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Amy Herot - Jill Marie O'Brien - Carolyn Barney - Kimberly Buchanan - Christina Bunn - Michele Ellertson - Leah Gangelhoff - Jennie Keifer - Jill Kovacevich - Chris_Mason - Natalie McManus - Lauralea Oliver - Nancy Osborne - Jean Richardson - Dana Crevling - Karin Damon - Kathy Austin
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™
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 in both the 2015 and 2017 K9 Nosework National Invitationals.
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
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
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™
Jill is the owner of Mountain Dogs in McCoy Colorado. She specializes in K9 Nose Work training, hosting trial events and supporting NACSW in multiple ways. Prior to her involvement with NACSW, she trained in obedience, volunteered for Vail Pet Partners, Eagle County Humane Society and participated in Dock Dogs with her border collie Digger. In 2011 she discovered Dana Zinn at Zinn Dog Training in Wheatridge, CO and began her journey with Digger (and now Izzy) in K9 Nose Work. Jill has also worked as a Colorado licensed attorney and is currently the Medical Administrator at Doctors On Call in Avon, CO working with her husband Guy. Jill is a Certified Nose Work Instructor, Trial Site Advisor, ORT Certifying Official and Judge, Score Room Lead NW1-NW2, Trial Certifying Official (NW1-NW2) and participated in the 2015 and 2017 National Invitational Event Committees. Jill's dog Digger is now an ELT CH trialing at the Summit level and Izzy is an NW3x2.
Jill has also been a professional ski instructor and scuba diving instructor utilizing progressive positive sports training methods for human sports training, a style of teaching she now uses as a key foundation in developing, enhancing and enriching the human-canine bond with every K9 Nose Work handler-dog team from Intro to Nose Work to Elite and Summit. Jill teaches regularly in Eagle, Grand Junction and Wheat Ridge Colorado.