Webinar Information

Virtual Nose Work Camp Recordings
Spring 2021

multiple presenters (full info. below)

April 17, 2021 -
May 06, 2021

We are sorry, this course is closed at this time

Dates and Locations - About this Virtual Camp - Meet the speaker/s - Continuing Education Credits - Tuition and Registration - Fundraiser - Shopping - Rules and Considerations

Dogs of Course is excited to offer you the Spring 2021 Virtual Nose Work Camp Recordings.

Dates and Locations


Videos will be available to view and MUST be download by 11:59PM EDT June 6, 2021.

Live Event Date:
Saturday, April 17, 2021 through Thursday, April 22, 2021

See below for times, topics and speakers
Twelve (12) 75-minute unique webinars over 6 days
These webinars will be presented live and recorded: videos will be available to view and download beginning April 29 until 11:59PM June 6.

About this Virtual Camp


Dogs of Course has lined up an all-star team for a series of Nose Work webinars on Zoom. "Virtual Nose Work Camp" is exactly what you would expect to encounter at camp - minus the 3 classes of hands-on training with your dog and camp cuisine. You will have the option of selecting individual webinars  "a la carte" or purchasing the Super Camper Package of all 12 webinars for a special discount bundle rate. That's 12 webinars for the price of 9. See "Tuition and Registration" section below for more information.

FAQ About Zoom, CEUs, Downloads, and this Webinar Camp.

CAN'T MAKE THE LIVE PRESENTATIONS? NO PROBLEM. YOU CAN OWN THEM! Sign up for the series or individual webinars even after they occur. RECORDINGS available to purchase through 11:59PM Thursday, May 6, 2021.  We will send you all the information you need to view them by April 29 if you purchase the live webinar or the recordings by April 28. Customers who purchase the recordings from April 29 through 11:59PM May 6, will receive links to the recordings in their confirmation emails. The recordings will be available for viewing and DOWNLOADING to your computer starting April 29 until 11:59PM June 6, 2021.



Schedule of Webinar Presentations - Click here to download the Virtual Nose Work Camp Schedule.                                  

Saturday, April 17, 2021
Dana Zinn, CNWI, CPDT-KA
Fix a Flat, Not a Search
We all want our dogs to be successful in a search.  But what defines success?  Is a search only successful if all of the hides are found?  Or is success gauged by the learning that occurred by either dog or handler?  I think many of us agree that learning is the most important factor.  So that means we, as handlers, need to be sure we know WHAT our dogs are learning in training. 
In this webinar, Dana will focus on common fixes that we do as handlers and some of the more subtle ones, too.  She will also talk about how to avoid falling into those traps, not only by being more aware of your own movement, but also by being aware of the challenges you are setting for your dog in each search. She will discuss how having a plan B, or anticipating what could happen, can be a big aid to avoid falling into “fixing traps” that can backfire in competition. 
Join Dana for this discussion on one of the topics she is most passionate about and get a clearer idea of what she means by consistency between training and trialing, and how it can benefit us all as handlers.

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Kimberly Buchanan, CNWI
Life in the Fast Lane
Fast dogs, like fast cars, have their own unique challenges when it comes to focused searching. When speed becomes its own inherent reward for the dog, should you just run the red light? How can you be the best partner and develop a high drive dog with a quick reaction to odor into a focused and efficient searcher you can handle? Kim will look at ways you can build, tune up, and drive those Furraris for greater success in your nose work adventures.

Sunday, April 18, 2021
Teah Anders, CNWI, CPDT-KA, CMMI, CAP2
Under Pressure
Do you feel unwanted nerves when you compete? Do you and your dog have the skills to find all the hides but your training chops are not reflected in the results? Is your dog reacting to your stress? Do you want to improve your focus and ability to make quality decisions when under pressure? Do you wonder why some dog/handler teams are consistently more successful than others? All competitors have some level of nerves but not all channel this energy in a productive way that supports their dog. Join Teah as she highlights how to improve performance when under pressure based on principles of Mental Management® and understanding our canine partners.

