Webinar Information

Elements with Confidence

Amy Herot, NACSW Co-founder

November 03, 2020 -
November 23, 2020

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Dates and Locations - About this Webinar - Meet the speaker/s - Continuing Education Credits - Tuition and Registration - Rules and Considerations


Dates and Locations

Five (5) 75-minute webinars
plus a NEW BONUS 90 minute webinar
Tuesday, November 3, 2020 through Thursday, November 19, 2020
See below for exact dates, times, and topics.
These webinars will be presented live and are also available to download for your video library.

About this Webinar

Elements with Confidence
A 5-part competition series with Amy Herot
And a NEW BONUS webinar
Co-Founder NACSW™ and K9 Nose Work®

FAQ About Zoom, CEUs, Downloads, and this Webinar Series

This webinar series is an exciting and updated review of the Confidence Series seminars utilizing all new videos. The most salient points and examples from the series are distilled in each segment, with a bonus segment on combined element searches. Each segment will run 75 minutes on element specific competition-directed training, including skill building requirements for the dog to handling strategies and techniques to maximize team potential.

Aired Tuesday, November 3, 2020  - Recording available for purchase until midnight, November 23
12 PM Eastern/9 AM Pacific
Segment 1: Containers with Confidence
Most competitive nose work dogs have had hundreds of repetitions of containers in their training, yet this element still presents challenges. From ORT to NW3 to Summit, the dog must be prepared to solve the increasingly complex scent problem while the handler must strategically manage the search and the dog’s successful performance. Maneuvering confidently through a land mine of distractions against the clock or clearing a blank search takes experience, exposure, and excellent communication for both dog and handler. Learn how to break down the training layers needed for working containers with confidence.

Aired Thursday, November 5, 2020 - Recording available for purchase until midnight, November 23
12 PM Eastern/9 AM Pacific
Segment 2: Interiors with Confidence
A handler should work an interior search confident that their dog has the training history and skills to work in any interior space. Learning to clearly identify when the dog is working odor source, trapping odor and no odor amid the variances in interior searches is the handler challenge. Review of interior training environments and how to manage and handle the conditions will help provide guidelines for applicable training exercises.

Aired Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - Recording available for purchase until midnight, November 23
12 PM Eastern/9 AM Pacific
Segment 3: Vehicles with Confidence
The myriad of variations in vehicles searches and conditions affect the dog’s access and perception of the scent source or lack thereof. Training that allows the dog to gain exposure and experience, while the handler builds observation and mechanical skills, will help the team develop strong and resilient vehicle searches. Review training practices and strategies for handling that maximize the natural abilities of the dog and optimize the teamwork between dog and handler.

Aired Thursday, November 12, 2020 - Recording available for purchase until midnight, November 23
12 PM Eastern/9 AM Pacific
Segment 4: Exteriors with Confidence
Exteriors present the natural world to the dog and the dog should excel at this element.  There are many training components that build strength in the team to successfully navigate exterior searches.  The importance of odor, context, experience, environment, conditions and breed type are all factors that affect the dog’s desire and endurance in the exterior search. Handler observation skills play an important part in knowing when the dog is on odor or the area is blank. Discussion of how to shore up training to set the dog up for success, while allowing the handler to harness the power of the dog in his natural environment are all part of exteriors with confidence.

Aired Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - Recording available for purchase until midnight, November 23
12 PM Eastern/9 AM Pacific
Segment 5: Combined Elements with Confidence
The NACSW Elite and Summit searches often have searches that blend and/or combine elements. Strategies for these types of searches should be based on an understanding of the environmental scent picture for the dog along with the search parameters. Learn how to tackle these unique searches confidently with a thoughtful game plan that plays to the dog’s strengths. 

