Amy Herot, CPDT-KA
NACSW Co-Founder
"Harnessing Your Competitive Advantage” (an NACSW Authorized Event)

Dates:Saturday, August 19, 2017 - Lecture/Discussion
        Sunday, August 20, 2017 - Working Clinic/Discussion
Times: 9am to 5pm, both days
Check in and set-up: 8:30-9:00am
Location: Zinn Dog Training K9 Nose Work® Center
12200 West 52nd Avenue, Unit 6
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

Registration is limited to: Saturday (lecture only): 50 people. Sunday (clinic): 18 working spots; 30 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 8/19 - 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 that 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 work on to build more skill and overcome any challenges?

Saturday's workshop is open to 50 attendees.

Sunday 8/20 - 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 July 1 and $275 after July 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 within 7 days of registration. 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.

We will have three groups:


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:


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:


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

Skill sets for Intermediate: Is this the right level for you?
Your dog should be working toward proficiency with the following skills:

Sunday Working Clinic Schedule

Format: There will be 18 workings spots
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 must be paid within 7 days of notification of your selection for a working spot. Payment instructions will be given to you with your confirmation email if you are selected.

Seminar Fees:

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. 

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 Amy Herot, CPDT-KA
NACSW™ & K9 Nose Work® Founder and Instructor

Amy is a professional K9 trainer and handler and brings over a decade of experience to her work. She has certified teams in Narcotics and Explosives and has logged over 1500 instructional hours in detection dog training. As co-founder of K9 Nose Work, and the National Association of Canine Scent Work Association, LLCTM (NACSW), she has sought to bring that experience to companion dogs and handlers through the development of K9 Nose Work® classes and sport events. 

In the canine sport world Amy has trained dogs for tracking, agility, sheepherding, protection sports, and detection. She has competed nationally with her Dutch Shepherd, Maya and took 3rd place in Narcotics Detection at the Gold Coast K9 Working Dog Trials and 1st place, open division, at the Oxnard Police K9 Foundation Inaugural Trial, 2009. Her Belgian Malinois, Seven, is a nationally certified explosives detection dog and took 1st place in the Explosives Building Search at the 2009 Ventura County Sheriff's K9 Trial and holds an APR1 IPO title.

Amy holds a Bachelor of Science from NYU and is nationally certified through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT). Additionally, she is a graduate of the Balu Academy for Dog Trainers and is a John Rogerson associate here in the U.S. 

Her professional memberships and affiliations include the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), Southern California Dog Trainers' Forum (SCDTF), Southern California Schutzhund Club, California Narcotics Canine Association (CNCA) and International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators (IABTI). Amy gives much volunteer time and expertise to the betterment of shelter dogs. Some of Amy's other achievements have been the 2007 President's Volunteer Service Award, SPCA LA's 2005 Outstanding H.E.A.L. (Helping Enhance Animals Lives) Volunteer and 2006 Volunteer of the Year.

Amy is owner of the Los Angeles based All Good Dogs, LLC

Amy Herot

Workshop Location

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

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