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K9 Nose Work® Workshop 
May 12 & 13, 2019
​​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!

Preparing Your Dog for Elite: What You Can Do Now

Given that the Elite Division of NACSW™ trials is relatively new, many of us did not know what we would be seeing in order to begin building certain skills into our dogs and ourselves as handlers. Now that we know, we can begin through thoughtful training to best prepare for Elite. We can also learn to avoid certain common, undesirable "issues" that can develop when trialing at Elite. It is important to understand this building process so that we do not over-face our dogs while working on these skills. This seminar will cover techniques that can help you develop a training plan to prepare your dog for what they will encounter in Elite Division trials.

Working spots in this seminar are suitable for ALL dogs with good odor obedience (meaning that the desire to get to target odor overrides the rest of the environment), no matter at what level they are currently trialing - NW1/NW2/NW3.

Suitable for auditors at any level.

This seminar is arranged so that day 2 follows day 1 in development of the team.  

  • This is a 2 day workshop and the same dog must be worked both days.
  • Working spots are limited to 10 dog/ handler teams.
  • ​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 (2 Day)  $375
  • 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 11am CT on Wednesday, May 1, 2019.  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, February 18 , 2019 at 11am CT and will close Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 11am CT.    Registration is by online entry and payment will be processed through PayPal only. To register, click below.​

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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 begun trialing her  Belgian Tervuren , Zephyr, in K9 Nose Work®.