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Amy Herot - Jill Marie O'Brien - Carolyn Barney - Christina Bunn - Karin Damon - Michele Ellertson - Michele Garlick - Fred Helfers - Jason Heng - Gail McCarthy - Jean Richardson - Dorothy Turley - Dana Crevling - Dana Zinn
NACSW™ & 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
NACSW™ & 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.
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 participated in the 2017 NACSW National Invitational winning one of the searches and placing in another.
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.
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 18 years and has owned and operated her own facility for over 12 of those years. Christina has evaluated hundreds of canines for work in detection and has trained over 150 for the detection of controlled substances. At one point, Christina had over 50 dogs working throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and the country of Brazil. Among the dogs that worked in Oregon, 11 of those dogs had been with Oregon State Police.
Christina has been an instructor at the Pacific Northwest Police Detection Dog Association’s conference for the last 10 years. Christina is a volunteer for Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue and has served in many capacities for 18 years. During her time with SCVSAR Christina has handled two canines. K9 Matty was an area search dog and was also crossed trained to locate human remains. K9 Matty’s daughter K9 Springfield was a trailing K9 and was also crossed trained for human remains. Christina and her K9 partners were utilized on hundreds of missions and had multiple successes in live find as well as human remains. She is the trainer for the county’s HRD Team and conducts weekly trainings.
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 has registered two canines with Pet Partners and HOPE Animal Assisted Crisis Response. During Christina and K9 Springfield’s career together they deployed to the Marysville Pilchuck Highschool murder suicide, the SPU shooting and the HWY 530 Mudslide providing comfort to those involved in these crises.
With over 45 collective years in the working and companion dog realm, Christina has worked with humane societies, boarding kennels, and veterinarian hospitals. She is a Canine Good Citizen/STAR Puppy/AKC Tricks Evaluator, Certified Nose Work Instructor and Trial Judge. She teaches 7 sport detection classes a week for all levels from intro to Elite. Having 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 competes at the Utility level in Competitive Obedience with her Dutch Shepherd, “Dori”. Christina and “Dori” also compete in Tracking, Agility, Lure Coursing, FAST, and Dock Diving. They are also training for Herding competition. They have several competitive titles under their belts. Christina is married, the mother of 5 adult children, 2 stepsons, and 11 grandchildren to boot.
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.
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.
Certified Nose Work™ Instructor
Michele Garlick is a professional dog trainer and owner of Whole K9 LLC in Orinda, CA. She holds a BS in Psychology, and in her first career as a Corporate Trainer in New York City, she translated various technologies and technical jargon into a useful resources for business development initiatives. She came to pet dog training over 6 years ago in California while pursuing her competitive interests in dog sports. Since then, Michele has worked with numerous pet and shelter dogs at the East Bay SPCA and San Francisco SPCA and has taught a variety of classes from puppy socialization through reactive dog.
While working with pet and shelter dogs, Michele was seeking a creative outlet for reactive dogs and their handlers, and this led her to attend the first Northern California K9 Nose Work® workshop. Michele loved the possibilities, became a certified instructor and now teaches all levels of K9 Nose Work®; working with handlers with shy and reactive dogs looking for fun up through teams preparing for NW3 competition.
She is a graduate of the Marin Humane Society's Canine Behavior Academy as well as Bob Bailey’s Chicken Camps, and is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. Michele currently serves as the Detection Liaison for The Police and Working K-9 Foundation, is certified in pet first aid and CPR and is active with local German Shepherd rescue.
Certified Nose Work™ Instructor
Fred Helfers started training and handling detection canines in 1982 while working in law enforcement. Fred trained and worked two drug detection canines during his 28 years in law enforcement. Over the past 34 years Fred has expanded his knowledge of detection canines by training canines and handlers in the fields of drug detection, insect detection, natural gas detection and accelerant detection.
Further, for over 20 years Fred operated a professional detection dog training kennel and training facility for police officers, training drug, accelerant, natural gas and insect detection canines and their handlers. Fred’s passion and recognized expertise in training detection canine teams has led him to conduct training seminars and classes throughout United States, Canada, Australia, Sweden and Brazil.
Fred is the past president of the Washington State Police Canine Association and the founding President - President Emeritus of the Pacific Northwest Police Detection Dog Association (pnwk9.org). Fred’s recognized expertise in the training of detection canines and handlers led to Fred being appointed as a founding member of the Scientific Working Group on Dog and Orthogonal Factors (SWGDOG.org) and currently as a member of Organization of Scientific Area Committee (OSAC - Dogs and Sensors Group). Fred has judged numerous detection canine competitions from the World Police and Fire games (Detection Canines) in Vancouver, Canada to the National Invitational K9Nosework® Trials in Santa Rosa, Ca. Over the past 34 years, Fred Helfers has trained literally hundreds of professional canines and their handlers. Along with being recognized as a master trainer in detection canines Fred is recognized as a judge, certifying official for ORT and Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI) for NACSW in the USA and also ACSW in Australia.
Fred has authored “The Nose Work Handler Journal”, Olfaction and Odour Manual and most recently “The Nose Work Handler”.
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 Pennsylvania K9 Nose Work® camp serval times and has been a part-time instructor at Texas, 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. 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, scoring high enough to also qualify for the 2017 NACSW National Invitational where they competed with 46 of the top qualifiers in November 2017 in Springfield, MA.
He has competing at all levels, NW1 through Elite in almost 100 NACSW™ trials in 20 states with his 3 Shiba Inu and Labrador and has attended six K9 Nose Work® camps. Jason continues to compete, Atlas at League level, and Bailey and Lexi in the Elite Division, trialing over 25 times at the Elite Division 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
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 over 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 eleven canine teams who have obtained their NW3 Elite Titles. Four of these students have achieved their Elite 2 Title and two other students have achieved their Elite 3 Titles. Several of these NW3 Elite handlers competed in the 2017 NACSW™ National Invitationals held this past November 2017 in Springfield, Massachusetts. Please see the “Accolades Page” of Gail's website www.scentinelnosework.com for a listing of Gail’s students’ successes in K9 Nose Work™.
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, Conformation and K9 Nose Work®.
Since becoming a CNWI in 2011 she has brought K9 Nose Work® to the central coast 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 is now the CO Training Liaison in charge of Certifying Official education and training as well as the NACSW’s National Trial Site Advisor.
Before moving to Oregon in 2008, she was an Instructor for Guide Dogs of America in Sylmar, CA, helping to train and then pair hundreds of 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 ELT1 L1V. Charlie has the honor of being the first Basset Hound in the country to earn a NW3 and NW3 Elite title. Field Champion Heirline Whirlybird, TD, NW2 L1I, a Basset Hound and Fasth von Herzensfreude NW3 L1C L1I, a three year old German Shepherd.
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 had the honor of attending the National Invitational in November, 2017.
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™!
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.