K9 Nose Work™ Training Camp West- Staff

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Amy Herot - Jill Marie O'Brien - Linda Bramkamp - Christina Bunn - Maria Corrigan - Sue Frisch - Leah Gangelhoff - Jason Heng - Jennie Keifer - Cathie_Laber - Jean Richardson - Jill Snyder - Dana Crevling - Dana Zinn - JoTrent

Amy Herot CPDT-KA, K9NW Co-Founder, Lead Instructor

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 K9 Nose Work® classes and sport events.

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 and holds an APR1 IPO title.

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, California Narcotics Canine Association (CNCA) 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 one of the country’s most experienced K9 Nose Work® instructors and is a co-founder of NACSW™. In addition to teaching many of the top competitive teams, she has also reviewed hundreds of trial videos that have provided important insights into training and handling for success. 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.  As co-founder of the National Association of Canine Scent Work® and K9 Nose Work® Jill Marie has focused her attention on the development of the K9 Nose Work® program. Her work has taken her to almost all the States of the Union, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Japan and most recently Sweden. K9 Nose Work® the activity and sport competition is one of the fastest growing sport

In 1996 Jill Marie joined spcaLA and developed the agency’s first Animal Behavior and Training Department since its inception in 1877. During her time at spcaLA she created the HEAL program (Helping Enhance Animals’ Lives) to improve and enrich the lives of the animal clients in the shelter, developed the Standards Program for enhanced assessments, behavior modification and placement recommendations and wrote the dog training curriculum for the TLC program designed for at-risk youth. Jill Marie’s tenure working in the shelter environment has given her a unique insight into how successful dog/human relationships are developed and sustained.

Jill Marie's years of dog training experience includes developing a behavior assessment protocol for use in the shelter environment, agility instruction and competition, tracking, Animal Assisted Therapy, Schutzhund and canine detection training along with many hours of K9 Nose Work™ development and instruction. As one of the founders of the sport of K9 Nose Work™ and the National Association of Canine Scent Work, LLC™ she is a strong believer in activities that enhance and cultivate teamwork between dog & handler.

Along with her involvement with the NACSW and K9 Nose Work, Jill Marie operates her own dog training and consulting business in the Los Angeles area. She shares her life with her son, Aedan, and husband, Jim, and two dogs, Raven & Grip.

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Linda Bramkamp CNWI, Instructor

Certified Nose Work™ Instructor

Linda has been involved in competition dog training for over 14 years.  In the Fall of 2009, she took her first K9 Nose Work® workshop and was hooked on the sport immediately. She participated in the pilot program for instructors in Santa Rosa, CA, earning her CNWI in the spring of 2011, following up with multiple classes, instructor programs, seminars, workshops and conferences.  As the Director of the NW program at the Sport Dog Center, in Santa Rosa, CA, Linda hosted numerous Sniff-n-Go's, ORT's, workshops and seminars, as well as teaching classes for all levels.  She has been a certifying official and judge for ORT's and has taught workshops and coaching sessions in multiple states.  She has been an instructor at GA and PA camp, a guest instructor at the Colorado Nose Work® camp and CO'd and judged the Sniff-n-go at GA and OR camps.

Indy Bear, her environmentally sensitive 12 year old husky, American Eskimo, Malamute mix, Elite Level Champion, ELT-CH, SMT, recently showed that age and experience can be a benefit, by placing second overall at a Summit tirial, with two pronounced second place placements in searches. He was the first dog in the nation to earn the Elite Level 1 & 2 titles.  Indy has participated in all four NACSW™ National Invitational events, placing third overall in 2014.  Linda’s 14.5 y/o extremely shy Siberian Husky Tinkerbell is the first Siberian Husky to earn the ELT-CH.  Her 14 y/o blind diabetic Siberian Husky Sweet Pea has earned her ELT1.  Her youngest and smallest pup, Tipped Toes, a sometimes sassy 3y/o Keeshond, is the first Keeshond to earn the ELT-CH with two pronounced first place searches.  She has played in three Summit trials, earning pronounced and placements in searches. She does far better finding the hides in the Summit League searches, then her handler has the ability to call correctly.  She and Linda were extremely fortunate to have Ron Gaunt as her foundation trainer. Aragon, (RIP), a GSD, was the first in the nation to earn the ELT3 title and the Elite Level Champion title.  He earned a first place search in a Summit trial, at 14 years old. He was Linda's second dog to qualify for the 2015 and 2017 Nationals and ran in the 2017 National competition. Foxy Lady (RIP), a Siberian Husky, achieved her NW1.  

