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Virtual Nose Work Camp – Winter 2024

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Twelve (12) 75-minute unique webinar recordings!
Video recordings will be available to view and download beginning March 11, 2024, until 11:59PM eastern time, April 10, 2024. They are on sale through March 14, 2024.

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. Bonus! Everyone will get to attend the three live Nostril Cafe sessions. Meet up with your fellow campers for learning and laughs.

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Webinar Schedule at a Glance

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

12PM ET/9AM PT

Hides & Seeking: Part 1
Barbara Schwerdt

3PM ET/12PM PT

Hides & Seeking: Part 2
Barbara Schwerdt

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

12PM ET/9AM PT

Reaching for the High Hide!
Jean Richardson

3PM ET/12PM PT

The Final Countdown!
Dorothy Turley

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

Gadget Talk
with Kathy Pierce

Thursday, February 22, 2024

12PM ET/9AM PT

Odor Molecules in Motion
Jill Kovacevich

3PM ET/12PM PT

Training Distractors on Container Searches
Amy Herot

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

What All Nose Work Dogs Should Know
with Michele Ellertson

Friday, February 23, 2024

12PM ET/9AM PT

Beyond the Dog-Driven Vehicle Search
Michele Ellertson

3PM ET/12PM PT

A Hide a Day
Sue Frisch

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

Training Aids: What, How and Why
with Fred Helfers

Saturday, February 24, 2024

12PM ET/9AM PT

Searching on the Edge
Jill Marie O’Brien

3PM ET/12PM PT

Respect the Nose! Success When the Dog Leads the Way
Carolyn Barney

Sunday, February 25, 2024

12PM ET/9AM PT

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

3PM ET/12PM PT

Why Won’t My Dog Search?
Dana Zinn

DIDN’T MAKE THE LIVE PRESENTATIONS? NO PROBLEM. YOU CAN OWN THEM!

Sign up for the series or individual webinars even after they occur. RECORDINGS available to purchase through 11:59PM eastern time, Thursday, March 14, 2024. We will send you all the information you need to view them by end of day March 11, 2024, if you purchase the live webinar or the recordings by March 11, 2024. Customers who purchase the recordings from March 12 through 11:59PM eastern time, March 14, 2024, will receive links to the recordings within 24 hours of purchase. The recordings will be available for viewing and DOWNLOADING to your computer starting March 11 until 11:59PM eastern time, April 10, 2024.

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Presenters

Barney and Sam 2023

Carolyn Barney, CNWI, CPDT-KA

Ellertson 2023

Michele Ellertson, CNWI

Sue_Frisch_2022 (2)

Sue Frisch, CNWI

Amy Herot Ocho 2023

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

Jill Kovacevich

Jill Kovacevich, CNWI

Jill Marie O'Brien

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

Jean Richardson_2023

Jean Richardson, CNWI, BA, CPDT-KA

Dorothy Turley

Dorothy Turley, CNWI, CPDT-KA

Laurel Scarioni

Laurel Scarioni, CNWI

Schwerdt Renner 2023

Barbara Schwerdt, BA, CPDT-KA, CNWI

Dorothy Turley

Dorothy Turley, CPDT-KA,  CNWI

Zinn_Winnie 2023

Dana Zinn, CPDT-KA

Bonus! Nostril Cafe hosts:
Michele Ellerston, Fred Helfers, Kathy Pierce

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 four days / 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 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 rescued and trained service dogs for veteran’s full time for 8 years.

Carolyn has been training, competing, and titling dogs for 40 years in obedience, conformation, tracking, agility, earth dog, and for the last decade plus 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 is a Summit competitor. She participated in the 2017 NACSW National Invitational winning one of the searches and placing in another. Her rescue dog, Sam, achieved his NW3 Elite in just 5 trials that included placements and a first overall for his NW2. Carolyn’s future competition dog, Opal, is a black Labrador Retriever. Opal is 2.5 and has her NW2 and prepping for a fun career! Placing 2nd and then 1st overall for her NW1 and NW2. 

