THIS EVENT IS CANCELED. It will be rescheduled.

Dana Zinn, CNWI, CPDT and Sue Sternberg


Saturday & Sunday,



This two-day workshop will provide valuable information about how we, as handlers, influence the search with our body movements, direction and pathways, and speed and body orientation.   Sue and Dana will also discuss what we are communicating to our dogs from all of our “handler actions or inactions” throughout the search, and why we may be getting certain behaviors from our canine partners in trial that baffle us.

This workshop will include video footage from other dog sports and video submissions from those attending the workshop as auditors, to demonstrate deliberate and inadvertent communication between dogs and their handlers.  Additionally, Dana will set up exercises to highlight handler movement and the dog’s response to better understand what our dogs are communicating “at each moment” and improve our productivity as handlers without diminishing drive and independence.

You will also be given specific handling tools to increase your ability to listen while simultaneously allowing the dog more freedom to make choices and hunt independently.

Sue and Dana deliver this workshop with humor, compassion and enthusiasm knowing that teams will leave with a new way of looking at the search and new tools to strengthen the handler/dog team through the long-term journey of this amazing game. 

About Dana Zinn

Dana Zinn has been working with and training dogs since 1999. Her many years of dog training experience include working at the spcaLA as an Animal Behavior & Training Specialist. It was the time working with dogs in the shelter that drew her to the sport of K9 Nose Work®; not only for her own dogs, but for the many dogs in need of a “job” to do.

Dana was involved in the first publicly offered Nose Work class in Long Beach, CA. She not only participated but eventually assisted in instruction. From there Dana became involved in the development of the K9 Nose Work® instructor certification program. Dana was one of the first participants to be certified as an instructor for the K9 Nose Work® curriculum approved by the National Association of Canine Scent Work, LLC. She is proud to be a founding faculty member and a certifying official for sanctioned NACSW trials across the country. She recently became a Supervising Certifying Official, which means she is involved in the training of new COs for NACSW.

In regard to K9 Nose Work®, her learning never stops as she continues to teach classes, instruct at camps, and compete in trials. One of her proudest moments was placing first in the 2014 NACSW National Invitational.

See full bio here!

Sue Sternberg

Sue Sternberg is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and has over 35 years of canine behavior experience, including: animal control officer, kennel and animal care technician at various shelters, veterinary assistant, a behavior consultant at the ASPCA, a temperament evaluator, a kennel and animal shelter owner, a shelter dog expert and advocate, a successful competitor in a variety of dog sports, a skilled teacher of dog trainers/professionals and internationally recognized speaker. Sue founded, and was the director of, Rondout Valley Animals for Adoption for over a decade. RVAA is an open admission, private shelter dedicated to pet owner outreach, safe animal adoptions, and quality of life.

Sue is a dog behavior expert and an innovator in the field of shelter dog welfare. Sue’s two main goals in life are: to make the shelter world a better place for dogs and the community, and to make public dog parks a safer and more fun experience for the dogs who must use them. To do this, Sue spends a lot of time on the road traveling to and educating people on canine communication, body language, and aggression thresholds.

Full bio can be seen here!

Working Spot Registration Information: 

Participants who would like to be considered for a working spot must be willing to audit if they do not get selected. We cannot take registrations from people who only want to work a dog in order to attend. At the time of registration, all participants to be considered for a working spot will pay the workshop fee of $175.00 for both days or $100 for one day as listed below. If a team is selected for a working spot, the participant will then pay an additional $175 for the working spot.

 Teams selected for a working spot will be notified by email including a link to submit additional payment within 7 days of notification. We will choose the working spot dogs on March 6th. We will notify you on between March 6th and 7th if you have a working spot or if you were placed on a wait list for a spot.

 Working teams will be selected based on their skill level and an effort to show a variety of dogs and styles for the learning benefit of all working and auditing participants. Please read cancellation policy below before registering.  

 Working spot requirements:

Participating dogs should be on all three odors. A title is not required, but dogs should be comfortable working in front of a larger group of people than in a regular class and have a very good drive for target odor (and have spent training time working hides that are not paired with food). Dogs who have less experience or understanding of odor or who can become easily distracted by the environment would not be well suited for a working spot given that it typically takes some time to work through those things. Additionally, dogs who are environmentally sensitive or reactive/aggressive with people or more than mildly reactive with other dogs would not be well suited for this type of format so we ask that you don’t request a working spot.

Teams selected for a working spot will be notified by email including a link to submit additional payment within 7 days of notification. Working teams will be selected based on their skill level and an effort to show a variety of dogs and styles for the learning benefit of all working and auditing participants.  Please read cancellation policy below before registering.

Dogs will need to be comfortable and quiet crated in a kennel or staying in the car. Please bring bedding, cool covers, pop-ups, fans or whatever your dog needs to be made comfortable and cool/warm enough in between working exercises.

Dogs must be able to stay quietly in their vehicles when out of sight from their handlers.

Only one dog/handler team per household will be selected but you may submit more than one of your dogs for consideration.


Working teams (maximum of 10-12 per day):

We will stay at or below this maximum working spot limit!!!!! Teams will be notified on March 6th if they were giving a working spot.

Request for a working spot is no longer available.

Auditors (unlimited):

$175.00 auditor for BOTH days

$100.00 auditor for ONE day


CCPDT – 16.5 CEU’s for trainers for both days

Refreshments – Coffee, water and snacks will be provided.  Lunch is on your own.

 AUDIT/VIDEO TAPING:  ONLY ONE other video camera (and only at the request of the handler currently running a dog) besides the presenter’s camera may be operating at any given time during the event. Absolutely no other audio or video-taping is allowed.  Videos may only be posted on social media if the sound has been removed (you do not have permission to post a video if the Presenter can be heard speaking).  Thank you for your cooperation.

PHOTOS:  Everyone is WELCOME to post any PHOTOS of themselves, of the Presenter, of dogs etc. on social media at any time during or after the seminar. Be sure you have permission of other participants before posting photos that include them. Photo restrictions: No photos of Sue eating and if she is making a horrid face for no reason, please delete those photos and do not post.

CANCELATION POLICY – All cancellations must be in writing by email to Laura at  No other forms of communication for cancelation will be accepted. A confirmation of cancelation will be emailed back to you by Laura at Loving Paws. Cancellations by noon central time on March 1st – will receive a refund minus $25 processing fee. Cancellations after noon March 1st – will not be refunded. The additional working spot fee (the extra $175) for an accepted working spot is the only fee that is refundable after March 1st if someone has to cancel their spot and someone can take the spot.

 Any questions please contact Laura at or 262-652-0652