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The Canny Canine is pleased to welcome Barbara Schwerdt, BA, CPDT-KA, CNWI to Bozeman for a coaching workshop on Monday, October 18, 2021.
Working teams will be coached in various element searches including containers, exteriors, interiors, and vehicles. Teams will elect how they want to be coached (blind, blind with help, unknown, etc). Cost will cover the full day. We anticipate teams will work both morning and afternoon sessions. Teams must be on odor. Teams on paired odor are welcome!
$150 Working Sport
Gallatin County Fairgrounds - Hog Arena
9 am - 4 pm with lunch break (times are tentative)
Light snacks and beverages will be available. Attendees should plan on packing a lunch or going out to lunch. We will be working both inside and outside. Attendees should be prepared for various weather conditions.
This event is worth 7 CEUs for CNWIs.
Barbara and her German Shepherd Landis (R.I.P.) were involved in K9 Nose Work since 2008. At the first sanctioned NW1 trial they earned “The Harry Award”, which is given to the most outstanding rescue dog that demonstrates extraordinary ability and spirit in nose work. They received a “Pronounced” designation for each of the three title levels: NW1, NW2, and NW3. Barbara and Landis were the 3rd team in the country to earn an NW3 Elite title. They qualified for the first four National Invitational events and competed in the first three, placing 2nd, 5th, and 12th. He earned his Elite 2 title before retiring. Landis was also part of the United States Naval Research Laboratory’s Odor Discrimination Study.
Barbara and her newest K9 Nose Work partner, “Cassandra Sue (Cassie)”, a Labrador Retriever/Border Collie mix, have been working together since July 2015. After nearly a year on “primary” in literally dozens of locations, Cassie has earned her L2C, L2I, NW1, NW2, and one NW3 Title to date.
In addition to her role of CO and Trial Judge, Barbara also serves the organization as a Senior Faculty member. Barbara has been instrumental in curriculum development and education of new nose work instructors as well as continuing education for certified instructors. She has contributed to the writing of the mid-term and final exam as well as made numerous contributions to the CNWI Instructor Manual. In partnership with Dogs of Course, she has been a K9 Camp Instructor since the very first camp in Pennsylvania in 2010. Barbara has been invited to speak, coach, and teach seminars throughout the United States and on the east coast of Australia. Seminar topics include Trial Prep for NW1, NW2, and NW3, Converging Odor, Inaccessible Hides, Problem Solving, Honoring the K9/Handler Team, Cornering the Market, and the ever-popular Hide Placement. In January 2020 she presented her Honoring the K9/Handler Team seminar at the California Narcotics Canine Association Conference. Barbara teaches weekly K9 nose work classes for students at the NW3, Elite, and Summit levels.
By day Barbara is a full-time corporate trainer where she has been since 1990. She holds the position of Director of Education and Training for a not-for-profit property management company that serves low to moderate income senior citizens, families, and the chronically-mentally ill. She holds a BA degree in Deaf Studies with a minor in Gerontology from California State University, Northridge. She worked as a nationally certified sign-language interpreter for nearly 20 years.
She shares her dog training company, Amante’ Dog Training, with her husband’s dog-walking and pet sitting business Safe at Home Pet Care. Barbara is a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), a certified member of the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT), The National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW), the Association for Talent Development (ATD), the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS), Pet Sitter’s International (PSI), AIDS LifeCycle Training Ride Leaders, and Shifting Gears Cycling Club.
She has been an avid distance cyclist since 2011 and has raised nearly $35,000 for AIDS LifeCycle, a non-profit organization in California which provides much needed services to those infected with HIV/AIDS.
Barbara is grateful to share her life with her long-time husband, Gerry, a house cat named Parker, and their little black Labrador Cassandra Sue.