Dogs Just Want to Have Fun!
K9 Nose Work® and competition nose work or scent work generally speaking is based on “k9 detection” as most people understand it. Dogs are deployed in many ways that for the human is serious work and often is a life-or-death operation.
Nose Work training and competition is first and foremost an opportunity for fun and it is in the world of fun we can enhance our relationships with our canine partners. It is the competitive teams that not only do well consistently, but without a doubt are having a good time doing it that grab the attention of other nose work enthusiasts.
Is it possible to have a good time, keep it fun and not sacrifice excellence at the same time? I believe it is.

Tuesday, August 2, 2022, 3PM ET/12PM PT: Interiors: Put It Here!

Jean Richardson, CNWI
Interiors: Put It Here!
When setting up practice sessions with your dog, where you put the odor and how it interacts with the environment can foster successful focused learning or cause unexpected challenges. In this webinar, Jean will discuss how hide placement can affect the expected and unexpected challenges in the interior search.  She will offer some guidelines and review photos of a variety of interior search areas with hide placement in mind, based on the desired challenges and learning opportunities available for you and your dog.  Using polls, attendees will have the opportunity to test their understanding and ability to pick a hide placement that she/he feels best fits the goals and training level of the search. Then Jean will show video of a dog running the search and review the outcome. The goal is for participants to improve their “chops” on how and where to put odor for the intended learning for the team.

Wednesday, August 3, 2022, 12 PM ET/9AM PT: Vehicles: Are You a Back Seat Driver?

Michele Ellertson, CNWI
Vehicles: Are You a Back Seat Driver?
There are a variety of ways to handle a vehicle search, but who’s really driving? In the spirit of independent hunting this webinar will look at teaching the dog how to be productive on vehicles by employing a series of drills and pattern games.  These drills use the odor to help the dog learn how to detail a vehicle as opposed to the handler leading her around the vehicle.  Michele will discuss when and how to support your dog, when and how to take the leadership position, and how to trust the dog executing a pattern.  Benefits to letting the dog drive the search include the ability to let the dog have freedom to abort that pattern if she were to catch odor.  This prevents conflict in the team.  These patterns and drills help build a confident dog and handler team which is a monumental part of a successful search in any element.  Join Michele and keep your dog in the driver’s seat.

Wednesday, August 3, 2022, 3PM ET/12PM PT: Containers -The Perfect Training Tool

Jill Kovacevich, CNWI
Containers -The Perfect Training Tool
Believe it or not, Containers can be one of your best resources in your nose work training tool box. They are an invaluable teaching tool to build source drive and clarity of purpose for you and your search dog at all levels. From Intro to NW with dogs searching for food or toys in a box to Summit dogs needing fast focus and longer sustained hunt drive, containers can serve as an easy reinforcement of odor, odor importance and the value of source in any search environment. Join Jill as she explores how to get the most out of training with containers!

Thursday, August 4, 2022, 12 PM ET/9AM PT: Little Things Do Matter: Attention to Detail in Exterior Searches

Laurel Scarioni, CNWI
Little Things Do Matter: Attention to Detail in Exterior Searches
Every search area is made up of a plethora of individual details. The weather, objects in the environment, and different surface types all affect odor movement. So do details about the objects in the area and the specific hide placement on an object. Put together, these details create unique scent pictures and challenges. Noticing the small details allows handlers to better support their dogs, set up more varied odor problems during training, and troubleshoot when odor is not working as expected.

Thursday, August 4, 2022, 3 PM ET/12PM PT: False Alerts: When You Call It Wrong

Sue Frisch, CNWI
False Alerts: When You Call It Wrong
A False Alert, in its most basic form, is simply an incorrect answer to the question “where is the source.” Because nobody is perfect 100% of the time we can all expect to hear that “NO” answer to the ALERT call every now and then.
In this webinar Sue will explore reasons that a handler may incorrectly call the alert as well as what might drive a dog to offer an alert behavior when not at source. Sue will discuss false alerts in single hide, multiple hide and blank searches to better understand the why’s behind some false alerts. False Alerts can have a lasting negative impact on both the dog and the handler when they get caught in the cycle of loss of trust or miscommunication. Sue will look at this fallout and how to prevent it as well as offering training tips to avoid the pitfalls and to keep the dog motivated to work to source so that both team members are confident in their roles.

