Building the Conservation K9
3:03 PM15:03

Building the Conservation K9

“Training the Conservation Canine”
Location: West Tisbury Library

We all know that dogs have an amazing sense of smell. Scientists have discovered that while the human nose has approximately 6 million scent receptors, the average dog nose has over 300 million. Dogs are an ideal detection tool and are used not only for locating illegal substances and explosives, but also invasive or harmful pests, as well as rare and endangered species of plants and animals. This presentation will give a brief overview of the dog training process from the initial question of “Can a dog be trained to find…” to working in the field to locate a specific target species by odor alone. This event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

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9:30 AM09:30

Getting Started with Basics - sorry! this class is full


learn how to train with your best friend for better behavior

Come on out & learn to have fun while you learn how to train. This is a beginning level obedience class- work on Impulse Control & Frustration Management, Basic Good Manners and a special segment on creating an amazing Come when called.
We will start on laying the right association foundations and then move on to adding the three D’s into your training Distance, Distractions & Duration always with the emphasis of understanding HOW to set your dog up to be successful.

This class is for all dogs older than 5 months.
Class runs for an hour for 5 weeks.

Class size is limited but the fun is not. fill out the contact form for more information and if you would like to attend, register early.

Special note:
Have you been told “ He needs more socialization around other (dogs)(people)?”
Are you concerned about her barking & lunging or fearful behavior when you are out on walks?

If this describes your dog, a class setting for your dog at this time will not be helpful. Dogs who have Personal Space issues with world events around them need special attention in a less stimulating environment. I can help you with this - email for more information.

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6:00 PM18:00

SmartStart Puppy class - sorry! this class is full

Ready to learn how to have fun training with your puppy?

Rollie is a Rough-coated Collie

Rollie is a Rough-coated Collie

come join our class!
6 weeks, 1 hour/ week. We’ll be working on building impulse control, starting the foundations for obedience work, and learning a lot about dogs & dog behavior.
Class sizes are small and can fill rapidly so if you are interested, email today for more information and registration.

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1:00 PM13:00

Raising A RockStar Puppy! with Karen Ogden, CPDT-KA Positive Rewards dog training

WHERE: Oak Bluffs Council on Aging, 21 Wamsutta Ave Oak Bluffs,MA
COST: Free
learn how to raise a puppy with less frustration and develop great foundations for a fantastic adult dog
Raising a puppy IS work- learn how to survive living with the incredible, busy and amazing being that is a puppy.
In this short presentation you learn valuable skills as well as coming away with a better understanding of topics that should be your priority in your relationship with your puppy.

14 week old Hannah chilling while at Falmouth Toyota
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9:00 AM09:00

K9 Nose Work Building Blocks -a 2 part series with Amy Herot, NACSW co-founder

Building and maintaining the versatile and confident K9 Nose Work Dog

A Two-Part Seminar Series

Whether your dog is a professional search/scent dog or sport dog, there are many common traits, skills and working styles that are desirable in a working scent detection dog. Developing a good search dog begins with a training program tailor made for the dog in front of you. The trainer must understand how to adapt the exercises and pace the training speed appropriately for the dog to build and maintain a versatile and confident K9 Nose Work dog.

This two-part seminar series will focus on a large variety of training exercises and the details, variations, and examples of how to adjust the exercises for all skill levels, different types of dogs, and environments. Amy will cover how to set up exercises that build on the dog’s expectations and cumulative learning as well as how to troubleshoot. Learn how and when to adjust your training or shift the environment for success without overstepping to help the dog.

Together, the two-part series (April and September) will provide the handler with a broad picture of developing a well-rounded, versatile and confident scent detection dog. The seminar is intended to be viewed in two integrated segments that, when applied together, will cover baseline exercises, environmental influence and perspective, and troubleshooting exercises for all levels.

Part One: The Exercises
(Saturday, April 6, 2019) 
Part One of this series starts by covering exercises you can do in your everyday training environment. Amy will review various skills and the types/categories of exercises to employ and will illustrate how to adapt and adjust these exercises based on the level and experience of the dog. The emphasis will be on the learning acquisition of skill sets and how to use these exercises as important building blocks for continued development and maintenance training to support all levels of competition.

