K9 Nose Work™ Training Camp Southeast – Staff

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Ron Gaunt - Amy Herot - Jill Marie O'Brien - Teah Anders - Carolyn Barney - Linda Bramkamp - Michele Ellertson - Leah Gangelhoff - Natalie McManus - Lauralea Oliver - Barbara Schwerdt - Dana Crevling

Ron Gaunt, K9NW Co-Founder, Lead Instructor

Ron GauntNACSW™ & K9 Nose Work® Founder/Nose Work Instructor

Ron Gaunt has lived and worked with dogs the majority of his life. Ron began working with dogs and training for police dog work in 1970. He has trained, worked and managed service dogs for more than 40 years consecutively. During Ron’s 12-year tenure in the K9 unit with the Inglewood Police Department, he had the honor of working with three different K9 partners. Among Ron’s many accomplishments are multiple national certifications in detection, both explosives and narcotics. Along with many years of training detection dogs, Ron has trained hundreds of dogs for police work encompassing all aspects of K9 police work. One of Ron’s many accomplishments was that of Master Trainer. In 1981 Ron was the K-9 Program Director with the Inglewood Police Department and the training director of the Los Angeles Schutzhund Club.

Currently, Ron is the owner/operator of Travel’n ManDogs, a private detection firm established in 1995 with the purpose and objective of providing a service to private business and corporate America. His goal is to augment current security systems to facilitate the ultimate in personal safety and protection. Presently he is a working manager/handler of multiple Explosive Detection Dog teams deployed in the private sector; many of his clients are “Fortune 500” companies.

Ron has bred, raised, and trained in excess of 100 working dogs that have obtained degrees in both sport and police trials. Ron’s years of experience includes multiple breeds, but in recent years he has concentrated on German Shepherds, Labradors and Belgian Malinois for service detection work.

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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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 Teah Anders CNWI,  CPDT-KA, CMMI, Instructor

Certified Nose Work™ Instructor

Teah Anders founded Gentle Touch Pet Training in 1999 and has enjoyed teaching thousands of people how to live happier lives with their canine companions.  Through training, mutual communication and respect, it is amazing the bond and joy you can foster with your dog.  In 2008, Teah published a comprehensive dog training book entitled, “Click ‘n Connect: Training Your Dog a Lifelong Journey.”

Teah combines knowledge that she’s gained as a Certified Mental Management Instructor, a Certified Nose Work Instructor and frequent NACSW™ trial host to open up new possibilities for success in competition and life. “Once the handler is performing at their optimum level, under pressure consistently, it’s amazing how the dog responds – especially in competition. Many dog sport enthusiasts realize if they can just get out of their dog’s way, the dog will shine!  I’m excited to help handlers learn more about the mental game as it applies to K9 Nose Work® and other dog sports” 

Teah is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers and a long-time member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT). She is a Certified Nose Work Instructor through the National Association of K9 Scent Work™. Teah has also earned a CAP2 (Competency Assessment Program – Level 2) certification through Kay Laurence’s Learning About Dogs organization in the UK. She has been a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator through the American Kennel Club since 2004. Teah and Hally, her Pug, certified through Therapy Dogs International, had many years of fun cheering folks up during visits to elderly care facilities and children’s events. Teah holds a B.S. degree in business and an M.A. degree in Natural Resources Policy, Communications and Management.

In addition to teaching classes in her favorite dog sport K9 Nose Work since 2009, Teah has developed and teaches puppy, elementary, intermediate and Feisty Fido’s (for aggressive dogs) dog training classes at her facility. In addition, Teah does private in-home training and behavioral consultations.

In her free time, Teah enjoys competing in several dog sports including K9 Nose Work, where she is currently working with her English Cocker, Shamie, in NW3 and getting ready to start her Pug, Serendipity, in NW1 competitions.  Teah also enjoys Musical Canine Freestyle and Conformation. She lives in Arroyo Grande, CA, with her husband, Chuck, six dogs, 2 llamas and a goat.

