with K9 Nose Work® Co-Founder Jill Marie O'Brien

In preparation for Hawaii's first Vehicle and Interior Element Specialty Trials (ESTs) in March 2015, Jill Marie O'Brien will teach this preparatory workshop to take you through the ins and outs of this new trial format through a series of Interior and Vehicle searches, video review and analysis. Additional topics to be addressed include:

* How is an EST different from an NW1 trial?
* What challenges can I expect, including environment, weather and more?
* What are some examples of unusual vehicle and interior hides and search areas in an EST?

The Element Specialty Trial is designed to offer a variety of challenges in a specific element of competition - Containers, Exteriors, Interiors, or Vehicles - depending on the trial location and environmental conditions for that day.

Imagine doing 4-5 vehicle searches at one event, with the possibility of unusual vehicles like tractors and ATVs, in environments such as inside a warehouse and outdoors on grass and gravel. Or picture searching 4-5 interiors in a row, with spaces ranging from a narrow hallway to a large warehouse.

Element Specialty Trials will have many benefits for dog & handler teams beyond being another titling opportunity. For dogs & handlers new to trialing, ESTs make it easier to experience the sport of K9 Nose Work with just a half-day competition, and easier to focus and train on a specific element. Seasoned competitors will have the opportunity to strengthen their performance in a specific element, and to challenge themselves and their dogs with new and exciting variations on the elements of competition.

DATE / LOCATION Sunday November 30th, 2014 (9:00am to 4:00pm)
Waialua, Oahu (location info will be emailed to registrants)
WORKING SPOT: $150 per person (attending with your dog)
OBSERVER SPOT: $75 per person (attending without a dog)

Requirements for Working Participants (limited to 10 dogs per day): Dogs must be on birch odor (may be pairing) and have taken or be currently enrolled in a Continuing class (or equivalent).

Requirements for Observer Participants: There are no pre-requisites for observers attending without their dogs. One of the best ways to learn about nose work is to watch other dogs work, without the pressure of handling your own dog. At this seminar, there will dogs of various sizes, breeds and personality types. You will learn the ins and outs of the sport by observing the various dogs as they progress though the seminar day.

Discount Opportunities (up to 3 people): Observers who would like to volunteer as videographer, timer or judge's steward will get a $25 discount on the Observer price. This is guaranteed to be a great learning opportunity for those who would like to compete in the future or learn about nose work in general.

Jill Marie has been training dogs for over twenty years and is a certified professional dog trainer, certified nose work instructor, and co-founder of K9 Nose Work® and the National Association of Canine Scent Work. In addition to having been Director of Behavior and Training at a major animal welfare organization in Southern California for 14 years, Jill has extensive experience in agility, tracking, Schutzhund and detection training. She and her dog Beckett are a nationally certified Narcotics Detection Team.


To pay by check make payable to Country Canine LLC and mail to 67-321 Kiapoko Place, Waialua HI 96791. Please contact Kyoko at kyoko@countrycaninehawaii.com or (808) 728-8415 with any questions.

Refund policy: A full refund will be provided upon email request, minus $15.00 administrative fee, prior to October 30th, 2014. Refunds for working spots requested after this time will be provided only if your spot can be filled.

Photos Tor Johnson