RockSolid K9 Training presents
Handling Strategies for Elite and NW3 Competition
Monday, November 19
8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Somerset Academy Losee Campus
4650 Losee Road
North Las Vegas, NV 89030
Join us for a one day working seminar with the trainers from RockSolid K9. We will work on handling strategies for Elite and NW3 competition and each team will work with Chris, Laura and Nicole.
Handling Strategies for Elite and NW3 Competition
- Dealing with time pressure
- Search strategies
- Blank areas
- Large areas with a low number of hides
- Knowing when to stay and when to move on.
- Odor puzzles (converging, high/low, sourceable and inaccessible)
Working Spot - $260
Audit Spot - $120
Fee Includes morning coffee/tea & snacks; Bring your lunch.
Chris Busch, CNWI, (Certified Nose Work Instructor™) NACSW™ CO (Certifying Official)
In 2008, while taking an obedience class at the SPCALA in Long Beach with his Weimaraner Barley, Chris learned of a new class that was being offered at the facility. Fun Nose Work was just in it’s infancy. Since that time, Chris has watched this fun class turn into a thriving dog sport that has grown nationwide. He has been very active with the National Association of Canine Scent Work ™ (NACSW™). Chris is a Certifying Official for NACSW™ Trials. He is also a Certifying Official and Judge for ORT’s. He has spent countless hours volunteering at trials and ORT’s throughout the country.
To learn more about animal behavior Chris volunteered for many years with the behavior and education department at his local shelter. During the time he spent at the shelter he helped with assessing dogs before being adopted and for special programs, which involved the dogs interacting with children and/or elderly people.
Barley is the first Weimaraner to achieve an NW1, NW2 and NW3 x2 title. Barley and Chris have also achieved their NW3 Elite title and have been invited and competed in two NACSW™ National Invitational Trials.
Chris teaches all levels of K9 Nose Work™ classes at the SPCALA in Long Beach and at Rock Solid K9 in Lake Forest, CA. He also teaches specialized workshops and skills clinics and hosts many seminars and coaching clinics to handler/dogs teams in his area.
Laura Busch, Certified Nose Work Instructor™ (CNWI), Certifying Official (CO), Supervising Certifying Official (SCO), Primary Supervising Certifying Official (PSCO)
Laura was introduced to K9 Nosework® in 2008 after taking an obedience class with Jill Marie O’Brian. When the session was over Laura, and her husband Chris, were looking for something to do with their active Weimaraner. Ron Gaunt and his daughter were starting a new Fun Nosework® Class. Since that time, Laura has been very active with the NACSW and has enjoyed watching this sport grow nationwide. Laura has trained exclusively with all three founders and incorporates that knowledge when setting hides for trials. Laura is also a Supervising Certifying Official, which means she is involved in the training of new CO's for NACSW.
Laura’s passion for this sport compelled her to learn more about canine behavior. She spent several years volunteering her time with the behavior and education department at her local shelter to learn more about canine communication and helping with programs designed to increase adoptions for the animals in their care. Because of her passion for helping people, and their dogs, Laura continually attends seminars and workshops on training and dog behavior.
When not acting as a Certifying Official Laura has helped coordinate NACSW K9 Nosework® trials in Southern California, acting as Trial Host, Trial Representative and/or Volunteer Coordinator since 2009. When Chris and Laura travel as CO’s to trials across the country the other will act as a volunteer. Laura has volunteered at many trials across the country including California, Illinois, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Minnesota, Alabama, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Texas and Nevada.
Laura currently teaches all levels of K9 Nose Work® Classes at the SPCALA in Long Beach and at Rock Solid K9 in Lake Forest, CA. She also teaches specialized workshops, skills clinics, and holds Charity Nosework® Odor Hunt Events. These charity events have benefited Chase Away K9 Cancer, LA on Cloud 9 (which benefits homeless people and their dogs), and a holiday fundraiser that benefits local low income families with food during the holidays.
Nicole Reusser, Certified Nose Work Instructor™ (CNWI), NACSW™ Trial Judge
Nicole always had a heart for dogs, walking and training the neighborhood dogs when she grew up in Switzerland. After she came to the United States, she rescued a Shar Pei/Ridgeback mix, an unusual dog, who led her into different aspects of dog training including Search and Rescue. After training several years in Search and Rescue, she went through an internship at a local dog training school and quickly became a full time trainer for a K9 training school in California, training working dogs for detection and protection for the police and private companies, teaching handler seminars and working with pet owners in group and individual classes. While working a lot with rescue dogs, especially Malinois, she learned to work with reactive and aggressive dogs. She has trained numerous detection K9s for both public and private sector.
Her passion is the Search and Rescue training with the Orange County FEMA taskforce, working her Malinois Frida and training IPO/Schutzund. She is a member of the Southern California Schutzhund Club, where she trains her dogs. Nicole also teaches K9 Nose Work classes, specialized workshops and coaching clinics for professional and sport handler/dogs teams.