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NW3 Competitive Edge Nose Work Clinic
Wednesday July 7 - Friday, July 9
Fishkill and Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY

Speaker(s):
Carolyn Barney, Karin Damon

July 07, 2021

We are sorry, this course is waitlist only at this time. Sign up for waitlist.

Dates and Locations - About this Nose Work Clinic - Meet the Instructors - Continuing Education Credits - Tuition and Registration - Directions and Travel Information - Rules and Considerations

Dates and Locations

NW3 Clinic:
Wednesday, July 7, 2021 – Friday, July 9, 2021

Day 1: Sharpe Reservation, Camp Hayden Marks, Fishkill, NY
Days 2 & 3: Storm King School, Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY

About this Nose Work Clinic

Dogs of Course is hosting two three-day level specific Nose Work training clinics in 2021 that will help you get a competitive edge: one clinic for NW3 competitors (July 7-9) and one clinic for Elite competitors (September 17-19). Small groups, supportive coaching from instructors who understand competition firsthand, lots of focused search time, and an atmosphere and searches set up to mimic trial conditions and build experience that is difficult to reproduce during normal class and practice sessions. These clinics will include 2 or 3 different locations to maximize variety and novelty. Each day will be a new adventure!


This clinic is level specific, focusing on mastering skills needed to compete with confidence and competence at the NW3 level.

NW3 Clinic Locations:

Day 1: Sharpe Reservation, Camp Hayden Marks, Fishkill, NY

Days 2 & 3: Storm King School, Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY

What to Expect:

  • Small Coaching Groups: 6 dog/handler teams per group. 4 groups. 24 dog/handler teams total
  • 1 dog per handler for the clinic classes. No swapping dogs please.
  • Class sessions with all three instructors each day
  • Different location and/or search areas each day
  • Work out of your car and drive to different training stations/locations
  • Bring your own lunch, snacks, beverages
  • Commute from your home or relax at night in your hotel room
  • Full Day of Learning
    • Arrive at 8:30AM - 8:45AM
    • Classes from 9:00AM – 6:00PM
        • Three 1.5 hour classes with your dog each day
        • One “Free” period for observation or relaxation, and to run the optional Bonus Search & Go
        • Debriefing session at end of each day with the whole group
        • One hour lunch and 1/2 hour breaks between classes
    • Elements: Interiors, Exteriors, Containers, and at least one Vehicle search.
    • Searches will primarily be run known to the handler for maximum learning. Some searches will be run blind with help or blind to provide experience for the handler.

What makes a Competitive Edge NW Clinic perfect for trial preparation?

  • We have designed the clinic with competition in mind.
  • Our instructors know training and trialing from all angles. They are ALL seasoned competitors with multiple dogs, Certifying Officials, are or have been trial hosts, have judged trials and are Certified Nose Work Instructors currently teaching classes and private lessons with students at all levels. 
  • Our training locations/search areas have the complexity of a real trial and many of the locations have been actual trial sites.
  • Our hides will be set in the morning and all groups will run each search.
    • Hides will age and change over time with the environmental changes just like at trials.
    • All dogs will have the opportunity to run searches at different aging levels. Sometimes you will be at the beginning of the running order and sometimes at the end (last class of day) after many unfamiliar dogs have run.
    • Lingering odor issues will be minimized because we won't be changing the hide placement multiple times in one search area during the day.
  • By changing locations/search areas, the dogs are constantly exposed to novel environments and air flows. This gives them lots of opportunities to solve many different scent pictures in a condensed time frame.
  • Crating and working out of your vehicle next to other participants simulates a trial-like atmosphere.
  • Sometimes you will be close to the search area and sometimes there will be a walk with staging area(s). Much like a trial.
  • You get up early from home or your hotel and drive to the clinic just like at a trial.
  • Three days of searching builds stamina for dog and handler for multiple day trials.

