THE TAO OF K9 NOSE WORK
STRATEGIES OF SETTING HIDES

Barbara Schwerdt

Saturday & Sunday, March 24 & 25, 2018

Arroyo Grande, CA

Join us to explore the world of hide placement. Many of us practice regularly and would like to practice with a better understanding of how hides work and odor moves.  Join Barbara Schwerdt at Gentle Touch Pet Training to explore the world of how odor moves!


SEMINAR DESCRIPTION:
This seminar is open to all Nose Work enthusiasts that have a basic understanding of Nose Work training techniques.  We can accept working spots for dogs at various levels from NACSW NW1 – Elite.

Topics include:

  • What might/will affect the hide
  • Where will odor be traveling
  • Where (if anywhere) will odor be trapping/pooling
  • Where will dog first catch odor
  • How will dog work the scent
  • Where will dog alert
  • How to set objectives for hides
  • How to set up skill building to help your dog progress

At this workshop, you will gain knowledge through discussion, video review, and hands-on interactive participation about hide placement.  This is not your ordinary Nose Work seminar! All participants (working spots and audit spots alike) will be involved in setting hides and learning through doing!

This is designed as a hands-on, two-day workshop for working teams and auditors. While dogs will definitely work hides, they will not work each and every hide.  The workshop focuses on setting hides and exploring how dogs work them. We will have 10 working spots available each day, a total of 20 working spots for the weekend.

Since this is designed as a two-day workshop, handlers will benefit most by attending both days. However, different dogs can work Saturday and Sunday. Working spots are available to those attending both days.  If all 20 working spots (10 per day) are not filled, then any working participants for one day will be offered an opportunity to work their dog both days for an additional $50 fee. Audit spots are available for the two-day workshop. If you opt to attend one day only, audit spots are available for Saturday.  Participants must attend Saturday in order to attend Sunday.


DATES/TIMES:
Saturday & Sunday, March 24 & 25, 2018

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Check-in and set-up 8:30 AM)


SEMINAR FEES:
Two-day Workshop (work one day/audit other) – $250 (early bird by 2-1-18 $225)

Audit both days – $200 (early bird by 2-1-18 $175)

Audit Saturday only – $100

If all working spots are not filled, working participants will be offered an opportunity to work second day for $50 fee.  If you are selected, you will receive an email notification with a link to pay an additional $50 within 7 days.

Please indicate (on the registration form) if you are interested in being considered for a second day (working spot) if one becomes available.


ABOUT THE WORKING DOG TEAMS:

  • Dogs trained in Nose Work. We would like to include a variety of levels from a NACSW NW1 – Elite.
  • 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.

CEU’S:
NACSW for CNWI – 4 per day (8 for weekend)

  • CCPDT – To be determined
  • PLEASE BRING YOUR CCPDT NUMBER WITH YOU SO I MAY APPLY YOUR CEU’S.

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

Directions:  http://www.clicknconnect.com/gtpt/directions/


REFRESHMENT/LUNCH:
Coffee, water, 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.


WHAT TO BRING:

  • Chairs will be available; however, you may choose 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.

CANCELLATION POLICY:
Refunds will be available 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 teah@gentlepets.com, 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.


VIDEOTAPING:
Barbara generally videotapes the runs. Working participants can film THEIR OWN DOG only. If participants bring flash drives and self-addressed, stamped envelopes, Barbara will copy video after the workshop and mail them out.


LODGING:
Click HERE for local lodging information.


For additional information, please email teah@gentlepets.com.