Professional detection dog handler and NACSW trial judge Julie Gaunt will introduce dog/handler teams to the various aspects of NW2-level container searches, including:

* Boxes, luggage, purses, bags, non-box containers and combinations thereof
* Containers set in any pattern / determining corresponding search strategies such as odor obedience vs patterns
* Invisible food and toy distractors within containers

Containers are the foundation of all K9 Nose Work® training. We use boxes to introduce the dogs to searching, to problem solving, and even to odor. Yet many teams often struggle and lack confidence when working container drills in competition. Julie will walk us through the steps to successfully navigate through container searches while avoiding common pitfalls such as false alerting.

DATE/TIME Sunday August 17th, 2014 (1:30pm to 5:00pm)
LOCATION Waialua at the Country Canine Training Room
WORKING SPOT: $95 per person (attending with your dog)
OBSERVER SPOT: $50 per person (attending without a dog)

Requirements for Working Participants (limited to 10 dogs): Dog/handler teams must be on birch odor and have successfully passed a birch ORT.

Requirements for Observer Participants: Observers of any level are welcome to attend.

Julie brings to Nose Work instruction a lifetime of K9 education and training, including growing up in a home with working police dogs and winning her first competition at age 9 with her young German Shepherd Dog.

Currently, Julie is a professional detection dog handler and is a certified member of the International Association of Bomb Technicians & Investigators as well as the International Explosive Detection Dog Association. Julie works in the private sector in Southern California as a detection dog trainer/handler. Julie successfully completed schools in both Narcotics and Explosive Detection and attends the California Narcotic Canine Association conference annually.

Julie has been a Certified Nose Work Instructor since 2008. She has worked with the NACSW judging, certifying and volunteering in trials all over the US. She has also worked with the founders teaching K9 Nose Work Workshops. Julie enjoys every aspect of being part of the K9 Nose Work and NASCW family and is proud to be part of this great canine activity and sport.

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To pay by check make payable to Country Canine LLC and mail to 67-321 Kiapoko Place, Waialua HI 96791. Please contact Kyoko at 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 July 16th, 2014. Refunds requested after this time will be provided only if your spot can be filled.

Photos Tor Johnson