Seminar Description

The canine-human partnership is one of constant two-way communication. When working detector dogs of any type, the handler must learn to be an astute observer of the dog. The dog is the architect of a beautiful drawing of what is happening with odor. The process in which the dog recognizes odor, responds to odor, triangulates odor and/or works out a series of complex odor problems is the process the handler must learn, follow and support.  Every change of behavior in the dog is another brush stroke that progresses the scent picture for the handler. 

The handler’s responsibility is to take in that information and assess its meaning, identify a strategy and support the dog in pursuit of the odor. The subtleties in the changes of behavior are significant as the dog encounters more challenging searches, environments and odor problems. All becoming more challenging under the time pressure in competition.

Through lecture and video review, this seminar will cover the details of dog communication in painting that scent picture. Videos of many kinds of odor problems and environments are included to illustrate how the dog works a problem and what the handler needs to focus on to provide the right support.  The alert is part of a chain reaction of events that create an overall scent picture that the dog must decipher hide by hide.

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.

This seminar is open to all K9 Nose Work® and scent work enthusiasts.

Amy and Seven

In the canine sport world Amy has trained dogs for tracking, agility, sheepherding, protection sports and detection. She competed nationally with her Dutch Shepherd, Maya, and took 3rd place in Narcotics Detection at the Gold Coast K9 Work 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 APR 1 IPO title.  

Amy holds a Bachelor of Science from NYU and is nationally certified through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT). Additionally, she is a graduate of the Balu Academy for Dog Trainers and is a John Rogerson associate here in the U.S.

Her professional memberships and affiliations include the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), Southern California Dog Trainers’ Forum (SCDTF), Southern California Schutzhund Club (SCSC), California Narcotics Canine Association (CNCA) and International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators (IABTI). Amy has given 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.

Amy Herot, CPDT-KA, NACSW Co-Founder
NACSW™ & K9 Nose Work® Co-Founder and Instructor

Amy is a professional K9 trainer and handler and brings over a decade of experience to her work. She has certified teams in Narcotics and Explosives detection 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®, LLC (NACSW™), she has sought to bring that experience to companion dogs and handlers through the development of K9 Nose Work® classes and sport events.

"Dogs in Odor: Painting the Scent Picture"    

An NACSW authorized seminar with NACSW™ Co-Founder, Amy Herot, CPDT-KA

Pasadena Humane Society

361 S. Raymond Avenue

Pasadena, CA 91105

  • March 10, 2019 - Check in at 8:30 AM; Seminar from 9:00 to 5:00 PM.
  • Cost:  Early bird special of $125 if registering by 2/1/2018; $150 if registering after 2/1/2019
  • CEU's:  NACSW - 5 CEU's.  CCPDT - 6 CEU's for trainers. 
  • Refreshments/Lunch - Coffee, water, and snacks will be provided.  Lunch is on your own.  If possible, plan to bring a lunch or research nearby locations before the seminar weekend. The lunch break will be one hour.
  • What to Bring - Please bring your own chairs.  There are some available at Pasadena Humane Society but they are not very comfortable.  Note-taking supplies and a surface to write on.  We may or may not have tables set up for the lecture day.
  • Dog Policy - This seminar is a lecture-style format.  Please leave your dog at home.
  • Video and Audiotaping - Audio and/or videotaping is not permitted.
  • Cancellation Policy - All cancellations MUST be made in writing BY EMAIL ONLY to Julie Riekes at (no phone calls, texts, or other form or communication will serve as a valid cancellation). Your cancellation is not confirmed until you receive an email confirmation from Julie that it has been received. Any cancellations must be made before 6:00 p.m. Pacific time on Sunday, February 17th.  If notice of cancellation is received before the deadline refunds will be given, less a $25 non-refundable administration. If notice is not received before the deadline no refund will be given.  Seminar will take place regardless of weather.