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, Judge, 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 multiple Dogs of Course K9NW Training 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 named Hemi.  Currently she is owned and loved by two dogs: Chaser, a 9 year old German Shepherd and Cannoli, a 3 year old Belgian Tervuren.  Through a carefully laid foundation, Cannoli achieved her NW1 title at just over a year old with a third place, followed by her NW2 with a first place finish, and 3 NW3 titles finishing first.   She is now beginning her ELITE career after taking a little break in competing to hone some additional skills.  Chaser is happily enjoying his time training for his Elite Champion title.  All of her dogs have enjoyed multiple placements, high in trial, and pronounced notations.

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

Fred Helfers, CNWI (Nostril Cafe only)

Fred Helfers started training and handling detection canines in 1982 while working in law enforcement.  Fred trained and worked two drug detection canines during his 28 years in law enforcement. Over the past 34 years Fred has expanded his knowledge of detection canines by training canines and handlers in the fields of drug detection, insect detection, natural gas detection and accelerant detection.

Further, for over 20 years Fred operated a professional detection dog training kennel and training facility for police officers, training drug, accelerant, natural gas and insect detection canines and their handlers. Fred’s passion and recognized expertise in training detection canine teams has led him to conduct training seminars and classes throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, Sweden and Brazil.

Fred is the past president of the Washington State Police Canine Association and the founding President – President Emeritus of the Pacific Northwest Police Detection Dog Association (pnwk9.org). Fred’s recognized expertise in the training of detection canines and handlers led to Fred being appointed as a founding member of the Scientific Working Group on Dog and Orthogonal Factors (SWGDOG.org) and currently as a member of Organization of Scientific Area Committee (OSAC – Dogs and Sensors Group).    Fred has judged numerous detection canine competitions from the World Police and Fire games (Detection Canines) in Vancouver, Canada to the National Invitational K9Nosework® Trials in Santa Rosa, Ca.  Over the past 34 years, Fred Helfers has trained literally hundreds of professional canines and their handlers. Along with being recognized as a master trainer in detection canines Fred is recognized as a judge, certifying official for ORT and Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI) for NACSW in the USA and also ACSW in Australia.

Fred has authored “The Nose Work Handler Journal,” “Olfaction and Odour Manual,” and most recently “The Nose Work Handler.”

Fred has taught Nose Work at a number of Dogs of Course’s K9 NW Training Camps and is always a favorite with students.

 

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. www.allgooddogs.biz

Jill Kovacevich, CNWI

Jill KovacevichJill is the owner of Mountain Dogs in McCoy Colorado. She specializes in K9 Nose Work training, coaching, hosting trial events and supporting NACSW in multiple ways. She has trained in obedience, therapy dogs and Dock Dogs and in K9 Nose Work for over 13 years. She actively competes in NACSW trial events reaching Elite CH and Summit trialing with Digger, Elite 1 with Izzy and now trials with Zeke at NW3. Jill is also the Medical Administrator for Doctors On Call in Avon, CO working with her husband Guy, a primary care provider serving Eagle County and is a retired Colorado attorney. Jill is a Certified Nose Work Instructor, ORT Certifying Official and Judge, Score Room Lead NW1-NW2, Trial Certifying Official (NW1 to Elite) and supports NACSW for many years including participation in NACSW National Invitationals as Dog In White and on the Event Committee. 

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 Summit. Jill teaches regularly in Eagle, Grand Junction, Kremmling and Gunnison CO and hosts multiple trials annually in Colorado as Mountain Dogs and enjoys nose work competition with Zeke at NW3 and with Izzy at Elite.

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.

Kathy Pierce, CNWI (Nostril Cafe only)

Kathy grew up in a dog show family and has been training dogs all of her life. Her mom showed in conformation, obedience & agility and Kathy followed completely in her footsteps. While still working as an engineer at the phone company, Kathy began trialing on the weekends in agility, hunting, obedience, rally, dock diving, etc. Then when she retired, she jumped whole heartedly into ALL the sports!

