Containers with Confidence 2.0
with Amy Herot, NACSW co-founder, CPDT-KA

April 29, 2017 -
April 30, 2017

We are sorry, this course is closed at this time

Pre-registration is closed, but walk-ins are welcome. See 'Tuition and Registration' for details.

Dogs of Course is proud to host this 2-day seminar with one of K9 Nose Work®'s most experienced and skilled instructors. We encourage all Nose Work enthusiasts to take advantage of this rare opportunity to learn from Amy Herot.

Dates and Locations

Saturday and Sunday,
April 29-30, 2017
9:00am - 5:00pm
Dogs' Learning Center
Hudson, MA

This is a non-working seminar (no dogs).

Dogs’ Learning Center is a 60' x 100' training facility with attached climate controlled office space, offering a variety of services for dog owners and professionals. It is located at 12 Kane Industrial Drive in Hudson, MA just 6 miles off Route 495 in a professional business park.

Bring a comfortable folding chair that you can move from place to place, something hard to write on, and dress in layers.  Be prepared and bring clothing in case we do any observing outside. We may be outside for a demo/exercise.

About this Seminar

An NACSW™ authorized seminar
Two-day Non-Working Seminar

Every competitor knows that Containers are not to be taken lightly. Most dogs have had hundreds of repetitions in training Containers so why would K9 Nose Work® teams ever lack confidence when working Containers in competition?

  • Is something missing in the training program?
  • Is equal time spent on training containers as other elements?
  • Has a training hole just been revealed?
  • Are the foundation skills kept sharp?

From ORT to NW3 to the Elite Division, the training must be layered to prepare the dog to solve the increasingly complex scent problems. The handler has their role in strategically managing the search while allowing the dog to do its job. Maneuvering confidently through a land mine of distractions against the clock takes experience, exposure, and excellent communication for both dog and handler.

This seminar, now a two-day event by popular demand, is chock full of information and options for setting up a Container training plan to increase skills and confidence. This new 2.0 version of Containers with Confidence adds Elite Division Containers and includes many new trial and class videos and updates from the field. New exercises and ideas on developing a training plan that works at any level should keep every competitor current on this continually evolving element. You’ll be ready to adjust your training program to accommodate any changes to Containers that arise in the future.

Using a combination of videos, power point, lecture and demonstration, Amy will take you through the challenges of Containers in this two-day, non-working seminar. The two days allow more time for troubleshooting and analysis of the videos and demos and to layer the learning for the demo dogs.

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

Day 1:  Laying the foundation for training Containers:
The first day will review Container building blocks that lay the groundwork for setting up a training program at any level from ORT to Elite. Building a program which takes into account the learning history of the dog, and the team’s Container goals should help the handler decide how and when to introduce challenges like distractors, types of containers and odor problems.

Day 2:  Container challenges and troubleshooting:
The second day will dig deeper into the challenges that get added to the training program including troubleshooting complex odor problems like trapping and pooling odor, distractors, new types of distractors, container configurations, environment, handler skills and management of the search area.

Participants may opt to attend Day 1 only. Day 2 may only be attended if participants have attended Day 1.

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Meet the speakers

Amy Herot, CPDT-KA, NACSW™ Co-founder
NACSW™ & K9 Nose Work® Founder/Nose Work 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,LLC® (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, spcaLA's 2005 Outstanding H.E.A.L. (Helping Enhance Animals Lives) Volunteer and 2006 Volunteer of the Year.

Amy is one of the country’s most experienced K9 Nose Work® instructors and is a co-founder of NACSW™. 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. Amy is owner of the Los Angeles based All Good Dogs, LLC.

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Continuing Education Credits

3 CEUs for Saturday
6 CEUs for Saturday and Sunday

6.5 CEUs for Saturday (CPDT-KA/KSA)
13 CEUs for Saturday and Sunday (CPDT-KA/KSA)

6.5 CEUs for Saturday
13 CEUs for Saturday and Sunday

CEUS for KPA-CTPs based on CCPDT and IAABC approval units

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Tuition and Registration

Registration includes: seminar support materials, beverages and snacks. Lunch is on your own.  There are many places to eat within driving distance. Lunch break will be one hour.

Seminar Tuition:
• $250 - Two days, register and pay on or before February 28, 2017
• $295 - Two days, register and pay after February 28, 2017
• $315 - Two days Walk-in registration. Cash or Check payment only

• $140 - Saturday ONLY, register and pay on or before February 28, 2017
• $160 - Saturday ONLY, register and pay after February 28, 2017
• $170 - Saturday Walk-in registration. Cash or Check payment only

Please note: There is no Sunday only attendance option. You must attend Saturday in order to attend on Sunday.

