About  Holly

Holly started her scent work journey as a narcotics dog handler.  She is now a judge, competitor and coach.  Holly has worked with many breeds of dogs and understands the wide variety of challenges teams face.  As a judge with three venues (AKC, CPE, and NACSW) she has a clear understanding of what is expected at a competitive level. Holly loves helping teams enjoy the journey of nosework. Watching joyful teams exploring and dissecting the challenges of the game has become her favorite pastime. Holly has competed extensively in the sport with her own whippets (2), pit bull, and golden retriever. Her partner, Mahto, is the first whippet to achieve the title of NACSW Elite Champion.

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Seminar topics! 

The Secret Behind the Judges’ Hides

Friday, May 21st, 9 am - 12:00 pm

1/7 working spots available

1/8 audit spots available

Working spots: $130 per team ($5 discount for current KK9 students)

Audit spots: $70 per team ($5 discount for current students)

Have you wondered what a judge considers when placing hides?  Curious about how a judge determines an appropriate search scenario?  Intrigued by hide placement and converging odor?  This is the workshop for you!  Learn how to balance hide placement, appropriate placement of search by level and much more!  Participants will leave with a clear understanding of how hide placement is used to increase challenges as teams progress through the multiple levels of AKC Scentwork.

Private Lessons

Friday, May 21st, 1 - 5 pm

ALL LESSONS ARE FULL - EMAIL FOR WAITLIST

Working spots: $90 per lesson (each lesson is one hour)

Do you have specific holes in your training that you’d like to address?  Sign up for private lessons or share a session with your training partner(s). Hour lessons only

Getting Started in AKC Scentwork

Saturday, May 22nd, 9 am - 12:00 pm

*WORKING SPOTS FULL - EMAIL FOR WAITLIST**

2/6 audit spots available

Working spots: $130 per team ($5 discount for current KK9 students)

Audit spots: $70 per team ($5 discount for current students)

This seminar will offer a broad overview of the rules and strategies that will be central to competition experience.  Most of the presentation in this seminar will happen while participants watch the working teams run novice and advanced searches.  By the end of the session, attendees will be very familiar of the types and sizes of spaces and challenges that they are likely to encounter and will have well-formed ideas about they types of hide placements they should be setting.   

**dogs should have been imprinted with scent before this seminar**

Tricks of the Trade - Multiple Hides and Clearing a room  

Saturday, May 22nd, 1 pm - 4 pm

WORKING SPOTS FULL - EMAIL FOR WAIT LIST 

3/8 audit spots available

Working spots: $130 per team ($5 discount for current KK9 students)

Audit spots: $70 per team ($5 discount for current students)

There are several different philosophies and strategies for training multiple hides and clearing spaces.  In this seminar, we will discuss several different approaches to provide teams with multiple options for advancing their training.    Because all dog and handler teams are different, a deeper toolbox is always better!   Working teams will offer demonstrations of the presented concepts to help clarify techniques and trouble shoot challenges. 

The Puzzles that Matter 

Sunday, May 23rd, 9 am - 12 pm

WORKING SPOTS FULL - EMAIL FOR WAITLIST

1/8 audit spots available

Working spots: $130 per team ($5 discount for current KK9 students)

Audit spots: $70 per team ($5 discount for current students)

Because training time is always limited, Holly has created a top 10 list of her favorite training puzzles so that she and other handlers can easily work through the list to help keep their training in balance.   Having training options handy allows handlers to train even when their creativity or time constraints get in the way.  This is a fun seminar packed full of ideas that can be utilized at home or on the road. 

Let’s Play Detective - Preparing for the Detective Class

Sunday, May 23rd, 1 - 4 pm

WORKING SPOTS FULL - EMAIL FOR WAITLIST

3/6 audit spots available 

Working spots: $130 per team ($5 discount for current KK9 students)

Audit spots: $70 per team ($5 discount for current students)

This seminar will provide you with a solid sampling of the types of challenges you are likely to encounter in competition and ideas to help your team prepare to face those hurdles successfully.  You will gain insight into how judges may visual a search space, consider hide placement options, and design courses that will hopefully remain stable from the first competitor to the last.  Detective class rules and strategies will be discussed throughout the presentation to help you feel more comfortable as you prepare for this exciting class!