Webinar Information

Virtual Nose Work Camp
Fall 2020

multiple presenters

September 05, 2020 -
September 10, 2020

We are sorry, this course is closed at this time

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

Dogs of Course is excited to bring you the Fall 2020 Virtual Nose Work Camp.


Saturday, September 5, 2020 through Thursday, September 10, 2020
See below for times and 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 September 18 until midnight October 25.

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" this is exactly what you would expect to encounter at camp - minus the 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 midnight Thursday, September 24, 2020.  We will send you all the information you need to view them by September 18, 2020 if you purchase the live webinar or the recordings by September 17. Purchases made from September 18 through midnight September 24, will receive links to the recordings by midnight September 25. The recordings will be available for viewing and DOWNLOADING to your computer starting September 18, 2020 until midnight October 25, 2020.

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

Saturday, September 5, 2020  
Wendy Krehbiel, CNWI
What's in Your Dog's Toolbox?
Does your dog have all the tools needed to successfully navigate a variety of search scenarios?  Wendy will take a look at a handful of pivotal skills and discuss ways to add to your dog’s toolbox while considering your dog’s natural tendencies. Discussion will include setting up exercises to help your dog understand there may be an alternate way to approach a problem thus helping to build a more complete toolbox.

Saturday, September 5, 2020  
Laurel Scarioni, CNWI
Little Things DO Matter: Attention to Detail in Vehicle Searches
Even small changes in vehicle structure, hide placement, and weather conditions can create big differences in odor movement. Understanding the interplay of these factors allows handlers to provide a broader and deeper education to their dogs and provide better support during searches. This webinar will focus on examples of important differences in vehicle structure, the weather and environmental conditions that effect odor movement around vehicles, and recommendations for training exercises to put this knowledge to practical use.

Sunday, September 6, 2020
Jacy Kelley, CNWI
The Pros and Cons of Working Dog Techniques for Your Nose Work Dog
Nose Work and the working K9 world seem similar on the surface, but there are major differences including: the dog, the handler, the team’s purpose, and much more. In this webinar, Jacy will be exploring some of those differences and explaining the reasons why and when they may, or may not, work in your nose work training and handling program.
Jacy has spent 22 years working and training dogs and their handlers - first as a professional K9 handler for the government as well as a private contractor and now as a K9 Nose Work instructor, handler, Certifying Official, and judge. His vast experience in both worlds gives him a unique perspective on how to combine the best of both successfully and leave the rest behind.

Sunday, September 6, 2020
Dana Zinn, CNWI, CPDT-KA
I Can't...Quite...Reach It
Inaccessible hides can be a great challenge for handlers in competition. It’s often the time we ask the most from the dog which can add frustration or enough stress that the dog gives up on the problem. Dana will take an in-depth look at different types of inaccessible hides, a detailed look at dogs working various types, and discussion on how we can become more confident in making the call. Your dog will love you for it!

Monday, September 7, 2020
Carolyn Barney, CNWI, CPDT-KA
Searching to New Heights
Elevated hides are one of the more complex odor problems encountered by dog and handler in Nose Work. There are many aspects to solving these puzzling scent pictures from the type of hide to what the airflow is doing at and below the hide placement. The dog’s search style and body type also come into play when working elevated hides. Carolyn will discuss how to expose your dog to elevated hides to support independent searching by the use of hide placement, shaping and handler support. The goal is to build your dog’s skills to confidently sort through high hides and your ability to see what your dog is communicating in real time.

Monday, September 7, 2020
Amy Herot, K9 Nose Work Co founder, CPDT-KA
Startlines and Transitions
Do you have a start line ritual? Do you notice the transition areas within a search? How do you work a threshold?
The start of a search comes with expectations and information for both dog and handler. How the handler observes and manages start lines, (some of which may be thresholds), can affect overall performance.
Transitions, or areas within a search area can also create an environmental change that require the handler’s observation skills. Make the most of your environment with better understanding of these key areas in a search!

Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Sue Frisch, CNWI
Oh, No!
Whether running a blind training search or competing in a trial, we all have called “alert” and heard the dreaded “no.” Disappointment or disbelief is often our first emotion, but what we do with that information is important. Join Sue for a look at the many facets of the false alert, including: what they are, when they are likely to happen, whether there is “fault” involved (and whose is it), how it impacts the future, and tips for better teamwork. This webinar can help you transform disappointment into strategic learning through a better understanding of why teams get false alerts and how to decrease the likelihood of getting them in the future.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Dorothy Turley, CNWI, CPDT-KA
Source of Course!
The ultimate objective is for your Nose Work dog to go all the way to source. So, what is the definition of good sourcing for different types of hides and dogs? What causes sourcing behavior to deteriorate? Dorothy will cover how to build and maintain a dog who consistently wants to get as close to source as possible leaving you confident about the location of the hide. The webinar will include exercises and ideas for building, improving and maintaining strong sourcing using hide placement and the dog's natural abilities and expectations.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Jill Kovacevich, CNWI
The Downwind Dog
This webinar will provide a fun in-depth look at how you can better understand and support your dog when solving odor problems from the downwind side. Jill will provide helpful information for the handler on how to decipher wind/odor movement and exercises using fans to create specific odor problems that will build your dog’s downwind skills. Great for teams at all levels of training.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Jill Marie O'Brien, K9 Nose Work Co founder, CPDT-KA
Leash Handling in Tight Spaces
What leash should you use for a search? How long should it be? How should it be managed? Should you work off leash? These are common questions handlers ponder that can be answered through an understanding of the environment in which you are working. Knowing how and when to adjust your leash handling, particularly in tight and busy spaces, is the central theme of this webinar.

