Flint Hill K-9 Training LLC is hosting


Michael McManus, CNWI

for an

Intro to Treibball Workshop

and a

Nose Work Games Workshop



Saturday & Sunday, July 14 & 15, 2018

Check in and set-up 8:15 – 8:45 a.m. Central Time each day

Workshops: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Central Time each day



Heflin, AL


Registration is limited to:  12 Working Spots each day

Unlimited Auditor Spots each day






Saturday, July 14: Intro to Treibball

Treibball, which looks like a combination between soccer, herding, and billiards, is a great dog sport from Europe that is just starting to take off in the U.S. The dog learns to follow directions from the handler to pick the correct exercise ball and push it in the right direction. Although it was originally branded as "urban herding," Treibball does not require any herding instinct, and can be done by any breed, large or small.


Treibball teaches discipline, focus, teamwork, and communication. It is a great confidence builder for shy dogs and helps reactive dogs with impulse control.


Sunday, July 15, 2018 – Nose Work Games

This workshop is about learning how to cope with stress and competition anxiety and turn it into fun and excitement. Each game will focus on different skills or attitudes that you can then apply to everyday searches. Teams should be working Birch, Anise and Clove.


The games in this seminar will cover some of these topics:


  • Reading your dog
  • Leash handling
  • Speeding your dog up
  • Slowing your dog down
  • Competition pressure
  • Covering search areas
  • Multitasking
  • Memory
  • And more!


Michael McManus (Certified in Applied Pet Ethology, Certified Nose

Work Instructor and Certified American Treibball Trainer) has been

working with dogs for 9 years focusing on K9 Nose Work®, Treibball

and Herding. His Siberian Husky, Lumi, has done well in Nose Work

coming in 1st place in their NW1, 1st place in both of their 2 NW3s, and

earning numerous placements in elements. They are now competing

towards their NW3 Elite Title. Michael was among the first to title dogs

not owned by himself in Nose Work. He has titled a Basenji, a Flat

Coated Retriever, a Border Collie, a Doberman, a Spanish Water Dog,

and a Bloodhound in NACSW™ sanctioned trials. He is also an NACSW™

Certifying Official, Camp Instructor and teaches seminars around the



Michael has been teaching Treibball since 2010 and has starting a new competitive venue: PUSH Treibball. PUSH Treibball had its inaugural trial in Southern California in May 2017.



About the Working Dog Teams:


  • We will have indoor, air-conditioned crating available for the working dogs only.
  • Dogs must be able to stay quietly in their crates out of sight from their handlers.
  • Please bring something to cover your dog's crate completely on all sides to the ground (no peeking out whatsoever!!) and whatever your dog needs to be made comfortable enough in between working exercises.
  • 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.
  • Dogs with reactivity issues towards humans/strangers could be overly stressed in these workshops and so are not recommended to be registered.
  • Dogs will work one at a time in Treibball and Nose Work so dogs who have mild reactivity to other dogs are fine to register. You will be crating in the same area, but everyone will cover their crates completely and owners should monitor getting dogs in and out of crates.
  • We will announce closer to the workshop if your dog has been selected to work, all others will remain on a woit list.




Saturday Only Working Spot  (1-day only) - $195

Sunday Only Working Spot (1-day only) -  $195

Saturday/Sunday Working Spot (2-days) – $350 (can be different dog, but must be same handler each day)
Audit Spot for Saturday or Sunday only (1-day only) - $125

Audit Spot for Both Days: $200


NOTE: At the time of registration, everyone will pay the Auditor Rate. If you are chosen for a working spot, an additional cost of $70 for a single day or $150 for 2 days will be due via a link at the time you are notified (closer to the workshop). Anyone not chosen for a working spot will remain an Auditor and remain on the waiting list for a working spot. Day of working spots will be $70 for anyone on the Wait List. We cannot accept registrations from those only wanting a working spot.  I will have a couple of Helper Auditor Spots available at a significantly reduced rate for anyone interested (you cannot be working a dog to be a Helper),  please contact me at leah@flinthillk9.com for details.



NACSW™ – 3 CEUs for Sunday





Please bring your own lunch and your own water and refreshments for you and your dog each day. There are only a few options nearby like McDonald's and Jack in the Box. The lunch break will be one hour.



  • Please bring your own chairs.
  • Wear weather-appropriate clothing and shoes, bring layers and rain gear, as we could be working outside as well as inside.
  • Note-taking supplies.
  • "Day of" details will be emailed to all registered participants.




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., MAY 30th.  If notice of cancellation is received before the deadline refunds will be given, less a $25 non-refundable administration fee for an Audit  spot (1 or 2 days) or $40 for a working spot (1 or 2 days). 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 leah@flinthillk9.com.


Michael McManus has been teaching Treibball since 2010 and has started a new competitive venue: PUSH Treibball. PUSH Treibball had its inaugural trial in Southern California in May 2017.