Seminar Information

Consistency, Clarity, and Confidence in Nose Work
with Dana Zinn, CNWI, CPDT-KA

Dana Zinn, CNWI, CPDT-KA

March 28, 2020 -
March 29, 2020

We are sorry, this course is closed at this time

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

We expect to reschedule this seminar later in the year or early 2021.
Thank you for your support.
Dates and Locations

Saturday and Sunday
March 28 & 29, 2020
9:00am - 5:00pm
MasterPeace Dog Training, Franklin, MA

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

Consistency, Clarity, and Confidence in Nose Work -
Building stronger teamwork through clearer communication between the handler and dog, more consistent handling, purposeful hide placement, and useful search area evaluation.

In this 2-day workshop, Dana Zinn will cover a wide range of topics with the overall goal being to help each participant become a more well-rounded and confident team. Each day will include lecture, video and observing dog/handler teams work odor puzzles.

Saturday: “But in a Trial…” 5 spots still available  This intensive day focuses on why we may see things happen in competition that don’t occur in training. Dana will identify possible inconsistencies in handling, what they mean to the dog, and help fine-tune handling in a way that strengthens independent hunting. She will help build handler confidence through understanding how handling influences the dog, increase your awareness of how handling impacts a search, so the handler can make better choices as to when to step in or just stay out of the way. The purpose of this day is to help make the most of training to prepare for trial in a way that makes the most sense to the dog and reduces the chance of unexpected or never-before-seen behaviors. This workshop encapsulates recognizing when our dogs are problem solving, stuck and in need of assistance, or close to solving the puzzle.

Sunday: “From Scent to Finish” FULL Handler clarity and consistency are essential for a confident team. This day will include studies of search areas to help handlers feel more empowered when faced with working in an unfamiliar location. Reading the environment can provide useful information and help the handler be consistent. Dana will also spend time discussing hide placement strategies to increase productivity in training and to set up the dog for the challenges you want to train. Finally, she will delve into the ever-important topic of knowing when your dog is “finished,” finding that balance between confident coverage and staying in the search area too long.

Demonstration Teams: Each day, the learning will be strengthened by watching dog and handler teams work real life scent problems. Dana will discuss the search components with each handler, providing feedback and suggestions on how to increase consistency and clarity.
Demonstration dogs must be on all odors, have the ability to work confidently in front of a large group in a novel environment, be quiet in a crate or vehicle when not working, and be friendly/ neutral with strangers.
Handlers must be willing to audit if they do not get selected, feel comfortable talking about the searches, and getting feedback in front of the group. 8 – 10 dogs will be pre-selected and an effort will be made to provide a variety of dogs, search styles, and levels to maximize group learning. Selected demonstration teams will pay an additional $60/day. Selected teams will be notified no later than 3 weeks before the seminar weekend.

Attendees will get the most benefit by registering for both days, but 2-day attendance is not mandatory and participants may also register for a single day.

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Meet the speaker/s

Dana Zinn, CNWI, 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. She is proud to be a founding faculty member and a certifying official for sanctioned NACSW trials across the country. She recently became a Supervising Certifying Official, which means she is involved in the training of new COs for NACSW.

In regard to K9 Nose Work®, her learning never stops as she continues to teach classes, instruct at camps, and compete in trials. One of her proudest moments was placing first in the 2014 NACSW National Invitational.
Dana has participated in a variety of canine activities such as obedience, herding, agility and of course Nose Work. Dana moved from California with her family to Golden, Colorado in 2008 and has brought the sport of K9 Nose Work® with her.

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, as well as one resident cat and her Labrador Retriever, Winnie.

What people are saying about Dana Zinn:

Nothing short of amazing! Dana's coaching includes moment by moment search narration of the dog working odor, from start to finish, offering an opportunity to witness the search from the dog's perspective.  J. K.

Read more testimonials from Dana Zinn Seminar Attendees

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Continuing Education Credits

4 CEUs per day (8 total for the weekend)

8 CEUs per day for CPDT-KA/KSA (16 total for the weekend)

6.5 CEUs per day for auditors (13 total for the weekend)
8.5 CEUs per day for working spots (17 total for the weekend)

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

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Tuition and Registration

Seminar Tuition:
• $195 - Two days, register and pay on or before January 28, 2020 
• $255 - Two days, register and pay after January 28, 2020 

• $110 - One day, register and pay on or before January 28, 2020   
• $140 - One day, register and pay after January 28, 2020 

Selected demonstration teams will pay an additional $60/day. Selected teams will be notified no later than 3 weeks before the seminar weekend. DEMO DOG SPOTS are FULL.

Registration ends 8:00am on Monday, March 23, 2020 or when full.  Registration is limited to approximately 60-65 attendees per day.

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.

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

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Directions and Travel Information

MasterPeace Dog Training
264 Fisher St,
Franklin, MA 02038

From I-495
Take exit #17 off Rte 495. Follow Rte 140 South for approximately 1 mile. Turn right onto Fisher Street and go to the end, passing over the railroad tracks. We are the last building on the left.

Please note: If you are coming from the south on 495 N, and choose to take Exit 16 according to MapQuest: DO NOT TAKE Sugarbeet off of Union. It is a dead-end that does not cut through to Fisher. Instead, pass by Sugarbeet and take the next left off of Union, which is McCarthy; that will take you through to Fisher.

Hotels near MasterPeace 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.

Pet-Friendly Hotels
These hotels will accept pets if you are traveling with a dog. Please call hotel to ask if there are restrictions on size or number of dogs allowed in rooms, and if there is an additional fee. Hotel policies are subject to change.

La Quinta - 12 minutes away
24 Beaver St.
Milford, MA
Small dogs under 20 lbs. only. $20/night

Red Roof - 15 minutes away
60 Forbes Blvd.
Mansfield, MA
No pet fees.

Red Roof Inn - 20 minutes away
397 Turnpike Road
Southborough, MA
No pet fees.

Motel 6 - 30 minutes away
27 Belmont St.
Northborough, MA
No pet fees.

Days Inn - 30 minutes away
889 Boston Tpke
Shrewsbury, MA
Pet fees are $20/pet/day

These hotels do not accept pets, but are located 5 minutes away from MasterPeace:
Hampton Inn
735 Union St.
Franklin, MA

Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Franklin/Milford
835 Upper Union St
Franklin, MA

MasterPeace Dog Training has a list of lodging choices on their website.

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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. 

With the exception of demo dogs, this is a non-working seminar.  If you must bring your dog, please plan on crating in your vehicle. There may be limited crating inside for non-reactive, quiet demo dogs only.

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