"But in a Trial" and "From Scent to Finish" workshops with Dana Zinn, NACSW faculty member and Certifying Official
Saturday: But in a Trial
One of the best advantages we have as a competitor is adjusting to each search and support our dog in a competent and non-interfering way. Because most of us aren’t able to compete in trials regularly, we try to perfect these skills in training sessions. The purpose of this workshop is to help the participant make the most of training to prepare for trial in a way that makes the most sense to the dog and reduces the chance of unexpected or never-before-seen behaviors. We will discuss in detail how training often is very different than trialing (whether you realize it or not) and how to have more consistency between the two. As teams move up to Elite and Summit this is imperative!
As we move up in levels, teamwork becomes more and more important. Training is not just about setting hides and problem solving for the dog. It’s about improving our observation skills, noticing when our dog needs us, and having the tools to support our dogs effectively. This workshop encapsulates recognizing when our dogs are problem solving, stuck and in need of assistance, or close to solving the puzzle. Become more proactive and productive in the search!
Dana will tailor each exercise to the team’s level and will use her many years of experience observing this game we call nose work to help each individual team improve and become a more cohesive unit. We will have discussions, work dogs, and learn how to review videos to facilitate the most learning.
Sunday: From Scent to Finish
Dana will explore the following topics:
- Search area evaluation
- Hide placement strategy
- Really listening to the dog in the search
- Managing the search - knowing when to make adjustments in handling at the best time to support the dog
- Confidently saying “finished!”
We will use both live-demos and video review.
Goals are to help you gain confidence in: evaluating a search area and being a more empowered team member when it comes to navigation, setting up appropriate hides for what you wish to work on and making sure the dog is learning what you want him to, and reading your dog in a way that makes you a stronger partner.
All levels are welcome, but dogs must be on odor.
Dana will challenge you in many ways and increase your confidence to read your dog better and be an even better team member in the search.
Dana Zinn has been working with and training dogs since 1999. Her
many years of dog training experience include working at the spcaLA as
an Animal Behavior & Training Specialist. It was the time working
with dogs in the shelter that drew her to the sport of K9 Nose Work®;
not only for her own dogs, but for the many dogs in need of a "job" to
Dana was involved in the first publicly offered Nose Work
class in Long Beach, CA. She not only participated but eventually
assisted in instruction. From there Dana became involved in the
development of the K9 Nose Work® instructor certification program. Dana
was one of the first participants to be certified as an instructor for
the K9 Nose Work® curriculum approved by the National Association of
Canine Scent Work, LLC. She is proud to be a founding faculty member and
a certifying official for sanctioned NACSW trials across the country.
She recently became a Supervising Certifying Official, which means she
is involved in the training of new COs for NACSW.
In regard to K9 Nose Work®, her learning never stops as she
continues to teach classes, instruct at camps, and compete in trials.
One of her proudest moments was placing first in the 2014 NACSW National
Saturday, November 2, 2019
9;00 am - 5:00 pm
(But in a Trial)
Sunday, November 3, 2019
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
(From Scent to Finish)
|Jerseytown/Madison Township Community Center |
29 Jerseytown Rd
Bloomsburg, PA 17815
Download the registration form HERE.
This workshop has been approved for 4 CEUs/day for CNWI and 8 CEUs/day for CPDT.
1 day (Saturday or Sunday): $125.00 (early bird rate)
Saturday and Sunday (2 days): $225.00 (early bird rate)
We will be selecting 8-10 working teams per day. Priority will be given to participants who attend both days.
There will be an additional $50.00 fee per working spot, payable after the selection notice.
Mikes Food Truck will be there to serve lunch on Saturday and Sunday (more info will follow), or you can bring your own lunch. The Jerseytown Tavern is a block away and is open on Saturdays only.
Introduction to K9 Nose Work for Shelter Dogs
(Topic to be determined)
with NACSW co-founder Jill-Marie O'Brien
Jill Marie has been working with and
training dogs since 1987. Formerly she was the Director of Behavior and
Training for spcaLA, a major Animal Welfare Organization in the Southern
California area since 1996. During her tenure there she oversaw the
creation and development of that agency's first Animal Behavior and
Training Department in its 130 plus year history.
Jill Marie's years of dog training experience includes agility,
tracking, Animal Assisted Therapy, Schutzhund and detection training
along with many hours of K9 Nose Work development and instruction. Jill
Marie is co-founder of the National Association of Canine Scent Work
Jill Marie has organized multiple educational events featuring some of
the most sought-after lecturers and behavior experts in the world
supporting her belief in education for humans as much as for the dogs.
Jill Marie is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer, long time member of the
Association of Pet Dog Trainers and is a facilitator for the Southern
California Dog Trainers Forum.
Jill Marie and her dog Beckett are a nationally certified Narcotics
Detection Team and took 1st place, novice division in the Oxnard Police
K9 Inaugural Trial, 2009.
|Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17, 2020 ||Bloomsburg, PA ||More details to come |