Friday, August 5, 2022, 12 PM ET/9AM PT: Trained Final Responses - Why, When, What, and How!

Wendy Krehbiel, CNWI
Trained Final Responses – Why, When, What, and How!
Have you wondered if a trained final response might help you and your dog? You might have a dog that paws at a hide, or a dog who looks at the handler in a variety of situations that are hard to interpret. This webinar will delve into several aspects of trained final responses in the sport of nose work. Wendy will look at why you might want to teach a trained final response, when in the development of the foundation you would add this in, what final response behavior you might choose, how to teach a trained final response, and other factors to consider. She will also talk about when it might not be the best choice to teach a trained final response.

Friday, August 5, 2022, 3PM ET/12PM PT: The One That Got Away — A Look at Missed Hides

Amy Herot, Co-Founder: NACSW & K9 Nose Work®
The One That Got Away
— A Look at Missed Hides
Every handler hopes their dog finds all the hides. Sometimes we know how many there are and sometimes we don’t. Handlers must rely on the dog’s ability and desire to seek out the odor in the time frame given to succeed at finding all the hides. Inevitably handlers encounter searches where hides get missed. This webinar will examine some of the reasons behind those missed hides and what you can do about it in training. Analysis of various search scenarios will help illustrate which pieces of the partnership need some attention in the training, dog or handler, or both. Then we will review some specific exercises to help you and your dog reach higher and farther for those missed hides.

Saturday, August 6, 2022, 12PM ET/9AM PT: Persistence: Friend and Foe?

Carolyn Barney, CNWI, CPDT-KA
Persistence: Friend and Foe?
In Nose Work, we want our dogs to have persistence to work out all types of odor problems and stay on task until they find source. As the dog moves up in training and trialing level, persistence is more important. But there are also times when the dog can persist in unproductive areas like trapping odor or continuing to hunt with vigor after all the odor has been found or without the presence of odor. So how do we build dog and handler teams that can take advantage of productive persistence and minimize the traps?
Carolyn will discuss how to build and maintain persistence for getting to source for the new dog as well as the experienced dog that may need more. She will also look at the challenges of too much persistence in the “wrong” places and how to turn it into more productive searching.
Persistence impacts many aspects of training and handling. The more the handler understands and is aware of the nuances of persistence, the better she/he can support the dog in the right situations and build a strong focused team.

Saturday, August 6, 2022, 3PM ET/12PM PT: The Next Dog: Maximizing Your Training and Avoiding Pitfalls

Michael McManus, CNWI, CAAE, CATT & Natalie McManus, CNWI
The Next Dog: Maximizing Your Training and Avoiding Pitfalls
Many handlers eventually (or very quickly) start another Nose Work dog. The handler brings much more experience and understanding to the next dog’s training but there are also many potential pitfalls. Michael and Natalie, having each competed with 7+ dogs, will discuss how to learn from your previous dog(s) and maximize the training of the new dog while avoiding training errors that can plague experienced handlers. The webinar will provide insights and tips that can apply to your current dog as well!

