Problem solving for Interiors with Jill Marie O’Brien, CNWI

We are very excited to offer a round of off site classes with Jill Marie O’Brien, NACSW Co-Founder!

Problem solving for Interiors with Jill Marie O’Brien, CPDT-KA, NACSW Co-Founder
Date: Sunday, January 10
Location: Trading Post Lodge, Hale Reservation, 80 Carby Street, Westwood, MA
Cost: $70 per team
Limit: 10 working spots per class
Class times:
NW1 from 9:00 – 11:00 am
NW2/NW3 from 11:00 – 1:00 pm
NW2/NW3 from 1:30 – 3:30 pm

Trading Post buildingDuring this 2-hour class, you will have a chance to work with your dog on interior searches and receive feedback from Jill Marie. Her focus is identifying intent in the dog and helping the handler make better calls. We may also work on some hide placement challenges. Our setting is a beautiful lodge with kitchen and fireplace, and parking right across the road.

Please be aware that Hale Reservation is open to the public during the winter, and we usually encounter a few off leash dogs coming down the main road that runs between the parking lot and the lodge. So far it has not been a problem, and people have complied with putting their dogs on leash when we ask them.


Due to expected high demand for these classes, we will do a random draw for working spots. Limited to one spot per handler per day. You may enter as many dogs as you like in the draw. Any dogs not selected in the draw will be put on the wait list.

  • Online registration will open on Dec. 26, 2015 and the draw will be conducted on Jan. 1, 2016.
  • You will be notified via email by Jan. 2, 2016 if you received a working spot.
  • We will do a single draw for the two NW2/NW3 classes, and then do our best to place the draw winners in their desired time slot.
  • Those who do not receive a spot will be placed on the wait list.

Entries are currently closed. Draw will be conducted 1/1/16.


Payments can be made via check or credit card (via PayPal). You will receive payment instructions if selected in the draw.

Refunds and cancellations

Registration for classes or events is considered complete when payment is received. Refunds minus a $10 administration fee will be issued up to 1 week before the class or event date. Submit written notification to cancel by mail or email. No refunds after that date. Registration is not transferable within 7 days of the class date. A $25 fee will be charged for returned checks.

About Jill Marie O’Brien, CPDT-KA, NACSW Co-Founder

100_Jill_Beckett_KissJill Marie has been working with and training dogs since 1987. She has been the Director of Behavior and Training at spcaLA since 1996. During her tenure there she has overseen the creation and continuing development of that agency’s first Animal Behavior and Training Department in its 130 plus year history.

Jill Marie’s twenty years of dog training experience includes agility, tracking, AAT, Schutzhund and detection training along with many hours of K9 Nose Work development and instruction. Her training philosophy is one of building strong working relationships and bonds between dogs and their handlers using positive, fun and motivational techniques. She is a strong advocate of ongoing education and development of skills. Not only has she attended many educational conferences and courses, but she has also organized educational events featuring some of the most sought-after lecturers and behavior experts in the world. She believes education for the humans is as important as education for the canines. Jill Marie is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer, long time member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and is a facilitator for the Southern California Dog Trainers Forum.

Jill Marie and her dog Beckett are a nationally certified Narcotics Detection Team and took 1st place, novice division in the Oxnard Police K9 Inaugural Trial, 2009. She has been a long-time agility enthusiast and has competed and trained in agility since 1990. In addition to her work with Beckett, Jill and her other dogs have earned many training titles and have competed at the USDAA’s Grand Prix of Dog Agility. Jill Marie’s newest partner is Raven, a Belgian Malinois. Jill Marie shares her life with her son and wonderful husband for whom she thanks everyday for their patience and understanding as she continues to build and develop her understanding and skill working with dogs and their people.