Flint Hill K-9 Training LLC is proud to present a

K9 Nose Work® Seminar with

NACSW™ Co-Founder

Amy Herot, CPDT-KA


(an NACSW® Authorized Event)

Saturday & Sunday, January 13 & 14, 2018

Alpharetta, GA



Saturday, January 13, 2018 – Lecture/Discussion

Sunday, January 14, 2018 – Working Clinic/Discussion


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:  80 people on Saturday (lecture only)

Clinic Day – 18 working spots; 62 auditors (ALL WORKING SPOTS ARE FILLED).


Registration is Closed



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

K9 Nose Work® training techniques.


Saturday, January 13, 2018– 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, January 14, 2018 – 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 to be considered for 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, all participants wanting to be considered for a working spot will need to attend Saturday.  At the time of registration, all participants will pay a workshop fee of $275.00 as listed below. If a team is selected for a working spot, the participant will then pay an additional $100.00 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.  Please read cancellation policy below before registering.


We will have three working groups:


1. Intermediate

Prerequisite: Working all three odors; passed birch ORT.

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

Your dog should be familiar with the following skills, but not necessarily proficient:

  • sourcing
  • inaccessible
  • slight 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


2. Advanced

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

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

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


3. Elite

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

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

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:

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


 9:00a – 9:30a      Setup/Lecture

 9:30a – 11:30a      Group A Working Teams (6 dogs)
 11:30a – 12:30p     Lunch
 12:30p – 2:30p     Group B Working Teams (6 dogs)
 2:30p –  2:45p     Break
 2:45p – 4:45p     Group C Working Teams (6 dogs)
 4:45p – 5:00p     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/warm 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 - we are looking for a variety of breeds/sizes. The additional fee for a working spot is $100 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. Please read cancellation policy below before registering.



Saturday only (1-day only) $150

Saturday/Sunday (2-days) – $275
(Saturday attendance required to attend Sunday)

 If your dog is selected for a working spot on Sunday – $100.00 additional for the working spot will be due within 7 days of notification that your dog was selected. A link for payment will be provided in your notification email.  Please read cancellation policy below before registering.



NACSW – Two-Day Seminar – 10 CEUs

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

Two-Day Seminar (audit spot) 13 CEUs (pending)




Alpharetta, GA Area - Address details will be emailed to all registered participants.



Coffee, water, soda, and snacks will be provided.  Lunch is on your own.  If possible, plan to bring a lunch or research nearby locations before the seminar weekend. The lunch break will be one hour.



  • Please bring your own chairs - we may or may not need them inside. You may want one for outside, so bring one for sure just in case we also need them inside.
  • Wear weather-appropriate clothing and shoes, bring layers and rain gear, as we will likely be working outside as well as inside.
  • Note-taking supplies. There will be handouts and exercises to write down.



Saturday is a lecture-style format.  If you are 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 comfortably secured in your car.  Please bring bedding, cool covers, pop-ups, fans, water or whatever your dog needs to be made comfortable and cool/warm enough in the car.



All cancellations MUST be made in writing BY EMAIL ONLY to Leah Gangelhoff at (no phone calls, texts, or other form or communication will serve as a valid cancellation). Your cancellation is not confirmed until you receive an email confirmation from Leah that it has been received. Any cancellations must be made before 6:00 p.m. Central time on Wed., Nov. 29th.  If notice of cancellation is received before the deadline refunds will be given, less a $25 non-refundable administration fee for a Saturday only spot or $40 for a Saturday/Sunday spot. If notice is not received before the deadline no refund will be given for any reason unless your spot can be filled by an appropriate similar level candidate on the wait list (the non-refundable administrative fee still applies).



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 presenter's can be taping and only if requested by the current person working a dog.


Questions? Please email