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National Association of Canine Scent Work

5th Annual K9 Sport Scent Work Conference


K9 Scent & Detection Civilian Conference Registration (1-4 people)



National Association of Canine Scent Work, LLC in partnership with California Narcotic Canine Association Presents...

5th Annual K9 Sport Scent Work Conference
For Sport & Professional Scent Detection Dog Handlers & Trainers

January 16-17th, 2020
DoubleTree by Hilton Golf Resort Palm Springs
Cathedral City, CA 

Join NACSW & CNCA for this unique opportunity. We are partnering for a joint symposium featuring key presenters from the professional detection and K9 Nose Work® communities.

This conference is intended for non-law enforcement handlers and trainers such as Private Security, Arson, Bed Bug, Conservation, Mold, Search & Rescue, Sporting Detection Competitors, etc.

CEUs: CNWIs will receive 12 NACSW CEUs for attending this conference.



Conference Schedule / Course Outline / Speaker Bios 

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Dr. Lauryn E. DeGreeff has worked in the field of analytical chemistry in support of canine detection for more than 12 years.  She received a Ph.D. in Chemistry with an emphasis in Forensic Science from Florida International University in 2010.  Her research focused on the sampling, characterization, and delivery of human odor, living and deceased, for the purpose of canine detection.  Following the completion of her doctorate, she worked as a research fellow at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Counterterrorism and Forensic Science Research Unit.  Her research focus was detection and determination of human scent and odor and human blood or the development / improvement of canine training aids and training methods.  Dr. DeGreeff began her research at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in 2012 with research efforts focused on the characterization of explosives for instrumental and canine detection.  She has since developed and patented a canine training tool for training on mixed odors, which has recently been brought to commercial market. Additional research has included a chemistry-based approach to studying canine olfaction for the purpose of improving canine training and informing field vapor sampling practices.  Dr. DeGreeff has published numerous journal articles, holds three patents, has presented her research at numerous national and international conferences, and frequently gives educational seminars law enforcement officers and military personnel..


NATHAN HALL, PhD – Companion Animal Science, Texas Tech University

Dr. Nathan Hall is an Assistant Professor of Companion Animal Science at Texas Tech University and the Director of the Canine Olfaction Research and Education Laboratory in the Department of Animal Science. Dr. Hall earned his PhD at the University of Florida, specializing in the study of Behavior Analysis and canine olfaction. As a post-doc, he continued his studies at Arizona State University investigating the optimization of training to enhance canine’s detection of Homemade Explosives. At Texas Tech, his work continues to explore canine olfactory perception and how experience influences odor perception. His lab also investigates predictors and correlates of problem behavior, behavioral predictors of working aptitude, and canine health. Throughout his career, Dr. Hall has published numerous peer-reviewed scientific publications and book chapters.



Adrian is an eleven year veteran with the Woodlake Police Department.  He is on the 3rd K9 partner of his career – currently working with Ranger, a three year old Belgian Malinois trained in patrol and narcotic detection.  Adrian has 13 years as a Narcotic K9 handler with the State of California.  He has been attached to several Narcotic Task Forces throughout the state.  His basic model for Narcotic K9 operations in 2006 was used as a pilot program for the California Department of Corrections statewide K9 Division.  It is still in place today.  He is a California POST Certified Firearms Instructor, Field Training Officer, and K9 Certifying Official for the California Narcotic Canine Association as well as serving on their Executive Board of Directors. 

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Barbara and her German Shepherd Landis (R.I.P.) were involved in K9 Nose Work since its inception in 2009. At the first sanctioned NW1 trial, earned “The Harry Award” which is given to the most outstanding rescue dog that demonstrates extraordinary ability and spirit in nose work. They were the 3rd team in the country to earn an NW3Elite Title.

They qualified for the first four National Invitational events and competed in the first three. He earned his Elite 2 title before retiring. Landis was also part of the United States Naval Research Laboratory’s Odor Discrimination Study.

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Owner and master trainer of Puget Sound Detection Dogs. Christina evaluated and trained hundreds of canines in detection dog training for over 17 years. She has been a Nose Work instructor and NACSW trial judge for the past six years. She was honored to judge at the first National NACSW trial in 2013 and to instruct at the first K9 Nose Work camp in the Pacific Northwest.



I have been training dogs for over 40 years. I first started as a kennel girl, puppy raiser and part time trainer at International Guiding Eyes, now Guide Dogs of America, and worked there for 3 years while going through one of the first Animal Health Technician classes at Pierce college many, MANY moons ago. I then became involved in Schutzhund training and did that off an on for about 7 years. But my calling came about after the Mexico City earthquake in 1985. I had been working for the Los Angeles City Fire Department, as a Paramedic, for 6 years and saw these wonderful search dogs searching through the rubble in Mexico City. A light bulb went off in my head and said “that is for me!” I joined CARDA, California Rescue Dog Association and LASD, Los Angeles Search Dogs. After several years with those organizations I moved to Simi Valley, left those two organizations and became a member of National Search Dog Foundation, Ventura County Search Dogs and Los Angeles Fire Department Search Dogs, where I was the search dog coordinator for many years.

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Janice L. Baker, DVM, MS, DACVPM is a veterinarian specializing in occupational health of working dogs. With the current rank of Colonel, Dr. Baker has served over 18 years in the U.S. Army as a veterinarian on both active duty and U.S. Army Reserve, the majority of this time with special operations canine and medical units, and has multiple combat deployments in support of working dogs. She holds a master’s degree in Veterinary Forensics, is a board certified specialist in Veterinary Preventive Medicine, and has over 15 years experience working in veterinary emergency practice. Dr. Baker owns Veterinary Tactical Group, a consulting group focusing on in advancing the health and performance capabilities of working dogs. Dr. Baker and her VTG colleagues are leaders in research regarding occupational hazards of working dogs, including hostile action injuries in law enforcement and military working dogs and canine heat injury.



Forty-nine years field experience in all phases of dog training and protection services with an emphasis on law enforcement and canine & handler development and fifteen years of additional management, sales experience and public relations.

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