Seminar Information

K9 Nose Work Building Blocks - Part 1: The Exercises
with Amy Herot, NACSW co-founder, CPDT-KA

Amy Herot, NACSW co-founder, CPDT-KA

April 06, 2019

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

This seminar is full. We will not be taking day of event Walk-ins.

Dates and Locations

April 6, 2019
9:00am - 5:00pm
Good Sports Dog Training
Hudson, MA

This is a non-working seminar (no dogs).

Good Sports Dog Training is a 60' x 100' training facility with attached climate controlled office space, offering a variety of services for dog owners and professionals. It is located at 12 Kane Industrial Drive in Hudson, MA just 6 miles off Route 495 in a professional business park.

Bring a comfortable folding chair that you can move from place to place, something hard to write on, and dress in layers.  Be prepared and bring clothing in case we do any observing outside. We may be outside for a demo/exercise.

About this Seminar

K9 Nose Work Building Blocks
Building and maintaining the versatile and confident K9 Nose Work Dog
A Two-Part Seminar Series

Whether your dog is a professional search/scent dog or sport dog, there are many common traits, skills and working styles that are desirable in a working scent detection dog. Developing a good search dog begins with a training program tailor made for the dog in front of you. The trainer must understand how to adapt the exercises and pace the training speed appropriately for the dog to build and maintain a versatile and confident K9 Nose Work dog.

This two-part seminar series will focus on a large variety of training exercises and the details, variations, and examples of how to adjust the exercises for all skill levels, different types of dogs, and environments. Amy will cover how to set up exercises that build on the dog’s expectations and cumulative learning as well as how to troubleshoot. Learn how and when to adjust your training or shift the environment for success without overstepping to help the dog.

Together, the two-part series (April and September) will provide the handler with a broad picture of developing a well-rounded, versatile and confident scent detection dog. The seminar is intended to be viewed in two integrated segments that, when applied together, will cover baseline exercises, environmental influence and perspective, and troubleshooting exercises for all levels.

Build the search dog of your dreams.

Part One: The Exercises
(Saturday, April 6, 2019)
Part One of this series starts by covering exercises you can do in your everyday training environment. Amy will review various skills and the types/categories of exercises to employ and will illustrate how to adapt and adjust these exercises based on the level and experience of the dog. The emphasis will be on the learning acquisition of skill sets and how to use these exercises as important building blocks for continued development and maintenance training to support all levels of competition.

Part Two: Building Blocks on the Road
(Saturday, September 21, 2019)
The second part of this series will expand on environment and discuss the process and importance of taking building block exercises (from Part One) on the road for a confident and versatile competition search dog. Amy will discuss how to expand and adapt the exercises outside of your regular training environment all the while supporting the experience level of the dog. She will look at why environment plays an important role in the odor picture for the dog and how to assess what is happening to the odor and to your hide placement. Understanding environment and how it impacts your dog’s ability to solve the problem is key to creating the right building blocks for your dog.

Geared to all levels, this follow up seminar will break down the components that affect the dog’s ability and confidence in a variety of environments, how to manage environmental extremes, what the dog’s behavior in a novel environment reveals about foundational holes or confusion, and what you can do to support your dog.

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Meet the Speaker/s

Amy Herot, CPDT-KA, NACSW™ Co-founder
NACSW™ & K9 Nose Work® Founder/Nose Work Instructor

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 is nationally certified through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT). 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.

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Continuing Education Credits

5 CEUs 

6.5 CEUs for CPDT-KA/KSA 

6.5 CEUs

CEUS for KPA-CTPs based on CCPDT and IAABC approval units

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Tuition and Registration

Registration includes: seminar support materials, beverages and delicious snacks. Lunch is on your own.  There are many places to eat within driving distance. Lunch break will be one hour.

Seminar Tuition

April 6 only
• $140 - Register and pay on or before February 6, 2019
• $160 - Register and pay after February 6, 2019

April 6 and September 21. Both sessions – plan ahead for the best value
• $260 - Register and pay before the closing date of April 1, 2019
To register for both dates, select April 6 and the button for September 21 on the registration form. Your total cost will be calculated as $260 up to April 1st. It’s better than the early bird rate for each of the two sessions! You will not need to fill out a separate registration form for September 21. It's one form, one payment, and you're done!

