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Leah Gangelhoff/Flint Hill K-9 Training

is excited to present:

The Scenting

Language of Dogs


An NACSW authorized 2-day Workshop Experience

with Amy Herot, CNWI and 

NACSW™ & K9 Nose Work® Co-Founder

November 16-17, 2024

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

Fultondale, AL

Location details provided upon registration


CEUs: NACSW – 9 CEUs per day for CNWI


As a "sequel" to Amy's Dogs in Odor workshop, The Scenting Language of Dogs presents a deep dive into understanding how dogs work the scent picture and solve odor problems with the focus on identifying and understanding the meaning of changes in the dog’s behavior. Amy will discuss common body movement, giving the handler a vocabulary to help interpret what the dog is doing as he interacts with the environment. Terms like sponging, convergence, windshield wiper, sorting, head snap, and the skirt will become the vocabulary to organize and decode the language of understanding how dogs “communicate” through their natural movements.


This guide to understanding body movement provides a practical approach to improving observational skills that will then allow for faster more useful ways to respond to and support the dog.


Join Amy in this two day workshop experience as she breaks down components of common search dog body language to improve our literacy, and develop fluency, in the dog’s language of odor detection. Through lecture, video, and live demonstrations on Saturday, Amy will take you on a guided tour of odor detection and reading your dog. On Sunday, the working teams will have an opprotunity to explore how their own dogs are communicating with real time commentary and observation from Amy's skilled eye. 


Amy is one of the country’s most experienced K9 Nose Work® instructors and has worked with thousands of dog and handler teams, including many of the top competitive teams. As an NACSW Certifying Official and Judge, she has also reviewed hundreds of trials that have provided important insights into training and handling for success.



Participating dogs do NOT need a title in order to participate, BUT...

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

  • Should have a very good drive for target odor over environmental distractions

  • Should have spent plenty of training time working hides that are not/no longer paired with food

  • Should be comfortable working in front of a larger group of people than just a regular class


Dogs NOT suitable for a Working Spot: 


  • Dogs who have less experience or understanding of odor

  • Dogs who can become easily distracted by the environment

  • Dogs who are environmentally sensitive or bark at/aggress toward/react to people

  • Dogs who are more than mildly reactive with other dogs 


Dogs with the issues above would not be well suited for a working spot given that it typically takes some time to work through those things and it would possibly be too stressful for them, so we ask that you don’t request a working spot. 

CRATING: Working dogs may opt to car crate and have priority parking next to building and there will also be indoor crating available for working dogs only. Please bring whatever your dog needs to be made comfortable and cool/warm enough in between working exercises. Dogs in attendance MUST be able to stay quietly in their crates when out of sight from their handlers.




  • EARLY BIRD - register by 5:00 p.m. Central time, Aug. 7, 2024: 
    - $295.00 for BOTH days (for Auditors and Working Spot registrants at the time of registration)
    - Early Bird Registrants will receive *Priority* for Sunday Working Dog Spots  


  • After 5:00 p.m. Central time, Aug. 7, 2024:
    - $325 for BOTH days (for Auditors and Working Spot registrants at the time of registration)
    - Deadline for Working Spot consideration is 5:00 p.m. Central on Oct. 1, 2024
    - Deadline for Auditor only Registration is 5:00 p.m. Central on Nov. 8, 2024. 




  • $110.00 Will be due when notified that your dog has been chosen - Working spots will be chosen on
    Oct. 22, 2024 and emails notifying owners of chosen dogs along with a link to pay the extra $110.00 will go out that day.




  • At the time of registration, all participants will pay a workshop fee of $295.00 (registered by 5:00 p.m. Central Aug. 7, 2024) or $325 (after 5:00 p.m. Central Aug. 7, 2024), for both days as listed above. 

  • 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. All entered dogs will be considered and Early Bird registrants will get priority for Sunday Working spots. 

