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Title: K9 Nose Work Education Day

When: 09/15/2014 at 09:00 to 09/15/2014 at 17:00

Where: Camp Westmont


CPDT-KSA Knowledge:6CBCC-KSA Knowledge:0
CPDT-KSA Skills:0CBCC-KSA Skills:0


Understanding Hide Placement Seminar Presenter: Ron Gaunt CNWI Time: ½ day Understanding hide placement is a critical piece of the equation in training all K9 Nose Work® dogs. From the first exposure of foundation box work with primary through national competition preparation, the search dog learns by identifying and solving scent problems. So it is important for the owner/trainer and instructor to set training scenarios that allow the dog to do his own learning at the rate appropriate for his experience level and maximizes exposure to different scent pictures. Simultaneously, our job is to learn how the dog needs to work each problem through close observation and thoughtful evaluation, to gain more information about what is happening with odor in the search, and how it impacts each dog. This session will further your understanding of how to use strategic hide placement to increase learning and create a confident working dog. Join Ron for this hands-on interactive session that includes breakout groups, setting hides, real-time evaluation of different dogs working odor problems, and post-search analysis of the results. The hides and dogs will guide the conversation and your learning. The Fifth Element Seminar Presenter: Jill Marie O’Brien CNWI Time: Approximately ¼ of the day Some of the greatest challenges faced by handlers and instructors are to identify, in real time, the effects the human is having on the search environment and the dog through body movement, mental pressure, and over or under involvement in the search itself. Humans alter the environment and impact the dog in ways that can help or hinder the dog’s performance and search outcome, but handlers are often unaware of how they become “The Fifth Element” for the dog. Jill Marie will integrate the camp experience, video review, group discussion, and demos with dogs (if time permits). The objective of this session is for the participant to gain more awareness of handler influence on

Sponsor: Dogs of Course and NACSW

Speaker(s): Ron Gaunt, CNWI, Amy Herot, CPDT-KA, CNWI, Jill Marie O'Brien, CPDT-KA, CNWI

Contact: Dana Crevling


Camp Westmont
81 Spruce Lake Drive
Route 370
Poyntelle, PA 18454
United States