2-Day Nose Work Seminar and Workshop with Fred Helfers
October 26-27, 2019
Fort Lauderdale Police Officers Association Hall
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Co-Sponsored by: Paws 4 Fun, Dog Blessed Training and The Loose Leash Academy
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?
TRAINING FOR SUCCESS
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.
OLFACTION AND ODORS
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®.
FOUNDATIONS TO FINESSE
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. NACSW and CPDT CEUsare pending.
FredHelfers - Bio
Fred Helfers began working detection dogs in the early eighties. After a short stint with the US Border Patrol working on the southern US / Mexico border, Fred got to see firsthand how effective dogs were at detecting contraband. He soon realised that working for the US Border Patrol was not for him and moved to Washington State to work with a municipal Police department, north of Seattle WA. Already training and hunting with Brittany Spaniels, Fred knew that dogs had good noses, but never really knew how dogs worked odour sources.
For over 22 years Fred worked in undercover narcotics and it was during his early years on the department that Fred wrote a proposal for the first drug detection dog for that agency. The proposal was accepted and Fred entered the world of detection dogs. Completing training in 1982 with his first dog Sammy (a Black Labrador Retriever), Fred and Sammy were the only drug detection unit between Seattle and the Canadian Border, and, as such, were very busy. Working as a detective in the drug unit, Fred worked and trained regularly with the local US Customs dog team. For the next 8 years Fred and Sammy worked between Seattle and the Canadian border, detecting over a million dollars in US currency (drug proceeds) and multiple large quantities of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and cannabis.
As Fred’s reputation and expertise became recognised, he was approached by many Police agencies to train detection dogs and handlers. So, in 1984, Fred opened a police detection dog training facility on 8 acres north of Seattle WA. His reputation for training drug detection dogs and their handlers had then spread to other states in the Pacific Northwest of the US.
While still working as a police detective, Fred would train detection dogs in the morning then go to work as a police detective. He became President of the Washington State Police Canine Association and for over two terms was able to influence, administer and oversee certifications for drug detection dogs in WA State.
Fred’s passion for detection dogs was widely known by this time and eventually he began training accelerant detection dogs for fire departments in Washington State. Fred trained a little chocolate Labrador Retriever, named Maggie for accelerant detection. During Maggie’s first field application, Maggie and her handler, Larry Micheau were dispatched to a triple homicide fire scene. Fred also went along for the dog application, to assist the fire marshal, Larry Micheau. Maggie detected minute traces of accelerants that proved crucial
in the conviction of a woman on three counts of aggravated homicide. Fred testified for over five hours, educating the court and jurors on how detection dogs were trained and detected odours. Fred was easily qualified and received court recognition as an expert in detection canines.
In 1990, sadly, Sammy passsed away due to cancer. It was a great loss for Fred as is the passing of any family member, let alone your partner who is with you almost every day of your life. Fred recognised that Sammy taught him so much about the ability of dogs to detect odours and yet Fred had so much more to learn.
By the early 90's fred's reputation for training quality detection canines and their handlers was being recognised throughout the United States and Canada. Fred was approached by the Oregon State Department of Agriculture for a pilot program on insect detection. Fred successfully trained a dog and handler for the detection of Gypsy moth egg mass detection and Japanese beetle larvae detection.
Fred was contracted by the Oregon State Police for drug detection canine training and became that agency’s detection canine trainer for over 20 years.
Other detection dog training challenges soon presented themselves. He was approached by a large utility company wanting to explore the possibility of training a detection dog for the detection of natural gas leaks from their pipeline network. Fred was familiar with the pipeline work done by Canadian dog trainer, Glen Johnson and agreed to an 18 month project. Training a dog to identify the signature odour (Butyl Mercapton) of natural gas was easy and the dog responded readily to the game of finding the odour source. More challenging was to train the dog in both urban and rural environments. After 12 weeks of training the dog was ready to be assigned a handler and placed into the field. After 18 months of highly successful work, identifying gas pipeline leaks throughout the Pacific Northwest, the pilot program was closed down. Fred was perplexed that a highly successful detection dog would be pulled from service, however the answer was very simple. The natural gas detection dog was too effective!
The dog (a black Labrador Retriever) was detecting gas leaks from natural gas pipeline leaks that were located 20 to 25 ft buried underground. It was explained that the dog was detecting minimal gas leaks of less than 2ppm (parts per million). The cost to the utility company to dig up the pipeline leak was highly expensive versus the minimal hazard to public safety, and or, loss of revenue. So a highly successful dog program was shut down because the dog was simply too good at its job!
By this time Fred had trained another drug detection dog “Corky” and was working her, assigned to a drug investigation task force. K9 Corky worked with Fred for over 8 years, detecting drugs and proceeds of crime (currency) before being retired and spending her senior years as a family dog with Fred and his wife.
