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Amy Herot, CPDT-KA
NACSW Co-Founder

Harnessing Your Competitive Advantage

(an NACSW Authorized Event)

Saturday & Sunday, April 11 and 12, 2020
Troy, MO


Saturday, April 11, 2020 – Lecture/Discussion
Sunday, April 12, 2020 – Working Clinic/Discussion
Time:  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. each day
Check in and set-up 8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Working/Demo Day – 15 working spots; auditors

This seminar is open to all K9 Nose Work® enthusiasts that have a basic understanding of K9 Nose Work® training techniques.
Saturday, April 11, 2020– Lecture/Video/Discussion Format
Every level of trial relies on the same foundational skills. Balancing the foundation with layered challenges should be an integral part of your training program. This workshop will focus on a range of adaptable exercises that allow dog and handler to stretch, and then cement concepts which are applicable at any level of competition. Discussion around the training exercise and your program will illustrate how to adjust and adapt for your individual team.  How can you advance your dog/handler team through the NW levels and achieve your personal best?  What kind of exercises can you be working on to build more skill and overcome any challenges?

Sunday, April 12, 2020 – Clinic with Working/Demo Teams 
The goal of this hands-on workshop is to provide an opportunity to practice and observe some of the adaptable exercises discussed in day one.  In order to illustrate more exercise examples, the teams will be divided into groups, which may change throughout the day to facilitate the demonstrations. The workshop is also open to auditors without dogs.

Through group exercises and hands-on activities this workshop will allow handlers to get personalized coaching with regard to their dog, style and experience. Participating teams can be intermediate through Elite. A title is not required, but dogs should have strong odor obedience. Dogs who have less experience or understanding of odor, or are environmentally sensitive or aggressive with people would not be well suited for this type of clinic format.

Participants who would like 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. In order to have a working/demo spot on Sunday, the handler must attend Saturday. At the time of registration, all participants will pay the workshop fee of $300.00 (by Feb 15 and $325 after Feb 15) as listed below. If a team is selected, the participant will then pay an additional $75.00 for the working/demo spot. Teams selected for a working spot will be notified by email including a link to submit additional payment within 7 days of notification. Working 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 working and auditing participants. 

About the Working/Demo Dog Teams:

  • Dogs will need to be comfortable crated in your car or staying lose in the car. Please bring bedding, cool covers, pop-ups, fans or whatever your dog needs to be made comfortable and cool enough in between working exercises.
  • Dogs must be able to stay quietly in their vehicles out of sight from their handlers.
  • 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.
  • Only one dog/handler team per handler will be selected but you may submit more than one of your dogs for consideration.
  • We will let you know if your dog is selected to work as we are looking for a variety of breeds/sizes. The additional fee for a working spot is $75 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 working spot.

Saturday/Sunday (2-day) – $325 
(Saturday attendance required to receive a working spot on Sunday)
If your dog is selected for working spot on Sunday – An additional $75.00 fee for the working spot in addition to regular workshop fee will be due. This fee must be paid within 7 days of notification that your dog was selected.  A link for payment will be provided in your notification email.

NACSW – 5 CEUs per day (10 total)
CCPDT – 17.5 CEUs for trainers


Troy, MO

Coffee, soda and snacks can be purchased from the venue.  Lunch is on your own.  Plan to bring a lunch or you can travel about 10 minutes to Troy for lunch.   The lunch break will be one hour.


  • Chairs will be available at the facility or you may opt to bring your own chair
  • Wear weather-appropriate clothes and shoes, as we may be working outside.
  • Note taking supplies. There will be handouts and exercises to write down.
  • See Dog Policies below.

Saturday is a lecture-style format.  If you’re local, please leave your dog at home on Saturday. If you’re traveling, however, obviously your dog may need to be with you.
Any working dogs or dogs in cars will need to be comfortable crated in a kennel or staying in car.  Please bring bedding, cool covers, pop-ups, fans, water or whatever your dog needs to be made comfortable and cool enough in the car.

Refunds will be given, less a $25 non-refundable administration fee , if notice of cancellation is received by one month prior to seminar date. Notices should be in writing and can be emailed to If notice is not received by one month prior to seminar date, no refund will be given unless your spot can be filled from 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 presenters can be taping and only if requested by the current person.

With any questions, please email

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