Sunday, August 7, 2022 12 PM ET/9AM PT: The Power of Conditioned Expectations

Leah Gangelhoff, CNWI, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA
The Power of Conditioned Expectations
This webinar will examine how an array of both intentional and unintentional conditioned expectations can be built in Nose Work training. For example, our dogs are conditioned to expect that we will show up with their reinforcer (food or toy) when they arrive at source. This is an example of an intentional conditioned expectation. There can also be unintentional expectations, either in ourselves or in our dogs, as well as those we built purposely that have developed unintended consequences. So how do all of these shape us as a team? Are there adjustments we can make to be more supportive to our dogs or so that our dogs can be more efficient? Understanding the power of conditioned expectations and the behavior that is expressed can guide us in becoming more mindful, intentional trainers with increased ability to create or dismantle these expectations to benefit our teamwork. As an adjunct to this examination, Leah will share some of her favorite training exercises designed to do just this.

Sunday, August 7, 2022 3PM ET/12PM PT: Demystifying Containers

Barbara Schwerdt, BA, CNWI, CPDT-KA
Demystifying Containers
In this webinar, Barbara will examine different types of containers and how odor moves in and around them. She will explore common patterns of false alerts and provide information on how to train for finding source. Influences such as trapping and pooling odor, surfaces, temperature, and environment will be explored as potential influences on odor movement.

These Live ONLY Bonus Sessions, to enhance your camp experience, are still in the planning stages. These Bonus Sessions will not be recorded and not available for purchase as recordings. The dates and times below are tentative. We may not have the Nostril Cafe’ on every day listed. Our hosts and topics for the Nostril Café are TBD.

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.

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
(We may not offer all dates)

Tuesday, August 2 - 5:30PM-6:15PM: ET - Climbing to the Summit......Should We?

Climbing to the Summit … Should We?
Jean Richardson
Join Jean Richardson to discuss the Summit level and what types of challenges you will face as a team if you attempt to climb to this mountain top of a trial.

Wednesday, August 3 - 5:30PM-6:15PM ET: Who is Reading Whom?

Who is Reading Whom?
Carolyn Barney
A look at team work in Nose Work and some pitfalls of creating unplanned cues – The Clever Hans effect?!

Thursday, August 4 - 5:30PM-6:15PM ET: For What It's Worth...

For What It’s Worth…
Laurel Scarioni
Who to ask for input, what advice to put into practice, and how to provide feedback to others… may I offer some suggestions? A discussion about coaching and being coached.

Friday, August 5 - 5:30PM-6:15PM ET: Nerd Alert at the Nostril Café

Nerd Alert at the Nostril Café
Jill Kovacevich & Silke Wittig
Have a training question or conundrum, or perhaps stuck in a Nose Work rut? Getting different perspectives, ideas and resources is a great start to finding your pathway to optimum Nose Work training with your dog. Go to the Virtual Camp FB page starting August 1 to offer your question for discussion.


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

You can purchase the recordings of each of the 12 main webinars until August 22, 2022, 11:59PM


  • $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 September 19, 2022. Just $22.50 each.
  • $30 per individual webinar with access to view and download the recording/s you purchased until 11:59PM September 19, 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.

TO REGISTER: Scroll to the bottom of the page and fill out the webinars you would like and follow the directions.


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 1 day before AND 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 two reminders in addition to your original registration e-mail.  The last reminder with the link is sent about 45 minutes before the start of the live event.

Please note: Only the 12 main camp presentations are eligible for CEUs. The evening “Nostril Cafe'” sessions are not eligible for CEUS.

1 CEU per webinar.

1 CEU for CPDT-KAs for the following webinars, whose speakers are certified with CCPDT:
These four webinars are eligible: Jill Marie O’Brien “Dogs Just Want to Have Fun,” Carolyn Barney  “Persistence: Friend and Foe?,” Leah Gangelhoff “The Power of Conditioned Expectations,” Barbara Schwerdt “Demystifying Containers”

0.5 CEU for CBCC-KAs for the following webinar, whose speaker is a CBCC-KA:
Leah Gangelhoff “The Power of Conditioned Expectations”

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

1.25 CEUs per webinar.

More Information about CEUs: for attending the webinar/s
Please read. The procedure has changed since the last virtual camp.

