Amy Herot, CPDT-KA

NACSW Co-Founder


(an NACSW Authorized Event)

Saturday & Sunday, July 15 & 16, 2017

Arroyo Grande, CA


Saturday, July 15, 2017 – Lecture/Discussion
Sunday, July 16, 2017 – Working Clinic/Discussion


Time:  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. each day
Check in and set-up 8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Registration is limited to:  40 people on Saturday (lecture only)

Clinic Day – 18 working spots; 20 auditors (a waitlist will be maintained once limit is reached).


This seminar is open to all K9 Nose Work® enthusiasts that have a basic understanding of K9 Nose Work® training techniques.

Saturday, July 15, 2017– Lecture/Video/Discussion Format

Every level of trial relies on the same foundational skills. Balancing the foundation with layered challenges should be an integral part of your training program. This workshop will focus on a range of adaptable exercises that allow dog and handler to stretch, and then cement concepts which are applicable at any level of competition. Discussion around the training exercise and your program will illustrate how to adjust and adapt for your individual team.  How can you advance your dog/handler team through the NW levels and achieve your personal best?  What kind of exercises can you be working on to build more skill and overcome any challenges?

Sunday, July 16, 2017 – Clinic with Working Teams 

Sunday will include 3 separate 2-hour sessions each with 6 dogs working.

The goal of this hands-on workshop is to provide an opportunity to practice and observe some of the adaptable exercises discussed in day one.  In order to illustrate more exercise examples, the day will be divided into 3 separate working groups each with six dogs. Each dog/handler team in the working group will be involved in a 2-hour group session and will audit/observe the other sessions. The workshop is also open to auditors without dogs.

Through group exercises and hands-on activities this workshop will allow handlers to get personalized coaching with regard to their dog, style and experience. Participating teams can be at an intermediate through elite level (see below). A title is not required, but dogs should have strong odor obedience. Dogs who have less experience or understanding of odor, or are environmentally sensitive or aggressive with people or more than mildly reactive with other dogs would not be well suited for this type of clinic format.

Participants who would like a working spot must be willing to audit if they do not get selected. We cannot take registrations from people who only want to work a dog in order to attend. This is a two-day workshop and in order to attend Sunday, the participant will need to attend Saturday.  At the time of registration, all participants will pay the workshop fee of $250.00 (by May 1 and $275 after May 1) as listed below. If a team is selected, the participant will then pay an additional $50.00 for the working spot. Teams selected for a working spot will be notified by email including a link to submit additional payment within 7 days of notification. Working teams will be selected based on their skill level and an effort to show a variety of dogs and styles for the learning benefit of all working and auditing participants. Bring a flash drive to receive a video of your searches.

We will have three groups:

Intermediate: Prerequisite:  Working all three odors; ORT on birch.

Skill sets for Intermediate:  Is this the right level for you?

Your dog should be familiar with the following skills, but not necessarily proficient:
·      sourcing
·      inaccessible
·      moderate elevation (slightly above dog’s nose)
·      converging odor (general)
·      moving from one hide to another
·      working through lingering odor
·      working through moderately distracting environments
·      moderate stamina

Advanced: Prerequisite: NW2 title; working on NW3 or higher; ORT on all three odors.


Skill sets for Advanced:  Is this the right level for you?

Your dog should be fairly proficient with the following skills:
·      sourcing
·      inaccessible
·      moderate elevation (significantly higher than dog’s nose)
·      converging odor (closer proximity)
·      moving from one hide to another
·      working through lingering odor
·      working through moderately distracting environments
·      moderate stamina
·      blank areas

Elite: Prerequisite: 2 x NW3 or higher, ORT on all three odors.


Skill sets for Elite:  Is this the right level for you?

Your dog should be working toward proficiency with the following skills:
·      sourcing
·      inaccessible
·      elevation (significantly high or suspended)
·      converging odor
·      close proximity hides
·      overlaying hides at different elevations
·      unknown number of multiple hides
·      moving from one hide to another
·      working through lingering odor
·      working through high level distractions
·      good stamina and endurance for long or complicated searches
·      strong problem solving ability
·      blank areas
·      clearing large areas

Sunday Working Clinic Schedule:

Format:  There will be 18 working spots. Schedule is as follows:

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Setup/Lecture
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Group A Working Teams
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Lunch
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.  – Group B Working Teams
2:30 p.m.  – 2:45 p.m. – Break
2:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.  – Group C Working Teams
4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Wrap-up

About the Working Dog Teams:

  • Dogs will need to be comfortable crated in a kennel or staying in the car. Please bring bedding, cool covers, pop-ups, fans or whatever your dog needs to be made comfortable and cool enough in between working exercises.
  • Dogs must be able to stay quietly in their vehicles out of sight from their handlers.
  • Dogs with mild environmental sensitivities are welcome; however, working dogs should be comfortable being watched by a group of people and not have any extreme environmental concerns.
  • Only one dog/handler team per household will be selected but you may submit more than one of your dogs for consideration.
  • We will let you know if your dog is selected to work as we are looking for a variety of breeds/sizes. The additional fee for a working spot is $50 in addition to the regular workshop fee.  This fee will be payable online at a link given to you in the notification email.  This fee must be paid within 7 days of notification of your selection for a working spot.


Saturday only (1-day only) $150 (Early Bird $125 by May 18, 2017)

Saturday/Sunday (2-day) – $275 (Early Bird $250 by May 18, 2017)
(Saturday attendance required to attend Sunday)

 If your dog is selected for working spot on Sunday – An additional $50.00 fee for the working spot in addition to regular workshop fee will be due. This fee must be paid within 7 days of notification that your dog was selected.  A link for payment will be provided in your notification email.


NACSW – Two-Day Seminar – 10 CEUs

CCPDT – Two-Day Seminar (working spot) 14 CEUs

Two-Day Seminar (audit spot) 13 CEUs



Gentle Touch Pet Training
1886 Deer Canyon Rd.
Arroyo Grande, CA  93420

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Coffee, water and soda and snacks are provided.  Lunch is on your own.  If possible, plan to bring a lunch or you can travel about 5 miles to the Village of Arroyo Grande for lunch.   The lunch break will be one hour.

  • Chairs will be available at the facility or you may opt to bring your own chair
  • Wear weather-appropriate clothes and shoes, as we may be working outside.
  • Note taking supplies. There will be handouts and exercises to write down.
  • See Dog Policies below.


Saturday is a lecture-style format.  If you’re local, please leave your dog at home on Saturday. If you’re traveling, however, obviously your dog may need to be with you.

Any working dogs or dogs in cars will need to be comfortable crated in a kennel or staying in car.  Please bring bedding, cool covers, pop-ups, fans, water or whatever your dog needs to be made comfortable and cool enough in the car.


Refunds will be given, less a $25 non-refundable administration fee for a one-day seminar or $40 for a two-day seminar, if notice of cancellation is received by one month prior to seminar date. Notices should be in writing and can be emailed to, faxed to (805) 481-1497 or mailed to Gentle Touch Pet Training at the address listed below. If notice is not received by one month prior to seminar date, no refund will be given unless your spot can be filled from the wait list (the non-refundable administrative fee still applies).

A written note back from Gentle Touch Pet Training, within 5 working days, will confirm your cancellation.


Audio and/or videotaping is not permitted in general, however, working participants only may have someone videotape only their own dog if they wish. The rule is that only ONE other video camera that is not one of the presenters can be taping and only if requested by the current person.


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