Ron Gaunt

August 10-13, 2017

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

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

Jill Kovacevich, CNWI

NACSW Trial Site Advisor                                                                  NACSW ORT Certifying Official and Judge
NACSW Score Room Lead NW1-NW2                                             NACSW Certifying Official -NW1-NW2
NACSW Trial Host                                                                               NACSW National Invitational Dog In White 2017
Digger- ORT B-A-C; NW1; NW2; NW3; NW3 ELT; Elite CH            Izzy- ORT B-A-C; NW1- NW2- NW3x2
Nose Work Student and Enthusiast - For Life !

Starting Nose Work in 2010 with a new pup, Digger, as a not so successful dog sport enthusiast, Jill began home schooling with friends on Friday afternoons, tossing toys in snow banks and watching their dogs hunt for balls in luggage. Then Dana Zinn and NACSW were discovered in the Denver area and by 2011 Jill became passionate about NACSW™ K9 Nose Work® and its focus on the importance of all things "dog". Becoming a CNWI in 2014 and learning nose work "up" the leash instead of down, has been her passion in building a nose work team. Competing with her two dogs, Digger, Elite CH now competing at the Summit level and Izzy competing at NW3, teaching and coaching regularly in Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Montana with classes in Grand Junction, Eagle and the Denver area, she also stays extremely busy hosting NACSW trials throughout Colorado 6-7 times per. Jill is a passionate NACSW student and finds the focus on TEAM and learning from our dogs the difference maker in scent detection sport training. Jill has also been a professional ski instructor and scuba diving instructor with acute knowledge of training and teaching human sports founded in progressive positive learning. She feels K9 Nose Work is vastly different from other dog sport training, presenting an endless opportunity for developing, enhancing and enriching the human-canine bond by building a solid K9 Nose Work team with that same foundation in progressive positive learning for handler and dog

About Jill Kovacevich

Rules and considerations

The seminar begins at 9:00 AM and ends at 4:30 PM Saturday; 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM Sunday

Lunch will be on your own each day.  Coffee, tea and water will be provided throughout the day.

There will be a 15 minute break during each morning and afternoon session.
Videotaping will not be permitted without the express written consent of the presenter and host

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

Nose work is built for you to learn

the mindset of the dog

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.

January 26 & 27, 19


Workshop Series

- All Levels- ORT to ELT CH

Discussion- Exercises and Hands on coaching to include

     the following areas:

1- Foundation -Odor importance; source drive and 

    understanding odor communication

2- Problem Solving skill building - for you and your dog

     including working no odor; non productive areas;

     pooling and trapping; inaccessible and elevation,

     converging and merging odor; source odor and odor


3- Handler leash work - working on and off leash skills

     and building handler support skills;

4- Search area set up and hide placement for training -

     how to plan your skill building training through hide


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.


Registration Fees

 Seminar working spot one day    $90
 Seminar working spot two days  $170

Audit one day           $50

Audit two days         $90

9:00  AM - 4:30 PM Saturday

9:00 AM - 3:30 PM Sunday


Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch

Community Based Services
3212 1st Avenue South
Billings, MT 59101

Sue Sternberg                    July 28-29, 2018

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

​​​​K9 Sniffin' MT