  • Please do not submit your dog for consideration if you do not plan to accept the spot when contacted after Oct. 22. We need an accurate count of the available dogs. This means YOU if you would ditch the seminar for a trial entry! Right now, there are no trials scheduled for our region that weekend, but that could change. I understand how valuable trial spots are, but the VALUE of educational time with Amy cannot be stressed enough! Those of you who have attended a Seminar or Camp with Amy in the past would, I'm sure, agree with this!

  • Sunday Working Teams will be chosen on Oct. 22 (after the workshop cancellation deadline), and closer to the worskhop 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 on Oct. 22 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. Waitlisted handlers/dogs will be notified on or after Oct. 22 of their position on the waitlist. 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. 




CANCELATION POLICY: All cancelations must be in writing by email to LEAH@FLINTHILLK9.COM. 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@FLINTHILLK9.COM. 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 Central time on Oct. 18, 2024 will receive a full refund minus $25 processing fee.

  • Cancelations received after noon Central time on Oct. 18, 2024 will NOT be refunded for any reason as this type of registration does not generate a wait list.


If you are unable to attend after the Cancellation deadline, Working spots are not transferable and the next person on the Wait List will get priority for the spot. You MAY sell your AUDITOR registration to someone, however. In order for that person's purchased registration from you to be valid, you MUST contact LEAH GANGELHOFF in writing by email to LEAH@FLINTHILLK9.COM at least 48 hours before 8:00 a.m. Central 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.


REFRESHMENTS:  Water, beverages, and snacks will be provided.  Lunch is on your own.


RESPIRATORY CONTAGION POLICY: If you are sick (running a fever, or in the first 7 days of sneezing, coughing, or have a runny nose), please do NOT attend the workshop! We do not want what you have. We are trusting that you will test yourself for COVID-19 if you are symptomatic. Refunds will not be given after the Cancellation deadline for illness. You may attend if you are in the end stages (past the 7th day), of a respiratory illness or have tested negative for COVID after a postive test in the previous 10 days, and if you are still clearly sniffling and/or coughing, we will require that you wear a mask while in attendance. Please bring your own mask or one WILL be provided for you. Again, we are counting on your honesty in these situations! 


AUDIO/VIDEO TAPING: NO Audio or Videotaping of any portion of the seminar will be allowed, with one exception: ONLY ONE other video camera (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 of working dogs may only be posted on social media if the sound has been removed with video editing software (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, their own 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. 







About the Presenter: 

Amy Herot, Co-Founder NACSW® and K9 Nose Work®


Amy is co-Founder of NACSW and the sport and activity of K9 Nose Work. As President of NACSW’s Trial Division, she oversees the growing sport side of NACSW.  She is also a primary Education Division instructor, along with her colleague, Jill Marie O’Brien for the NACSW Certified Nose Work Instructor Program.


As a professional K9 trainer and handler, Amy brings over twenty years of experience to her work. She has certified teams in Narcotics and Explosives and has logged over 1,500 instructional hours in detection dog training. In the canine sport world Amy has trained dogs in tracking, agility, sheepherding, protection sports, and detection. She has competed nationally with her Dutch Shepherd, Maya and took 3rd place in Narcotics Detection at the Gold Coast K9 Working Dog Trials and 1st place, open division, at the Oxnard Police K9 Foundation Inaugural Trial, 2009. Her Belgian Malinois, Seven, is a nationally certified explosives detection dog and took 1st place in the Explosives Building Search at the 2009 Ventura County Sheriff's K9 Trial and holds an APR1 title.


Amy holds a Bachelor of Science from NYU and maintained CPDT-KA certification for fifteen years. Additionally, she is a graduate of the Balu Academy for Dog Trainers and was a John Rogerson associate here in the U.S.  Her professional memberships and affiliations have included the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), Southern California Dog Trainers’ Forum (SCDTF), Southern California Schutzhund Club, International Police Canine Association (IPCA) and International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators (IABTI). Amy has dedicated 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 also the owner of the Los Angeles based company, All Good Dogs, LLC, which offers detection and training services and is a supplier of K9 Nose Work Products.

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