Presented by

Jill Kovacevich, CNWI

Container Workshop

January 19 & 20, 2024

Dana Zinn

Nose Work Clinic

Has the Container search been vexing your team?

Linda Bramkamp

The Conversation of Team


1- Foundation -Odor importance

2- Problem Solving skill building

3- Handler leash work
4- Search area set up and hide placement for training -

     By building skill sets in the 4 areas above we can better understand the search area Odor Picture as portrayed by our dog and develop needed handler and team skills sufficient to identify our dog's odor communication when working odor to source, working non productive areas and learn to understand the differences between pooling and trapping odor, converging odor and source odor from the start line to source location. To do this we focus on ODOR and let odor be our teacher.

March 14 & 15, 2020


Dana will tailor coaching to the individual team.  You will be given individual and specific handling tools to increase your ability to listen and simultaneously allowing your dog more freedom to make choices and search independently

She shares her observations of both the dog and handler for the handler to better understand and read their own dog during the search.  She will share ways to be a neutral yet supportive team member while letting the dog work to problem solve odor puzzles to source in each search.


About Jill:   In 2012, Mountain Dogs, LLC was established by Jill Kovacevich,  CNWI committed to training dogs and handlers in the scent detection dog sport of canine Nose Work. Specializing in training  teams for compeition, hosting ORT and trial events, actively working as a NACSW™ Certifying Official, Judge and seasoned Nose Work competitior with her own dogs at all levels, Jill and Mountain Dogs have over twelve years experience developing TOP competitive teams from Intro to Nose Work to Summit and all levels in between.

SCENE : Ron Gaunt Workshop -
(1st timer team - virginal to Nose Work)

Handler: After a search gone awry (as they often do) asks this iconic man
     "I was thinking...blah blah blah"

Ron: Head drops with a sigh and slow nod of 'not this again'
               "Cut that shit out."

Handler: Baffled, waiting for a pearl of wisdom, eyes eager and wide, leaning in 
              "Cut what shit out?"

Ron: Like a cowboy in his puff of smoke looks you square in the eyes
               "That thinking shit"

Little did I know those years ago that gritty sand about 'not thinking shit' was the greatest pearl of wisdom I would ever receive in K9NW.

August 17-18, 2019

Sue Sternberg                    July 28-29, 2018

Nose work is built for you to learn

the mindset of the dog

January 26 & 27, 19

. . . With something for everyone participating in Canine Scenting Sports

Jill Kovacevich, CNWI

It's our human nature to take a learning thing and turn it into a performance thing

​​​​K9 Sniffin' MT

Canine communication in a Nosework trial scenario

"Using odor focused training for the dog, handler and search team we build top level search skills in the dog and top level observation skills in the handler with commitment to continued understanding of odor and source with the hides we set and experience in the environments we search and encounter. "

For more information contact Pat at or 406.679.6171

Thank you Ron for sharing your knowledge and love for our dogs to make all our lives so much better

Can You Hear Me Now Workshop ?


Broadview Community Center   

13725 4th Street   

Broadview, MT 59015

 9:00am - 4:30PM

$75/Working team 

$50/Auditing spot

$10/4H attendees

Audit space is available both days  


 Working spaces, wait list                 in case of cancellations

   Rules and considerations

Lunch will be on your own.  The Homestead Inn will be open for lunch.  We can call ahead to place a combined order.  Snacks and drinks will be provided throughout the day.

Be sure to pick up after your dog and deposit the waste in the bucket provided, we want to stay in the good graces of the community!

Videotaping is permitted and strongly suggested for search review by each team
.  We will have free video available for those without a personal video option.

Ron Gaunt

August 10-13, 2017

A fantastic time was had by all during the 4 day - 7 site seminar.