For all competitors, volunteers

and judges: 

For more information call:

Judy Rivard • 954-647-1079

Lisa Hamburg • 954-415-8132

​​​Trial Location:
St. Maurice Catholic Church
441 NE 2nd St., Dania Beach, FL  33004


January 4th, 2020

  • Do you and your dog participate in Nose Work®, Barn Hunt, Tracking, or Scent Detection work and want to improve your skills in reading your dog and being a better team?
  • Do you want to learn more about your dog’s nose and all that it can do?
  • Do you want to know how odor works and how it impacts your dog?

Saturday AM (no dogs please):

This classroom only seminar will provide thought provoking and enlightened training techniques for the dog and handler. The presentation will also discuss the theory behind the facets of building a successful nosework dog team. Utilizing work sheets the student will be able to quickly learn how to memorialize their observations into written formats.

The seminar will cover the following subjects:

  • Understanding a Detection Dog Training Program - Developing training goals for you and your dog by implementing a regular training program. 
  • Training on Converging Odors – Using this exercise to educate your dog and yourself. 
  • Inaccessible Hides - How to increase your dog’s drive to focus on the source. 
  • Hide Placements - Learn the realities of hide placements. How you can use hide placements to educate yourself and your dog. 
  • Building independence and hunt drive while working your dog on leash. 
  • How to obtain confidence as a detection dog handler. Learn how your behavior and mindset as a handler influences your detection dog.

 The seminar will be presented using video reviews of professional and Nosework dog teams in conjunction with power point presentations.  This is a classroom presentation for humans only - no dogs please.

Saturday PM (no dogs please): 

The Nosework dog handler must learn to interpret their dog’s behavior when detecting odor molecules.  The handler should have an understanding of the dog’s olfactory system and the odor molecules the dog detects. This seminar is for everyone who has a dog and is interested in how dogs use their nose to detect odors. This part of the seminar will cover the areas of Canine Olfaction, how the canine nose works, scent discrimination, factors effecting odors and utilizing your knowledge of Odors and Olfaction in K9 Nose Work®.


Fred Helfers will provide field instruction to the handlers on how to build their foundational handling skills to the finesse handling skills that are required in competition. These training sessions will assist each nosework handler in identifying and strengthening those problem areas of handling their dog.

This day will be limited to 6 teams in the morning and 6 teams in the afternoon with unlimited auditor spots with both half day and full day options.

Do you have specific issues in your nosework training for which you'd like to find direction?  Is your handling keeping your team from meeting its full potential?  

This is a great option for instructors who wish to learn from Fred's problem solving with others, or for those who do not feel that their dogs would excel in a private session but may still be seeking ideas for their training.  NACSW and CPDT CEUs are pending.


Dates: Saturday, October 26 and Sunday, October 27, 2019
Times: 9am to 5pm, both days

           Registration begins at 8:15AM both days​

Location:  Fort Lauderdale Police Officers Association Hall

                4500 SW 13th St.
                Fort Lauderdale, FL 33317


  • Saturday full day (No Dogs) $150 
  • Sunday Half Day Audit Morning $75
  • Sunday Half Day Audit Afternoon $75
  • Sunday Full Day Audit $125​

CCPDT- Approved for 20.0 CEU’s (CPDT-KA 20, CPDT-KSA Knowledge 8.00, CPDT-KA Skills 12.00) 
NACSW- Pending 

Cancellation Policy - Refunds up to 30 days before event

Other Details -
Coffee, tea, water and light snacks provided

  • Lunch will be on your own. 
  • If you would like to bring your own lunch, paper products will be provided.

What to Bring:

  • Paper/pen to take notes
  • Please dress in layers for comfort and wear closed toe shoes
  • If bringing a dog to a working spot on Sunday, dogs will be crated while awaiting their turn. Please bring a crate, a water bowl, and excellent dog treats that can be consumed quickly.

Misc. Items

  • Saturday is a people only event except for service animals and on Sunday, only those dogs with a working spot will be allowed.
  • My cell is 585-905-8281 if you have any questions during our weekend, text or call if you need anything
  • Email​ with any questions or concerns 

Come join us for a group dog walk led by

Certified Professional Dog Trainers 

Don’t avoid challenging situations, face them head on. 
With the help of a professional trainer and a supportive peer

group you can Master The Walk.

Improve your dog handling skills. Your dog will learn to 
focus on you, rather than other dogs, and have fun doing it!

2-Day Nose Work Seminar and Workshop with Fred Helfers
October 26-27, 2019
Fort Lauderdale Police Officers Association Hall
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Co-Sponsored by: Paws 4 Fun, Dog Blessed Training and The Loose Leash Academy

​​​For urgent needs call: (954) 647-1079 We'll be happy to help! 


Performance Scent Dogs Scent Detection Trial

Is It Still Winter??

 Dog Training

Birch, Anise and Clove

Trial Classes Offered:
Buildings, Exteriors, Speed, Distance and Containers

Levels Offered:
Novice, Advanced, Excellent

Divisions Offered:
FEO, Standard and Metallic

TOTs: $25 each   •  Class Entry Fees: $20 each

Entry open date: November 1st, 2019

Entry close date: December 21st, 2019 @ noon or when classes fill

Entries are limited and accepted on a first received basis until classes fill.