K9 Nose Work™ Training Camp Midwest- Staff

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Amy Herot - Jill Marie O'Brien - Carolyn Barney - Kimberly Buchanan - Christina Bunn - Donna Hreniuk - Jennie Keifer - Jacy Kelley - Nancy Reyes - Dorothy Turley - Sarah Woodruff - Dana Crevling - Laura Yurchak

Amy Herot CPDT-KA, K9NW Co-Founder, Lead Instructor

Amy HerotNACSW™ & K9 Nose Work™ Founder/Nose Work Instructor

Amy is a professional K9 trainer and handler and brings over a decade of experience to her work. She has certified teams in Narcotics and Explosives and has logged over 1500 instructional hours in detection dog training.  As co-founder of K9 Nose Work, and the National Association of Canine Scent Work Association,LLC™ (NACSW), she has sought to bring that experience to companion dogs and handlers through the development of nose work classes and sport events. She and her partners launched and sponsored the first organized Fun Nose Work competition, a Nose Work Practice Match and the first national K9 Nose Work™ trial, a titling event in January 2009.

In the canine sport world Amy has trained dogs for tracking, agility, sheepherding, protection sports, and detection.  She has competed nationally with her Dutch Shepherd, Maya and took 3rd place in Narcotics Detection at the Gold Coast K9 Working Dog Trials and 1st place, open division, at the Oxnard Police K9 Foundation Inaugural Trial, 2009.  Her Belgian Malinois, Seven, is a nationally certified explosives detection dog and took 1st place in the Explosives Building Search at the 2009 Ventura County Sheriff's K9 Trial.

Amy holds a Bachelor of Science from NYU and is nationally certified through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT).  Additionally, she is a graduate of the Balu Academy for Dog Trainers and is a John Rogerson associate here in the U.S. 

Her professional memberships and affiliations include the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), Southern California Dog Trainers’ Forum (SCDTF), Southern California Schutzhund Club, and International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators (IABTI).  Amy gives much volunteer time and expertise to the betterment of shelter dogs. Some of Amy’s other achievements have been the 2007 President's Volunteer Service Award, spcaLA's 2005 Outstanding H.E.A.L. (Helping Enhance Animals Lives) Volunteer and 2006 Volunteer of the Year.

Amy is owner of the Los Angeles based All Good Dogs, LLC.   www.allgooddogs.biz

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Jill Marie O'Brien, CPDT-KA, K9NW Co-Founder, Lead Instructor

Jill Marie O'BrienNACSW™ & K9 Nose Work® Founder/Nose Work Instructor

Jill Marie has been working with and training dogs since 1987. Jill Marie spent fourteen years as Director of Behavior and Training for spcaLA. During her tenure with spcaLA, she supervised the creation and development of that agency's first Animal Behavior and Training Department since the agency’s inception in 1877. Jill’s career at spcaLA started in 1996 when she joined the agency to fulfill a grant from KalKan to educate inner-city youth on dog bite prevention and feral dog safety.  While there she participated in the Teaching Love and Compassion program (TLC), a program that matches at-risk youth with shelter dogs for a 3 week program that teaches young people life skills in patience, anger management and conflict resolution. Jill Marie also developed a Canine Behavior Assessment protocol in 2000 that was the only in-house assessment used for the evaluation of the shelter dogs housed at the agency.

Jill Marie's years of dog training experience includes agility, tracking, Animal Assisted Therapy, 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.

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Carolyn Barney CNWI, Instructor and Camp Store Manager

Certified Nose Work™ Instructor

Carolyn has been training dogs and their people professionally since 1985. In 1991 she founded Gemini Dog Training, a full service training and daycare facility and then DOGS! Learning Center in 2007. Carolyn focuses much of her time on behavior modification through private consulting and training classes. She educates and coaches owners of fearful, aggressive, reactive, and/or socially challenged dogs. Carolyn's teaching background includes: group classes and workshops on clicker training skills, reactive dog management, and a variety of dog sports that include K9NW, agility, obedience, tracking, and earthdog. Carolyn has trained and mentored 100’s of potential dog training instructors. Many of her previous students and staff trained through her instructor programs have gone on to become Certified Pet Dog Trainers (CPDT-KA), running their own classes and businesses.

