K9 Nose Work™ Training Camp Southwest – Staff

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Ron Gaunt - Amy Herot - Jill Marie O'Brien - Ramona Audette - Karin Damon - Jacy Kelley - Gail McCarthy - Jean Richardson - Dana Zinn - Dana Crevling - Jason Heng

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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Ramona Audette, CNWI

Certified Nose Work™ Instructor

Ramona is the Owner and Training Director of California Academy of Dog Behavior. www.cadogbehavior.com

Ramona first became interested in training dogs in 1988 when she became a “puppy raiser” for Guide Dogs of America.  She became interested in behavior and all the nuances of dog training when she realized there was more to dog training than just giving commands.

In 1993, she went to work for Guide Dogs of America and in 2002 went to Accord, New York to pursue more dog training skills and become certified. To learn more about dog behavior, by training chickens, she went to Hot Springs, Arkansas in 2004 and 2005 and to Sequim, Washington, in 2007. 

Because she has fun with her dogs and loves to watch dogs have fun while learning, Fun Nose Work was a natural fit. In 2008, she became involved with Fun Nose Work and, in 2009, became a Certified K9 Nose WorkR Instructor. One of the first seven CNWI’s.

Because of her passion for helping people, and their dogs, Ramona continually attends seminars and workshops on training and dog behavior.

Ramona is an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, a member of the Downey Dog Obedience Group and the Labrador Retriever Club of So. Calif.  She is also a member of the Southern California Dog Trainers Forum, Southern California Dog Obedience Council and a member of the National Association of Canine Scent Work.  She has competed with her own dogs in Agility, Dock diving, Obedience, Rally and K9 NoseworkR , and currently, also playing with Treibball.

She is a K9 NoseworkR Founding Instructor, a NACSW Sr. Faculty Member, a K9 NoseworkTrial Judge and Certifying Official, and a K9NW Trial Site Advisor.  She teaches classes and workshops.  Ramona and her dog, Anton, are the second team to obtain the NW3-Elite Nosework Title. He has also earned the NW3 Element Titles; NW3-I, NW3-E, NW3-V and NW3-C. Anton has also earned the ELT-1 title.

They participated in the first NACSW National Invitational, where she and her dog Anton finished first on Saturday and third overall, on Sunday.

Along with K9 NoseworkR classes, Ramona also teaches Obedience classes, Canine Good Citizen classes and does In-Home training. She has also taught at Pennsylvania and Colorado NW Camps.


 

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Karin Damon CNWI,  Instructor

Certified Nose Work™ Instructor

Karin has been involved in performance events with dogs for 15 years. She started out in a basic obedience class with her Golden Retriever, Keebler, and put an AKC Versatility title on him. She is presently competing in agility, tracking, obedience and nose work with her other Goldens: Derby, Jig and Jeep. All of the clan has been involved in advertising – showing up in various places such as commercials for Claritin, Pedigree, PetSmart Dog Food, A&P Food Stores, and even appearing on “Conan O’Brien” and “Saturday Night Live”. Jeep most recently appeared on the cover of Dog Fancy and Jig has been on the AKC Website. 

Karin has achieved the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW) Elite 3 title with Jig and Jeep received the Elite 2 title with a pronounced.  Jig was the first Golden Retriever in the country to earn the Elite 3 title.  Karin and Jig participated in the NACSW National Invitational in California in 2013 as one of 13 dogs selected throughout the country and was Dog in White for the 2014 NACSW National Invitational. Karin is a Certifying Official for NACSW Trials and is a Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI) teaching nose work since the sport came to the East Coast in March of 2010.

Karin became a certified Pet Tech First Aid and CPR Instructor in San Diego, CA and is working to finish her Canine Rehabilitation Certificate from the University of Tennessee. She was selected to work at the 1996 Olympic games in Atlanta, Georgia in the equestrian, mountain biking and modern pentathlon venues.

Karin recently retired as the Head Athletic Trainer at Centenary College to start her own business. She is the owner of Shamrock Pot of Gold K9 Scenter in New Jersey.

