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Group Class (by level)
Date Time Location Cost:
Level 1a: Introduction to K9 Nose  Work®  Thursday, September 12, 2019 (ends October 3)

5:30 PM

Jessica Kozloff Building, Bloomsburg University Upper Campus, Bloomsburg, PA

This program is offered through the Bloomsburg University Corporation and Continuing Education Department

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Level 1b: Introduction to K9 Nose  Work®  Thursday, May 2, 2019 (no class on May 9 and 30; course ends June 6) 5:30 PM St Paul's Episcopal Church, 101 East Main St, Bloomsburg (except session 3 and 4 - loaction to be advised) $100.00 - incl. handouts

Level 2b: Exteriors and Vehicles cont. (combo with 4a)

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 (no class on May 22; course ends June 12) 6:00 pm

Bloomsburg - locations to be advised

$100.00 - incl. handouts

Level 4a: Starting Unpaired Hides (aka Birch Odor Only)

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 (no class on May 22; course ends June 12) 6:00 pm

Bloomsburg- locations to be advised

$100.00 - incl. handouts
Level 4b: Unpaired Hides Cont. (aka Birch Odor Only) and Birch ORT Prep Saturday, June 8, 2019 (no class on June 15 and 22 and July 6; course ends July 20) 3:00 pm Bloomsburg, PA


Level 4b: Unpaired Hides Cont. (aka Birch Odor Only) and Birch ORT Prep Thursday, May 2, 2019 (no class on May 9 and 30; course ends June 6) 4:30 pm St Paul's Episcopal Church, 101 East Main St, Bloomsburg (except session 3 and 4 - loaction to be advised) $100.00
Level 6 cont: Introduction to Clove Saturday, June 8, 2019 (no class on June 15 and 22 and July 6; course ends July 20) 11:00 AM

Bloomsburg, PA


Level 8: Beyond NW3 - Elite Prep'n Fun

Saturday, June 8, 2019 (no class on June 15 and 22 and July 6; course ends July 20) 9:30 AM

Bloomsburg, PA



Event Date Location Details


DAY 1: "The Green K9NW Dog – Target Odor Acquisition, Development and Maintenance" lecture and video presentation

This seminar focuses on the training and development of green dogs (a year or older) from the dog’s introduction to a target odor through solving complex odor problems. The odor ready dog will be an easy and fast transition if you lay the right groundwork. Introduction to odor has many variations and most critical is understanding of the learning conditions, history and environmental impact for that dog.

As the sport of K9 Nose Work has gained in popularity, many ideas, methods, and processes are being shared. Amy will review the developmental benchmarks that would be the standard for a green dog and various processes for working dogs on odor and how to help assess the best training plan for you and your dog. Knowing your dog and being realistic about their abilities will have an effect on their success in learning.

This seminar features dogs that are one year or older and follows some of the dogs featured in The Young K9NW Dog. There will be some highlights for those just getting started in K9NW or considerations for very young dogs. The primary emphasis however will be geared towards behaviorally mature dogs that are getting started on odor and how to cultivate their drive for odor and their continued development to work complex odor problems. Amy will also cover handling and proper management of target odor, expanding the odor repertoire, troubleshooting and fundamentals about odor obedience and importance.

Whether you have your new dog, will be getting one in the future, want to better understand your current dog on odor, or are a K9 Nose Work teacher, this seminar will provide insights and lots of practical information.

DAY 2: "OUT OF THE BOX - GAMES FOR K9 NOSE WORK® DOGS" - working day (1 morning group, 1 afternoon group; 5-6 teams per group)

The booming activity and sport of K9 Nose Work along with its many offshoots has brought thousands of dog and people together in their scenting partnership.

It’s easy in the pursuit of more knowledge, better skills and competition to leave behind the joys of scent work and the fundamentals that keep your game at a high level. The engagement of the mind and the confidence for both dog and human are key to pushing the envelope of skill and strategy at every level. Ever important to the partnership is to keep the desire and motivation for the work high on the list and in heavy rotation on your training plan.

This workshop will look at ways to spice up your training and strengthen the mental engagement, excitement and fun for you and your dog. We will examine what kinds of things bring understanding and relaxation simultaneously with fun and eagerness to your practice sessions.

If you have any of the following questions, your training may need an infusion of new ideas?

How do I maintain the energy in my dog?

How do I speed up my dog?

Why does my dog seem flat? 

Why aren’t we having fun anymore?

The goal is to get YOU thinking differently and how to get a fresh look at how you are training. We will analyze various causes and revisit the right kind of fundamentals that support the dog’s development.

With demo dogs, exercises and video analysis we will explore how to creatively build games into your training.

The joy of the scent partnership is rooted in the surprise, and pursuit of the unknown. An exploration has to be one that both dog and handler desire together. We will look at ways to create good practice sessions and tap into the game for your dog and think out of the box!

Amy's bio:
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, sheep herding, 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 has given 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 owner of the Los Angeles based All Good Dogs, LLC.

Saturday, June 1, 2019
Sunday, June 2, 2019

9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Jerseytown/Madison Township Community Center
29 Jerseytown Rd
Bloomsburg, PA 17815

Download the registration form HERE.

5 CEUs/day for CNWI

Day 1: 6.5
Day 2: 9.75


1 day (Saturday or Sunday): $150.00

Saturday and Sunday (2 days): $275.00

Working teams: Priority will be given to participants who attended the Saturday seminar.  If selected as a working dog team, an additional fee of $50.00 is due within one week of notice.

"From Scent to Finish"
"But in a Trial" seminars with Dana Zinn, NACSW faculty member and Certifying Official

Dana's bio:
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 do.

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 Invitational.

Saturday, November 2, 2019
9;00 am - 5:00 pm


Sunday, November 3, 2019
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Bloomsburg, PA

More details to come.

This workshop has been approved for 4 CEUs/day for CNWI.

Introduction to K9 Nose Work for Shelter Dogs


(Topic to be determined)

with NACSW co-founder Jill-Marie O'Brien

Jill's's bio:
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

Last Updated: May 15, 2019

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