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Presented by: Dana Zinn, CNWI, CPDT and Sue Sternberg

  • Dates: Saturday, November 6th & Sunday, November 7th, 2021

  • Time: 9am-4pm each day

  • Location Central High School in Salem WI

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. 

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. We will chose working spots with a random draw, see below.


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 payment within 4 days of notification. Working Spots will be chosen by a random draw. To give more people a chance to work with Dana and Sue, we will fill all working spots with a random draw.  There are 12 working spots per day.  So we will draw 24 names to fill both days.  First draw will be on Oct 10th.  If there isn't 24 names to draw, after the first draw is complete we will put all names back in the draw and do a second random draw to fill the remaining spots.  The second draw will take place on Oct 23rd at 1pm.  The working spot registration will close at that time unless there are still spots to fill.  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 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.



Working spots:  Working spots will be chosen by random draws for both days.  PLEASE see above for random draw information.

Working Spot

  • Working teams (maximum of 12 per day)  WAIT LIST ONLY 

  • $350 for BOTH days

  • $175 for ONE day


  • $175.00 for BOTH days

  • $100.00 for ONE day


  • NACSW – 5 CEU's per day

  • CCPDT – 12 CEU's for both days

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


Currently this event will be taking place at Central High School located at 24617-75th Street, Salem (Kenosha) WI 53168.  We are hoping that Covid doesn't make us move but we do have a back up plan. We are currently requiring that all participants show proof of vaccine or a negative Covid test to attend this event.

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. Cancelations by noon central time on Oct 27th, 2021 - will receive a refund minus $25 processing fee. Cancelations after noon Oct 27th,2021 - will not be refunded unless there is a wait list and someone can take your spot.

QUESTIONS: Please contact Laura at or 262-652-0652


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, certifying official, and judge for sanctioned NACSW trials across the country. She is also 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, compete in trials, and conduct workshops and webinars. One of her proudest moments was placing first in the 2014 NACSW National Invitational with Kudos, her Belgian Tervuren.

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Sue Sternberg

Sue has been working in shelters and as a dog trainer since 1981. Sue was the 2016 recipient of the APDT's Lifetime Achievement Award. She founded the shelter featured in the HBO documentary: Shelter Dogs. Her over 40 years of canine behavior experience includes as a dog control officer, behavior consultant at the ASPCA, shelter owner, successful competitor in a variety of dog sports (with Nose Work being her current wild favorite) and a teacher of dog trainers world-wide. She has published many books and DVDs  on all aspects of dog behavior, training and assessments, available through  and


Sue is a hobby paleontologist, and spends as much free time as she can exploring the desert with her dogs looking for fossils and also pretty rocks. She loves all things Star Trek, is an avid tea drinker, and plays the fiddle, too.

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