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908 - Amy Herot 4/10/2023 - 4/11/2023

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Join us for a 2-day workshop with Amy Herot, CNWI

April 10 & 11, 2023

Drive & Control: The Perfect Balance

The K9 Nose Work philosophy of training is dog driven at its core. In the competition arena, teams must navigate the challenges of environment, time pressure, and complicated odor pictures. Handlers must prepare and support the dog through an experience that may be entirely different than that of their typical training scenarios. The parameters of competition searches may require carefully finessed team work to meet the criteria of the test within the time frame set at trial. That teamwork must rely on the instinctive abilities of the dog in conjunction with handler assessment and management of the search area, both for the competition goals and for safety. 

This 2-day workshop experience will explore the balance between the dog-driven search and the use of savvy handler skills that can be executed at just the right times for that competitive edge. 



•    Monday, April 10, 2023 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

•    Tuesday, April 11, 2023 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

•    Lunch break on your own each day. If possible, plan to bring a lunch.


Participants who would like to be considered for a working spot must be willing to audit if they do not get selected. We cannot take registrations from people who only want to work a dog in order to attend. Working dog teams will be selected based on their skill level and an effort to show a variety of dogs and styles for the learning benefit of all participants. In order to give as many teams as possible an opportunity to work with Amy we will offer working spots in different segments on both days. If your dog is chosen, we will assign the day and segment your dog will work and you will audit the other segments/day. 


Participating dogs: 

•    Should be on all three odors (birch, anise, clove)

•    Should have a very good drive for target odor

•    Should have spent plenty of training time working hides that are not paired with food

•    Do not need a title in order to participate

•    Comfortable working in front of a larger group of people than in a regular class 

•    Dogs MUST be able to crate quietly when out of sight from their handler. Please bring whatever your dog needs to be made comfortable and cool/warm enough in between working exercises. 

•    Dogs must be healthy on event day and should be current on all vaccinations required by law.

NOTE - when a dog may be considered "not suitable": 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. Additionally, dogs who are environmentally sensitive or reactive/aggressive with people or more than mildly reactive with other dogs would not be well suited for this type of format, so we ask that you don’t request a working spot.

REGISTRATION PROCESS Please read cancellation policy below before registering.

At the time of registration, all participants will pay a workshop fee of $250.00 as listed below. Only one dog per household will be considered for working spots, however, you may enter more than one of your dogs for consideration if you choose. Working Teams will be chosen on March 27, 2023 (after the cancellation deadline), and closer to the workshop to ensure availability. Teams selected for a working spot will be notified by email including a link to submit the additional $160 payment within 48 hours of notification.  Dogs not chosen this time around will form a Wait List in case a chosen dog has to cancel. Working dog teams will be selected based on their skill level and an effort to show a variety of dogs and styles for the learning benefit of all participants. Deadline for Working Spot consideration is March 24, 2023.  To apply, please complete the questionnaire linked here:  Working Spot Application.


•    $250.00 for Audit Spot, includes both workshop days. Auditors may not bring a dog to this event. 

•    $160.00 ADDITIONAL FEE FOR WORKING SPOT IF DOG IS CHOSEN - Due when notified that your dog has been chosen (spots chosen March 27, 2023)

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 Application). 

NACSW CEUS: 9 CEUS per day for CNWIs.


Discount are not available for working spots and cannot be applied towards a working spot.  We have a limited number of discounted audit spots available for Marin Humane Employees, Active Marin Humane Volunteers, and Marin Humane Nose Work Students (currently enrolled in Intro to NW, Intro to Odor, Working with Odor, or Extreme), at 50% discount off the audit spot registration fee.


All cancellations must be emailed to  Cancellations received by 5pm pacific time on March 24, 2023 will receive a refund minus a 10% processing fee. Cancellations after 5pm March 24, 2023 will not be refunded. The additional working spot fee of $160.00 is the only fee that is refundable after March 24, 2023 and only if we are able to fill your working spot. No refunds will be issued for working spot 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.


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.


Everyone is WELCOME to post any PHOTOS of themselves, of the Presenter, of dogs etc. on social media at any time during or after the seminar. Be sure you have permission of other participants before posting photos that include them.


Masks may be required depending on policy at time of event. If you have, or think you are at risk of having, COVID-19 or being a carrier by a recent exposure, you cannot attend.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Carrie at More information will be emailed to registered participants a few days prior to the event.

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Amy Herot is a professional K9 trainer and handler and brings over a decade of experience to her work. She has trained, handled and certified many teams in Narcotics and Explosives and has logged over 1500 instructional hours in detection dog training.  As co-founder of K9 Nose Work®, and the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW™), she has sought to bring that experience to companion dogs and handlers through the development of nose work classes and sport events. She and her partners launched and sponsored the first national K9 Nose Work competition in August 2008 and now hold trials nationwide.

In the canine sport world Amy has trained dogs for tracking, agility, sheepherding, protection sports, and detection. In detection, she has competed nationally and took 1st place, Narcotics Detection, Open Division in the Oxnard Police K9 Foundation Community Trial, 2009 and 3rd place in Narcotics Detection at the Gold Coast K9 Working Dog Trials with her Dutch Shepherd, Maya. Her Belgian Malinois, Seven, a nationally certified explosives detection dog took 1st place in the Explosives Building Search at the 2009 Ventura County Sheriff's K9 Trial. 

Amy holds a Bachelor of Science from NYU, is a graduate of the Balu Academy for Dog Trainers and is a John Rogerson associate here in the U.S.  She maintained national certification through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) for fifteen years, has been an AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator and was certified in Pet First Aid and CPR for many years.  Her professional memberships and affiliations include the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), Southern California Dog Trainers’ Forum (SCDTF), Southern California Schutzhund Club, and the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators (IABTI). Amy has provided much volunteer time and expertise to the betterment of shelter dogs. Some of Amy’s other achievements have been the 2007 President's Volunteer Service Award, spcaLA's 2005 Outstanding H.E.A.L. (Helping Enhance Animals Lives) Volunteer and 2006 Volunteer of the Year.

Amy is owner of the Los Angeles based All Good Dogs, LLC and Co-Founder of the National Association of Canine Scent Work, LLC.

Class Trainer(s) MH Discount Audit
Price: $125.00
Location: Auditorium and Pavilion

Event Dates:

  • Monday, April 10, 2023
  • Tuesday, April 11, 2023

Time: 8:00 AM
Duration: 8hr(s)

Notes: Audit Spot - Marin Humane Discount for eligible persons only (Marin Humane Staff, Active Volunteers, and Currently Enrolled Nose Work Students). Discount cannot be applied to a workin spot.