Registration ends 8:00am on Monday, April 1, 2019 or when full.
Registration is limited to approximately 100 attendees.

Business Group Discounts are available for 3 or more employees, staff, or volunteers who attend from the same business, shelter or organization as an incentive for continuing education.  Click here to find out more. Business Group Discounts cannot be combined with any other special rates. The discount will be calculated off the regular (early bird and full) rates only.

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 (35 participants) and must be cancelled, currently registered participants will be refunded the full amount without penalty.

Please familiarize yourself with the Registration/Refund Policy, and the Waiver before signing up.

Refund information for this seriesamendment to our standard policy.
If you have paid for both sessions and cancel one of the dates, your refund will be based on you having paid the full amount for the seminar plus the admin fee.
For example: You register for both sessions, having paid $260, but cannot attend the September date. Your refund will be $95. ($260 - $140 full cost of seminar - $25 admin fee) Remember that you can always transfer your spot to another person and make payment arrangements with them to cover your spot. 

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Directions and Travel Information

Hotels near Good Sports Dog Training:

If you are attending a working seminar, CHECK PET POLICIES BEFORE MAKING RESERVATIONS! Make sure you understand ALL the fees and restrictions. Policies and rates may change.

The following hotels are dog friendly:

Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel, Marlborough, MA (approx. 4.5 miles away)
Phone: 508-460-0700; Dog Fees: Small pets allowed w/deposit
Room Rate: $129

Marriott Courtyard, Marlborough, MA (approx. 7 miles away)
Phone: 508-480-0015; Dog Fees: Pets allowed ($75 sanitation fee)
Room Rate: $100

Motel 6, Framingham, MA (approx. 10 miles away)
Phone: 508-620-0500; Dog Fees: NO FEE; 2 pets per room
Room Rate: $75

Red Roof Inn, Framingham, MA (approx. 12 miles away)
Phone: 508-872-4499; Dog Fees: NO FEE; 1 pet per room
Room Rate: $115

Red Roof Inn, Southborough, MA (approx. 14.5 miles away)
Phone: 508-481-3904; Dog Fees: NO FEE; 1 pet per room
Room Rate: $80

Econo Lodge Inn and Suites, Framingham, MA (approx. 12 miles away)
Phone: 508-875-2686; No pets.
Room Rate: $100

Quality Inn, Marlborough, MA (approx. 9 miles away)
Phone: 508-460-1000; Fees: $25/night; dogs under 20 pounds only
Room Rate: $105

Holiday Inn Express, Hudson, MA (approx 3 miles away)
Phone: 978-562-1001; Service Dogs only
Room Rate: $115

 Good Sports Dog Training
12 Kane Industrial Drive, Bldg. #12
Hudson, MA 01749

From Interstate 495 North or South:
Take exit 25A for State Hwy 85 toward Hudson (0.4 mi). Merge onto RT-85 (1.3 mi). Turn left at RT-85/Washington St and go straight at roundabout(1.2 mi). At Main St/Wood Square rotary, take the 1st exit onto Main St/RT-62 and continue to follow Main St.
Good Sports Dog Training is part of a business complex on the left (3.4 mi). One mile after you pass Ferjulian's farm stand on the left, look for the very large Kane Industrial Park sign (just after Rich's Used Auto Parts). 

Building #12 is 1/10 mile down on the left and has a stone-face front. Parking is on both sides of the building and will be marked for the event.

Area Airports:

Manchester, NH - about 55 miles away

Boston, MA - about 30 miles away

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Rules and Considerations

No personal audio or videotaping.

Please bring the following items with you to the seminar:

  • Paper/Note book/clipboard. There will be handouts and exercises to write down.
  • Chair so you will be comfortable. We will have some chairs available if you cannot or do not wish to bring your own.
  • Layered clothing as the temperature can vary in the room. 

This is a non-working seminar.  If you must bring your dog, please plan on crating in your vehicle.

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