Always looking for new venues, Kathy took a K9 Nose Work Intro class with Taz, one of her springers who wasn’t thrilled with agility at the time. And they were sold on it! Taz became the first springer to earn an ELT-CH. Kathy became a NACSW trial coordinator, a NACSW Certifying Official, and CNWI. Kathy lives in the Atlanta area with her husband, Woody. She has been teaching weekly Nose Work classes for many many years while also traveling all over the country trialing and CO’ing. Kathy has hosted MANY NACSW trials in the Atlanta area and has plans for LOTS more!

Kathy stays BUSY teaching nosework classes and trialing two summit springers, two NW3 springers, and her baby girl in NW2.  She has had four ELT-CH springers (the first two in the country) & in 2023 her boy, Dusty, “Summited” (titled) taking 3rd place in a summit trial.

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, Tracking, Field Trials and Conformation and K9 Nose Work. 

Since becoming a CNWI in 2011 she has brought K9 Nose Work to the Central Coast/Eugene area of Oregon, teaching many classes for various organizations in the area.  She has since gone on to become a NACSW Certifying Official and Judge and is the NACSW CO Director of Operations.

Before moving to Oregon in 2008, she was an Instructor for Guide Dogs of America in Sylmar, Ca, helping to train and then pair 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 two German Shepherds and a Labrador Retriever, all competing at different levels of Nose Work.

Laurel Scarioni, CNWI

Laurel ScarioniLaurel 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, GA, 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 3-year-old Brittany, and Walter, a 2-year-old “Malinauzer”.

Barbara Schwerdt, CNWI, BA, CPDT-KA

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 ELT 2 Title and just 95 points from her ELT 3. Cassie has also earned her L1E, L1I, L2I, L1C and L2C.

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, Renner searched for a primary reward for a year in nearly 50 different locations before being introduced to NACSW target odors. Renner has earned her ORT, L1C, LC2, L1I and NW1. She is also a “Feisty Fido” graduate!

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 over $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, their little black Labrador Cassandra Sue, and newest member Renner, German Shepherd Dog.

Dorothy Turley, CNWI, CPDT-KA

Dorothy Turley

Dorothy is a professional, full-time dog trainer in the Olympia, Washington area. Her business, Let’s Talk Dogs, specializes in 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 hosts educational seminars and workshops, trials and ORTs. She has 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 and hosting seminars and workshops. She has graduated from the Dogs of Course Instructor Training Course, CNWI instructor training and three sessions of Bob Bailey’s “Chicken Camp.” Over the years, she has also 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 and Zoey had the honor of attending the National Invitational in November 2017. 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 2 dogs (all mutts) in Rochester, Washington. She is currently trialing with her Chihuahua mix, Brigette, at the Elite level.

Dana Zinn, 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. Over the years, she had many jobs with NACSW including certifying official, supervising certifying official, and trial judge.   

Her learning never stops as she continues to teach classes, instruct at camps, compete in trials, create webinars, and teach workshops. She recently co-authored a book with Sue Sternberg, The Dog-Driven Search, Handling Our Nose Work Dogs to Promote Independence, Joy and Enthusiasm.

Dana has participated in a variety of canine activities such as obedience, herding, agility and of course Nose Work. One of her proudest moments was placing first in the 2014 NACSW National Invitational. 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, February 20, 2024, 12PM ET/9AM PT: Hides & Seeking: Part 1

Barbara Schwerdt
Hides & Seeking: Part 1
Just like a game of Hide & Seek, the purpose of Nose/Scent Work is for the seekers to go blindly into the search area to find and identify the target before the game ends. With planning, strategy, and perseverance, often the seekers prevail but other times the target is illusive.
Unlike the Hide & Seek game of our childhoods, we are not searching just using our own senses. We must rely on our canine teammate to do the bulk of the work for us, and we become the supporting player in the game. So how do we prepare our canine partner and ourselves for the best chances to find all the hides and “win” the game?
Adapted from Barbara’s successful in-person seminar, this two-part webinar explores when and why teams miss hides, how to evaluate your team when a hide is missed and how to prepare your dog for these challenges. Barbara uses PowerPoint and videos of dogs that have missed hides in a variety of settings and a variety of levels.
Whether you are just starting out or your team is trialing at Summit, we will explore ways to perform at your best on game day. Come prepared to solve some “missed hides” puzzles!