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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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Linda Bramkamp CNWI, Instructor

Certified Nose Work™ Instructor

Linda has been involved in competition dog training for over 12 years.  In the Fall of 2009 she took her first Nose Work® workshop and was hooked on the sport immediately. She participated in the pilot program for instructors in Santa Rosa, CA, earning her CNWI in the spring of 2011, following up with multiple classes, instructor programs, seminars, workshops and conferences.  As the Director of the NW program at the Sport Dog Center, in Santa Rosa, CA, Linda hosted numerous Sniff-n-Go's, ORT's, workshops and seminars, as well as teaching classes for all levels.
She has been a certifying official and judge for ORT's and has taught workshops and coaching sessions in multiple states.  She has been a guest instructor at the Georgia and Colorado Nose Work® camps and CO'd and judged the Sniff-n-go at both camps.

Indy Bear, her 9-year-old husky, American Eskimo, Malamute mix with environmental sensitivities, has earned his ELT3 (Elite Level Title 3).  He was the first dog in the nation to earn the Elite Level 1& 2 titles.  Indy has participated in all three NACSW™ National Invitational events, placing third overall in 2014. He has a qualifying score for the 2017 National competition.
Her 12+ year old GSD, Aragon, was first in the nation to earn the ELT3 title and in February 2017 became the first in the nation to earn the Elite Level Champion title.  He is her second dog to qualify for the 2015 and 2017 Nationals.
Linda’s 12-year-old extremely shy Siberian Husky Tinkerbell, ELT1, also has qualified for the 2017 Nationals.  Her 11+year old diabetic Siberian Husky Sweet Pea is the first NW3Elite husky.  Foxy Lady (RIP), a Siberian Husky, achieved her NW1.  Tipped Toes, a Keeshond puppy is her wonder puppy and in February 2017, passed her ORTs, starting the Nose Work title process anew.

Through her business, K9knowswork, LLC. Linda currently offers intensive competition themed NW training sessions and offers and hosts workshops and coaching sessions at her home in Plymouth, IL and Castle Valley, UT.  Willing to set hides at a moment’s notice and an ability to set up a learning opportunity anywhere, she offers exciting coaching sessions at homes, businesses and points of interest.  Most of her students are Elite competitors and soon to be Elite competitors. She offers phone, email and video review/consultations.  Having a background in teaching children and animals, Linda is always patiently encouraging students to learn, laugh and enjoy from listening to others communicate.

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Michele Ellertson, CNWI, Instructor

Certified Nose Work Instructor™

Michele has worked as a Professional Dog Trainer for over a decade.  Prior to being swept up in the Nosework craze, she worked mostly in behavior modification.  In 2009, Michele was among the first dog trainers in New England to become involved in the National Association of Canine Scent work’s (NACSW) sport of K9 Nosework, and she was instrumental in establishing the foundation necessary to make the sport a success in this region of the country.  She currently works with the NACSW as a Certifying Official, Trial Representative, and has hosted numerous trials in the New England area.  It’s no secret the sport has skyrocketed, and Michele’s intense schedule of regular weekly classes, private lessons, and specialty clinics throughout the country show it.  In addition to having the honor of teaching at the National K9NW Camps, she owns “The Dog’s PACE” out of Massachusetts, and manages the scent work division “Follow Thy Nose,” which is comprised of all things Nose Work!

Personally, Michele is owned and loved by four dogs.  Three she rescued, a poodle mix named Harley, and a Chihuahua/Terrier mix named Hemi, and one of her two young German Shepherd’s, Hannah.  Chaser is the newest member of the family, a 3-year-old German Shepherd, and they have been having fun exploring training and foundation concepts.  Harley has recently earned his NW3 Elite title placing in many of those efforts, and received the Harry Award, which is given to the most outstanding rescue dog that demonstrates extraordinary ability and spirit in nose work at the NW1 level.  Hannah is also a recipient of this award, along with her NW1 Pronounced title.  At all of 14 pounds, Hemi is currently competing in the Elite Trial Division, has earned her ELT1 and ELT2 titles, and had the opportunity to compete 2015 K9 Nosework National Invitational. 

Although her professional and personal interests have led Michele to train in a variety of dog sports, Michele’s primary goals are in the sports of Obedience, Nosework, and has dabbled in a few others.  Michele’s fondness for Nosework comes from the tremendous benefits it offers to all dogs.  From confidence building, bonding, mental stimulation, and pure enjoyment, this sport offers so much to both dog and handler.