Sunday, April 18, 2021
Barbara Schwerdt, CNWI, CPDT-KA, BA
Cornering the Market!
In this session through lecture, discussion, photo and video review, Barbara will explore how dogs use corners. Barbara will define corners including inside corners and outside corners (aka edges), and why and how to teach dogs about corners, why some are missed and others used. This webinar will include how dogs use their corners (edges) in the environment in exterior, vehicle, and container searches as well as explore the obvious 4-corners and not so obvious other corners of a room in interior searches. Barbara's goal is that you will have a keener eye for noticing how dogs use these areas to work odor and how to put it to your advantage.

Monday, April 19, 2021
Amy Herot, K9 Nose Work Co-founder
Contained Explained
Contained hides present a unique odor picture for the dog depending on the structure and material build of the containment. Though containers are technically one form of containment, this webinar will focus on the other forms, such as cabinets, drawers, closets and the like.
Developing a better understanding of what happens to the odor in contained areas of the search is the first step in handling for these scenarios. This study of containment systems and how and what to expect from the dog will provide ideas on how to set up training for the dog and handler to gain experience.

Monday, April 19, 2021
Sue Sternberg
“Um… Alert?”
Was that an alert? Did you just see your dog make a final decision at source or was it something else? Do you ever find yourself surprised by getting a “No” or confused by your dog’s body language and find yourself guessing?
In this webinar, Sue will help take away that doubt by using a handful of particular dogs to create a generic, all-dog ethogram (catalog of discrete behaviors) plus an individualized ethogram for each dog, containing all the tiny behaviors that lead up to the dog’s decision at source. 
Relying on the 99% of behaviors that occur BEFORE your dog gets to source can help you be more certain of calling that “alert”. We all want our dogs to be more obvious when they are at source, but maybe they already are!
Participants can expect to see a collection of pre-source behaviors common to most dogs, plus a handful of behaviors unique to a select few, chosen for their breed type and size variations. Participants will be able to learn to review their own trial and training videos to create their own personalized catalog of pre-source behaviors.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Michele Ellertson, CNWI
Breaking Down the Bracket
We often use the term in Nose Work: “The dog is bracketing.”  But what does it mean and how can it help you?  In this webinar, Michele will investigate different types of odor bracketing behavior and how it can provide clues on what the dog’s movement is communicating. Topics will include: identifying if the dog is narrowing down a hot zone or if he in odor but will ultimately be unproductive in that area, recognizing if the bracket is increasing or decreasing and analyzing the bracket shape and what it means in relation to the odor picture.
On our eternal quest to interpret our dogs’ efforts into meaningful communication about odor, brackets may just be a key!

Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Jill Marie O’Brien, K9 Nose Work Co-founder, CPDT-KA
Limited Resources, Unlimited Ideas…. Creating a Lot from a Little
How do you create great opportunities for learning when you have limited time, space and/or objects?
Jill Marie will answer this question and spark your creativity when confronted with time to train but no place new or “interesting” to go or when you have a place, but it appears to be devoid of new hide placement options.
Taking the fundamentals of the K9 Nose Work philosophy, Jill Marie will explore how any amount of time, space, “stuff” can be enough for learning whether teaching or training on your own. The value of the session is how you set up your expectations and the concepts you want to emphasize when ideal training space and time are not available. 
Join Jill Marie as she looks at a variety of environments and shows you how to turn a little into a lot for learning as well as how to get the most out of your training when time is tight. Big learning CAN happen in small spaces!

Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Jean Richardson, CNWI
Get Grounded!
The “dreaded ground hide” is often missed in trialing when the dog is unfamiliar with how to solve this scent problem, and/or the handler assumes the dog is distracted or working a different hide so does not provide the support needed. Ground hides have their own unique characteristics depending on the way the hide is placed, the surface they are embedded in/under, ground contours, other hides in the area, and the environment. These hides can be particularly tricky for dogs that hold their heads high when working or fun and easy for short dogs more apt to use the ground surface and low air currents to work odor.  No matter the size of your dog, ground hides should be part of all nose work teams’ educations. Join Jean as she uncovers the “dirty” lowdown on understanding and training ground hides for success.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Carolyn Barney, CNWI, CPDT-KA
Love the One You’re With!
Genetics and individual experiences play a role in how dogs approach and solve scent problems.  Join Carolyn as she takes a closer look at our canine search partners’ breed types and personalities and the effect that has on how they search. From the methodical to the frenetic, the socialites to the aloof, the crumbers to the critterers, and the cautious to the fearless - is one search style better or more efficient than another? Carolyn will delve into how handlers can best support their own unique search partner, as well as what can be optimized through training skills and exercises to get the best dog driven search with the one you love.

Thursday, April 22, 2021
Wendy Krehbiel, CNWI
Advanced Concepts for Novice Dogs – Multiple Hides
How and when do you appropriately introduce complex problems to a dog with limited experience? Can you strengthen your advanced dog’s understanding by returning to these concepts?  These questions and more will be answered by Wendy as she examines the complexities of multiple hide searches and how to teach advanced concepts.
Multiple hide searches involve a number of advanced concepts that build in difficulty as the team advances. These skills can be worked on from the beginning of a dog’s training and should continue throughout their entire training career.  By teaching the concepts early in a level appropriate way the dog and handler will have the fluency needed to tackle the most complex problems when it is time.
Wendy will review specific search setups and how to progress in difficulty as the dog’s experience level develops.  These exercises will be appropriate for dogs searching for primary as well as those already searching for odor. They also work well for teams competing at a higher level that would like to improve the dog’s skills.

Thursday, April 22, 2021
Note - presenter change

Dana Zinn, CNWI, CPDT-KA will be presenting this webinar for Leah Gangelhoff, CNWI, CPDT-KA
Puzzle Me This!
Puzzles in Nose Work are a great way to build drive, determination, and problem-solving skills in our dogs. There are many ways to use the concept of “puzzle” to present fun challenges at all levels. This webinar will explore different types of puzzles from simple to the most complex. We will cover ways to build a dog’s thought process, navigation of the environment, and their scenting abilities.


NEW Camp Activity! Everyone is Welcome to Join!
BONUS: Fun & Games Time with Sue Sternberg 
Join Sue Sternberg and our guest instructors, Natalie and Michael McManus, for informal games from 5:30PM ET to 6:15PM ET. All Campers are welcome to join the fun at no additional cost. If you have purchased at least one webinar, you will get a link(s) to all these live only events. So grab your favorite beverage, some snacks and put your feet up for some light-hearted fun at the end of your camp day. Learning is the bonus!

Saturday, April 17, 2021
5:30PM ET - 6:15PM ET 
Sue Sternberg

Either Urine, or You’re Out
Join Sue for her first session on testing your observation skills. Will that dog urine-mark or alert? Is that dog sniffing where another dog has peed, or is that dog sniffing target odor and is about to source? Sue thinks you will enjoy this session, because A) You’re not watching your own dog in horror, and B) Peeing and pooping are darned funny when it’s someone else’s dog!

Sunday, April 18, 2021
5:30PM ET - 6:15PM ET 

Guest Instructors: Natalie and Michael McManus
Great Expectations
Hide setting is one of most important skills in nose work training! Setting good hides (hides that consistently work the way you want them to) allows you, as your dog's trainer, to influence their understanding of the game and their approach to searching. Part of understanding odor and hide placement is estimating how long a hide will take for the dog to find. Good hide setting is not easy! Michael and Natalie McManus will present the attendees with a series of hides and ask the attendees to evaluate the hide(s) and search area, and vote on the amount of time they think it will take the dog to solve the problem; and then see how close they were!