Tuesday, February 20, 2024, 3PM ET/12PM PT: Hides & Seeking: Part 2

Barbara Schwerdt
Hides & Seeking: Part 2
Just like a game of Hide & Seek, the purpose of Nose/Scent Work is for the seekers to go blindly into the search area to find and identify the target before the game ends. With planning, strategy, and perseverance, often the seekers prevail but other times the target is illusive.
Unlike the Hide & Seek game of our childhoods, we are not searching just using our own senses. We must rely on our canine teammate to do the bulk of the work for us, and we become the supporting player in the game. So how do we prepare our canine partner and ourselves for the best chances to find all the hides and “win” the game?
Adapted from Barbara’s successful in-person seminar, this two-part webinar explores when and why teams miss hides, how to evaluate your team when a hide is missed and how to prepare your dog for these challenges. Barbara uses PowerPoint and videos of dogs that have missed hides in a variety of settings and a variety of levels.
Whether you are just starting out or your team is trialing at Summit, we will explore ways to perform at your best on game day. Come prepared to solve some “missed hides” puzzles!

Wednesday, February 21, 2024 12PM ET/9AM PT: Reaching for the High Hide!

Jean Richardson
Reaching for the High Hide!
High and suspended hides are often the most challenging odor problems for the dog and handler. In this webinar, Jean will discuss how high and suspended hides differ in the way that odor moves and how dogs work the odor problems in a variety of search environments. She will also provide training exercises to help both handler and dog understand what they are seeing (or sniffing) when source is over the dog’s head.

Wednesday, February 21, 2024, 3PM ET/12PM PT: The Final Countdown!

Dorothy Turley
The Final Countdown!
The thirty second call is designed to give the handler information, but what does it mean to you? Is it startling or does it make you nervous? Is it bad news? Are you relieved? Do you have a plan? Does it call you into action? Do you count on it to finish your search? Dorothy will explore this very interesting part of the search in competition. She will look at common thoughts and reactions to the 30 second call and go over strategies to help you to improve the use of this time for you and your dog.

Thursday, February 22, 2024, 12PM ET/9AM PT: Odor Molecules in Motion

Jill Kovacevich
Odor Molecules in Motion
Odor molecules behave differently based on many environmental factors. The combination of the known factors with the unknown, makes understanding odor movement in a search one of the biggest challenges for trainers to grasp. Join Jill for a glimpse into how odor behaves as she uses some simple science demonstrations and a bit of practical odor and olfaction theory to provide insights to transform your training plans and trialing strategies.

Thursday, February 22, 2024, 3PM ET/12PM PT: Training Distractors on Container Searches

Amy Herot
Training Distractors on Container Searches
Container searches with distractors can be a challenge for many teams, often creating handler anxiety and/or confusion for the dog. These searches could become your and your dog’s favorite searches with understanding and a solid training plan. Amy will discuss how the training works and show examples of easy exercises, which have been successful for over a decade, so you and your dog will feel confident passing any distractor to get to odor!

Friday, February 23, 2024, 12PM ET/9AM PT: Beyond the Dog-Driven Vehicle Search

Michele Ellertson
Beyond the Dog-Driven Vehicle Search
So, your dog knows what to do with a vehicle to find productive areas, but do you? Let’s take a look at some common Vehicle Handling mistakes, how to fix them, and how to avoid them! This Webinar is all about YOU, and how you can help or hinder. In addition to taking a look at handling we will also talk about the unique odor pictures that occur during vehicle searches that make this an especially tricky element.

Friday, February 23, 2024, 3PM ET/12PM PT: A Hide a Day

Sue Frisch
A Hide a Day
With our busy schedules it can be difficult to find the time or the energy to set up a full-blown lesson plan. But what if you just commit to one hide a day? Is that enough? Join Sue in a discussion about how to maximize your dog’s training when time is tight with the one hide a day mindset. Whether you are getting ready for an ORT or trialing at higher levels, you will be amazed at the progress that can be made!