Thursday, September 10, 2020
Christina Bunn, CNWI
Age Appropriate Nose Work for Our Dogs: From Puppyhood to Senior
Each developmental stage of our dog’s life presents unique opportunities and challenges in training. In this presentation we will be exploring these opportunities and challenges as they apply to Nose Work. Puppies need time to be puppies, but we will discuss how to we can utilize Nose Work to enhance their world. Adolescence is probably the most varied time with hormones raging; we will come away equipped with tools to help our dogs choose Nose Work. Bless the senior dog! There is plenty of fun to still be had by seniors, and we will talk about how we can adjust to their special needs. Come travel through the ages of our dog’s Nose Work FUN.

Thursday, September 10, 2020
Leah Gangelhoff, CNWI, CPDT-KA
Optimizing Your Nose Work Dog's Potential
You don’t need a “high drive” breed of dog to have a K9 partner who is driven to find the source of target odor. Every dog exits the womb with physiology that is perfectly developed for superior scenting capability. As often stated, we are not teaching the dogs to do anything they don’t already know how to do. They use their noses better than we could ever dream of or fully understand. So how do you focus and motivate your dog to reliably and enthusiastically find something you want, when you want it?
Join Leah to learn what is needed to influence your dog’s scenting skills through training opportunities for focus and optimization. By offering a progression of planned exposures and meaningful reinforcement you can build, rebuild, maintain and/or strengthen the love of the game that will help your dog excel under pressure. Preserving and bolstering your dog’s desire and joy in solving a scent picture holds a vital key to every team’s success! This webinar will cover major components of how to give our dogs what they need to be the best they can be.

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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 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

1 CEU per Webinar ( 12 total)

 1 CEU per webinar for the 6 speakers that are certified with CCPDT. (Zinn, Barney, Herot, Turley, O'Brien, Gangelhoff webinars)

1.25 CEUs per Webinar (15 total)

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.


  • $270 Super Camper Package deal! Sign up and save $90.00 / 25%. 12 webinars for the price of 9 with access to view and download the recordings until midnight October 25, 2020.
  • $30 per individual webinar with access to view and download the recording/s you purchased until midnight October 25, 2020.
    • 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 about joining the webinar no later than 2 hours 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 is inspiring.  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 our Spring Virtual Camp.  All requests must be submitted by 3pm the day before the webinar.

Charity Auction

Charity Auction on Facebook: Click Here to Download the Auction Document
Dogs of Course is hosting a Facebook Auction, starting at 3PM Eastern September 5th to 3PM Eastern September 11, to benefit Operation Delta Dog.
Please join us on Facebook to bid on some great items and services donated especially for the Fall Virtual Nose Work Camp. Join the Facebook group called Virtual Camp Auction Fall 2020.

The direct link to the group is facebook.com/groups/VCampAuction

How to Donate an Item or Service for the auction:
Complete the form at https://forms.gle/T3Mn5WVkRLfFSAMX9.
Please note that to upload a photo, you must be logged into a Google account. If you do not have a Google account, you can send your photo and item description to vcampauction@gmail.com.
Items for donation should be NEW and be something that you would give to a friend or purchase for yourself (or your dogs). Shipping costs are paid by the donor unless otherwise stated in the auction listing.
We are accepting donations until 3PM Eastern, September 3.

Not interested in the auction, but want to contribute to Operation Delta Dog?
You can make a tax-deductible cash donation directly to Operation Delta Dog. https://www.operationdeltadog.org/how-you-can-help/donate/
You can support them by getting something for the dogs! Purchase needed items off their Amazon Wish List like dog food, toys, bait bags, bully sticks, training treats and more! https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2CAP8XUP754LW?type=wishlist&filter=unpurchased&sort=priority


Camp Store is open until Midnight on Thursday, September 24th.

It won't be as big as the live camp store, but we do have some fun shopping opportunities for you. 

Beggin4Fun is offering hats and comfy fleece jackets with the camp logo in a variety of colors. While you're there check out other items Pat Steiger has for sale.

Dogs of Course is offering a variety of t-shirts, mugs, stickers, buttons and notebooks with the camp logo through Redbubble. We asked around and Redbubble got great reviews on item quality and customer service. Notice that delivery time appears to be 2 – 3 weeks from ordering date. Check out our store “DogsofCourse9”

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!

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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.
  • No refunds for "no-shows."
  • No refunds for failure to view or DOWNLOAD the recording before midnight October 25.
  • 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:

  • For Windows: IE 11+, Edge 12+, Firefox 27+, Chrome 30+
  • For Mac: Safari 7+, Firefox 27+, Chrome 30+
  • For Linux: Firefox 27+, Chrome 30+


  • 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.

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