The desire for a better understanding of the canine mind and behavior has been the motivating factor in all aspects of her dog experience. Beginning with traditional training techniques, she knew there had to be a better way. Pursuing that better way has evolved into clicker training and a more thoughtful scientific and effective use of operant and classical conditioning. Carolyn believes that training and behavior modification should be safe, enjoyable, and successful for both the dog and the humans who love them. Most importantly, she maintains an open mind to new information and what every dog has to teach the human student. Carolyn has been training, competing, and titling dogs for over 35 years in obedience, conformation, tracking, agility, earth dog, and most recently in K9 Nose Work™. Carolyn's PRT, Steiff, has earned the NW Elite title and participated in the 2014 NACSW National Invitational. Carolyn's  Border Collie, Breezy, has her Elite title and will participate in the 2017 NACSW National Invitational.

Along with her training and behavior work, Carolyn wrote Clicker Basics for Dogs and Puppies. Carolyn has 2 DVD’s from the Clean Run Instructor Conference, one on Agility Foundation and one on Scaredy Dogs. Carolyn has co-taught canine cognition/behavior courses at Harvard University Extension School with Bruce Blumberg PhD, lectures to dog trainers occasionally and worked for many years as a behavior consultant for the MSPCA, providing reactive dog training classes and behavior therapy for shelter dogs and their families. She teaches multiple K9NW classes each week from beginning students to teams with their elite titles. Carolyn's full-time job is Training Director of Operation Delta Dog, a not for profit that trains shelter dogs for veterans with PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury.


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Kimberly Buchanan, CNWI, Instructor

Certified Nose Work™ Instructor

A founding member of NACSW and one of the founding 7 Certified Nose Work Instructors, Kim has been training since 2007 and competing in K9 Nose Work® since its inception. She and her Belgian Tervuren Oscar were one of the first few teams to title to an NW1 and NW2. She and her Terv Emmy were the first to have earned the challenging NW3 title as well as the first to have earned the NW3 Elite title (= NW3 x 3) in 2011. Kim & Emmy competed in the 2013 and 2014 National Invitationals, making it to the Final Round with the 3-day format. Kim and Emmy earned a 2nd place in the first Elite trial in 2015 and looking forward to the 2015 Invitational. She is working towards an NW3-Elite with her Tervuren Zen and her young Tervuren named Story is learning to hunt for truffles.

Kim and her dogs have also trained and competed in Schutzhund, French Ring, Dock Diving, Agility, Herding, Tracking and Obedience. They have competed nationally as part of the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge, AKC and USDAA Agility and internationally in the 2011 and 2012 FMBB World Championships of Belgian Shepherds in Belgium and Italy.

Kim is a K9 Nose Work® Trial Judge and Certifying Official.  She is currently teaching K9 Nose Work® classes and hosting other K9NW activities in Southern California through her company, Joyride K9 Dog Training and is enthusiastically helping to bring the sport of K9NW to other regions of the US as Senior Faculty with the National Association of Canine Scent Work, LLC®.

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Christina Bunn CNWI,  Instructor

Certified Nose Work™ Instructor

Christina Bunn is the owner and master trainer of Puget Sound Detection Dogs. Christina has been training detection dogs for over 15 years and has owned and operated her own facility for over 9 of those years. Christina has evaluated hundreds of canines for work in detection and has trained over 150 canines for the detection of controlled substances. She currently has over 50 canines working throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and the country of Brazil. Among the dogs working in Oregon, 9 are with the Oregon State Police.

Christina has been an instructor at the Pacific Northwest Police Detection Dog Association’s conference for the last 4 years and a volunteer K9 handler with Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue in Washington for 13 years. She handled K9 Matty as an area search/air scent K9 and also crossed trained her for human remains detection. Christina handled K9 Matty’s daughter, K9 Springfield, a trailing K9, that was also crossed trained for human remains detection. Christina and her K9 partners have been utilized on hundreds of missions and have multiple successes in live finds as well as HRD. She is the trainer for the county’s HRD team and conducts weekly trainings in addition to specialized training sessions for area search/air scent handlers upon request. Annually, Christina and her SAR K9s participate in multiple community events and educational presentations such as: Science Day, Touch A Truck, Night Out Against Crime, Safety Fairs, and school presentations.

Christina trained “Terra” the Eco Dog that currently works for EcoTech LLC in Portland, Oregon. “Terra’s” duties include locating buried, leaking, heating oil tanks, and detecting soil contamination, including aviation crash sites. Christina and K9 Springfield are both a registered Pet Partners and National Animal Assisted Crisis Response team and have most recently deployed at the SPU campus and the SR 530 Mudslide.