Registration ends 8:00am on Monday, April 24, 2017 or when full.
Registration is limited to approximately 70 attendees.

Business Group Discounts are available for 3 or more employees, staff, or volunteers who attend from the same business, shelter or organization as an incentive for continuing education. Contact Dogs of Course to find out more.

You may pay for tuition by:
• Personal or Bank Check
• PayPal - using your account or opening a new account
• Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover through PayPal's secure system
Complete payment information will come up on the screen after you complete registration. General Payment Information
If the seminar does not meet the minimum (35 participants) and must be cancelled, currently registered participants will be refunded the full amount without penalty.

Please familiarize yourself with the Registration/Refund Policy, and the Waiver before signing up.

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Store and Raffle

We will have a small selection of Nose Work related items for sale at breaks and during lunch. Checks and cash payments are preferred.

There will be a raffle with the proceeds going to support the 2017 NACSW™ National Invitational.

Directions and Travel Information

Hotels near Dogs' Learning Center:

If you are attending a working seminar, CHECK PET POLICIES BEFORE MAKING RESERVATIONS! Make sure you understand ALL the fees and restrictions. Policies and rates may change.

The following hotels are dog friendly:

Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel, Marlborough, MA (approx. 4.5 miles away)
Phone: 508-460-0700; Dog Fees: Small pets allowed w/deposit
Room Rate: $160

Marriott Courtyard, Marlborough, MA (approx. 7 miles away)
Phone: 508-480-0015; Dog Fees: Pets allowed ($75 sanitation fee)
Room Rate: $125

Motel 6, Framingham, MA (approx. 10 miles away)
Phone: 508-620-0500; Dog Fees: NO FEE; 2 pets per room
Room Rate: $65

Red Roof Inn, Framingham, MA (approx. 12 miles away)
Phone: 508-872-4499; Dog Fees: NO FEE; 1 pet per room
Room Rate: $80

Red Roof Inn, Southborough, MA (approx. 14.5 miles away)
Phone: 508-481-3904; Dog Fees: NO FEE; 1 pet per room
Room Rate: $79

Econo Lodge Inn and Suites, Northborough, MA (approx. 18 miles away)
Phone: 508-842-8941; Dog Fees: $15/night/pet; dogs under 100 pounds only
Room Rate: $85

Quality Inn, Marlborough, MA (approx. 9 miles away)
Phone: 508-460-1000; Fees: $25/night; dogs under 20 pounds only
Room Rate: $105

Holiday Inn Express, Hudson, MA (approx 3 miles away)
Phone: 978-562-1001; Service Dogs only
Room Rate: $150

Dogs' Learning Center
12 Kane Industrial Drive, Bldg. #12
Hudson, MA 01749

From Interstate 495 North or South:
Take exit 25A for State Hwy 85 toward Hudson (0.4 mi). Merge onto RT-85 (1.3 mi). Turn left at RT-85/Washington St and go straight at roundabout(1.2 mi). At Main St/Wood Square rotary, take the 1st exit onto Main St/RT-62 and continue to follow Main St.
Dogs' Learning Center is part of a business complex on the left (3.4 mi). One mile after you pass Ferjulian's farm stand on the left, look for the very large Kane Industrial Park sign (just after Rich's Used Auto Parts). 

Building #12 is 1/10 mile down on the left and has a stone-face front. Parking is on both sides of the building and will be marked for the event.

Area Airports:

Manchester, NH - about 55 miles away

Boston, MA - about 30 miles away

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Rules and Considerations

No personal audio or videotaping.

Please bring the following items with you to the seminar:

  • Paper/Note book/clipboard. There will be handouts and exercises to write down.
  • Chair so you will be comfortable. We will have some chairs available if you cannot or do not wish to bring your own.
  • One non-food distracter that you think would be fun or important to train for when preparing for NW2, NW3 or Elite competition. Please put your name on it so it can be returned at the end of the day. We will put them all out to examine and discuss.

We will be videotaping container searches with pre-selcted demo dogs,  so all teams and auditors must be comfortable with and consent to being videotaped. The video taping will be used for educational future purposes by Amy Herot with handler permission.

This is a non-working seminar.  If you must bring your dog, please plan on crating in your vehicle. 

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