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an NACSW™ approved K9 Nose Work® Workshop

January 10-11, 2015 - Heflin, AL

with Leah Gangelhoff, CNWI

NACSW™ Senior Faculty Member

NOTE: There is an NW1 Trial and two Level 1 Element Specialty Trials (Containers & Vehicles) scheduled for Feb. 14-15, 2015 in Cumming, GA. :) That trial should open for entries about 8-10 weeks before the trial. 

Whether you are trialing for the first time or trying again with your dog for your NW1 Title, this workshop offers the knowledge and practical tools you need to succeed.  This workshop will cover: 

  1. Bullet Trial Day Structure & What to Expect

  2. Bullet  Trial Rules and Etiquette

  3. Bullet  What you need to know about the roles of the Certifying Official, the Judges, and the Element Crew

  4. Bullet  Materials needed to be prepared for the day

  5. Bullet  Line Length – does it matter?

  6. Bullet  Search area variables

  7. Bullet  Covering your search area

  8. Bullet  General handling skills for success

  9. Bullet  Element-specific skills

  10. Bullet  Skills needed by your dog

  11. Bullet  Wind direction and how it affects your search

  12. Bullet  The importance of recognizing how your dog solves scent problems

  13. Bullet  Time pressure

  14. Bullet  Common challenges encountered at the NW1 level

  15. Bullet  Does your dog pinpoint source? Hearing the dreaded, “Where?” from the Judge

  16. Bullet  Strategies for handling trial day jitters

  17. Bullet  Ribbon ceremony agenda

  18. Bullet  …and much more!

Leah Gangelhoff, CNWI is a professional dog trainer and behavior consultant and owner of Flint Hill K-9 Training LLC in Birmingham, AL ( She received her formal education in dog training and behavior, with a particular interest in detection training from Triple Crown School for Dog Trainers in 2001-2002. She has owned and operated her own successful training and behavior business since 2002, both in Los Angeles, CA and Birmingham, AL. Prior to moving back to her home city of Birmingham in 2007, Leah lived and worked in Los Angeles for 16 years during which time she studied under, trained with, and certified dogs to professional level in narcotics detection with K9 Nose Work® co-founders Ron Gaunt & Amy Herot and was a member of their twice-weekly on-going detection training group, logging 10 hours/wk from 2004-2006.

She is a Certified K9 Nose Work® Instructor and an NACSW™ Senior Faculty Member.  Leah currently teaches all levels of K9 Nose Work® Classes in Birmingham, AL, co-teaches K9 Nose Work® workshops and skills clinics with the Co-founders, is active in developing and teaching Continuing Education Programs for CNWI and ANWI, and offers seminars and coaching clinics to handler/dog teams across the country. Leah serves as a Certifying Official (C.O.) and Judge for NACSW™ sanctioned K9 Nose Work® Trials and as a Certifying Official and Judge for K9 Nose Work® Odor Recognition Tests (ORTs). Email Leah to ask about a seminar in your area.

NW1 Trial Preparation Workshop


Prerequisite: All working spot dogs must have been on target odor for at least 6 months and be able to search for non-paired hides. Working dogs need to have their Birch ORT or be entered in an ORT before Feb. 2015 (please ask me about this if you aren’t sure). Working spots are for both days only, however, working handlers may enroll the same dog for both days or a different dog each day. NOTE: Your dog MUST be able to be crated quietly.

Location: Heflin, AL – Address and other details to be distributed to registrants.

Dogs:Auditors must leave your dog(s) at home.  Indoor crating space is available for working spot dogs.

Hours:9am – 5pm each day

Lunch:A very yummy hot lunch (with a vegetarian option), beverages, and snacks will be provided both days.

Registration fee & deadline:  Working spots are limited to 12 and are first come, first served.  Auditing spots are unlimited. (Working spots are for one or both days and can be the same or different dog each day.  One dog per handler per day to allow as many folks to have working spots as possible).  Each day, there will be Powerpoint presentation, video, and working sessions with registered dogs. Which subjects are to be covered each day is TBD (some factors in determining this are enrollment and weather conditions).

Working Spot - 2-day Discount:  $300

Working Spot - 1 Day (Sat or Sun): $175

Auditing Spot – 1-Day: $100

Auditing Spot – 2-Day Discount: $175

Deadline for registration and payment:  Friday, January 2, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. Central

Upon receipt of your registration and payment, you will be sent confirmation and notified as to whether you received a working spot (if that is what you registered for). Please follow up with Leah Gangelhoff if you do not receive confirmation within a reasonable amount of time! If requested, you will be sent information on lodging and dinner restaurants in the area.  There are no hotels in Heflin proper (America’s Best Value Inn still shows on some searches, but is no longer open).  There are several hotels and restaurants in nearby cities of Oxford, AL and Anniston, AL.

Questions? Email or call Flint Hill K-9 at (205) 267-7793.

Cancellation Policy:

All cancellations must be submitted via email only (voice mail or text messages will not be acceptable forms of cancellation), and will be confirmed by return email. Your cancellation will not be valid without a written confirmation of receipt from Flint Hill K-9 Training LLC.

  1. Full refund of seminar fee if cancel by December 12, 2014, 6:00 p.m. Central time - minus $25.00 administrative fee

  2. 50% refund of seminar fee if cancel by Dec. 19, 2014, 6:00 p.m. Central time.

•25% refund of seminar fee if cancel by Dec. 26, 2015, 6:00 p.m. Central time.

•No refunds for cancellations after 6:00 p.m., Dec. 26, 2014 for any reason.

•No refund for no-shows.

•Working spots are non-transferable. If we locate a qualified working team on the wait list that meets the seminar requirements before Dec. 26, 2014 the seminar fee will be refunded in full minus a $50.00 administrative fee. The person originally registered may NOT locate their own replacement.

•Non-working spots may be transferred to another person. The person originally registered is responsible for organizing replacement. The person originally registered MUST give us 24 hours’ notice prior to the event and provide us with the name, phone number and email address of replacement. The person originally registered is responsible for organizing reimbursement. An additional administrative fee of $25.00 applies, to be paid by check, money order or cash to “Flint Hill K-9” by the replacement person at the time of check in.

Flint Hill K-9

Nose Work Fun Search Day!

SUNDAY Nov. 16th, 2014

All spots have been filled - click here to email Leah

to be added to the waiting list

Heflin, AL

This event is for all Nose Work enthusiasts and those interested in finding out more about this ultra-fun dog activity!

Dogs can be on primary reward (food or toy only!) or on target odors. If your dog is on primary only, you and your dog will search at the end of the running order. If your dog is not training in Nose Work yet, you can register as an AUDITOR or as a HELPER and have fun so you can see what this crazy nose work thing is all about!  See schedule below to see what time Helpers must arrive. Read more about K9 Nose Work®.

We will have several search areas with either 1 or 2 hides each that are appropriate for all levels and that can be run blind with help or as known hides. Search areas will be birch only (or food only if still on primary only), however, you may also request at the beginning of your search to have anise and/or clove added.  All hides will be source-able to the dogs - which is great practice for dogs at all levels!


Questions? Contact Leah Gangelhoff:

Once you submit the registration form, a link to pay your registration fee will appear on the confirmation page. Your registration is not complete until your payment is received.