With over 35 collective years in the working and companion dog realm, Christina has worked with humane societies, boarding kennels, and veterinarian hospitals. She trains owners to work with their pet companions, specializing in behavior modification. She is a Canine Good citizen and S.T.A.R. Puppy Evaluator, a Certified K9 Nose Work® instructor and trial judge. She teaches three K9 Nose Work® classes each week with students competing at all levels.

Having had the great honor of judging at the first National NACSW trial in 2013, Christina is known for saying, “Don’t ask your dog to lower herself to your level, you, as a handler, must rise up to your dog’s level. You must become a student of your dog.”

Christina also competes in Obedience, Rally O, and K9 Nosework competitions and has several titles on her dogs. She is a columnist for an on line newspaper twice monthly and writes about, you guessed it, dogs! She is married, the mother of 5 adult children, 2 stepsons and 11 grandchildren to boot.

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Donna Hreniuk, CNWI, Instructor

Certified Nose Work™ Instructor

Donna’s educational background is in Ethology, specifically the wolf, and she holds degrees in Zoology/Animal Behavior.  Her professional career was a research scientist in the pharmaceutical industry. 

Donna has a long history of Search and Rescue experience, specializing in Human Re

mains Detection (HRD) detection work since 1989. She has also certified dogs in other search and rescue disciplines, including air scent wilderness, water search, and disaster recovery.   She has been deployed to numerous missions including the Edison gas line explosion, 9-11 and most recently Hurricane Sa

ndy as well as numerous call outs by the FBI and state and local law enforcement agencies for cases involving abductions, homicides and the missing.

In addition to responding to search and recovery missions, Donna has served as an evaluator for the Search and Rescue Council of NJ and as a Lead Evaluator for State Urban Search and Rescue.  She was involved in developing the national standards for canine disaster recovery and certified one of the first disaster recovery dogs in the country.  She is also qualified as an expert witness for the NJ State Courts.

Donna and her new partner, Zeke, are members of the NJ Rescue & Recovery K9 Unit. Zeke is in training for human remains detection. Donna serves as a K9 Handler and Training Director for NJ Rescue & Recovery K9.  She is also co-owner of Sirius K-9 Solutions, a business that is involved in training dogs to locate various insects that are detrimental to the environment.

Due to her experience in detection dog work, Donna was approved to be a judge for the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW™) when the sport first began on the East Coast. Captured by this new sport, she completed the requirements to become a Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI) in 2010 and is currently teaching advanced level nose work.  She also serves as a Certifying Official for NACSW™ trials and as a supervising CO.

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Jennie Keifer CNWI, Instructor

Certified Nose Work™ Instructor

Jennie was introduced to K9 Nose Work® in 2009, at the first Intro to Nose Work workshop held in Northern California. Before Nose Work she did not appreciate her Golden Retriever’s intense desire to hunt critters, so was instantly hooked on the training as she channeled her dog’s instincts into a healthy and rewarding outlet for both of them. In January, 2012, Karlie became the first NW3 Golden Retriever and the first team outside of Southern California to earn an NW3 title.  In July, 2013, Jennie and Karlie earned their NW3 Elite, with Karlie becoming the first NW3 Elite Golden and continuing the pattern, Karlie was also the first ELT1 Golden in October, 2015.  Jennie and Karlie competed at the first 3 NACSW™ National Invitationals, qualified for the 2017 National Invitational, and also competed in the first Elite Division trial in Santa Rosa, CA.  Jennie never dreamed that she and Karlie would go so far and grow so much as a team. 

Jennie is currently competing with her 8 year old Golden, Abbie. Abbie started playing Nose Work games as a puppy and Jennie very quickly learned the value of this game to build self-confidence in puppies as well as adult dogs. Abbie has her ELT1 and is also qualified for the 2017 National Invitational in MA. 

Jennie has recently started her 5 month old Labrador Retriever, Emerson, in K9 Nose Work and she loves being able to apply all that she has learned over the past 8 years to the foundation training of her new pup. 

Jennie’s love of the game and the benefits it has for dogs and owners alike, motivated her to achieve CNWI status in May, 2011.  She currently teaches 10 K9 Nose Work® classes each week and also offers a number of drop-in classes.  Jennie works as part of the NACSW™ Trial Department, oversees memberships and the ORT Team, and has been a Certifying Official for the NACSW™ since 2012.  Jennie worked as a Customer Service Manager for 19 years, but recently decided to leave the corporate world to pursue her true love of working with dogs and their humans full-time. 

