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Seminars & Events

Marin Humane is proud to host the most renowned trainers and behaviorists from around the country and the world. We offer fun, innovative and thought-provoking seminars, presenting and testing the latest ideas in the world of animal behavior and training.
Upcoming seminars include:
     - Desiree Snellman (agility), Friday-Mon
day, September 14-17. Registration will open early July.
     - Jill Marie O'Brien (nosework),
Saturday & Sunday, November 10 & 11. Registration will open mid-August.

910 – Tracy Sklenar 1 - Monday, October 8

$190 for a working spot (10 max), $75 to audit. This seminar has been filled by lottery. Please do not register for this seminar unless you've been notified that you have a spot - contact Kristin at kherrera@MarinHumane.org to be put on the wait list, thanks!

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910 – Tracy Sklenar 2 - Tuesday, October 9

$190 for a working spot (10 max), $75 to audit. This seminar has been filled by lottery. Please do not register for this seminar unless you've been notified that you have a spot - contact Kristin at kherrera@MarinHumane.org to be put on the wait list, thanks!

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911 – Jill-Marie O’Brien 1 – Saturday, November 10

Supercharging Your Search
Presented by Jill Marie O’Brien, CPDT-KA, CNWI, co-founder of the National Association of Canine Scent Work & the sport of K9 Nose Work.

Target audience:
   - Working at the NW2 level or above
   - Anyone looking to enhance team performance
   - Increase intensity in the search

Learning Objectives:
   - Increase enthusiasm in the search
   - Fine tune team performance
   - Prepare teams for the increasing challenges of trialing
   - Expose teams to a variety of training and trialing challenges
   - HAVE FUN!!!

Many handlers often describe a diminishment in drive as their once enthusiastic nose work dog now seems lackluster. This doesn’t have to be the case.

The core concept of K9 Nose Work® is about providing a game and environment that allows dogs to access and explore their natural skills through self-discovery and rewards. From Foundation to Elite, core skills are essential. Ideal candidates for this workshop are training on Birch, Anise & Clove, have experience searching a variety of environments under many conditions. Dogs participating in this event need to be working at the NW2 level or above. This seminar is for those teams looking to continue to develop their advanced handler skills while exposing their dog to a variety of search challenges.

This working seminar is designed to accommodate up to 10 working teams + auditors. We will work through a variety of scenarios based on the environmental conditions present. This is an interactive workshop meant to engage participants and to facilitate discussion on increasing drive & focus for the dog as well as fine tuning handler skills. Video review (TBD) may be utilized and/or search debriefs to help enhance the handler’s and participants’ understanding of the search environment and the dog’s ability to function optimally within the presenting search parameters.

$200 for a working spot (10 max), $100 to audit (20 max). If the seminar is sold out, please contact Kristin at kherrera@MarinHumane.org to be put on the wait list.

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911 – Jill-Marie O’Brien 2 – Sunday, November 11

Introduction to K9 Nose Work for Shelter, Rescue, and Special Needs Dogs
Dogs have an amazing sense of smell and a natural desire to hunt. The activity of K9 Nose Work® is designed to develop a dog's natural scenting ability by using that desire to hunt and their love of toys, food and exercise.

K9 Nose Work® is a great way for any dog to have fun, build confidence, and burn lots of mental and physical energy. An area of great promise for the use of K9 Nose Work® skills has be as an enrichment activity and potential rehabilitation tool in the shelter environment. In environments where time, space and resources are often limited, the need for low cost and effective activities for the dogs becomes invaluable.

During this talk, we will cover the application and foundation of K9 Nose Work® and its practical use in the shelter environment, as well as the basics for getting a program started in a facility.

We will discuss the potential benefits for dogs in the shelter or rescue environment and challenges that can be addressed with the use of basic K9 Nose Work® skills. Scenting is a natural and often under-utilized activity for dogs; K9 Nose Work® offers dogs both a mental and physical outlet for the stress that can often build from confinement.

A key element for a successful enrichment program is that it be designed to encourage kenneled or confined animals to express naturally occurring behaviors.

As enrichment programs have become a major component for many shelter and rescue organizations, the K9 Nose Work® shelter program strives to offer dogs an activity that allows them to express their most natural behaviors, scenting, searching & hunting, while giving shelter staff a fun and creative new way to engage the animals in their care. Whether you are a shelter worker, run a rescue charity, or have a special rescue dog, this seminar is for you!

$75 for staff/volunteers of a 5o1c3 non-profit animal shelter/rescue (20 spots), $125 for everyone else (30 spots). Please double check on the registration details page that you’re signing up for the correct one. To qualify for the discounted price, please register for the lower fee and email proof of employment/volunteer status to Kathleen at kcall@MarinHumane.org. If the seminar is sold out, please contact Kristin at kherrera@MarinHumane.org to be put on the wait list.


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