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908 - Laurel Scarioni 6/3/2024 - 6/4/2024

Spots Available: -6

Join us for a 2-day workshop with Laurel Scarioni

Location: FDSA Ranch in Petaluma

Dates: June 3 & 4, 2024

Day 1:  Hide Placement and Odor Movement (max 8 working spots): 

This workshop will help attendees gain a better understanding of the many forces that affect odor movement, allowing them to set hides that meet their goals and troubleshoot when a hide is not working as expected. Even slight changes in hide placement can result in major changes in where odor moves and how easily a problem is solved. When handlers understand the principles of odor movement, they are better able to recognize what type of problem their dog is working and allows them to better support their dog. This workshop is appropriate for handlers of all experience levels, and working spots can go to dogs of any level as long as the dog searches enthusiastically for birch, anise, and clove. 

Day 2 Trial Preparation (max 4 working spots each session):

AM Session, NW3: Explore the skills teams need to be successful at the NW3 level. Whether a team is new to NW3 or feels "stuck" at this level, this workshop can help handlers better understand the challenges presented at NW3 and create a successful training plan for their team. Handlers working at any level will benefit from auditing this workshop, but teams competing at the NW3 level will have priority for working spots. 

PM Session, Elite: Explore the types of searches that have been seen at elite trials around the country. Topics will include handling strategies for different types of searches as well as pre-trial training to prepare for the unique challenges of the elite level. Working teams will have a chance to participate in a variety of elite-type searches, with feedback for each working team to help build their skills. Handlers working at any level can benefit from auditing this workshop, but teams competing at the Elite level will have priority for working spots. 



9:00 am - 4:00 pm each day. 1 hour lunch break on your own. Plan to bring a lunch, local eateries are 15 minutes away.

Registration Information

Auditing: $120 for two days, or $75 for one day. Audit Spots are available for immediate registration and payment, see below. Auditors with all levels of experience are welcome.  Auditing Dogs: additional $20 per dog per day. Auditing dogs will have use of the grounds.

Working Spots: $250 (working spot in one session, and auditing the other sessions; two days of workshops). 

Working dog teams will be selected based on level and an effort to show a variety of dogs and styles for the learning benefit of all participants. You may submit multiple dogs for consideration, but in order to give as many teams as possible an opportunity to work, we will give priority to different teams each day. Dogs not selected this time around will form a Wait List in case a selected dog has to cancel. Teams selected for a working spot will be notified by May 3rd via email including a link to submit payment within 48 hours of notification. Deadline for Working Spot consideration is April 30, 2024. To apply, please complete the questionnaire linked here: Working Spot Request.

Note: You are free to submit a dog for consideration of a working spot and attend only one day, however, the registration cost will be the same as for a 2-day registration (please write "Monday only" or "Tuesday only" in the "Comments" section of the Working Spot Request form). 

Working Spot Requirements:   

  • Dogs should be resilient to challenging environments, have strong odor obedience, and be comfortable being watched by a large group of people.
  • Dogs who have less experience or understanding of odor or who can become easily distracted by the environment would not be well suited for a working spot for this seminar.
  • Additionally, dogs who are reactive/aggressive with people would not be well suited for this seminar.
  • Dogs must be healthy on event day and should be current on all vaccinations required by law.
  • Dogs MUST be able to crate quietly when out of site from their handler. Please bring whatever your dog needs to be made comfortable and cool/warm enough in between working exercises. 

NACSW CEUS: 7 CEUS per day for CNWIs.

Location: FDSA Ranch in Petaluma, CA.  Specific address will be emailed to participants before the event. Note: the property is spread out and hilly, so you may be required to walk long distances and/or up and down hills. The property contains a variety of farm buildings, livestock, and related distractions. Expect to navigate uneven terrain, dirt, mud, brick, gravel, as well as uneven surfaces, stairs, etc. Please consider whether this is feasible if you have mobility challenges. 

Cancellation Policy: All cancellations must be emailed to Cancellations received by 5pm pacific time on May 15, 2024 will receive a refund minus a 10% processing fee. Cancellations after 5pm May 15, 2024, 50% of the registration fee will be refunded if we can fill your spot. No refund will be issued if we don’t fill your spot. No refunds will be issued for cancellations during the last 72 hours before the event or for no-shows. This cancellation and refund policy applies to participants that must withdraw for any reason including but not limited to injury, illness, emergency, and personal or work-related reasons.

Audio/Video: ONLY ONE other video camera (and only at the request of the handler currently running a dog) besides the presenter’s camera may be operating at any given time during the event. Absolutely NO other audio or video-taping is allowed. Videos may only be posted on social media if the sound has been removed (you do NOT have permission to post a video if the Presenter can be heard speaking). Thank you for your cooperation.

If you have any questions about this event or would like to be put on the waitlist for an audit spot, please contact Carrie at More information will be emailed to registered participants a few days prior to the event.

About the Presenter

Laurel began working in the world of dogs in 1995 and has been involved in canine sports since 1998.  She has competed in agility, rally obedience, and – of course! - nose work. As a dog trainer and behavior specialist, Laurel has many years of experience working with a wide variety of dog breeds and closely observing dog behavior. 

Laurel has trained teams and handled dogs up through the highest levels of nose work, including competing in 2 NACSW National Invitationals and earning the Elite Champion title with her cattle dog Myrtle Mae. Laurel’s current crew are Agnes, a Brittany, and Walter, a Malinois/Schnauzer mix. 

Laurel has been teaching nose work since the founders offered the first workshops in Northern CA in 2009 and earned the NW1 title with Myrtle Mae in May of 2010. Laurel has been a Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI) since 2010 and is a NACSW Supervising Certifying Official and Judge, a Trial Coordinator for NACSW Trials, and an Expert Judge for AKC Scent Work. She has taught at multiple nose work camps and teaches workshops online and around the country. Nose work is Laurel’s favorite canine activity because she really enjoys watching dogs get to use their amazing noses!

Class Trainer(s) Audit Spot
Price: $120.00
Location: FDSA Ranch 470 Sonoma Mountain Road Petaluma, CA 94954

Event Dates:

  • Monday, June 3, 2024
  • Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Time: 9:00 AM
Duration: 7hr(s)

Notes: Audit Spot. $120 per person, includes both days. Additional fee required for any auditing dog(s).