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Jacy Kelley, CNWI, Instructor

Certified Nose Work™ Instructor

Jacy Kelley began his professional dog handling career in the United States Air Force as a Military Working Dog Handler where he performed Narcotic and Explosive detection duties and protection details for the Department of Defense, the Secret Service, and The State Department for various heads of state. Upon his departure from service, Jacy worked for a government contractor conducting explosive detection operations. After almost 20 years of detection experience, Jacy turned his passion for dogs and the relationship between dog and owner into his own business. He is now the owner and operator of Canine Copilots, LLC in the Washington, DC area. Canine Copilots offers a variety of classes although the main focus is on K9 Nose Work.

Jacy has been offering K9 Nose Work classes since 2010 and has been instrumental in the growth of the activity and sport throughout the Mid-Atlantic. His students range from new pet owners to dog sports trainers and professional dog training instructors who want to develop K9 Nose Work programs at their businesses. As the National Association of Canine Scent Work's (NACSW) first Mid-Atlantic area Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI), Judge, Certifying Official, and National Faculty Member, Jacy brings a wealth of knowledge and perspective to all his students. With the demand for classes increasing, Jacy now has four Nose Work instructors on staff, who have been trained by him and are currently enrolled in, or completed, the NACSW’s instructors certification program.

Jacy is a thoughtful supportive instructor with a great sense of humor who strives to make each class fun for both dog and owner.


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Nancy Reyes CNWI, Instructor

Certified Nose Work™ Instructor

Nancy Reyes has been a professional dog trainer for the past 25 years. She began her love affair with animals when she was very young. Over the years she found that she enjoyed training dogs and learning more about animal behavior.

In 2004 Nancy decided it was time to venture out on her own and opened For Your K9 Inc. Melrose Park, IL. For Your K9 offers a wide variety of classes including Obedience, Agility, Rally Obedience, Tracking and Conformation. Nancy’s training philosophy is focused on developing and strengthening the bond between people and their dogs. She believes that good communication and mutual respect are key for the success of any relationship. Her approach is based on her mentor and teacher, Suzanne Clothier’s Relationship Centered Training.

Her working relationship with Suzanne has expanded over the years into working on the temperament assessment (C.A.R.A.T) Suzanne developed for Guiding Eyes for the Blind. This program provides a way to assess dogs in order to determine their individual characteristics. While working on this project, Nancy has conducted temperament testing for a variety of breeders and rescues in the Midwest. She is also working on the longitudinal comparisons for the dogs previously tested. Nancy is currently working with Suzanne on the C.A.R.A.T certification program for shelters, breeders and trainers.

Scent work has always been a big part of her business with tracking and scent work classes. In 2010 when K9 Nosework came to the Midwest it was has become a wonderful addition to her business. Currently, For Your K9 has 26 nose work classes a week and Nancy teaches 14 of those classes. Nancy is a trial host, seminar host and volunteers at the invitational. Nancy has six students that have completed their elite titles and hopefully four more will get their elite titles in the next couple of months. Her focus is on teaching and help people with their dogs. She is currently competing in K9 Nose Work with her GSD, Cha Cha and Miniature Pinscher, Lucy.

Nancy has competed in a variety of canine activities such as obedience, agility and of course K9 Nose Work®. Nancy is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and is on the National Board of World Cynosport Rally.

Nancy lives in Chicago with her husband, Gonzalo, and their 6 dogs which range from Miniature Pinscher’s to a German Shepherd and 2 cats.

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Dorothy Turley, CPDT-KA, CNWI, Instructor

Certified Nose Work™ Instructor

Dorothy is a professional, full-time dog trainer in the Olympia, Washington area. Her business, Let’s Talk Dogs, specializes in pet dog training, behavior issues and K9 Nose Work®. She began dog training as a hobby in 1995 and quickly became involved with rescue and education work as a volunteer. She eventually transitioned to training others and quit her day job in 2002 to pursue dog training as a full-time professional.

Dorothy teaches classes, private lessons and also hosts educational seminars and workshops. She has also traveled as the working assistant to Kathy Sdao, MS, CAAB (Bright Spot Dog Training). She is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) and a Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI) and continues her education by attending seminars and workshops. She has graduated from the Dogs of Course Instructor training, CNWI instructor training and 3 sessions of Bob Bailey’s “Chicken Camp.” Over the years she has also volunteered and worked at her local shelters and various rescue groups.