Monday, April 19, 2021
5:30PM ET - 6:15PM ET
Sue Sternberg

“Alert!” Yes or No?
Test your observation skills! Sue will show Look Back behavior videos in which you have to guess whether the dog is alerting or false alerting! Videos will be shown in normal speed, with at least ten seconds of behavior leading up to the alert, attendees will be asked to make a quick decision by raising their Zoom hands as to whether the behavior garnered the team a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’. Then the behaviors will be shown in super slow motion, and a new vote will ensue. 

Tuesday, April 20, 2021
5:30PM ET - 6:15PM ET
Sue Sternberg 
Blind or Known?
For this game of observation skills, you will watch video and determine if it is blind to the handler, or known? How can you tell? What observations of the handling can you use to determine whether or not the handler knows where the hides are? If you can tell we think the dog can too! Sue will share why she thinks it matters.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021
5:30PM ET - 6:15PM ET
Host: Sue Sternberg 
Stump the Staff!
Sue will moderate this silly game that will benefit an animal charity. Watch teams of Virtual NW Camp staff go head-to-head on answering your NW/dog trivia questions.  If your question stumps the staff, you will get a prize. The staff team with the most points wins $250 for the charity of their choice. Prizes donated by our event sponsor, All Good Dogs, LLC (more info in shopping section).

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Meet the speaker/s

Meet your Virtual Camp Webinar Presenters  - Click here to download the Speaker Bios.
Learn from the founders of the sport along with accomplished Certified Nose Work Instructors (CNWI) and trainers who excel in learning theory and understanding of animal behavior. Our webinar presenters are competent, skilled teachers that are also actively involved in training, competition, judging, certifying trials, and instruction. Click on the "Meet your Virtual Camp Webinar Presenters" link above to learn about each of the instructors for this Virtual Camp.

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Continuing Education Credits

Please note: Only the main camp presentations are eligible for CEUs. The evening Fun and Games sessions are not eligible for CEUS.

1 CEU per webinar. 12 total for Super Campers.

 1 CEU for CPDT_KAs for the following 6 webinar (speakers are certified with CCPDT):
Zinn - Fix A Flat, Anders - Under Pressure, Schwerdt - Cornering the Market, O'Brien - Limited Resources, Barney - Love the One You're With, Zinn for Gangelhoff's - Puzzle Me This

1.25 CEU per webinar. 15 total for Super Campers for those that are Certified with the IAABC, not just members.
A multiple choice answer quiz will be sent to those that indicate they need CEUS for their certification requirements and must be completed by June 6, 2021 before CEU codes are released.

CEUs-  based on hours attended

More Information about CEUs:
If you indicated, on your webinar registration, that you need CEUs for NACSW, CPDT, IAABC, or KPA, you do not need to do anything else unless the organization is requiring proof of attendance. If you need proof of attendance for your organization, we will let you know. For organizations that want proof of attendance (IAABC only for this webinar series) you will have a LIMITED time to apply.

  • IAABC Certified, Accredited, and Affiliate Members Only: Contact Bonnie at Dogs of Course to be sent a questionnaire that must be completed and returned to Bonnie at Dogs of Course by May 17h in order to be eligible for CEUs.
  • IAABC and KPA-CTP CEU certificates will be sent to you through email, so you can print them and/or save them. You can expect to receive them by May 20, 2021.
  • NACSW™ CEUs are entered online and there will beno certificates sent to you. Please check your membership account on the K9 Nose Work® website instructor portal three weeks after the Virtual Nose Work Camp series We will submit the CEUs to the organization by May 15, 2021, but cannot predict when they will appear in your instructor portal.
  • CCPDT CEUs for CPDT-KAs have been granted for ONLY the presenters who are CPDT-KAs. CCPDT CEUs are entered online and there will be no certificates sent to you. Please check your membership account on the CCPDT website three weeks after the Virtual Nose Work Camp series We will submit the CEUs to the organization by May 15, 2021, but cannot predict when they will appear in your instructor portal.

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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.


