Dogs in Odor - Painting the Scent Picture - by Amy Herot, CPDT-KA

NACSW™ & K9 Nose Work® Co-Founder and Instructor


Hosted by HengTen K9 
When: November 2nd is Dogs in Odor Presentation - Lecture/Video $125

​           November 3rd is Dogs in Odor Working Day - 12 Working Dogs $175 (Lottery process and working fee

Auditing for Saturday and Sunday $175

Where: HengTen K9 in Leander TX. (Sunday location near Leander facility)



Dogs in Odor

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 Herot, CPDT-KA - ​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.

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. www.allgooddogs.biz​Type your paragraph here.

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