Educating Fido 

Training Dogs and the People Who Love Them

Obtain & Maintain Excellence in Scent Work with Steve Austin      

FH Consulting
 and
Pacific Northwest Police Detection Dog Association 
proudly presents two days with
Steve Austin and Fred Helfers, CNWI
Obtain & Maintain Excellence in Scent Work

Saturday, May 21, 2016
Sunday, May 22, 2016

Walla Walla Police Department
Community Service Room
                                                              54 E. Moore St
                                                               Walla Walla, Washington

This two day seminar will cover:                      

  • What does it take to obtain & maintain a dog for scent work?
  • Techniques most often used in training.
  • Which methods are most effective & the science behind them.
  • Initial training vs maintenance/ongoing training techniques.

The seminar format includes morning lectures with afternoon practical sessions.  Steve will work with each individual detection dog team on practical sites to identify and improve on potential detection dog problems areas.  Steve Austin will be assisted in the practical sites by internationally recognized detection dog trainer Fred Helfers( CNWI) www.fredhelfers.com  

About the workshops

About the presenters

One Day Option (Saturday or Sunday)
Two Day Option
(Saturday and Sunday)

  Audit One Day
$140
 Audit Two Days
 $250
 Working Dog Team One Day $225
 Working Dog Team One Day
Audit One Day
$340
Limited to 12 teams per day
(for this option only use discount code "Sniff On"
when registering)

For a working spot,
your dog should be strong on odor and also know all four elements. We will likely be working exterior and vehicles.

Seminar Schedule

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Registration

8:00 am - 8:30 am 


Lecture

8:30 a.m. to 12:00 pm


Lecture Topics:


  • How to Obtain & maintain excellence in a detection dog.
  • Increasing drive in a detection dog.
  • Developing independent search pattern with a detection dog.

 

Lunch

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


Training exercises with Steve Austin & Fred Helfers

1:00 pm - 4:30 pm


Training review with Steve Austin and Fred Helfers

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Registration

8:00 am - 8:30 am 


Lecture

8:30 a.m. to 12:00 pm


Lecture Topics:

  • Improving handling skills when working a detection dog.
  • The importance of physical conditioning for a detection dog.
  • How to start a scent detection dog.


Lunch

12 p.m. - 1 p.m.


Training exercises with Steve Austin & Fred Helfers

1:00 pm - 4:30 pm


Training review with Steve Austin and Fred Helfers

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Payment must be received in full to confirm your reservation.

Refund less $50 processing fee for cancellations before April 1, 2016

No refunds after April 1, 2016 unless your spot is filled less $50 processing fee.

Hotel Information

It's busy wine season in Walla Walla so be sure to book your hotel room early. 

There are also several towns nearby Walla Walla in case there are no rooms available in town:
.

Tri Cities, WA  area 30-45 minute drive.

Pendleton, Oregon. 30-45 minutes drive.

Dayton – Milton- Freewater area 15-20 minute drive to Walla Walla.


For more information on lodging, restaurants, calendar of events, and wineries go to http://www.wallawalla.org/

Steve Austin is an Australian dog trainer who has been training dogs for over 25 years. He is renowned as one of Australia's top animal trainers, with a particular skill in dog behavior and training.  His lifetime in dog training has seen him train animals for quarantine, search and rescue, police work, and wildlife preservation, among other roles. He has also traveled internationally lecturing and training dogs.


Austin was notably the National Detector Dog Trainer with the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service for 10 years (1996–2006) where he pioneered training dogs to indicate materials that were potentially dangerous to Australia, particularly food products.

Much of Austin's work has been around training dogs for scent detection and many of the dogs used for this work are rescued from shelter situations.  He is recognized as being the trainer of Australia's first truffle detector dog in Tasmania.  He has also been involved in training  detector dogs. He has worked with the Californian Narcotic Dog Association and California Narcotic and Explosive Detector Dog Association on training dogs for narcotic detection.  He has been involved in training dogs internationally, including New Caledonia Agricultural Detector Dog Unit.

In Australia, he has often trained dogs for environmental roles, including training dogs to locate cats and foxes in the Kimberley, WA, Australia, to locate rabbits and rodents, on Macquarie Island, Australia, and also to locate cane toads.  He also trained fox detection dogs for Lane Cove Council, NSW.  Fox detecting dogs have also been trained by Austin for use in Manly, New South Wales, and these dogs have also been trained to alert to little penguins, for conservation purposes.  Similarly, he has trained dogs to alert to Murray River turtles.  In Namibia, Africa, he has trained dogs to track cheetah scats.

 Additionally, Austin has lectured to international audiences, including: American law enforcement agencies, at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo, Mt Everest Kennel Club in Kathmandu, colleges throughout Japan, and Czech Republic Customs Detector Dog Unit. He has been involved with temperament assessing dogs in a variety of contexts, both in Australia and California.

Austin has owned and trained an Australian Obedience Champion and two field trial Champions, and also is licensed and active as a judge with the Australian National Kennel Club (ANKC) for these events.

Fred Helfers, CNWI started training and handling detection canines in 1982 while working in law enforcement.  Fred has actively worked two drug detection canines during his 28 years in law enforcement and has expanded his knowledge of detection canines by training canines and handlers in the fields of insect detection, natural gas detection and accelerate detection.

For over 20 years Fred operated a professional detection dog training facility for police officers, training drug detection canines and their handlers. Fred’s passion and recognized expertise in training detection canine teams has led him to conduct training seminars and classes throughout United States, Canada, Australia and Brazil.  Fred is recognized as an expert in both State and Federal courts in the field of canine detection. Fred was the Senior Judge in the detection canine competition of the World Police and Fire games in Vancouver BC, Canada and has acted as competition Judge in the British Columbia Police Canine Association trials and the AKC / Eukanuba National competition trials in Orlando Florida.

Fred is the founding President of the Pacific Northwest Police Detection Dog Association and now serves as President Emeritus of that association. (www.pnwk9.org). Additionally, Fred is a past president of the Washington State Police Canine Association.

Fred Helfers is also a member of the Scientific Working Group on Dog and Orthogonal Factors. (SWGDOG.org)  One of 55 national and international scientists, trainers and practitioners, developing public safety detection dog best practices.

Fred is the owner of FH Consulting, a business established in 1984 that provides consultation, training and workshops to law enforcement.