Nose Work Seminar and Workshop


Fred Helfers, Master Trainer

  • 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?

Sign-up for this 2-Day Nose Work Seminar and Workshop with Fred Helfers. Click date below to register.

October 26-27, 2019: Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Seminar Details



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. 

  • 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.


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.  


Speaker Details

Fred Helfers- Credentials

  • Certified Nosework Instructor (CNWi), Juudge and certifying official for the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW)

  • Past president of Washington State Police Canine Association

  • Founding President of Pacific Northwest Police Dog Association (PNWK9)

  • Founding member of Scientific Working Group on Dog and Orthogonal Factors (SWGDOG)

  • Member Dogs and Sensors subcommittee of the Organization of Scientific Agencies Committee (OSAC)

  • Retired police narcotics detective

  • Founder of Canine Detection Services kennel - trained drug detection dogs for police agencies in PNW. 

For a more in-depth bio click here


$70- $450


CCPDT- Approved for 20.0 CEU’s (CPDT-KA 20, CPDT-KSA Knowledge 8.00, CPDT-KA Skills 12.00)  NACSW- 3 Hours of CEU per day for CNWI's in attendance 

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