Saturday, February 24, 2024, 12PM ET/9AM PT: Searching on the Edge

Jill Marie O’Brien
Searching on the Edge
Building odor obedience instead of object obedience can be a key component in ensuring that our canine teammate is not just relying on what they see associated with the search but following the scent to the source. This can be crucial when working on specific challenges such as trapping, pooling, converging or any variety of abstract odor pictures our dogs may confront in the face of the search.
We’ll go through steps to improving your dog’s ability to go beyond the obvious to solve more complex odor problems, and to help handlers know when their dogs are offering the most for any given hide within any given search.

Saturday, February 24, 2024, 3PM ET/12PM PT: Respect the Nose! Success When the Dog Leads the Way

Carolyn Barney
Respect the Nose! Success When the Dog Leads the Way
Does your dog lead the search or do you? Many top trainers focus on prioritizing the dog driven search as the basis of their programs. How do you respect the nose but still “cover the area” and make sure you don’t miss hides? How do you maintain dog-focused searching when the dog may be working in a pooling area and time is limited?

Sunday, February 25, 2024 12PM ET/9AM PT: Little Things Do Matter: Attention to Detail in Container Searches

Laurel Scarioni
Little Things Do Matter: Attention to Detail in Container Searches
Container searches appear straightforward on the surface, yet many teams struggle with this element. This session will explore the little differences that can have a big impact on a container search. We will look at the many factors that can affect odor movement as well as human and dog behaviors that can cause miscommunications. Recognizing and training for these factors can help teams approach container searches with confidence!

Sunday, February 25, 2024 3PM ET/12PM PT: Why Won't My Dog Search?

Dana Zinn
Why Won’t My Dog Search
Join Dana for a look into why our dogs may not be searching the way we anticipated and what we can do to help them when they need it. This discussion will include causes both environmental and emotional, but just as importantly handler based. It’s imperative that we keep our eyes open for the many reasons our dogs may not find the game of nose work as enjoyable as it could be for them and do what we can to give them every opportunity to shine.

These Live ONLY Bonus Sessions are designed to enhance your camp experience. 

Welcome to the Nostril Café
All Campers are invited to join us at the Nostril Café for your 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 bonus events. They will not be recorded and are not available for purchase as recordings.

So, grab your favorite beverage, some snacks and join us at the Café for some lighthearted learning at the end of your camp day.

Nostril Café Menu 2024

Wednesday, February 21 - 5:30PM-6:15PM ET: Gadget Talk

Gadget Talk
with Kathy Pierce

Would you like to use timers, video, phone apps, and other technology to enhance/improve your training and trialing? Are you curious about what the best apps and gadgets might be? Kathy Pierce will lead this discussion on favorite technology and what she has found does not work. Share your favorites as well as those that have not worked well for you.

Thursday, February 22 - 5:30PM-6:15PM ET: What All Nose Work Dogs Should Know

What All Nose Work Dogs Should Know
with Michele Ellertson

Join Michele Ellertson for an interactive discussion on the skills a well-prepared competition dog should have or be working on. Led by Michele, the group will brainstorm, share ideas, and consider why certain skills are important/useful.

Friday, February 23 - 5:30PM-6:15PM ET: Training Aids

Training Aids: What, How and Why
with Fred Helfers

Join Fred Helfers for a discussion about the use of “training aids” for scent detection. He will discuss the devices, how they are best used and why. His discussion will include his remote training system.

 

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

Cost:

  • $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 April 10, 2024. This will give you all 12 webinars for the same price as 9.
  • $30 per individual webinar with access to view and download the recording/s you purchased until 11:59PM April 10, 2024.
    • Sign-ups are separate for each webinar.
    • Note: Barbara Schwerdt’s “Hides & Seeking” is a 2-part webinar package.

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.

Payment currency is the United States dollar.

Can’t make it to the live webinars? You can purchase the recordings of each of the 12 main webinars until March 14, 2024, 11:59PM

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

REGISTRATION will close at 11:59PM, TUESDAY, MARCH 14, 2024, ET.

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 https://zoom.us/

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.

Tips:

  • Remember to look in your junk mail folder
  • Check ALL your e-mail accounts for your confirmations
  • Contact the Tech Team (See dropdown below) 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 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.