Aired Thursday, November 19, 2020 - Recording available for purchase until midnight, November 23
12 PM Eastern/9 AM Pacific
Bonus Segment: Elements with Confidence - Your Questions
BONUS SESSION ADDED! Join Amy as she answers participant questions live. This 1 hour 30 minute webinar has been added to continue to answer your questions based on the Elements with Confidence series. Each participant has the option to provide one question to be considered via a Survey Monkey survey. The question must be related to this series. We will do our best to provide a variety of questions and answer as many of the questions as possible but cannot guarantee your question will be selected. Submitting a question is optional.
Once you register, you will receive a confirmation from Dogs of Course with the link to Survey Monkey. Click on the link in your confirmation letter to submit your question. Deadline for questions will be 12 noon ET Wednesday, November 18th.
Minimum attendance is 50 people. If we do not have 50 people, the webinar will be cancelled and full refunds back to registered participants.

Sign up for the series or individual webinars even after they have aired. RECORDINGS available to purchase through midnight Monday, November 23, 2020.  We will send you all the information you need to view them by November 24, 2020 if you purchase the live webinar or the recordings through November 23. The recordings will be available for viewing and DOWNLOADING to your computer starting the afternoon of November 24, 2020 until midnight January 1, 2020.

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Meet the Speaker

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 passed national certification through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) in December 2004. 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. www.allgooddogs.biz

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Continuing Education Credits

2 CEUs per webinar

Sorry, no CEUs granted for CPDT-KA

1.25 for each webinar
6.2 for the full series

CEUs-  based on hours attended

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Tuition and Registration

Before you register, please read the important information under "Rules and Considerations" at the bottom of the webpage.


  • $125 Confidence Webinars Package deal! Sign up and save $25.00. That's $5 off each webinar if bought separately. You will have access to view and download the recordings until midnight, January 1, 2021.
    NOTE: The Package Deal does not include the BONUS "Your Questions" webinar. That webinar must be purchased individually.

  • $30 per individual webinar with access to view and download the recording/s you purchased until midnight, January 1, 2021.
    • sign-ups are separate for each webinar
  • $20 for Bonus Segment: Elements with Confidence - Your Questions. This webinar must be purchased separately and is NOT part of the 5-webinar package deal.
  • Payment MUST be made through PayPal, either with a PayPal account or by using your credit or debit card. No checks for the webinars, please.

REGISTRATION CLOSES MIDNIGHT, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2020 Eastern Time. After registering and sending payment, you will receive a confirmation email(s) from Dogs of Course. You will receive an ADDITIONAL email from Zoom about joining the webinar. 

In order to register and attend, you must download the Zoom app for your phone OR register through your PC or laptop for a free Zoom account at https://zoom.us/

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Rules and Considerations
Registration Refund Policy for the Webinar
Registration for this event confirms that you have read and agree to these policies.
  • Individual Webinars: If you cancel your registration through Zoom before the start time of the webinar, we will refund the registration fee in 3-5 business days. The link to cancel can be found at the bottom of your email confirmation for each individual webinar from Zoom. 
  • Confidence Webinars Package: You will find the cancellation link at the bottom of the webinar confirmation from Zoom. You must submit a cancellation through Zoom for EACH of the webinars you wish to cancel before the start of each webinar. It will not be a "blanket cancellation." You will be refunded the registration fee in 3-5 business days. Individual webinars canceled from the Package discount rate will be pro-rated so the full price of each video will be assessed.
  • No refunds after the start time of the selected live webinar you want to cancel.
  • No refunds for "no-shows."
  • No refunds for failure to view or DOWNLOAD the recording before midnight, January 1, 2021.
  • The webinar fee is not transferable to another webinar, seminar, camp, course, or person.


  • 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, the speaker's internet connection and the bandwidth available from Zoom. Even with high speed internet video can/will lag or stutter a bit. You should expect degraded video to some degree. Again, Dogs of Course and your speaker have done their best to insure a quality presentation.
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  • Please read and print out this link. It has important information. FAQ About Zoom, CEUs, Downloads, and this Webinar Series
  • 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 https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362023-System-Requirements-for-PC-Mac-and-Linux

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