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Leah Gangelhoff CNWI, Instructor

Certified Nose Work™ Instructor

Leah Gangelhoff, CNWI is a professional dog trainer and behavior consultant and owner of Flint Hill K-9 Training LLC in Birmingham, AL (www.flinthillk9.com). She received her formal education in dog training and behavior, with a particular interest in detection training from Triple Crown School for Dog Trainers in 2001-2002. She has owned and operated her own successful training and behavior business since 2002, both in Los Angeles, CA and Birmingham, AL. Prior to moving back to her home city of Birmingham in 2007, Leah lived and worked in Los Angeles for 16 years during which time she studied under, trained with, and certified dogs to professional level in narcotics detection with K9 Nose Work® co-founders Ron Gaunt & Amy Herot and was a member of their twice-weekly on-going detection training group, logging 10 hours/wk from 2004-2006.

Leah holds a degree in psychology and has an extensive background in psychological research in the areas of learning and developmental theory, both of which provide a very strong foundation for her work by significantly deepening her understanding of canine training methodologies. She is a Certified K9 Nose Work® Instructor, an NACSW™ Senior Faculty Member and a member of the following organizations: Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW™), International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP), and she is an American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Good Citizen Evaluator.

Leah has worked with the Greater Birmingham Humane Society conducting staff trainings on canine behavior, implementing training techniques to help dogs become more adoptable, and conducting canine temperament assessments.  She also volunteers with local elementary schools giving Bite Prevention seminars for children. Leah is the chosen Training and Behavior Consultant to Adopt-A-Golden Birmingham, providing foster volunteer training, obedience and behavior modification to dogs needing forever homes and to newly adopted dogs and their owners.

She is a Certified K9 Nose Work® Instructor and an NACSW™ Senior Faculty Member.  Leah currently teaches all levels of K9 Nose Work® Classes in Birmingham, AL, co-teaches K9 Nose Work® workshops and skills clinics with the Co-founders, is active in developing and teaching Continuing Education Programs for CNWI and ANWI, and offers seminars and coaching clinics to handler/dogs teams across the country. Leah serves as a Certifying Official (C.O.) and Judge for NACSW™ sanctioned K9 Nose Work® Trials and as a Certifying Official and Judge for K9 Nose Work® Odor Recognition Tests (ORTs).

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Natalie McManus, CNWI, Instructor

Certified Nose Work™ Instructor

Natalie is a Certified Nose Work Instructor with the National Association for Canine Scent Work and long time Score Room Lead. She has been training/trialing in Nose Work for 8 years and co-teaching classes for 6 years. She has been very involved in the sport since even before she started trialing, both volunteering and later hosting trials. She has titled an Australian Shepherd mix, Cinnamon (RIP), a Pomeranian, Bentley (1st Pomeranian to achieve an NW1 title, and a friend's dog), a Border Collie, Hazel (2nd Border Collie to achieve an NW3 title), and a Belgian Malinois, Icie. Currently, Hazel is in Elite Division (almost to ELT2) and Icie is working on NW3. 

Natalie fell in love with K9 Nose Work because it provided an outlet for Cinnamon, who was very reactive. Her improvement through K9 Nose Work allowed her to compete in agility as well. She finds nose work exciting because it helps dogs gain confidence while using their natural abilities. Natalie has also had the pleasure of training guinea pigs to detect gun powder. She plans to teach her horse nose work, but in the meantime, they're working on trail obstacle trials.

Natalie and her husband, Michael, live in the high desert of Southern California with their 4 dogs, 12 sheep, 2 horses, and guinea pig.

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Lauralea Oliver, CNWI, Instructor

Certified Nose Work™ Instructor

Lauralea is a Certified Nose Work Instructor® and is lead trainer in the scent dog detection program at H.T. Harvey & Associates. At H.T. Harvey her responsibilities include training, housing and caring for program detection dogs; handling trained detection dogs on wildlife surveys; and managing training logs. In the field, Lauralea handles an avian fatality detection dog that also happens to be her personal dog. George, a Malinois/Rottweiler cross, successfully went from being a shelter dog to a successful working dog alongside his owner/handler. In addition to her work with George, Lauralea also trains and handles her personal dog Bolt, a Cattle Dog/Border Collie cross, on malignant fungal species detection in coordination with the UC Berkeley Botany Department and H.T. Harvey.