 

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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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Gail McCarthy, CNWI, Instructor

Certified Nose Work™ Instructor

As the instructor at Scentinel Nose Work Dog Training, Gail has worked with horses and dogs all her life.  She rode Hunter/Jumper horses and Three-Day Eventing horses professionally for many years after graduating from college and gave horseback riding lessons up through the advanced levels in dressage and in eventing. When Gail moved to Massachusetts to go to law school, her training interests shifted to working with search and rescue (SAR) dogs and, over the past twenty-five years, she attended over one hundred workshops and seminars from some of the most preeminent detection dog trainers in the country in her quest to learn how best to train independent, focused, reliable and efficient detection dogs.

While Gail recently retired from canine SAR, during that time period she trained and certified three dogs as wilderness live find search dogs, two dogs to the State Advanced Level.  One of these dogs she also trained and certified twice at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Advanced Level Live Find Disaster Dog Evaluation.  Another dog Gail trained certified twice to the State Advanced Level in Human Remains Detection.  Gail was the founder and former Training Director for the Massachusetts Rescue & Recovery K9 Unit and was a founder, former Chairperson and Canine Evaluator with the Massachusetts State Search and Rescue Federation.  Gail was also a Canine Handler with the FEMA’s Urban Search and Rescue, Massachusetts Task Force 1 since 1994 as well as a FEMA Lead Live Find Disaster Dog Evaluator and a FEMA Human Remains Detection Evaluator.  In these capacities, Gail has worked with numerous SAR dogs over the years and freely shared her knowledge and experience, helping many people achieve their SAR certifications.  In recognition of Gail’s consistent dedication to the promotion of volunteer canine SAR in Massachusetts and to the training she gave her dogs and to her fellow handlers, the Massachusetts State Senate awarded her a “Massachusetts State Senate Citation,” a legislative award of distinction.

As a NACSW™ Faculty Member, Gail has instructed at most of the K9 Nose Work® Training Camps held in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Colorado, and Oregon.  Currently, she serves as a NACSW™ Judge and Certifying Official-in-Training for NACSW™ sanctioned K9 Nose Work® Competition Trials.  She has been teaching K9 Nose Work® classes for almost ten years and brings her past training experience to her students, many of whom now are among New England’s top title holders in K9 Nose Work®. Gail is the instructor of eight canine teams who have obtained their NW3 Elite Titles.  One of these students has achieved her Elite 2 Title and, recently, another student with her little Sheltie, Thorfinn, achieved their Elite 3 Title. Some of these NW3 Elite handlers will be competing in the 2017 NACSW™ National Invitationals being held this coming November in Springfield, Massachusetts. Please see the “Accolades Page” of Gail's website www.scentinelnosework.com for a listing of her students’ successes in K9 Nose Work™.  

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Jean Richardson, CNWI,  Instructor

Certified Nose Work™ Instructor

Jean is the owner of Wells Creek Dog Training on the Central Coast of Oregon and has been involved in dog training in various forms since 1984.  She began training her personal dog for obedience competition at that time and has continued to learn along the way.  She has competed and trained her own personal dogs to titles in AKC Obedience and Rally, Agility, Herding, Tracking, Field Trials and Conformation and K9 Nose Work. 

Since becoming a CNWI in 2011 she has brought K9 Nose Work to the Central area of Oregon, teaching many classes for various organizations in the area including Safe Haven Humane Society and the Emerald Dog Obedience Club.  She has since gone on to become a NACSW Certifying Official and a Regional Score Room Lead for the Pacific Northwest region as well as the NACSW’s National Trial Approval Coordinator.

Before moving to Oregon in 2008, she was an Instructor for Guide Dogs of America in Sylmar, Ca, helping to train and then pair guide dogs with visually impaired recipients.   She has also been involved in teaching obedience, puppy and reactive dog classes in Southern California as well as Oregon.  

Jean and her husband currently share their home with Field Champion Heirline Five O Clock Charlie, VC RN CA TDX NW3 Elite, L1V.  Charlie has the honor of being the first Basset Hound in the country to earn an Elite title.   Field Champion Heirline Whirlybird, TD, NW2, L1I – A Basset Hound;   Diesel von Herzensfreude, RA, NW3 Elite,NW3-I, NW3-C, NW3-E, NW3-V, L1E a German Shepherd who has taught Jean all about NACSW faults, alerts and inaccessible hides to the benefit of her students and Fasth von Herzensfreude NW2, L1C, a three year old German Shepherd.

