Elite Competitive Edge Nose Work Clinic
Friday, Sept. 17 - Sunday, Sept. 19
Stanhope & Phillipsburg, NJ

Carolyn Barney, Karin Damon, Leah Gangelhoff

September 17, 2021

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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

Elite Clinic:
Friday, September 17, 2021 – Sunday, September 19, 2021

Day 1: Location TBD, will be in the vicinity
Day 2: Camp Allamuchy, Stanhope, NJ
Day 3: Cherrybrook Pet Supplies, Phillipsburg, NJ


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 Elite level.

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, at least one Vehicle search, and Combined Elements
    • 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 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 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 Elite Clinic (September):
      • Priority attendance will go to dogs with NW3 Elite titles and dogs currently trialing in Elite or equivalent from another venue.
      • Dogs with NW3 x2 legs will be considered if the clinic does not fill by July 16, 2021. You can add your name to the wait list now.
      • Summit Dogs will be considered for attendance if the clinic does not fill by July 16, 2021. Summit handlers must understand the searches and lessons will be Elite level skill building, Not Summit specific. 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.
  • 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. 


Leah Gangelhoff, CNWI, CPDT-KA
Leah Gangelhoff currently owns & 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 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 has trained and trialed her own dog, Konner, a German Shepherd, in K9 Nose Work® all the way up through the new NACSW™ Summit Division for Elite Champion teams. Leah and Konner competed in four Summit Trials and 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. Leah earned an NW3 Elite with her Belgian shepherd, Zephyr, placing First, First, and Second Overall at those trials and has earned an NW2 with her 11 lb terrier mix shelter dog, Bruno Mars.

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®.

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 and Jenn Jackson on staff! Dana Crevling will also be attending to manage the clinic.

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Continuing Education Credits

CEUs  (pending approval)


9  CEUs

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Tuition and Registration

for Elite Clinic

Competitive Edge Nose Work Clinic Tuition

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

Registration ends 8:00am on Friday, September 3, 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 seminar 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


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 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 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. 
  • 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
      Rules for Female Working Dogs in Season only:
      • 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

Elite Clinic Locations:
Friday, September 17
Location TBD

Saturday, September 18
Boy Scouts Camp Allamuchy
750 Waterloo Rd #3468
Stanhope, NJ 07874

Sunday, September 19
Cherrybrook Pet Supplies
165 Howard Street
Phillipsburg, NJ 08865

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 - Mt. Olive/Budd Lake
71 International Drive S.
Budd Lake, NJ 07828
Approx: $80 plus $25/pet/night

Residence Inn Mt. Olive at International Trade Center
271 Continental Dr.
Mt. Olive, NJ 07874
Approx: $180 plus $100 non-refundable pet fee

Hampton Inn
16 Frontage Road
Clinton, NJ 08809
Approx: $125 plus $35 pet fee

Holiday Inn
111 West Main Street
Clinton, NJ 08809
Approx: $110 plus $25/pet/night

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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.
  • 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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