Peninsula Dog Fanciers' Club

Presents:

Fred Helfers – Scentwork/Nosework Seminar

“From Foundation to Finesse” practical workshops
August 5th – 7th, 2022

Fred Helfers is a retired police narcotics detective who began handling and training detection dogs in 1982. Fred established the Canine Detection Services Kennels in 1984 and trained drug detection dogs for police agencies in the Pacific Northwest. He has trained hundreds of detection dog teams in the United States, Australia, Canada, and Brazil. Fred has also trained detection dogs for insects, natural gas, and accelerants.

Fred Helfers will provide class and field instruction to the handlers on how to build from foundational handling skills to the finesse handling skills that are required in competition. These training sessions will assist the Nosework/Scentwork handler in identifying and strengthening the teams foundation work and addressing problem areas when handling their dog.

Utilizing a field and class training concept this workshop will focus on the following:

  • Reviewing the foundation of your dogs training
  • Understanding your role as a handler in the foundation of the teams training
  • Overview of Odor theory from Olfaction and Odor class
  • Overview of handler error traits and how to train to problem solve work these areas

Auditory and Working Spots are available. Please add each time slot you are wishing to attend to your cart. Complete checkout to guarantee your spot. Only 6 working spots are available for each time slot, you may sign up for as many as you wish.

 

Pricing & Descriptions of workshops:

  • Whole Weekend Package (Friday – Sunday All Sessions, Auditory only)  – $300.00
  • Friday All Day Seminar (Auditory Only) – $125.00
  • Saturday Morning (Auditory only) – $50.00
  • Saturday Morning Working (Working spot with your dog) – $175.00
  • Saturday Afternoon (Auditory only) – $50.00
  • Saturday Afternoon Working (Working spot with your dog) – $175.00
  • Sunday Morning (Auditory only) – $50.00
  • Sunday Morning Working (Working spot with your dog) – $175.00
  • Sunday Afternoon (Auditory only) – $50.00
  • Sunday Afternoon Working (Working spot with your dog) – $175.00

Friday, August 5th, 2022 – 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Lunch 12:00 – 1:00):
Olfaction and Odor Seminar

  • Understanding the Canine Olfactory system – how the canine nose works
  • Breathing vs. Sniffing
  • Theory of scent discrimination
  • The Odor molecule – Factors influencing odor
  • Temp – Wind – Humidity – Environment
  • Utilizing your knowledge of Odors and Olfaction when working a scent detection canine
  • Training scenarios and environmental issues

This seminar is designed for the detection dog handler who is interested in how dogs use their nose to detect odors. This 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 the field of K9 detection


Saturday August 6th, 2022 – 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Lunch 12:00 – 1:00):
Foundation to Finesse Practical Workshop

    • Container Exercises

Saturday August 6th, 2022 – 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Lunch 12:00 – 1:00):
Foundation to Finesse Practical Workshop

    • Vehicle Exercises

Sunday August 7th, 2022 – 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Lunch 12:00 – 1:00):
Foundation to Finesse Practical Workshop

    • Exterior Searches

Sunday August 7th, 2022 – 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Lunch 12:00 – 1:00):
Foundation to Finesse Practical Workshop

    • Interior Searches