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Drive & Control:
The Perfect Balance

a 2-Day Workshop Experience with Amy Herot, CNWI

March 4-5, 2023

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. both days

Gwinnet County Fairgrounds

2405 Sugarloaf Parkway

Lawrenceville, GA 30045

Hosted by Flint Hill K-9/Leah Gangelhoff and Kathy Pierce

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The K9 Nose Work philosophy of training is dog driven at it's core. The activity was, after all, developed for dogs to have an outlet for their instinctive abilities. It's always been a primary objective to provide dogs a safe and enjoyable environment in which to enjoy the activity of nose work and work at their own pace.


In the competition arena teams must navigate the challenges of environment, time pressure, and complicated odor pictures. Our job as handlers is to 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. 




Registration is for the full 2-day event. 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 three 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. If you are auditing only (not submitting a dog), and can truly only attend one day, then before registering please contact Leah [text her at (205) 267-7793] for details. We are not offering a one day registration price for those submitting a dog for consideration. You are free to submit a dog for consideration and attend only one day, however, the registration cost will be the same as for a 2-day registration (please write "Saturday only" or "Sunday only" in the "Comments" section of your Registration Form). 


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

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

  • 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 (there will be livestock smells at the event site), would not be well suited for a working spot given that it typically takes some time to work through those things. 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 as it would possibly be too stressful for them, so we ask that you don’t request a working spot.

Dogs will need to be comfortable and quiet crated in a kennel or staying in the car. Please bring whatever your dog needs to be made comfortable and cool/warm enough in between working exercises.


Dogs MUST be able to stay quietly in their vehicles when out of sight from their handlers.



At the time of registration, all participants will pay a workshop fee of $295.00 for both days 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 Feb. 20, 2023 (after the cancellation deadline), and closer to the worskhops to ensure availability. If you have not received a working spot for an Amy seminar in our region in the past, we will make every effort to include you this time if possible. Teams selected for a working spot will be notified by email including a link to submit the additional $110 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. Please be sure to read the cancellation policy below before registering.


  • $295.00 for BOTH days at the time of registration (deadline for Working Spot consideration is Feb. 13, 2023 and deadline for Auditor only pre-registration is Feb. 24, 2023). 

  • $350.00 cash ONLY (checks not accepted) for Auditor spots only at the door on the day of if not pre-registered by the Auditor deadline listed above.  

ADDITIONAL FEE FOR WORKING SPOT IF DOG IS CHOSEN - Due when notified that your dog has been chosen (spots chosen Feb. 20, 2023):

  • $110.00



  • NACSW – 9 CEUs per day for CNWI


REFRESHMENTS – Beverages and snacks will be provided.  Lunch is on your own.



Masks may be required or optional depending on policy at time of event. EVERYONE IN ATTENDANCE is asked to take a COVID test each morning before arrival at the fairgrounds. If your test is POSITIVE ON SATURDAY the morning of the event, you must contact and speak with (A TEXT WILL NOT SUFFICE TO CONSIDER A REFUND - YOU MUST SPEAK WITH) Leah at (205) 267-7793 or Kathy at (770) 402-1901 before 8:00 a.m. Eastern time that morning. The possibility of a partial refund minus a processing fee can be discussed at that time and you will not be permitted to attend Sunday, of course. If you are POSITIVE ON SUNDAY, we are sorry, but NO refunds will be issued and you will not be permitted to attend. 


AUDIO/VIDEO TAPING: 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.


PHOTOS: 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. 


CANCELATION POLICY: All cancellations must be in writing by email to  No other forms of communication for cancelation will be accepted. Your cancelation is only confirmed if you receive a written confirmation in return from Leah. We are not responsible for lost or unreceived emails. It is your responsibility to follow up if you do not receive a response within 48 hours. A confirmation of cancelation will be emailed back to you within 48 hours. Cancelations by noon Eastern time on Feb. 17, 2023 will receive a refund minus $25 processing fee. Cancelations received after noon Eastern time on Feb. 17, 2023 will NOT be refunded for any reason as this type of registration does not generate a wait list.


If you cannot attend and you sell your registration to someone, you MUST contact Leah in writing by email to at least 72 hours before 8:00 a.m. Eastern time of the first day of the event in order to remove your name from the attendance list and add them. Your email must contain the new attendee's name, email address, and cell number for them to be added to the attendance list.  Leah will send a confirmation of the change to both of you within 24 hours. We are not responsible for lost or unreceived emails. It is your responsibility to follow up if you do not receive a response. Only persons listed on the attendee list will be granted entry unless they pay $350 in cash on the morning of attendance. 


About the Presenter

Amy Herot

K9 Trainer and Behavior Consultant, Owner All Good Dogs, LLC, 

Co-Founder National Association of Canine Scent Work, LLC and K9 Nose Work®


Amy 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.

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