In early 2010 Dorothy attended her first K9 Nose Work® seminar with Ron Gaunt. She was hooked. She knew this was a great activity that she wanted to share it with her clients. She began working with her dog and car reactive dog, Zoey, and never looked back. She had no plans to compete with this particular “problem” dog so was thrilled when Zoey not only earned her NW1 title but also took first place. Dorothy is now a Supervising/Elite Certifying Official for the NACSW™. She is also an experienced trial and ORT host, National Trial Coordinator, Trial Representative and Score Room Lead for the NACSW™. She shares her life with her husband and 3 dogs (all mutts) in Rochester, Washington. She continues to compete with Zoey and Gracie at the Elite level and has recently started her Chihuahua mix, Brigette, in the sport. Dorothy and Zoey will be attending the National Invitational in November, 2017.

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Sarah Woodruff, CNWI, Instructor

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Dana Crevling CPDT-KA, CNWI, Camp Director

Camp Director

Certified Nose Work™ Instructor

Dana has made working with or for shelter dogs part of her career since 1986. She worked for not for profit animal agencies for 13 years, until 1999, when she started Dogs of Course with the first Instructor Training Course class. Her dedication to improving the lives of dogs and their owners through quality education at all levels was the motivating factor when she started the business and is the guiding force for all projects she creates. Dana continues to support charitable organizations by periodically running fundraising events and activities.

She started her professional career in dog training at Red Acre Farm Hearing Dog Center, as a trainer and then the Department Director. Her professional experience in training and behavior also includes animal shelter program coordinator for volunteers, pet training instructor, lecturer, shelter consultant, and Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue’s adoption coordinator/counselor. 

Dana is driven by her thirst for her own personal education. She has attended hundreds of events including seminars, dog camps, chicken camps, courses, and conferences. Committed to promoting dog training to the public as a skilled profession, she is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. She passed the first national certification test for dog trainers earning the title Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Accessed. She also has a B.A. in Business Administration from Babson College.

Dana has been competing in dog sports since 1984, believing in the joy of teamwork first and foremost. She has titled in obedience, field, conformation, earthdog, rally, agility and K9 Nose Work™. Dana has trained multiple dogs for K9 Nose Work competition - Dazzle NW2(Flat-Coated Rtvr.), Rizzie NW2 (Norfolk Terrier), and Monty who earned his Elite in three NW3 trials and now is working on his Elite Championship designation. Dana's young Flat-Coat, Spring, is preparing to start competing in K9 Nose Work™!

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Laura Yurchak, CPDT-KA CNWI, Operations Manager

Certified Nose Work™ Instructor

While working 25 years at Snap-on Tools, Laura decided there was something else she was supposed to be doing. So, in 1993 she started searching for that something by taking a part- time job at a local animal hospital, graduating from grooming school and completing a Pet Care Technician Program. In 1996, Laura opened Loving Paws Dog Grooming, a part-time business. Finally, in 1998 she had an epiphany; she wanted to be a dog training instructor. She attended numerous dog training workshops, seminars and conferences. 2004 gave Laura the opportunity to leave Snap-on Tools, close the grooming business and open Loving Paws LLC Dog Training. She became a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through the APDT in April of 2005.

In late 2009, Laura was intrigued by an article she read in the Whole Dog Journal about the sport of K9 Nose Work®. Luck would have it that soon after that, an Intro to K9 Nose Work® seminar took place at For Your K9 in IL with Ron and Amy. It was the first time Laura ever had a working spot in a seminar with any of her dogs. She had a blast.  Soon after, the certification course was offered there and the rest is history. Laura became a CNWI in 2011. She was the first NACSW™ K9 Nose Work® trial host in Wisconsin in July of 2012.  Since then she has hosted numerous K9 Nose Work® trials, ORTs and workshops. She has been the judge and a certifying official for numerous ORTs. Laura joined the NACSW™ CO program in 2015.  Laura played a pivotal role in bringing K9 Nose Work® Training Camp to Wisconsin in 2018 and will be the camp’s Operations Manager.

Laura still owns, operates and instructs classes for Loving Paws LLC Dog Training in Kenosha WI. She also served on the board of directors for Kenosha’s Safe Harbor Humane Society but resigned so she had more time to help them with their volunteer program and special cases.

Laura enjoys her spare time with her husband George and their three wonderful dogs Harley, Lucy and Zeke. Harley and Lucy are finishing up their NW3 titles and Zeke just started his nose work journey getting his NW1 the summer of 2017.

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