In 1998 Fred organised the formation of the Pacific Northwest Police Detection Dog Association. An association of law enforcement dog handlers formed to promote the training and certification of police detection dog handlers from throughout the Pacific Northwest and Canada. Fred was elected as the founding President of that association.
Because of his extensive background in detection dogs, Fred was being recognised for his expertise by many different police training programs and travelled extensively throughout the United States, Canada and Brazil, conducting training seminars and workshops on detection dog training and handlers.
Fred has also been called upon to judge many different detection dog competitions ranging from the World Police and Fire games in Vancouver, Canada to judging at the 2014 National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW®) National Invitational K9 Nose work® trials in Santa Rosa California.
In 2004 Fred retired from police work and closed his kennel / police training facility. Fred turned the business over to a much respected employee and contracts with her to teach canine handler classes to police officers. Over the 20 years that Fred operated his commercial training facility he trained several hundred police canines and their handlers, though training courses, seminars and workshops.
In 2005 Fred was selected to be a member of the Scientific Working Group on Dog and Orthogonal Factors (SWGDOG. org). One of 55 national and international scientists, trainers and practitioners, developing public safety detection dog best practices. That work continued for over 7 years. Recently in 2014, Fred was again selected to continue the work of SWGDOG by being accepted as part of a 20 member subcommittee of the OSAC (Organization of Scientific Action Committee) which is part of the US National Institute of Standards and Training (NIST) and governed by the US Department of Commerce.
K9 Nose work®
“Inspired by working detection dogs, K9 Nose Work is the fun search and scenting activity for virtually all dogs and people. This easy to learn activity and sport builds confidence and focus in many dogs, and provides a safe way to keep dogs fit and healthy through mental and physical exercise."
In 2012 Fred was introduced to the sport of K9 Nose work® by founder Ron Gaunt. While cautious at first, Fred was overwhelmed and inspired by the passion, dedication and camaraderie displayed by the K9 Nose work® handlers and their instructors. He was soon involved as a Certified K9 Nose work® Instructor (CNWI®) teaching detection classes, seminars and workshops throughout the United States. Fred’s involvement with Nose work students and their dogs has become such an influence on him that his seminars and workshops are scheduled several months in advance. Fred is excited about conducting Nose work seminars in Australia and working with Marion Brand, CNWI of K9 Nose Time, to further cement the foundation of K9 Nose Work®. Fred is an expat Aussie having been raised in Perth, WA. during his younger years. Fred frequently visits WA to see his family and now with K9 Nose work® training and trialing available here, he will happily have to increase the frequency of his visits.
Dates: Saturday, October 26 and Sunday, October 27, 2019
Times: 9am to 5pm, both days
Registration begins at 8:15 AM both days
Fort Lauderdale Police Officers Association Hall
4500 SW 13thSt.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33317
Early Bird Discount – until August 31, 2019
Saturday Full Day (No Dogs) $130
Saturday Full Day + Sunday Full Day Audit $245
Sunday Half Day Audit Morning – $70
Sunday Half Day Audit Afternoon - $70
Sunday Full Day Audit $115
Working Spots + Saturday Seminar
(Need to attend both days to secure a working spot)
Saturday + Sunday Half Day Working Spot Morning $280
Saturday + Sunday Half Day Working Spot Afternoon $280
Saturday + Sunday Full Day Working Spot $430
Registration after August 31, 2019
Saturday full day (No Dogs) $150
Saturday Full Day + Sunday Full Day Audit $275
Sunday Half Day Audit Morning $75
Sunday Half Day Audit Afternoon $75
Sunday Full Day Audit $125
Working Spots + Saturday Seminar
(Need to attend both days to secure a working spot)
Saturday + Sunday Half Day Working Spot Morning $300
Saturday +Sunday Half Day Working Spot Afternoon $300
Saturday + Sunday Full Day Working Spot $450
CEU’s: 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
Cancellation Policy- Refunds up to 30 days before event
Other Details -
Coffee, tea, water and light snacks provided
Lunch will be on your own.
If you would like to bring your own lunch, paper products will be provided.
What to Bring:
Paper/pen to take notes
Please dress in layers for comfort and wear closed toe shoes
If bringing a dog to a working spot on Sunday, dogs will be crated while awaiting their turn. Please bring a crate, a water bowl, and excellent dog treats that can be consumed quickly.
Saturday is a people only event except for service animals and on Sunday, only those dogs with a working spot will be allowed.
My cell is 585-905-8281 if you have any questions during our weekend, text or call if you need anything
Email with any questions or concerns firstname.lastname@example.org
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Start Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019
End Date: Monday, October 28, 2019
Last Day to Book: Thursday, September 26, 2019
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