NACSW for CNWIs
1 CEU per webinar

CCPDT
2.5 CEUs for CPDT-KAs for the following webinar whose speaker is certified with CCPDT:
Hides & Seeking Part 1 &2

1 CEU for CPDT-KAs for the webinars whose speakers are certified with CCPDT:
Reaching for the High Hide!, The Final Countdown!, Searching on the Edge, Respect the Nose! Success When the Dog Leads the Way, Why Won’t My Dog Search? 

KPA-CTP
1 CEU per webinar except 2.5 CEU for Hides & Seeking: Part 1 & 2 (must attend both parts)

More Information about CEUs for attending the webinar/s:
Please read. 

If you indicated, on your webinar registration, that you need CEUs for NACSW, CPDT, 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™ by logging into your Instructor Account.
Then use the Secret Word Submission Form for Webinar CEU’s after you log into your instructor account. The form is just below the CNWI Continuing Education Credits Worksheet.
Wait until you have watched all the webinars/recordings you have purchased before submitting your form.  Please put all of the Virtual Camp sessions on one form.
Dogs of Course will not be processing CEUS for CNWI for virtual events.

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 Michele at Dogs of Course by May 30, 2024.

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 Michele at Dogs of Course by May 30, 2024.

FACEBOOK PAGE
Virtual Nose Work Camp & Charity Auction Winter 2024 Facebook page is up and running!

We have set up a Virtual Nose Work Camp Winter 2024 Facebook page. Interact with other Virtual Campers, post photos of your dog, share videos of your dog sniffing and searching, and get updated information about what is happening at Camp. Be part of the Virtual Camp Community!

Join the Facebook group for the Virtual Nose Work & Charity Auction Winter 2024 camp. We don’t want you to miss out on the fun! 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.

CHARITY AUCTION

Who and What
We will have a Facebook Auction fundraiser. At Dogs of Course events, we have a tradition of helping those less fortunate or to great dog related causes. Most often it is a dog related charity or of humanitarian interest. (Click here to see who we have supported) The charity for this year’s Virtual Nose Work Camp is Canine Performance Sciences Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. 

When and Where
Our auction will run for a period of time to be determined. The auction and items up for bid will be listed under “EVENTS” on the Virtual Nose Work Camp & Charity Auction Winter 2024.

Donate
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.
If you would prefer to make an online donation directly to Auburn University, here is the donation link. 

Please donate ASAP so we can process and post your item to get the best exposure. We would like your donation by February 15, 2024, although we will try to take it later if it all possible. 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 & Charity Auction Winter 2024. 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 February 19 and close February 26.

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

Currently, we are not planning on opening the on-line Pop-up Camp Store. If this changes, we will let you know via the Facebook page or an e-mail.

 

Registration Refund Policy for the Webinar
Registration for this event confirms that you have read and agree to these policies.
  • Cancellation of 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 once Dogs of Course is notified. Cancellation is a two-step process. You must cancel each individual webinar with ZOOM, then email Dogs of Course with the list of webinars you have cancelled.
  • 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 Campers, please note that individual webinars canceled from the Package discount rate will be pro-rated so the full price of each video will be assessed.
  • No refunds for “no-shows.”
  • No refunds for failure to view or DOWNLOAD the recording before 11:59PM ET, April 10, 2024.
  • 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 Winter 2024 NW Virtual Camp

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

TECH TEAM
LEADER: Kathy Austin, knaustin@gmail.com; 508-397-0618

  • Virtual Camper Last Names A-F – Kathy Austin, knaustin@gmail.com; 508-397-0618
  • Virtual Camper Last Names G-L – Rosana Dropkin, ro.sunshinek9s@gmail.com; 845-750-7036
  • Virtual Camper Last Names M-R – Jenn Jackson, agilitydals@gmail.com; 978-337-3904
  • Virtual Camper Last Names S-Z – Rachel Lachow, rachellachow@yahoo.com; 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 Winter 2024 Virtual Nose Work 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 https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362023-System-Requirements-for-PC-Mac-and-Linux

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 https://zoom.us/

How do I know how fast my internet speed is?https://www.speedtest.net/

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 Bonnie or Michele 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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