Lauralea has been working with dogs since 2000 in many environments and disciplines including shelters, working dogs, pet dogs and service dogs. In the canine detection field, Lauralea worked as a bed bug detection dog handler with her Malinois, Mayhem. During his time, the team provided canine inspection services at several types of residences including assisted living facilities, apartment complexes and private homes.

In addition to her work with detection dogs, Lauralea owns and operates a professional dog training business K9inSCENTive, LLC which serves the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles areas. Her business has provided private and group behavior consultations, dog training, and K9 Nose Work training since 2004. Lauralea also provides evaluations and training services for working detection canines to multiple agencies including police departments, private security, pest control companies and Search & Rescue organizations.

Prior to joining H.T. Harvey & Associates, Lauralea was the Behavior, Training & Enrichment Lead at Best Friends Animal Society - Los Angeles. While at Best Friends, she managed the Behavior Department as the Lead Dog Trainer for the Best Friends Pet Adoption Center in Mission Hills and the NKLA Adoption Center in West Los Angeles. Her responsibilities included evaluating the safety and behavior/training needs of all resident shelter dogs and cats; creating and implementing all staff and volunteer animal handling protocols and training programs; teaching on-site dog training classes in basic obedience, canine manners, K9 Nose Work® and Volunteer Handler Training.

Lauralea shares her home with her family of canines. Two of her dogs have titles in K9 Nose Work®; Fern, a GSD/Kelpie mix, and Mayhem both earned their NW3 Titles. She is currently working to earn the next titles with both girls.

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Barbara Schwerdt, CPDT-KA, CNWI, Instructor

Certified Nose Work™ Instructor

Barbara Schwerdt, BA, CPDT-KA, CNWI, Founding Instructor, NACSW Certifying Official (CO), Trial Judge, Senior Faculty Member, New Instructor Education Faculty and Instructor Continuing Education Committee member.

Barbara and her K9 Landis have been competing in K9 Nose Work since its inception in late 2009. They were the 3rd team in the country to earn an NW3Elite Title (June 2012). Landis has been a “demo” dog for countless seminars, nose work fun days, dog-in-white, and educational videos. They have qualified for all four National Invitational events to date and competed in the first 3. After earning his Elite 1 title in 2016, Landis has gone into semi-retirement. He still enjoys a good search and looks forward to each Elite trial he enters.

In addition to her role as a CO, Barbara is a senior faculty member and has traveled near and far to teach a variety of seminars and coaching sessions. Some topics include Trial Prep for NW1, NW2, and NW3, Converging Odor, Inaccessible Hides, Problem Solving, and Hide Placement. She has been a K9 Camp Instructor since the very first camp in 2010 and is currently on faculty for New Instructor Education. She teaches local weekly K9 Nose Work classes for students at the NW3 and Elite levels.

By day Barbara is a full-time corporate trainer holding the position of Director of Education and Training for a not-for-profit property management company. She holds a BA degree in Deaf Studies with a minor in Gerontology from California State University, Northridge.

She is also the co-owner (with her husband Gerry) of “Safe at Home Pet Care”, a company providing dog walking, pet-sitting and house-sitting services, and dog training.

Barbara is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), NACSW, the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS), Pet Sitters International (PSI), Association for Talent Development (ATD), AIDs LifeCycle Training Ride Leaders, and Shifting Gears Cycling Club.

She has been an avid distance cyclist since 2011 and has raised nearly $26,000 for AIDS LifeCycle, a non-profit organization in California which provides much needed services to those infected with/affected by HIV/AIDS. 

Barbara is grateful to share her life with her husband Gerry, her German Shepherd Landis, a house cat named Parker, a stray cat that hangs out on her back porch named Emmie, and the newest member of the family Cassandra Sue (Cassie), a black-lab mix that loves K9 Nose Work almost as much as her big brother does!

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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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