K9 Nose Work® Seminar

Leah Gangelhoff, CNWI

Hosted by Head Over Tails Training

Seminar Costs

WORKING (2 DAYS): $300 (Random Draw)

AUDIT (2 DAYS): $125

AUDIT (1 DAY): $75

In nose work, we build a dog's confidence through developing a solid foundation and continually revisiting that foundation while slowly moving through appropriately broadening, yet successful experiences. As a handler, your confidence is built through understanding the training process, learning to read your dog, understanding what you are seeing, in both your dog and in the environment, and cultivating the ability to trust your dog. Fostering autonomy and building independence in your dog are paramount to that trust. This workshop is geared toward understanding how to foster autonomy in your dog and learning to provide your dog with opportunities to develop into a confident, independent hunter.

Leah Gangelhoff, CNWI

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Payment and Cancellations

For audit spots, payment in full is due when you register. For working spots, payment is due within 48 hours of receiving notice about the result of the random draw.


You can pay:

  • Check. Payable to Emily Pyle. Mail to: Emily Pyle/2026 Gable Hollow Lane/Katy, Texas 77450.

  • PayPal. Use the Send Money feature to emilypyle@sbcglobal.net.



  • Cancellations made on or before March 1, 2015 will be refunded.

  • No refunds after March 12, 2015, unless your spot can be filled from the waitlist.

  • No refunds for lunch.

  • Cancellations may be made by email to emilypyle@sbcglobal.net.

  • Fees shall not be refunded in the event that a dog is absent or excused by the presenter.

Requirements for Working Teams

  • One dog per handler

  • Working spots are for both days - Day 2 builds upon Day 1

  • Dogs must have been on odor for at least 6 months.

  • Mild reactivity towards other dogs is acceptable. This workshop would not be appropriate for dogs with reactivity toward people – the presence of many observers would likely be overly stressful.

  • Dogs with mild environmental sensitivities are welcome; however, working dogs should be comfortable being watched by a group of people.

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

7:30 AM

8:30 AM

9:00 AM

5:00 PM


Date and Time

March 20 and March 21, 2015

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.


Smart Dog Training Center

910 Curtin Street

Houston, Texas 77018

Note: Second offsite location pending.

What to Bring

Chairs are available, but we strongly suggest you bring your own for personal comfort. Wear weather-appropriate clothes and shoes, as we will be working outside. If you are a working a dog you will also need to bring supplies for your dog as well as any weather appropriate equipment for leaving your dog in the car. Be prepared to take notes.

Audit Spots

CEUs are available upon request.



Basic beverages (water, coffee, hot and cold tea, assorted soft drinks) and snacks will be available. Lunch break will be one hour. Please bring your own food if you have special dietary requirements. A list of nearby food places will be provided.  We have a fridge and microwave available. There are several fast food options in the area. We will also have an option to order food each day and we'll have it brought in, at an additional cost. Food information will be provided to registrants as we approach the seminar date.

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Leah Gangelhoff, CNWI is a professional dog trainer and behavior consultant and owner of Flint Hill K-9 Training LLC in Birmingham, AL. She received her formal education in dog training and behavior, with a particular interest in detection training from Triple Crown School for Dog Trainers in 2001-2002. She has owned and operated her own successful training and behavior business since 2002, both in Los Angeles, CA and Birmingham, AL. Prior to moving back to her home city of Birmingham in 2007, Leah lived and worked in Los Angeles for 16 years during which time she studied under, trained with, and certified dogs to professional level in narcotics detection with K9 Nose Work® co-founders Ron Gaunt & Amy Herot and was a member of their twice-weekly on-going detection training group, logging 10 hours/wk from 2004-2006.


She is a Certified K9 Nose Work® Instructor and an NACSW™ Senior Faculty Member.  Leah currently teaches all levels of K9 Nose Work® Classes in Birmingham, AL, co-teaches K9 Nose Work® workshops and skills clinics with the Co-founders, is active in developing and teaching Continuing Education Programs for CNWI and ANWI, and offers seminars and coaching clinics to handler/dogs teams across the country. Leah serves as a Certifying Official (C.O.) and Judge for NACSW™ sanctioned K9 Nose Work® Trials and as a Certifying Official and Judge for K9 Nose Work® Odor Recognition Tests (ORTs).

Working spots are limited to 10 total. You will work both days, Friday and Saturday. This allows for the most learning and work to be accumulated over the two days. Due to high demand, working spots will be filled with a random draw. To be included in the random draw for a working spot, please complete the registration form below between January 26 and January 30, 10 p.m. If you are not chosen in the random draw, you will be added to the waitlist and will have the option to attend as an auditor.

Working Spots

Auditing spots are unlimited at this time. Registration closes March 12 at midnight.  

Note: Heng Ten Training is also holding this seminar in Round Rock on Sunday and Monday. In order to allow the most people to secure working spots, if you receive a working spot in the draw from both Round Rock and Houston, you will need to choose one of the locations, not both.  

Random draw will be completed by 10 p.m. on January 31, 2015.