Part Two: Building Blocks on the Road
(Saturday, September 21, 2019) 
The second part of this series will expand on environment and discuss the process and importance of taking building block exercises (from Part One) on the road for a confident and versatile competition search dog. Amy will discuss how to expand and adapt the exercises outside of your regular training environment all the while supporting the experience level of the dog. She will look at why environment plays an important role in the odor picture for the dog and how to assess what is happening to the odor and to your hide placement. Understanding environment and how it impacts your dog’s ability to solve the problem is key to creating the right building blocks for your dog.

Geared to all levels, this follow up seminar will break down the components that affect the dog’s ability and confidence in a variety of environments, how to manage environmental extremes, what the dog’s behavior in a novel environment reveals about foundational holes or confusion, and what you can do to support your dog.

For registration information go to Dogs of Course and click on the Event Calendar link

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9:00 AM09:00

The Green K9NW Dog; Target odor acquisition, development & maintenance with Amy Herot

November 3, 2018
9:00am - 5:00pm
Good Sports Dog Training
Hudson, MA

This is a non-working seminar (no dogs).

The Green K9NW Dog – Target Odor Acquisition, Development and Maintenance
An NACSW authorized seminar
with NACSW™ Co-Founder, Amy Herot, CPDT-KA

This seminar focuses on the training and development of green dogs (a year or older) from the dog’s introduction to a target odor through solving complex odor problems. The odor ready dog will be an easy and fast transition if you lay the right groundwork. Introduction to odor has many variations and most critical is understanding of the learning conditions, history and environmental impact for that dog.

As the sport of K9 Nose Work has gained in popularity, many ideas, methods, and processes are being shared. Amy will review the developmental benchmarks that would be the standard for a green dog and various processes for working dogs on odor and how to help assess the best training plan for you and your dog. Knowing your dog and being realistic about their abilities will have an effect on their success in learning.

This seminar features dogs that are one year or older and follows some of the dogs featured in The Young K9NW Dog. There will be some highlights for those just getting started in K9NW or considerations for very young dogs. The primary emphasis however will be geared towards behaviorally mature dogs that are getting started on odor and how to cultivate their drive for odor and their continued development to work complex odor problems. Amy will also cover handling and proper management of target odor, expanding the odor repertoire, troubleshooting and fundamentals about odor obedience and importance.

Whether you have your new dog, will be getting one in the future, want to better understand your current dog on odor, or are a K9 Nose Work teacher, this seminar will provide insights and lots of practical information.

to register:

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to Sep 16

A Weekend with Suzanne Clothier

From Maddening to Maturity:  Understanding and Helping the Adolescent Dog
This workshop is designed for anyone who deals with adolescent dogs (aged 4 months to 4 years), their reactivity, impulsivity and the challenges of adolescence.
Saturday, Sept. 15, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Enriched Puppy:  Creating Connected, Confident, Competent and Coordinated Canines
Suzanne’s program for early puppy development, for breeders, for anyone raising or interested in raising puppies birth to 16 weeks, for anyone interested in learning about how environment and social enrichment affects a puppy’s development, and for anyone who loves puppies.  
Saturday, Sept. 15, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm     

What’s The Problem?  Solving the Puzzle of Behavior, Training and Performance
Emphasis on understanding how to tease apart the contributing factors to any issue, and practical approaches and solutions.
Sunday, Sept. 16, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

For more information & registration details

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6:00 PM18:00

Getting Started with Carting - Martha's Vineyard Agricultural Fair

demonstration at the 2018 Martha's Vineyard Agricultural Fair

Saturday August 18      6-6:45 pm       
Location: front lawn across from the Ferris Wheel

Sunday August 19        8:30-9:15 am     
Location: Pulling Ring

Sunday August 19        9:25-10 am
location: front lawn across from the Ferris Wheel

Come learn how to get starting in carting with your dog! 
Please note: this is a demonstration, not a working class.
Dogs are not permitted at the Agricultural Fair except for during the dog show on Sunday.

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All about Snuffle Mats!
1:00 PM13:00

All about Snuffle Mats!

What is a Snuffle Mat?

Imagine a REALLY shaggy mat. Your dog comes up to investigate and discovers "There's food smells in here!" ...and starts pushing the mat leaves aside as he snuffles for those interesting smells.

Welcome to a Snuffle Mat Workshop!  Come and learn not only how to use Snuffle Mats but also how to build one!

Cost for this 2 hour workshop is $15.00 per household

Attendance is limited and pre-registration is required by March 3.

If interested in attending, please go to the Contact page and fill out and submit. Places are held on a first come basis.

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