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Seminars & Events

Marin Humane offers a wide variety of seminars and events. Check back here for posted events.

The Behavior and Training Department is proud to offer fun, innovative and thought-provoking seminars, workshops and events, presenting and testing the latest ideas in the world of animal behavior and training.

We offer seminars with some of the top trainers and behaviorists in the profession, at which both dog professionals and the companion dog owning public alike can learn more about the unique human-canine bond. We offer a variety of sporting events including Agility, Nosework ORT, agility fun matches, Rally, and Flyball Tournaments.

Our staff instructors provide workshops on a wide variety of topics including Tricks, Crate Training, Training with Clickers, Agility Skills, Recalls and Leash Walking Behaviors. If there is a workshop topic you are interested in that we don’t currently offer, please contact Behavior & Training or call 415.506.6280.

905 - NACSW Trial

NW2/NW1 Trial

November 26 & 27, 2021 in Novato, CA.

Link to NW2/NW1 Premium. Opening date: October 12, 2021. 

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Elite/NW3 Trial

February 20 & 21, 2022 in Sausalito, CA. 

Link to Elite/NW3 Premium.  Opening date: January 4, 2022. 

Sign up to Volunteer.

Levels tbd 3-days of Trials

March 18 - 20, 2022 in Novato, CA. 

Link to Premium coming soon! Opening date: tbd

Sign up to Volunteer.

Please Note: All dogs participating in trials must be currently registered with NACSW™. All handlers must also be members of NACSW™. Exhibitors should obtain and review a copy of the rulebook, available at  

Trial questions can be directed to

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906 - Agility Fun Match

Novice Agility Fun Match, Saturday 4-8pm

A Fun Match is intended for fun and to experience a trial-like atmosphere. Instructors will be available to act as a judge, but no scoring or prizes will be offered. This event is open to all dogs more than one year of age. Dogs must be able to do all equipment safely and be off leash within the fenced ring area. Toys, hand-delivered treats and lavish praise are encouraged in the ring.

Volunteering: Fun Match participants are encouraged to volunteer for various agility trial jobs (i.e. gate stewards, pole setters, leash runners, timing). We will mentor you in how to perform these jobs if you are new to the sport. Now is a great time to learn, since Agility Trials can only be run with volunteer help and it is expected that you volunteer for some portion of any trials you attend. Our goal is to help you learn in a stress-free environment, so you can help out with confidence at a real agility trial one day. 

Entry Fees: $20 per dog for two runs, or $30 per dog for four runs. Each run is 90 seconds. Additional dogs per handler are allowed with a separate entry and fee. Entries close 2-days prior to the event or when entry limits have been met (no day-of entries). 

Refund Policy: To request a refund, please email Requests for cancellations must be received via email at least 1 week prior to the event for a refund. All refunds are subject to a 10% processing fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations less than 1 week prior to the event, or for no-shows or excused dogs.

Jump Height and Run Selection: After registration, you will receive an email from requesting your dog's jump height (4”, 8”, 12”, 16”, 20” and 24” only). If you have only registered for 2 runs, you will also be asked to choose standard or jumpers runs.

Event Schedule: Nested Standard Courses (runs 1 & 2) will be run first. After a short break and course change, nested Jumpers courses (runs 3 & 4) will be run.  

Dogs Participating must be at least twelve months of age and healthy on event day and should be current on all vaccinations required by law. Please plan to crate in your car or bring your own crate to set-up on the grassy area in KD Park adjacent to the agility field. You will need to provide your own shade, crate and chair. Dogs will not be permitted to roam and must be crated when not running. Participants are responsible for the behavior of their dogs. The owner of each dog is solely responsible for having your dog ready when it is time to enter the ring. Please do not use flexi-leashes for walking dogs on event grounds. We ask everyone to allow dogs at least 6 feet of distance at all times.  

NOTE: COVID-19 safety procedures apply. Unvaccinated individuals are required to wear masks.  

If this event is sold out, please contact Carrie at to be put on the wait list.

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909 - Nosework Sniff n Go

Marin Humane is hosting a Sniff and Go!

Fees: $50 per dog for five searches at either NW1 or NW3 level. Note: A variety of searches will be offered (Interior, Container, Exterior and possibly Vehicle) and will approximate a trial environment but may not meet all competition requirements. Runs may be done blind or with known hide locations, handler's choice. Levels are NW1 (1 hide per search) or NW3 (0-3 hides per search). Additional dogs may be run by the same handler with a separate entry and fee, but the hide locations will not change.

Schedule: Details regarding run-order and check-in time will be emailed at least 2 days prior to the event. You will run all of your searches back-to-back and then depart the facility.  Instructors/Volunteers will be available to act as a judge, but no scoring or prizes will be offered.  Participants may request as much or as little help as needed; this is a training opportunity not a trial!  Searches will be split between 2 judges and run concurrently.

Refund Policy: To request a refund, please email ohbehave@marinhumane.orgAll requests for cancellations must be received via email at least 1 week prior to the event for a refund. All refunds are subject to a 10% processing fee. Entry fees will not be refunded for absent or excused dogs. 

Dogs Participating: Dogs must be crated in cars when not working, please be prepared with your own shade and water. There is no specific reactive dog parking but we ask everyone to allow all dogs at least 6 feet of distance at all times. Event site is an active animal shelter.  Dogs must be on a 6 foot leash. Please only use the designated potty area, and do not wander the campus or interfere with volunteers walking shelter dogs.

If you have any questions, please contact Carrie at

NOTE: COVID-19 safety procedures apply. Masks are required for all individuals when indoors.

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