Workshop with Jean Richardson, CNWI

Dates:Saturday and Sunday, June 8-9, 2019
Times: 9am to 5pm, both days
Location: Zinn Dog Training K9 Nose Work® Center
12200 West 52nd Avenue, Unit 6
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033


Jean Richardson, CNWI has been an integral part of NACSW and the K9 Nose Work® training and trial community since her start as a competitor in 2011. Through her passion and dedication to the sport of nose work, she has developed a large, steadfast, and still growing NACSW community in the Pacific Northwest and along the Central Coast of Oregon. Because she is personally involved in training and competing with her own dogs (from ORT to Elite), she understands the handler perspective of nose work with a view down the leash and has become very astute at READING a dog's searching behaviors and articulating for handlers the key components to better understand and read their own dogs during the search.

In this workshop, her focused coaching will be tailored to each individual team. She will observe both dog and handler during the search and offer coaching to improve both handler observation skills and leash work. This includes how we can be a neutral and supportive team member while letting our dogs work and problem solve the odor puzzle to source in every search.

Jean's experience as a Certifying Official will also help teams recognize common handling missteps that occur at trials and create a stronger team when the pressure is on.

So if you are interested in improving your leash handling skills, reading your dog's communication, or just becoming an all-around better team mate, then this weekend with Jean is for you!

This weekend will focus on two topics:

Both Saturday and Sunday workshops will consist of lecture, discussion and live demonstrations. Working teams will be used to demonstrate the concepts covered during the lectures. Teams of all skill levels are welcome, provided the dog is working on odor. Searches and strategies will be tailored to the level of the working teams.

Working spots are to provide handlers with an opportunity to focus on learning with their own dog and increase and enrich that learning by observing other teams. We ask all working teams to commit to attend this workshop both days with an audit spot on the day you are not working your dog. This will build continuity in your experience and allow Jean to smoothly apply topics covered on Saturday to working teams on Sunday, if necessary. Saturday's working teams will also benefit from seeing new ideas and their application to other working teams. Additionally, professional quality video will be taken of each run and provided free-of-charge to each team. 10 working spots will be offered each day. All spots will be chosen by lottery.

You may only register to work one day or the other. If working spots do not fill, or space becomes available, that may change. Feel free to let me know when you register if you would like to work both days if possible.

Auditing spots will be limited to 30. For those that audit both Saturday and Sunday, I will be raffling off several prizes including private sessions with some of our top local instructors, and a guaranteed working spot for a future seminar. Never underestimate the benefit of auditing, and don't miss this opportunity to learn from this amazing instructor!

Saturday, June 8th
How to READ your dog while searching -
improving your handler observation skills

Sunday, June 9th
Leash Handling Skills -
how to improve your team communication on and/or off leash

Workshop Fees:

Refund/Cancellation Policy

A full refund minus a $50 processing fee will be given if cancellation is received at least 30 days prior to the date of the workshop. Half of payment minus $50 processing fee will be refunded if cancelled between 29 and 7 days prior to event. No refund will be given less than 7 days before the event. Please note that all cancellations must be received in writing. If the minimum attendance is not reached and the workshop must be cancelled, all registered participants will receive a full refund.

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About Jean Richardson

Jean is the owner of Wells Creek Dog Training on the Central Coast of Oregon and has been involved in dog training in various forms since 1984. She began training her personal dog for obedience competition at that time and has continued to learn along the way. She has competed and trained her own personal dogs to titles in AKC Obedience and Rally, Agility, Herding, Coursing, Tracking, Field Trials, Conformation and K9 Nose Work®.

Since becoming a CNWI in 2011 she has brought K9 Nose Work® to the central coast of Oregon, teaching many classes for various organizations in the area including Safe Haven Humane Society and the Emerald Dog Obedience Club. She has since gone on to become a NACSW™ Certifying Official and is now the CO Training Liaison in charge of Certifying Official education and training as well as the NACSW's National Trial Site Advisor.

Before moving to Oregon in 2008, she was an Instructor for Guide Dogs of America in Sylmar, Ca, helping to train and then pair hundreds of guide dogs with visually impaired recipients. She has also been involved in teaching obedience, puppy and reactive dog classes in Southern California as well as Oregon.

Jean and her husband currently share their home with Field Champion Heirline Five O Clock Charlie, VC RN CA TDX ELT1 L1V. Charlie has the honor of being the first Basset Hound in the country to earn a NW3 and NW3 Elite title. Field Champion Heirline Whirlybird, TD, NW2 L1I, a Basset Hound and Fasth von Herzensfreude NW3 L2C L2I, a German Shepherd.

Workshop Location

Zinn Dog Training K9 Nose Work® Center
12200 W. 52nd Avenue, Unit 6,
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

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