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Hide Placements with Karin Damon

  • Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church 500 Blake Rd S, Hopkins, MN 55343 Hopkins, MN 55343 (map)

NW3 & Elite handlers will gain insights into
hide placements with Karin Damon.

Hide placement is an important aspect of any nose work training. Thoughtful and strategic placement of hides can help expose your dog to different scent puzzles to help them expand their experience in solving and locating hides. Karin Damin will cover how scent moves in relation to the environment , air movement and the dog. Teams will be able to search both blind and known hides to experience both sides of searching; blind hides to help simulate the trial experience and known hides for training purposes.

Karin has been involved in performance events with dogs since 2002.  She has achieved the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW) Elite Championship title with both Jig and Jeep.  Jig was the first Golden Retriever in the country to earn the Championship title.  Karin and Jig participated in the NACSW National Invitational in California in 2013 as one of 13 dogs selected throughout the country and was Dog in White for the 2014 and 2017 NACSW National Invitational. Karin is a NACSW Certifying Official, a Trial Site Advisor for NACSW Trials, and a Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI) teaching nose work since the sport came to the East Coast in March of 2010. 

Karin started out in 2002 in a basic obedience class with her Golden Retriever, Keebler, and put an AKC Versatility title on him. She is presently competing in agility; tracking, obedience and nose work with her three other Goldens, Jig, Jeep and Shamrock (who is the newest member of the family).  All of the clan has been involved in advertising – showing up in various places such as commercials for Claritin, Pedigree, PetSmart Dog Food, A&P Food Stores, and even appearing on “Conan O’Brien” and “Saturday Night Live”. Jeep most recently appeared on the cover of Dog Fancy and Jig has been on the AKC Website. 

Karin became a certified Pet Tech First Aid and CPR Instructor in San Diego, CA and is working to finish her Canine Rehabilitation Certificate from the University of Tennessee. She was selected to work at the 1996 Olympic games in Atlanta, Georgia in the equestrian, mountain biking and modern pentathlon venues. Karin recently retired as the Head Athletic Trainer at Centenary College to start her own business. She is the owner of Shamrock Pot of Gold K9 Scenter in New Jersey.s


The working spots for these session will be open to teams competing at NW3 and the Elite level.  Enrollment will be limited  to a single dog per handler per session to maximize learning. In the event there are working spots remaining, we will open this up to NW2 titled dogs who are looking forward to their NW3 titles. Auditors are welcome from any level.

There is ONE morning sessions available:
8:00am-12:00pm with 8 working spots

There will be TWO OPTIONS for Registration of Working Demo Spots**

  1. RANDOM DRAW SPOTS | Register for the RANDOM DRAW**

  2. CONFIRMED SPOTS | Register for the Confirmed Spots**

**This split registration system provides the opportunity for both participants who want the assurance of a working demo spot and also for the participants who may not be able to get to register right away when registration opens up. BOTH options will become live at 11:00 AM Central Time (CT) on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018 on the seminar page.

AUDITORS | Register to Audit**
There are 10 auditor spots. Auditors are encouraged to observe and learn from watching the searches and reserve their questions until the end of the session.

**This Seminar has been submitted for approval of 1.5 CEUs. This applies to either a working spot or an auditing spot.


Random Draw Working Spot: $120 per dog and handler team
Confirmed Working Spot: $160 per dog and handler team
Audit Spot (early bird fee before Oct. 29): $55
Audit Spot (on Oct. 29 and onward): $70
Please NOTE: Confirmed Spots & Auditors will be required to pay at the time of registration. If you are awarded a spot from the random draw, payment will be required within 48 hours of receiving an email notification to secure your spot.

Registration Entry and Closing

  • Registration will open on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018 at 11:00 AM Central Time (CT) for both the Random Draw AND Confirmed Spots

  • Registration for Audit Spots are now open. There are 10 auditing spots available.

  • The Random Draw Spots will be awarded by random draw of all entries received between 11:00 AM, Oct. 21, 2018 and 11:00 AM, Oct. 23, 2019.

  • Confirmed spots will be first received and are limited to 4 spots. An automated confirmation email from The K9 Nose website will be sent confirming your spot and payment.

  • Registration will close when all spots are filled after the draw period or 11:00 AM Central Time (CT) on Nov. 4, 2018.

  • A wait list will be maintained from all random draw registrations received and any additional registrations after the draw.

  • Auditors may not see every team search depending on the size of the room/areas being searched. Auditors will be limited in asking questions at the end of the session.

  • The K9 Nose reserves the right to cancel the seminar if minimum registration numbers are not met

  • After all registrations have been received during the draw period, if the seminar is still not full, registrations will continue to be accepted in the order they are received through the closing date or when all spots are fill.

Cancellation Policy & Refunds

  • For cancellation of a working demo spot on or before 5pm central time Oct. 31, 2018 – Full refund minus $25 processing fee IF your spot can be filled from the wait list.

  • For cancellation of a working spot after 5pm Oct. 31, 2018 but before 5pm central time Nov. 3, 2018 – Full refund minus $50 processing fee IF your spot can be filled from the wait list.

  • For cancellation of a working spot after 5pm central time Nov. 3, 2018 – no refunds will be issued.

  • For cancellation of a audit spot before 5pm central time Oct. 31, 2018 – Full refund minus $20 processing fee.

  • For cancellation of a audit spot after 5pm central time Oct. 31, 2018 – no refunds will be issued.

  • All cancellations must be emailed to

  • This cancellation and refund policy applies to any participant that must withdraw for any reason including but not limited to injury, illness, emergency, and personal or work-related reasons.

  • No part of the fee will be refunded if the seminar cannot take place or be completed by reason of fire, civil disturbances, an Act of God, public emergency, or any other cause beyond the control of the event organizers.

Earlier Event: October 13
NW1 and NW3 NACSW Trials
Later Event: November 25
Odor Recognition Test (ORT)