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About Leah ~

​​Leah Gangelhoff, a professional Canine Training and Behavior Specialist since 2001, owns & operates Flint Hill K-9 Training LLC in greater Birmingham, AL offering all levels of obedience and puppy training as well as behavior consultations for serious behavior issues including all types of aggression.

While living in Los Angeles and before the sport of K9 Nose Work® was born, Leah studied under, trained with, and certified dogs in narcotics detection with K9 Nose Work® co-founders Ron Gaunt & Amy Herot beginning in 2004 and was part of a weekly on-going detection training group with Ron, Amy, and third co-founder, Jill Marie O’Brien through 2006.

Leah became the first National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW™) Certified K9 Nose Work® Instructor (CNWI), in the Southeast region in March of 2011. Leah is an NACSW™ Senior Faculty Member, instructs at K9 Nose Work® Training Camps at various locations around the country, teaches seminars and coaching clinics to handler/dog teams across the country, and has been active in developing and teaching Continuing Education Programs for Certified Nose Work Instructors. She also serves as a Certifying Official and Judge for NACSW™ sanctioned K9 Nose Work® Competition Trials and ORTs.

Leah currently teaches all levels of K9 Nose Work® Classes in and around Birmingham, AL and hosts a variety of K9 Nose Work® related events and trials in the region. Leah and her German Shepherd, Konner, have their ELT-CH and she has recently also begun training her new Belgian Tervuren puppy, Zephyr, in K9 Nose Work®.

K9 Nose Work® Workshop 
May 19 & 20, 2018
​​Dardenne  Prairie, MO

Happy Dog Concepts is pleased to host a  K9 Nose Work® workshop with Leah Gangelhoff, CNWI, Certifying Official, Judge and Senior Faculty Member with NACSW.  We are very happy to have Leah come back and work with us!


THE SCENT CHALLENGES WORKSHOP will examine the many different scent pictures encountered in nose work searches at different trial levels. These all present challenges for both the handler and for the dog. Learn ways to help your dog become adept at solving different scent puzzles and learn how you as the handler can recognize these in blind searches and best support your dog so you’re working as a fluid team. 

This seminar is appropriate for all levels of nose work teams on odor.  Searches and strategies will be tailored to the level of the working teams.

  • This is a 2 day workshop
  • Working spots are limited to 10 dog/ handler teams each day
  • ​Working teams will work one day and audit the other day allowing more participants to work with Leah
  • ​Limited to one dog per handler
  • ​Auditor/Observer spots are unlimited.  You may come one or both days.


The price includes the seminar; coffee, water, soda, and light snacks will be provided to the attendees. Lunch is on your own and is NOT provided.  Please plan to bring your lunch.

  • Working Spot (1 day work/1 day audit)  $275
  • Audit/Observer Spot  (2 Day)  $175
  • Audit/Observer Spot  (1 Day)  $100

Registration will not be accepted without payment. A link to register and pay is provided below.

Once all the working spots are filled a waitlist will be maintained.Participants who would like to be considered for a working spot must be willing to audit if they do not make the working list. We cannot take registrations from people who only want to work a dog in order to attend.  After the workings spots have been filled, a waitlist will be maintained of those willing to audit, that would like to be in line, in case a spot opens.  This is a two-day workshop and all participants wanting to be considered for a working spot will need to attend both days. All those registering for a working spot will pay the full 2-day working fee and if you do not make the working spot list, the difference between the working spot fee and the auditor fee will be refunded to you.  At that point you will remain on the waitlist as an auditor in line for a working spot. If a working spot opens and you are next on the list you will be contacted and given 24 hours to accept or decline the working spot and pay the additional amount.  


All cancellations MUST be made in writing BY EMAIL ONLY to Erin Seely at erin@happydogconcepts.com (no phone calls, texts, or other form or communication will serve as a valid cancellation). Your cancellation is not confirmed until you receive an email confirmation from Erin that it has been received. Any cancellations must be made before 6:00 p.m. CT on Fri., April 27, 2018.  If notice of cancellation is received before the deadline a refund will be given, less a $50 non-refundable administration fee for a working spot or $20 per day for an audit/observer spot. If notice is not received before the deadline no refund will be given for any reason unless your spot can be filled by an appropriate similar level candidate on the wait list (the non-refundable administrative fee still applies).


Registration will open Monday, March 19 , 2017 at 11am CT and will close Friday, May 11, 2018 at 3pm CT.  No refunds will be given after this time.  Registration is by online entry and payment will be processed through PayPal only. To register, click below.​