 

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Dana Zinn CPDT-KA, CNWI, Instructor

Certified Nose Work™ Instructor

Dana Zinn has been working with and training dogs since 1999. Her many years of dog training experience include working at the spcaLA as an Animal Behavior & Training Specialist. It was the time working with dogs in the shelter that drew her to the sport of K9 Nose Work®; not only for her own dogs, but for the many dogs in need of a “job” to do.

Dana was involved in the first publicly offered Nose Work class in the Long Beach area. She not only participated but eventually assisted in instruction. From there Dana became involved in the development of the K9 Nose Work® instructor certification program. Dana was one of the first participants to be certified as an instructor for the K9 Nose Work® curriculum approved by the National Association of Canine Scent Work, LLC. She is proud to be a founding faculty member and a certifying official for sanctioned NACSW trials across the country. In regard to K9 Nose Work®, her learning never stops as she continues to teach classes, instruct at camps, and compete in trials. One of her proudest moments was placing first in the 2014 NACSW National Invitational. 

Dana has participated in a variety of canine activities such as obedience, herding, agility and of course Nose Work. Dana moved from California with her family to Golden, Colorado in 2008 and has brought the sport of K9 Nose Work® with her.

Dana strives to increase her knowledge about canine behavior and instruction. She has attended and helped coordinate many seminars featuring some of the world’s most sought after speakers. One of her most memorable educational experiences was working with and learning from the renowned dog behavior expert and trainer John Rogerson. She has traveled to England and Washington state to work with and assist him on many courses including his 21-day Instructors’ Course.

Dana is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and a member of the Colorado Trainers’ Networking Group. Dana was certified as a professional dog training in 2005 by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT).

Dana currently shares her life with her wonderful husband Ken, two beautiful children Jessica & Ben, and her best learning tools: her canine partners Kudos, a Belgian Tervuren, and Winnie, Labrador Retriever.

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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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Jason Heng, CPDT-KA, CNWI, Operations Manager & Instructor

Certified Nose Work™ Instructor

Jason is the owner of HengTen K9 Training in the Austin, TX metro area specializing in teaching K9 Nose Work®. Jason has attended hundreds of hours of K9 Nose Work® training seminars taught by the founders of the NACSW™ in addition to other talented instructors and professional trainers. Jason works with the NACSW™ as a Certifying Official for NACSW™ trials and as a Certifying Official/Judge for ORTs. He also had the pleasure of being and instructor at the 2015 Pennsylvania K9 Nose Work® camp and has been a part-time instructor at both Georgia and Colorado K9 Nose Work® Camps. Jason attended his first K9 Nose Work® camp in GA in 2012. A proud camp moment was receiving the Red Bandana Award in 2013 and seeing the difference a year makes in the confidence of his dog Atlas.

As an instructor, NACSW™ Certifying Official for Trials and Nose Work enthusiast he travels extensively for all things related to Nose Work. He has competing at all levels EST, NW1 through Elite in over 75 NACSW™ trials in over 17 different states with his 3 Shiba Inu and Labrador and has attended six K9 Nose Work® camps. Jason's dog Atlas earned NW1, NW2, and NW3 Titles in 2013, NW3 Elite in 2015, and ELT-CH - accumulating 1000 points in Elite Division trials in May 2017. He continues to compete at the Elite level with Atlas, Bailey and Lexi, trialing more than 20 times at the Elite trial level.

Jason spent a year as a K9 handler with a GSD doing bed bug detection for a pest control company. He logged hundreds of detection hours all over Texas. At the pest control company, he also trained an additional bug detection dog as part of a grant with the US Department of Agriculture. 

Jason has been teaching K9 Nose Work® classes since 2012 and is a NACSW™ Certifying Official for trials. Since becoming a CNWI in 2013 he has been working to grow Nose Work in Texas by hosting over 20 trial days at all levels. In addition, he continues to share his extensive trial experience with teams throughout the country through trial preparation and handler coaching seminars.

Before moving to Texas in 2009, Jason, his wife Katy and daughter Jamie lived in Colorado for many years. Jason enjoys traveling and is excited about learning from the variety of dogs participating in K9 Nose Work® and meeting nose work enthusiasts from all over the country.

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