Dog Participation Requirements:

  • Dogs must have the minimum titling level to attend
    • For NW3 Clinic (July):
      • Priority attendance will go to dogs with an NW2 title up to NW3 x2 or equivalent from another venue.
      • Dogs with an NW3 Elite or higher will be considered if the clinic does not fill by June 15, 2021. These teams must understand that the searches will be at the indicated level and hides will not be moved or adjusted to accommodate higher levels. You can add your name to the wait list now.
  • Dogs with MILD dog reactivity that is well managed are welcome.
  • Dogs must be able to tolerate dogs walking by them within 8 feet.
  • Dog must be able to crate quietly in vehicle when handler is not there and when people and dogs walk by their vehicle. We will not have reactive dog parking.
  • Females in season will be permitted. See all specific rules and information under the cancellation/refund policy
  • Dogs that are reactive to PEOPLE CANNOT attend Competitive Edge Nose Work Clinics.
    • Dogs are asked to work problems in close proximity (in particular - interiors) to other campers and staff members.
    • All dogs must be able to tolerate quick movement, gesticulation, normal and repeated eye contact, vocal interaction, close proximity, and unplanned encounters from men and women.
    • We cannot provide special accommodations for dogs that are not comfortable with all types of people in close proximity.
  • Dogs that threaten other dogs or humans, or are considered to be a perceived danger to themselves or others at the clinic, will be asked to leave. No refunds will be offered if a dog is excused from the Clinic.

Human Participant Requirements: (Please read)

  • COVID Specific:
    • For your safety and the safety of others, all participants must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 at least two weeks before the start day of the clinic. All of our staff members are fully vaccinated.
    • You must be willing to, and plan to, wear masks as required by the state and/or suggested by the CDC. You should plan to wear masks in tight/small locations where you cannot be socially distant or airflow is stagnant.  Dogs of Course and or your instructor has the right to require masks in any situation they request or if the pandemic worsens etc...
    • Please bring hand sanitizer and wash hands often.
    • We ask that you maintain social distance of 6' as much as possible.
    • Sharpe Reservation (NW3 clinic) requires additional waivers and a temperature check before entering the property.
  • Participant must be able to carry her/his own chairs to observe search areas
  • Participant needs to be in good physical condition and able to walk with their dog and their training gear from the parking lot to the working locations.
  • The locations and search areas require the ability to walk up and down hills, up to five-minute walks to get to searches, walk on uneven ground, and go up and down a flight or more of stairs.
  • Participant must be able to manage her/his dog at all times on leash and in the vehicle.
  • Participant must be at least 18 years old at the time of the clinic to attend
  • Participant must be willing to agree to and sign liability and COVID related releases for Dogs of Course and any additional facility releases or requirements.

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Meet the Instructors

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 pet and sport 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, earthdog and now nose work. In addition to her training and behavior work, Carolyn wrote Clicker Basics for Dogs and Puppies and 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, lectured to dog trainers internationally, 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. 

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.

Carolyn attended the first CNWI training course on the east coast over 12 years ago. She 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. Carolyn's full-time job is Training Director of Operation Delta Dog, a non-profit organization that trains shelter dogs for veterans with PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury.

Carolyn has been training, competing, and titling dogs for over 35 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 ELT Championship title and participated in the 2017 NACSW National Invitational winning one of the searches and placing in another. Her young rescue dog, Sam, has his NW1 and is preparing for NW2 competition.

 

Karin Damon, CNWI
Karin has been involved in performance events with dogs since 2002.   She started out in a basic obedience class with her Golden Retriever, Keebler, and put an AKC Versatility title on him. She competes in agility, tracking, obedience, and nose work with her Golden Retrievers and also finds time to train her dogs for advertising.  All of her Goldens have been involved in advertising – showing up in various places such as commercials for Claritin, Pedigree, PetSmart Dog Food, A&P Food Stores, and even appearing on “Conan O’Brien” and “Saturday Night Live.” Her dogs have also appeared on the cover of Dog Fancy and on the AKC Website. 

Karin has achieved the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW) Elite Championship title with both Jig and Jeep.  Jig was the first Golden Retriever in the country to earn the Championship title.  Karin and Jig participated in the inaugural NACSW National Invitational in California in 2013 as one of 13 dogs selected throughout the country and was Dog in White for the 2014 and 2017 NACSW National Invitational. Shamrock, her current competition dog, is trialing at the Elite level. 

Karin retired as the Head Athletic Trainer at Centenary College to start her own business, Shamrock Pot of Gold K9 Scenter in New Jersey. Karin is a NACSW  Supervising Certifying Official, a Trial Site Advisor for NACSW Trials, trial host, and a Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI) teaching nose work since the sport came to the East Coast in March of 2010. Karin is also a certified Pet Tech First Aid and CPR Instructor in San Diego, CA and has her Canine Rehabilitation Certificate from the University of Tennessee. 

