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Mountain Nose Work at mountaindogs.org

Workshop with Dana Zinn, CNWI and Sue Sternberg

Dates: Saturday and Sunday, July 13-14, 2019
Times: 9am to 5pm, both days
Location: Zinn Dog Training K9 Nose Work® Center
12200 West 52nd Avenue, Unit 6
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

Presented By: Dana Zinn, CNWI and Sue Sternberg



This workshop will include video footage from other dog sports and video submissions from those attending the workshop as auditors, to demonstrate deliberate and inadvertent communication between dogs and their handlers. Additionally, Dana will set up exercises to highlight handler movement and the dog’s response to better understand what our dogs are communicating “at each moment” and improve our productivity as handlers without diminishing drive and independence. 

You will also be given specific handling tools to increase your ability to listen while simultaneously allowing the dog more freedom to make choices and hunt independently. Sue and Dana deliver this workshop with humor, compassion and enthusiasm knowing that teams will leave with a new way of looking at the search and new tools to strengthen the handler/dog team through the long-term journey of this amazing game. 

Workshop Format:

Both Saturday and Sunday workshops will consist of lecture, discussion and live demonstrations. Working teams will be used to demonstrate the concepts covered during the lectures. Teams of all skill levels are welcome, provided the dog is working on odor. Searches and strategies will be tailored to the level of the working teams.

Working/Audit Entries Available:

10 working spots will be offered on Saturday and Sunday. All spots will be chosen by lottery. You may only register to work one day or the other. If working spots do not fill, or space becomes available, we will have working spots for both days available. Please add to your registration comment section if you would like to work both days if possible. Auditing spots will be limited to 30. 

Raffle and Prizes:

We will be raffling off several prizes including private sessions with some of our top local instructors, and a guaranteed working spot for a future seminar. Never underestimate the benefit of auditing, and don't miss this opportunity to learn from this amazing instructor!

Workshop Fees:

WORKING DOG & AUDIT FEES-                                                                                                                               

Limited Entries Per Day- 12 Working dog teams per day chosen by lottery May 25 2019 and 30 Audits

WORKING/AUDIT- $265.00 (Working teams must audit second day) 
AUDIT- 2 DAYS- $170.00
AUDIT- 1 DAY- $95.00

Refund/Cancellation Policy: 

A full refund minus a $50 processing fee will be given if cancellation is received by June 22 2019. Half of payment minus $50 processing fee will be refunded if cancelled between June 23 2019 and June 29 2019 and NO REFUND for any reasons for cancellations after June 29 2019. 

About Our Presenters- Dana Zinn, CNWI and Sue Sternberg



Dana Zinn has been working with and training dogs since 1999. Her many years of dog training experience include working at the spcaLA as an Animal Behavior & Training Specialist. It was the time working with dogs in the shelter that drew her to the sport of K9 Nose Work®; not only for her own dogs, but for the many dogs in need of a “job” to do.
Dana was involved in the first publicly offered K9 Nose Work® class in Long Beach, CA. She not only participated but eventually assisted in instruction. From there Dana became involved in the development of the K9 Nose Work® instructor certification program. Dana was one of the first participants to be certified as an instructor for the K9 Nose Work® curriculum approved by the National Association of Canine Scent Work, LLC. She is proud to be a founding faculty member and a certifying official for sanctioned NACSW trials across the country. She recently became a Supervising Certifying Official, which means she is involved in the training of new COs for NACSW. Dana also helps with various projects within the NACSW Trial Department.
In regard to K9 Nose Work®, her learning never stops as she continues to teach classes, instruct at camps, and compete in trials. One of her proudest moments was placing first in the 2014 NACSW National Invitational with her dog Kudos. 
Dana moved from California with her family to Golden, Colorado in 2008 and brought the sport of K9 Nose Work® with her. She has delighted in watching the growth of the sport in her community and around the country. We are very fortunate and proud to have Dana “in our own backyard” as our Colorado Nose Work founder and dedicated supporter for the growing activity and sport of K9 Nose Work ® here in Colorado.


Sue Sternberg has traveled the world offering her insight in dog behavior focusing on the shelter or rescue dog and determining the dog’s adoptability for rehoming. She has authored the Assess A Pet system to assist in promoting safe rehoming decisions for shelter and rescue organizations alike. While Sue has often received, stark criticism (even out right physical threats) for her work, she has preserved and still remains an accomplished observer and interpreter of dog behavior. She has been described as a “visual thinker” with great insight reading dogs.
Sue began her career over twenty years ago as a dog control officer in rural Massachusetts. At the ASPCA in New York City, Sternberg counseled the public regarding pet behavior problems, taught volunteers and staff how to safely and humanely handle shelter animals, evaluated the temperaments of shelter dogs, and made recommendations for placement and euthanasia. Since 1993, she has operated a not-for-profit animal shelter in rural New York, where she has developed many innovative programs for the welfare of shelter dogs and the people in surrounding communities. She shares her knowledge of dog behavior on radio talk shows, as a popular speaker at national humane and dog training conferences, and through books and videos available at www.suesternberg.com. Her programs, including Assess-a-Pet, have been used with positive results at shelters across the country and abroad.
It is Sue’s unduanting capacity to “read” our dogs’ (and every dog) and enlighten those of us on the end of the leash, that makes her observations of our dogs doing nose work so invaluable. More recently, Sue began K9 Nose Work® with her two dogs, Chappy and Yeoman, and they quickly became an accomplished dog-hander teams respectively, reaching the Elite level. She is an avid fan of K9 Nose Work® and NACSW™ and we are fortunate to have her expertise shared in workshop.
Sue’s broad background is in the handling and training of dogs. This additionally makes her a valued coach in K9 Nose Work® teamwork and how our handling (on and off leash) affects our dog’s behavior and can help or hinder our success as a nose work search team. 

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