  • $270 Super Camper Package! Sign up and save $90.00 / 25%. 12 webinars for the price of 9 with access to view and download the recordings until 11:59PM June 6, 2021. Plus 5 live Fun & Game sessions!
  • $30 per individual webinar with access to view and download the recording/s you purchased until 11:59PM June 6, 2021. Plus 5 live Fun & Game sessions!
    • sign-ups are separate for each webinar
  • 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.


After registering and sending payment, you will receive a confirmation email(s) from Dogs of Course. You will receive an ADDITIONAL email from Zoom right after you register about joining the webinar and again approximately 45 minutes before the presentation depending on when you register.

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/

COVID Gratitude Registration: 
In support of the COVID-19 front line workers, we are offering 3 free registrations in each of the Virtual Camp Webinars as a small token of deep appreciation for all that you do. Your bravery and dedication continues to inspire us.  When you write, please tell Dana which webinar you would like to attend. We have three spots in each webinar, so if you have a second or third choice, let us know in case we can not give you your first choice.   Contact Dana Crevling to tell us what you are doing to combat COVID-19, to see if we have availability, and to get information on how to register. One complimentary webinar per person with preference given to those who did not receive a complimentary spot in past Virtual Camps.  All requests must be submitted by 3pm the day before the webinar.

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This camp we are raising money for Operation Delta Dog, a 501(c)(3) that trains shelter dogs as service dogs. They are placed with veterans with Traumatic Brain Injuries and Post Traumatic Stress. The director of training of this organization is camp instructor, Carolyn Barney.  Checkout the "I Can Find it in a Box" Logo on Sport-Tek performance pullovers in three colors. Available in ladies or mens styles in their shop. This exclusive design has been updated just for this fundraiser. Available only until April 26, 2021  Click here!  


Beggin4Fun is selling long and short sleeve women's and men's t-shirts with the camp logo in blue and white. These are high quality silkscreened Gildan shirts.
While you're there check out other items Pat Steigerhas for sale. 
We are so sorry, but we cannot honor the May 10th deadline; the vendor that supplies Gilden Caroline Blue shirts has run out of a majority of sizes. 

Leather and Biothane leads handmade by Carolyn Barney. Check out her order form for all the options she offers. Create the lead that fits your needs!

All Good Dogs, LLC sells supplies for the Nose Work enthusiast from oils and tins to full kits. They are our "Stump the Staff" sponsors.

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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. No refunds after the start time of the live webinar.
  • Super Camper Package Deal: 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. It will not be a "blanket cancellation." You will be refunded the registration fee in 3-5 business days. No refunds after the start time of the selected live webinar you want to cancel. Individual webinars canceled from the Package discount rate will be pro-rated so the full price of each video will be assessed.
    NOTE: If you cancel your webinar registration through Zoom, please notify Dogs of Course of your cancellation, too.
  • No refunds for "no-shows."
  • No refunds for failure to view or DOWNLOAD the recording before 11:59PM June 6, 2021.
  • The webinar fee is not transferable to another webinar, seminar, camp, or course.


  • 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 and the bandwidth available. Even with high speed internet, video can/will lag or stutter a bit. You should expect degraded video to some degree.
  • If your computer is older or your internet slow that your smart phone might be a better choice.
  • Please read and print out this link. It has important information. FAQ About Zoom, CEUs, Downloads, and this Webinar Camp.
  • 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

How do I know how fast my internet speed is?https://www.speedtest.net/

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/

Zoom presentations work best on the following browsers, with Google Chrome being our top pick:

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  • Close all other windows and get off the internet except for the presentation so your internet and computer are not bogged down trying to multitask.
  • Family members that are using your home's bandwidth may be impacting your ability to view the video. Asking them to not use the internet during the webinar (including phones and tablets that are hooked up to the internet) may help.
  • Check your internet speed with speedtest.net. If it is slower than it should be restart your computer and/or router and modem. Then retest. This takes a few minutes.
  • Our FAQ PDF has lots of great info on how to connect with zoom  as well as other tips and information. The link is at the top of this information page.
  • Need help connecting to Zoom? Contact our Tech Team. Their contact information is on the FAQ PDF. The link for this document is at the top of this page.


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