Fred Helfers Seminar Day and Working Days

Repeats every day until Mon Dec 04 2017 .
Sat, 12/02 8:00am - 5:00pm
Sun, 12/03 8:00am - 5:00pm
Mon, 12/04 8:00am - 5:00pm

Fred Helfers* Seminar and Workshops!

Seminar: Understanding Olfaction and Odors 

Dec. 2, 2017, 8 am-5 pm, 3 NACSW CEUs, $150, Lunch Provided 

Eager Pup Training Studio, 519 NW 10th Ave, Gainesville 32601 

Saturday - Classroom only – Dogs must be crated in the adjacent room. 

Seminar Topics:     

·       Understanding the Canine Olfactory system.  - How the canine nose works.

·       Breathing  vs. Sniffing

·       Theory of scent discrimination.

·       The Odor molecule. - Factors Influencing Odor   

·       Temp  -  Wind -  Humidity  -  Environment.

·       Definitions -- Use of training aids – containment and handling.

·       Utilizing  your knowledge of Odors and Olfaction in K9 Nosework®.       

·       Training scenarios and environmental issues.

·       Problem Solving Workshop – Review of detection dog training scenarios. 

This seminar is for everyone who has a dog and is interested in how dogs use their nose to detect odors. This all day 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 the field of K9 Detection and the sport of K9 Nosework®.

This Seminar is Day 1 of Fred’s three day event.  Days 2 and 3 are Working Days (Foundation to Finesse) for twelve dog/handler teams each day.  Half the teams will audit and half will work in the morning. In the afternoon teams will flipflop, with the morning auditors working their dogs and the morning working teams auditing.  Attendance at Day 1 is mandatory for attending Day 2 or Day 3.



Fred Helfers Workshop!

Foundation to Finesse 

Pre-requisite is “Understanding Olfaction & Odors”

Dec. 3 & Dec. 4

8 am-5 pm

(Same Workshop Each Day)


Lunch Provided

$160 Working Teams, $80 Auditors

7218 Lazy Bone Road, Keystone Heights, FL

Fred Helfers will provide class and field instruction to the handlers on how to build from foundational handling skills to the finesse handling skills that are required in competition.  Maximum of 12 working teams each day. 

These training sessions will assist the nose work handler in identifying and strengthening those problem areas of handling their dog.  The workshop is an eight hour day with teams working their dogs for half a day and also auditing half the class.  Additional auditors also allowed.

Utilizing a field and class training concept this workshop will focus on the following –

Ø   Reviewing the foundation of your dog’s training

Ø  Understanding your role as a handler in the foundation of the team’s training

Ø  Overview of Odor Theory from Olfaction and Odor seminar

Ø  Overview of Handler Error Traits and how to train to problem-solve these areas

Practical Sessions will demonstrate simple exercises to build on the foundation to more complex handler involvement exercises.

Register For Fred Helfers Seminar And Workshops Here



Contact us   -   -   352-871-5698

519 NW 10th Ave., Gainesville - SE corner of NW 10th Ave. at NW 6th St.

Welcome to Eager Pup, offering classes and events in authentic K9 Nose Work®

for "pups" of all ages in Gainesville and communities throughout North Central Florida! 

K9 Nose Work® is a great new sport, utilizing your dog's incredible sense of smell!  Your dog will learn to sniff out target odors in various environments, including interior spaces, in collections of boxes and luggage, in exterior spaces, and on vehicles. 

The vibrant community of K9 Nose Work®  is very inclusive, welcoming dogs of all ages, sizes and capabilities, along with owners of all ages and abilities for fun in classes and in local, regional and national competitions.

For more information on K9 Nose Work®, see and

Eager Pup - K9 Nose Work®  is Sniffing Great Fun for Everyone!

Owner and Your Instructor:

Melanie Phillpot
Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI)
and Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT)

Contact Melanie at 352.871.5698 or