Flint Hill K-9 Training LLC is proud to present

a K9 Nose Work® Seminar with

NACSW™ Co-Founder


Amy Herot, CPDT-KA


"Dogs in Odor:

Painting the Scent Picture"


The canine-human partnership is one of constant two-way communication. When working detector dogs of any type, the handler must learn to be an astute observer of the dog. The dog is the architect of a beautiful drawing of what is happening with odor. The process in which the dog recognizes odor, responds to odor, triangulates odor and/or works out a series of complex odor problems is the process the handler must learn, follow and support.  Every change of behavior in the dog is another brush stroke that progresses the scent picture for the handler.


The handler’s responsibility is to take in that information and assess its meaning, identify a strategy and support the dog in pursuit of the odor. The subtleties in the changes of behavior are significant as the dog encounters more challenging searches, environments and odor problems. All becoming more challenging under the time pressure in competition.


Through lecture and video review, this seminar will cover the details of dog communication in painting that scent picture. Videos of many kinds of odor problems and environments are included to illustrate how the dog works a problem and what the handler needs to focus on to provide the right support. The alert is part of a chain reaction of events that create an overall scent picture that the dog must decipher hide by hide.


Amy is one of the country’s most experienced K9 Nose Work® instructors. In addition to teaching many of the top competitive teams, she has also reviewed hundreds of trial videos that have provided important insights into training and handling for success.

This seminar is open to all K9 Nose Work® and scent work enthusiasts.




Registration is limited to:

Saturday - Lecture Day/ Auditing only

Sunday Demonstration Day- 15 Demo Dog spots

(a waitlist will be maintained

once limit is reached).




Seminar Description and Structure

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

of K9 Nose Work® training techniques.


9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. each day

Check in and set-up 8:30 – 9:00 a.m.


Saturday, November 17, 2018

Lecture/Video/Discussion Format


Sunday, November 18, 2018

Demonstration with Working Dogs

There will be 15 demo dog spots

The goal of this demonstration day is to provide an opportunity to observe the subtle changes in behavior in different dogs working a variety of odor problems. Each dog/handler team will have an opportunity to both work searches and to audit/observe the other teams working searches. The seminar is also open to auditors without dogs.


  • Participating dogs should be on all three odors
  • A title is not required, but because the purpose of the Demonstration day is illustrate dogs working odor challenges, dogs should be very driven, resilient to challenging environments, should have strong odor obedience - meaning the drive to odor/source should override all other aspects of the environment, and be comfortable being watched by a large group of people.
  • Dogs who have less experience or understanding of odor or who can become easily distracted by the environment would not be well suited for a working spot for this seminar.
  • Additionally, dogs who are environmentally sensitive or reactive/aggressive with people or more than mildly reactive with other dogs would not be well suited for this type of demonstration.


  • 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.
  • 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.




At the time of registration, all participants will pay a workshop fee of $285.00 as listed below. If a team is selected for a working spot (chosen closer to the date of the seminar), the participant will then pay an additional $120.00 for the demo dog spot. Teams selected for a demo dog spot will be notified by email including a link to submit additional payment within 7 days of notification. Demo dog 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 participants.  Please read cancellation policy below before registering.


Demo 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.
  • 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 closer to the date of the seminar if your dog is selected for a demonstration - we are looking for a variety of breeds/sizes. The additional fee for a demo dog spot is $120 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 demo dog spot. Please read cancellation policy below before registering.


Seminar Cost

Saturday only (1-day only) $175

Saturday/Sunday (2-days) – $285

(Saturday attendance is required

to attend Sunday)

 If your dog is selected for a demo dog spot for Sunday – $120.00 additional for the demo spot will be due within seven 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™ – 2-Day Seminar – 10 CEUs


CCPDT - 2-Day Seminar

(working spot)  CEUs TBA (pending)

 (audit spot) CEUs TBA (pending)

Please bring your CCPDT number with you so I may apply your CEUs.



Rome, GA

Address details will be emailed to all registered participants when available.



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.


What to Bring

  • Please bring your own chairs - You will need one inside for lecture portion and we will be moving around for the demonstrations and you may bring your chair to each location.
  • Note-taking supplies and a surface to write on - we may or may not have tables set up for the lecture day.
  • Wear weather-appropriate clothing and shoes, bring layers and rain gear, as we will likely be working outside as well as inside.
  • Demo Dog handlers should bring a flash drive and a PADDED self-addressed envelope with plenty of postage to receive a video of their searches.


Dog Policy

Saturday is a lecture-style format.  If you are local, please leave your dog at home on Saturday. If you’re traveling and have a demo dog spot, however, obviously your dog may need to be with you.


Any demo 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.


Cancellation Policy

All cancellations MUST be made in writing BY EMAIL ONLY to Leah Gangelhoff at leah@flinthillk9.com (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., Oct. 3rd.  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). Seminar will take place regardless of weather.


Video and Audio-Taping

Audio and/or videotaping is not permitted on Saturday. On Sunday 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 working handler.