with Jill Marie O'Brien CPDT-KA, CNWI and Julie Gaunt CNWI

Dogs have an amazing sense of smell and a natural desire to hunt. The activity and sport of K9 Nose Work® utilizes detection-style methods, and develops your dog's natural scenting abilities by taking advantage of their desire to hunt and their love of toys and food.

This introductory full day workshop is designed not only for the dog owner looking for a fun outlet for their dog, but also for owners of dogs with special needs:

~ Shy and fearful dogs will gain confidence by using an instinct that comes naturally to them.
~ Excitable dogs can burn energy and learn to focus.
~ Old dogs can have fun playing nose games in the comfort of their own homes.
~ Aggressive dogs that can't participate in regular group classes can enjoy scent work.

Using videos, lecture and hands-on work with dogs, Jill Marie and Julie will take you through the foundation process to get any dog started in this fun sport. You'll be hooked as soon as you see your dog's face when he realizes he'll be rewarded for using his nose!

Watch a video of K9 Nose Work in action:

Read the Star-Advertiser article about nose work:

Read more about K9 Nose Work® at: Workshops

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.
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 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 the Los Angeles area as a detection dog trainer/handler.
DATE / LOCATION Saturday June 16th, 2012 (9:00AM - 4:00PM)
Haleiwa, Oahu at the WCA historic gym
Sunday June 17th, 2012 (9:00AM - 4:00PM)
Honolulu, Oahu at the Loveland Academy
  * There will be a one-hour lunch break from 12-1pm
WORKING SPOT: $145 per person (attending with your dog)
(LAST MINUTE RATE) $125 per person (attending with a dog)
OBSERVER SPOT: $95 per person (attending without a dog)
(LAST MINUTE RATE) $80 per person (attending without a dog)

Requirements for Working Participants (limited to 10 dogs per day): Dogs of all ages, levels of training and fitness are welcome. Dogs will be worked one dog at a time, so shy and excitable dogs are welcome, as well as dogs who don't feel comfortable around other dogs. No dogs with aggression towards people (strangers). Dogs must be able to stay quietly in a crate out of the owner's sight when not working. Participant must provide own crate.

Observer Participants: One of the best ways to learn about nose work is to watch other dogs work, without the pressure of handling your own dog. On each seminar day, there will be ten working dogs of various sizes, breeds and personality types, with each dog getting multiple runs throughout the day. You will learn the ins and outs of the sport by observing the various dogs as they progress though the seminar day. You will then be able to apply the techniques to your own dog at home.

Continuing Education Units: 5 CEUs for CPDTs, 3 CEUs for CBCCs per one-day workshop

Download a PDF with the above information here: K9NW_Hawaii.pdf

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Photos Tor Johnson