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Amy Herot - Jill Marie O'Brien - Carolyn Barney - Kimberly Buchanan - Christina Bunn - Leah Gangelhoff - Jason Heng - Jennie Keifer - Nancy Reyes - Dorothy Turley - Sarah Woodruff - Dana Crevling - Laura Yurchak
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
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 and Emmy successfully competed in the 2013, 2014 and 2015 National Invitational events. Kim and Emmy earned a 2nd place in the first Elite trial in 2015. Kim qualified both Emmy and her male Tevuren, Zen, for the 2017 National Invitational. Kim ran Zen in 2017 and placed in individual searches as well as 4th place overall. Kim’s younger dogs are preparing to fill Emmy and Zen’s big paw prints.
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 (NW1 – Elite). She is currently teaching K9 Nose Work® classes, running on-line education for NW enthusiasts and hosting other K9NW activities in Southern California through her company, Joyride K9 Dog Training. She 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®.
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
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).
Certified Nose Work™ Instructor
Jason is the owner of HengTen K9 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 and Judge for NACSW™ Trials/ORTs. He also had the pleasure of instructing at the; Colorado, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin 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 Nosework enthusiast he travels extensively for all things related to Nosework. 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.
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.
He has competed at all levels, NW1 through Summit in over 100 NACSW™ trials and other Nosework venues in over 20 states with his 3 Shiba Inu and Labrador. Jason continues to compete, Atlas at Summit League level, and Bailey and Lexi in the Elite Division, trialing over 30 times at the Elite Division trial level.
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 Nosework in Texas by hosting over 30 trial days at all levels. In addition, he continues to share his extensive trial experience with teams throughout the country through seminars and handler coaching.
Before moving to Texas in 2009, Jason, his wife Katy and daughter Jamie lived in Colorado for many years.
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.
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.
Scent work has always been a big part of her business with tracking and scent work classes. In 2010 when K9 Nose Work came to the Midwest it was has become a wonderful addition to her business. Nancy has over 20 students that have completed their elite titles and 2 students went to the 2017 NACSW Nationals. Currently, For Your K9 has 35 nose work classes a week and Nancy teaches 14 of those classes. Nancy is a trial host, seminar host, Certifying Official and a Mental Management Certified Instructor. She is currently competing in K9 Nose Work with her GSD, Cha Cha ant the Elite level and is training two new future nose work competitors, Jive, a black lab and Tango, a GSD.
She travels domestically and internationally teaching seminars on nose work, Mental Management for dog sports and animal behavior.
Nancy lives in Chicago with her husband, Gonzalo, and their 5 dogs which range from Miniature Pinscher’s to German Shepherds and 2 cats..
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.
Sarah Woodruff lives in Easton, PA. Sarah and her rescue dog, Angie, started their nose work adventures in 2011. After dabbling in a number of activities including Tricks, Rally and Agility, Sarah learned that Angie’s most favorite activity was using her nose. Sarah enrolled in the 2011 PA nose work camp to learn as much as she could about K9 Nose Work® to bring the information back to her friends. After her first camp experience, Sarah started a local practice group and has been teaching classes ever since.
Sarah and Angie have achieved their Elite-3 title and at 11 years old, Angie is still having fun playing in the Elite division and Element Specialty trials.
Sarah currently teaches all levels of classes from Intro to Elite at 2 local training centers. She also hosts trials and workshops through her own business Paws n’ Sniff. Sarah is a Certified Nose Work Instructor, a Score Room Lead, an NACSW™ Trial Coordinator and a Supervising Certifying Official.
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. She started with her senior dogs - Dazzle NW2(Flat-Coated Rtvr.), Rizzie NW2 (Norfolk Terrier) who enjoyed NW until their passing. Currently she is training two dogs - Monty who earned his Elite in three NW3 trials and is the first PW Corgi Elite Champion and Spring, her Flat-Coated Retriever, who is preparing for NW3.
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.