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National Association of Canine Scent Work

WEBINAR: Scent Work: The Brain, Attention and Emotional Wellbeing

WEBINAR: Scent Work: The Brain, Attention and Emotional Wellbeing

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Kathy Murphy

DATE: Tuesday January 12th, 2021

TIME: 10:00am - 11:30am Pacific Standard Time (6:00pm UK Time)


$40 for General Public (this includes those who have registered for an instructor course but have not yet attended Segment 1)

CEUs: 3 for CNWI
CPDT CEUS: 1.5 for trainers

This event will be available for purchase as a recorded event to the general public for 2 weeks from the live date. For CNWI, ANWI and PNWI, the recorded event will remain available in your course catalog.



As dogs engage in scent work their brain function and structure are altering in response, as various competing intended and unintended stimuli are encountered. These changes can be both immediate and delayed, both temporary and permanent, and are influenced by various environmental and internal factors. The same is true of all canine disciplines but scentwork is special. In this talk the dynamic interplay between scentwork, attentional processing and emotional wellbeing will be explored. Understanding this interplay helps us understand how to set the brain up for success, and what might be running the show when things don’t go according to plan.


Dr Kathy Murphy is a veterinary surgeon (1999 Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons) and neuroscientist (PhD University of Oxford / Assistant Professorship Icahn School of Medicine NYC), with an interest in canine scentwork. She is the Director of Barking Brains, a neuroscience outreach project for the animal behaviour and training community and has a passion for making science accessible and relevant for non-scientists. She has fostered and rehabilitated many dogs over the years and currently shares her home with Nancy (Rottweiler), Raven (Malinois), Dennis (Chihuahua x Yorkshire) and Minnie (Chihuahua).



For those who register at least 48 hours before the live webinar: Links will go out the 1-2 days before the webinar. If you do not have the link on the morning of the webinar, please email You must register at least 48 hours prior to live time to join the live webinar. (If you registered within 48 hours of the event we will do our best to get you the live link before the start, but it may not always be possible.)

For those who register after the live webinar: All webinars purchased after the running of the live event will have links sent out weekly. 


1) To register for the webinar, please log on to the new Instructor/Education website:

** NOTE: All PNWI/ANWI/CNWI already have accounts in the new Education website. If you do not know how to log in, please contact

2) Once you are logged on to the Education website, click on the "Course Catalog" tab within your Instructor Portal, and select this webinar from the list of available courses.

3) Once you are on the webinar page, click the "Register" button.

4) Within 24 hours, you will receive a PayPal invoice via email for the registration fee. You do not need a PayPal account; you may pay with a credit card instead. Please pay the invoice as soon as possible. You will not receive a webinar link if you have not paid.



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NOTE: If you are an active instructor, please register through the instructor portal (see instructions above) rather than through this webform.




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Canine Scent Work™
(NACSW) sets the standards
governing the sport
of K9 Nose Work.


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sanctioning and organizing 
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titles and ORTs.


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