 

Additional Staff
Our clinic assistants are also accomplished Certified Nose Work Instructors, competitors, and support the sport as trial hosts, volunteers and score room leads. We are proud to have Kathy Austin, Kathe Baxter, and Jenn Jackson on staff! Dana Crevling will also be attending to manage the clinic.

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Continuing Education Credits

IAABC
CEUs  (pending approval)

CCPDT
9 CEUs  (CPDT-KA/KSA)

NACSW™
9  CEUs

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Tuition and Registration

for NW3 Clinic

Competitive Edge Nose Work Clinic Tuition

$1,050 - three full days of competition level classes.

Registration ends 8:00am on Monday, June 21, 2021 or when full. Registration is limited to 24 working teams.

You may pay for tuition by:

• Personal or Bank Check
• PayPal - using your account or opening a new account
• Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover through PayPal's secure system

Complete payment information will come up on the screen after you complete registration. General Payment Information

If the clinic does not meet the minimum attendance level and must be cancelled, currently registered participants will be refunded the full amount without penalty.

Please familiarize yourself with the Registration/Refund Policy below before signing up.

2021 Competitive Edge Nose Work Clinics Cancellation Policy:
All cancellations must be sent to Dogs of Course and must be in writing. An acknowledgement of your cancellation will be emailed to you within 3 business days from Dogs of Course. Please keep a copy of the cancellation email for your records; your cancellation is not valid without this confirmation of receipt. Competitive Edge Nose Work Clinics and Dogs of Course are not responsible for cancellations that do not reach the office by the deadlines. IF YOU DON’T HEAR FROM US IN 3 business days – CALL US at 508-529-3568.

Please note that the non-refundable portion of your tuition is $200

 PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

This policy applies to participants that must withdraw for ANY reason, including, but not limited to: injury, illness, emergency, tragedy, and personal or work-related reasons. This policy is without exception.
If you have concerns about the cancellation/refund policy, please consider researching "Trip/Travel Insurance" options independently.

  • Cancellations received within 3 days of registration - full refund. If you change your mind about attending the clinic within 3 days of your registration, a full refund will be offered. This is your grace period.
  • For all clinics, there is a $200 non-refundable, non-transferable (neither to another person nor clinic, event, seminar) portion of the tuition paid after the 3-day grace period.
  • Cancellations received 60 days or more before the clinic start date will be refunded in full less the $200 non-refundable, non-transferable (neither to another person nor clinic, event, seminar), cancellation fee.
  • Cancellations received between 60 and 30 days of the clinic start date, will be refunded 50% of the tuition after the $200 non-refundable, non-transferable, cancellation fee is deducted. If Dogs of Course obtains a qualified working team that meets the replacement qualifications (see below) either on our wait list or through Dogs of Course marketing search at least 30 days before the start of clinic, tuition will be refunded in full less the $200 fee as indicated above. Participants will not be able to locate their own replacements. Participants may refer candidates to Dogs of Course via e-mail to be placed on the waitlist or replace them with our approval if others are already not waiting. All replacement participants must come from the clinic wait list. Qualifications for replacement are: The dog will need to be working at the level specified by the particular clinic and meet all clinic criteria.
  • Cancellations received between 29 and 14 days of the clinic start date, will be refunded 40% of the tuition after the $200 non-refundable, non-transferable, cancellation fee is deducted. If Dogs of Course obtains a qualified working team that meets the replacement qualifications (see below) either on our wait list or through Dogs of Course marketing search at least 14 days before the start of clinic, tuition will be refunded in full less the $200 fee as indicated above. Participants will not be able to locate their own replacements. Participants may refer candidates to Dogs of Course via e-mail to be placed on the waitlist or replace them with our approval if others are already not waiting. All replacement participants must come from the clinic wait list. Qualifications for replacement are: The dog will need to be working at the level specified by the particular clinic and meet all clinic criteria.
  • Due to the nature of running this type of intensive clinic, cancellation received 13 days or fewer before the clinic start date will not receive a refund nor be eligible for the replacement option stated above.
  • Each Competitive Edge Nose Work Clinic is considered a “Single Event.” As such, registration for one clinic cannot be transferred to a different clinic. Changes from one clinic location to another will be treated as a cancellation for the original clinic registration per the above policy. At that time, the participant will be free to register for an alternate clinic when clinic registration opens for the public. There will be no “early bird” or “pre-registrations” allowed when cancelling one clinic and wishing to enroll in an alternate clinic. 