If you indicated, on your webinar registration, that you need CEUs for NACSW, CPDT, IAABC, or KPA, please read this section carefully and follow the instructions for each of the organizations for which you require CEUs..
ALL organizations require proof of attendance.

  1. A secret word will be in embedded in each of the webinars (and in the recordings).
  2. Each webinar will have a unique secret word.
  3. Make note of this secret word; you will need it in order to receive your CEUS. Follow the instructions below for each of the organizations.

NACSW™ CEUs for CNWI are entered by NACSW™.
You MUST send your secret word/s directly to NACSW™.
Dogs of Course will not be processing CEUS for CNWI for virtual events.

IAABC and KPA-CTP CEU codes will be sent to you through email, so you can print them and/or save them and submit the codes through your member portal.. “Secret words” must be received by Bonnie at Dogs of Course  by October 19, 2022. You can expect to receive your CEU codes/certificates by October 26, 2022.

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. “Secret words” must be received by Bonnie at Dogs of Course  by October 19, 2022.  Please check your membership account on the CCPDT website after October 26, 2022.


We will set up a Virtual Nose Work Camp Summer 2022 Facebook page. Interact with other Virtual Campers, post photos of your dog, share videos of your dog solving the “Strut Your Stuff” exercises, donate to or bid on our fundraising items, discuss the webinars, get updated information about what is happening at Camp. Be part of the Virtual Camp Community!

Here is the link to the Facebook group for the Virtual Nose Work Summer 2022 camp. We will also continue to send out emails to keep you updated. We hope you will all join the fun and camaraderie with other virtual campers.


Who and What
We will have a Facebook Auction fundraiser. At Dogs of Course events, we have a tradition of helping those less fortunate. Most often it is a dog related charity or of humanitarian interest. (Click here to see who we have supported) This raffle will support the Ukrainian people and their pets. Money raised will be donated to the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

When and Where
Our auction will run from Tuesday, August 2, 2022 – Tuesday, August 8, 2022. It is listed under “EVENTS” on the Virtual Nose Work Camp Summer 2022 Facebook page. It will be available to review as we get closer to our camp dates.

We will be 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 July 30, 2022,  although we will try to take it later. Click on link below to send in your donation item info.

Click Here for the Facebook Auction Donation Form

Bid and Win
Bidding will take place on the FB page for Virtual Nose Work Camp Summer 2022. On that page, look up the auction under “Events.” Items will be listed as individual posts. You bid by commenting on the post. Bidding will open the first day of Virtual NW Camp.

Winning bidders will be contacted and directed to donate to the charity. This allows for a tax write off if desired.  Then will be put in touch with the donor to get their item.

We will have more information on whether we will have shopping opportunities in the coming weeks. 

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. NOTE: If you cancel your webinar registration through Zoom, please notify Dogs of Course of your cancellation, too.
  • 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 ET,  September 19, 2022 .
  • The webinar fee is not transferable to another webinar, seminar, camp, or course.

We have compiled commonly asked questions and helpful technical information that will help you have the best viewing experience possible. Please click on the link below as well as read the next two sections “Quality and Connections Info” and “Zoom Viewing Requirements.”

FAQ About ZOOM and the Summer 2022 NW Virtual Camp

If you still need help with connecting or need links or passwords please contact our Tech Team.

LEADER: Kathy Austin,; 508-397-0618

  • Virtual Camper Last Names A-F – Kathy Austin,; 508-397-0618
  • Virtual Camper Last Names G-L – Rosana Dropkin,; 845-750-7036
  • Virtual Camper Last Names M-R – Jenn Jackson,; 978-337-3904
  • Virtual Camper Last Names S-Z – Rachel Lachow,; 410-746-0058
  • 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 Summer 2022 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

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

How do I know how fast my internet speed is?

If you don’t have the zoom link or can’t 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. We will do our best to reply within 2 business days. We aim to take weekends off except during Virtual NW Camp.

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