K9 Nose Work Problem Solving Skills Workshop with Laura Yurchak, CPDT-KA, CNWI

Saturday and Sunday February 29th and March 1st ,2020

Hosted by Ideal DOG LLC at: Pickett Community Center 6687 State Rd. 44

Pickett, WI 54964

9:30 am-4:30 pm each day (with a 30-45 minute lunch break)

This workshop will include new techniques for video analysis and review of the working teams.  Teams will be coached on working a variety of levels/challenges. Approved by CCPDT for 16 CEUs for Certified Professional Dog Trainers. The topics planned to be covered are:

Situational Awareness – the understanding and awareness of what’s going on around you at any given time.  Now let’s apply this to the search areas in nose work.

Mental Management – Learn some tips on how to mentally prepare for practice and competition.  This is helpful for those of us that have “trial nerves”.  It will give you more control over those nerves.

Building Blocks – No matter what level you are at in your nose work adventure you can benefit from the knowledge you gain from watching dogs work with pooling, trapping, and elevated hides. The exercises we will do will be fun puzzles for you and your dog to be able to set up at home or in classes. 

Goals are to help you gain confidence in reading your dog, getting your dog into places without presenting and setting up exercises to help your dog problem-solve no matter what the challenge. 

About your presenter:

Laura Yurchak, CPDT-KA, CNWI

Laura began her animal care career in 1994 as a Pet Care Technician and Groomer. In 2004 she opened Loving Paws LLC Dog Training. She became a Certified Professional Dog Trainer in April of 2005. In late 2009, Laura was intrigued by an article she read in the Whole Dog Journal about the sport of K9 Nose Work. Laura took a working spot at an Intro to K9 Nose Work seminar with the NACSW founders Ron and Amy. Soon after, the certification course was offered and the rest is history. Laura became a Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI) in 2011. She was the first NACSW K9 Nose Work trial host in Wisconsin in 2012.  Since then she has hosted numerous K9 Nose Work trials, ORTs and workshops. She has been the judge and a certifying official for numerous ORTs. Laura joined the NACSW Certifying Official (CO) program in 2015.  Laura owns, operates and instructs classes for Loving Paws LLC Dog Training in Kenosha WI.  Laura enjoys her spare time with her husband George and their three wonderful dogs Harley, Lucy and Zeke

 COST:  Working spot $120/day limited to 7 teams each day- limited to one day working per team to allow for many teams to work with Laura. Teams should be on all NACSW and AKC odors. Working spots are FULL

Audit spot: $65/day -4 audit spots open each day- Register here

 Parking: The Community Center has a parking lot on both sides of the building. Please park on the west side of the building as long as there are spots open. Parking along the front of the building and east side of the building is ok as long as the driveway is not blocked. You may enter from either driveway (east and west). The west driveway is a steep incline, so if we have snow or ice, come in the east driveway.

 Entry: Please enter through the main entrance doors on the west side of the building. Ideal DOG staff will be in the lobby greeting people and directing them/helping them.

 Crating: Participants are encouraged to crate indoors if your dog can be relaxed and quiet while waiting turns. Please be sure to bring a blanket to cover your dog’s crate if you anticipate occasional distracted barking. Chairs are available, but if you are picky or prefer your own, please bring a chair. We will be following NACSW rules regarding dogs, so be respectful of each other’s space needs.

 Check in: starts at 8:30 am daily- you are welcome to leave crates/chairs overnight Saturday if you’d like. Please leave your non working spot dogs at home. Contact Lynsie for special arrangements as needed. Thanks!

 LUNCH: Bring Your Own Lunch OR cash order options( we will take your lunch order at check in)

Light refreshments and snacks will be available all day each day. Please be sure to let us know your requests! Soda? Coffee? Special Diet needs?

Lunch break will be held mid day at a time that works well for Laura to give us a break, likely around 12:30-1:00 pm.

 Video and Pictures: This workshop will include new techniques for video analysis and review of the working teams. This means that video and pictures will be taken of you and your dog working as part of Laura’s presentation. No videotaping of other participants dogs is allowed, and best efforts will be made to not video tape those who wish to not be. No public sharing, or posting on social media is allowed. Video is for the educational purposes of the workshop and individual use only. Thank you for your cooperation.

 4:30 pm: We will wrap up at 4:30 pm daily. On Saturday night we invite you to get together for dinner. Time and Location: TBD


Did we forget a detail? Questions?  Please contact Lynsie by email : lynsie@idealdogtrainer.com


Looking forward to this great opportunity for learning! Happy Sniffing!