Rules for Female Working Dogs in Season:

Female dogs in season will be permitted to participate in this clinic. If a registered working dog comes in season the participant has a few options:

    • Option 1) Agree to attend clinic under the females in season rules
      • Your dog must wear pants at all times except when toileting.
      • Expect to have a designated toilet area.
      • Movement of female dogs in season will be restricted to going to and from classes and toilet area.
      • Bring a sturdy crate for your dog; your dog cannot be left uncrated in vehicle
      • Expect that your dog may need to run last in classes.
      • Expect that we may need to park you farther away from the group which may mean a longer walk to the searches.
      • Non-working dogs are NOT allowed at clinic if in season.
      • Dana Crevling/Clinic must be notified in advance that you will have a female dog in season at clinic.
    • Option 2) Bring a different qualified dog working at the same level
    • Option 3) The participant can cancel and be reimbursed per the general policy.
  • If a non-working dog comes into season the person must leave the dog home or if the participant cancels the general refund policy above will apply.
  • Participants that have to, or choose to, leave early for their own reasons or are "No-shows” will not receive a refund at any level.
  • Participants asked to leave the event/property by the clinic director will not be refunded any part of the tuition.
    • Reasons for dismissal from clinic may include, but are not limited to:
      • Dogs that are disruptive to other participant, dogs, the staff, or the facility
      • Dogs that exhibit aggression deemed unmanageable/unsafe by the staff for the clinic environment.
      • Dogs that cannot be safely managed and/or trained by their handler
      • Unresolved participant conflict or inappropriate behavior
      • Health issues, either canine or human, that may impact or endanger other dogs or participant
      • Health issues that negatively impact the dog’s emotional, mental or physical wellbeing
  • No part of the tuition fee will be refunded if the clinic cannot take place or be completed by reason of fire, civil disturbances, an Act of God, public emergency, state of emergency, state or federal regulations that prohibit the event or any other cause beyond the control of the clinic organizers.

Again, this policy applies to participants that must withdraw for ANY reason, including, but not limited to: injury, illness, emergency, tragedy, and personal or work-related reasons. This policy is without exception.
If you have concerns about the cancellation/refund policy, please consider researching "Trip/Travel Insurance" options independently. 


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Directions and Travel Information

NW 3 Clinic Locations:
Wednesday, July 7
Sharpe Reservation, Camp Hayden Marks
436 Van Wyck Lake Rd
Fishkill, NY 12524

Thursday & Friday, July 8 & 9
Storm King School
314 Mountain Rd
Cornwall-On-Hudson, NY 12520

 

Hotel Ideas:
Please check with the hotels on updated pet policies and read reviews, and check distances from the clinic locations before you make a reservation. These hotels should be no more than a 35 minute drive from our clinic locations.

Extended Stay America - Route 9
25 Merritt Blvd.
Fishkill, NY 12524
845-897-2800
Approx: $140 plus $25/pet/night up to $150

Extended Stay America - West Merritt Blvd
55 Merritt Blvd.
Fishkill, NY 12524
845-896-0592
Approx: $140 plus $25/pet/night up to $150

Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Fishkill
14 Schuyler Blvd
Fishkill, NY 12524
845-896-5210
Approx: $135 plus $25/pet/night

Red Roof Inn & Suites - Newburgh-Stewart Airport
915 Union Ave,
New Windsor, NY 
845-564-7550
Approx. $100 per night, no pet fee, 2 pets per room
Interior Corridor Rooms

NOT Recommended:
Super 8, Newburgh, NY. - very bad reviews

 

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Rules and Considerations

Dog Management and Misc. rules:

  • All dogs will be crated inside of the vehicle during class hours unless being walked for toileting or when training.
  • Participant must bring proper shade/fans and equipment to keep dog cool and safe while in vehicle.
  • Participants will be allowed to run vehicles air conditioning for the July clinic. Please try to spread out when possible if running AC in your vehicle.
  • Parking is expected to be tight for some search locations, no reactive parking will be available.
  • Dogs must be on a 6’ leash at all times except when searching
  • Please do not allow dogs to socialize with unknown dogs
  • If needed, participant may bring a quiet non-reactive second dog to run on the Bonus Search & Go during free time.

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