Seminar Information

Considerations for Successful Hide Placement

Barbara Schwerdt, CNWI, CPDT-KA

June 06, 2020

Dates and Locations - About this Seminar - Meet the speaker/s - Continuing Education Credits - Tuition and Registration - Directions and Travel Information - Rules and Considerations

Dates and Locations

June 6, 2020
3PM Eastern, 2PM Central, 1PM Mountain, 12PM Pacific
75-minute Webinar
This webinar will be recorded, so you can watch it later.
Recording available from June 12 through July 11 if you purchase the live webinar.

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About this Seminar

Dogs of Course is thrilled to welcome Barbara Schwerdt to our Webinar Line-up.

Considerations for Successful Hide Placement
with Barbara Schwerdt, CNWI, CPDT-KA

In this webinar Barbara will pose considerations for successful hide placement through power point and video review. We will briefly explore influences on how odor moves and the myriad of considerations for hide placement.
This webinar is a snippet of a full two-day course on hide placement where participants are challenged to set up specific odor problems, run dogs, review results, and reset.
The material is appropriate for participants of all levels of experience, whether this is your first dog, first class, or tenth! There’s something for everyone! At the end the hope is you will have more tools in your toolbox for hide placement considerations.

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Meet the speaker/s

Barbara Schwerdt, BA, CPDT-KA, CNWI, Founding Instructor, NACSW Certifying Official (CO), Trial Judge, Senior Faculty, New Instructor Education and Continuing Education Faculty.

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 newest K9 Nose Work partner, “Cassandra Sue (Cassie)”, a Labrador Retriever/Border Collie mix, have been working together since July 2015. After nearly a year on “primary” in literally dozens of locations, Cassie has earned her L2C, L2I, NW1, NW2, and one NW3 Title to date.

In addition to her role of CO and Trial Judge, she 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, holding 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 has been an avid distance cyclist since 2011 and has raised nearly $35,000 for AIDS LifeCycle, a non-profit organization in California which provides much needed services to those infected with 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 Renner, the newest member of the family, a German Shepherd Guide Dog puppy.

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Continuing Education Credits

2 CEUs
(electronically entered usually 2 weeks after the end of the viewing period) 

(electronically entered 2 weeks after the end of the viewing period) 

1.25 CEU
(document emailed to you at the end of the viewing period)

1.25 CEU
(document emailed to you at the end of the viewing period)

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Tuition and Registration

Register here for this webinar:

$30 for individual webinar with 30 days access to the recording.
$25 after rebate when you purchase all five regular webinars for June.

REBATE AVAILABLE: If you purchase all five of the June webinars – Dogs of Course will issue the rebate of $5/webinar ($25 total/ 20% off.) Rebate will be sent via PayPal the week of July 13th.   (Schwerdt, Richardson, Turley, Barney-both sessions)

The recording will be available via Vimeo from June 12nd through July 11th. Dogs of Course will e-mail the participant needed information and a link and/or password one day before the recording is available. It will not be downloadable. Viewing only.

Registration will go through Zoom Web hosting using PayPal only. 

Registration Refund Policy for the Webinar
  • If you cancel your registration through Zoom before the start time of the webinar, you will be automatically refunded the registration fee in 3-5 business days.
  • No refunds for "no-shows."
  • The webinar fee is not transferable to another webinar, seminar, camp, course, or person.

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Directions and Travel Information


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Rules and Considerations


  • 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 This Webinar_June 2020
  • 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

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  • Family members that are using your home's bandwidth may be impacting your ability to view the video. Asking them to not use the internet during the webinar (including phones and tablets that are hooked up to the internet) may help.


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