Through her business, K9knowswork, LLC. Linda currently offers intensive competition themed NW training sessions and offers and hosts workshops and coaching sessions at her home in Plymouth, IL and Castle Valley, UT.  Willing to set hides at a moment’s notice and an ability to set up a learning opportunity anywhere, she offers exciting coaching sessions at homes, businesses and points of interest.  Most of her students are Summit League, National and Elite level competitors. A seriously serial competitor from the early days of the sport thru the new Summit offerings,  Linda's trialing experiences bring insight to her training sessions that many have benefited from.   She offers phone, email and video review with emphasis on encouraging exercises appropriate for that specific teams needs for success. Having a background in teaching children and animals, Linda is always patiently guiding students to learn, laugh and enjoy listening to their dogs and their communications.


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Christina Bunn CNWI,  Instructor

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.

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Maria Corrigan, CNWI, Instructor

Certified Nose Work Instructor™

Maria is the owner of Sniff New England in Holden, MA concentrating in teaching and offering various nose work opportunities to the New England area. As an instructor, she enjoys working to bring out the best in the team and appreciates how nose work helps build confidence, increases bonding, provides mental stimulation and is just plain fun. She maintains her own learning by attending as many workshops as possible as well as K9NW Camp.

She has been involved in the National Association of Canine Scent Work’s (NACSW™) sport of K9 Nose Work since 2009. She currently works with the NACSW™ as a Certifying Official, Trial Site Approver, and has hosted numerous trials in the New England area.

Maria has trained, competed, and titled her own personal dogs in Obedience, Agility, Freestyle, Tracking, Flyball, and Hunting Retriever Trials. She has competed at all Nose Work levels, NW1 through Summit. Her Labrador ‘Kirby’ competed at both the 2015 and 2017 K9 Nose Work National Invitational and earned his Elite Championship before retiring in 2017. Maria continues to compete with her Labrador ‘Penny’ who has earned her Championship and is currently participating in the Summit League. 

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Sue Frisch, CNWI, Instructor

Certified Nose Work Instructor™

Sue Frisch is a professional dog trainer with 30+ years of experience working with dogs and their owners.   After 25 years managing an animal shelter while also running a dog boarding business at her farm and teaching training classes at night, Sue’s expertise includes everything from basic manners training and behavior modification to dog psychology, nutrition, and exercise. Over the years she has worked with hundreds of families and their pet dogs.

Besides being a regular at many CNWI continuing education workshops and other NACSW™ seminars around the country, Sue hosts several NACSW™ sanctioned trials each year, is a Nose Work Camp instructor,  NACSW™ National ORT Coordinator,  part of the NACSW™ Trial Staff Team,  and is a NACSW™ Supervising Certifying Official currently approved for NW1/NW2/NW3 and Elite Division trials.

Through her business, Your Dog’s Place, LLC, Sue and her staff help dog owners train dogs of all sizes, ages, and temperaments to be polite four-legged family members, as well as offering all levels of K9 Nose Work® classes, private and group coaching.  Her many students have successfully titled their dogs in all levels including the first 2 Collies in the country to reach earn their Elite Champion Titles!  

Sue lives in Honesdale, PA, with her three dogs: Monkey, Fiona, Sully who are competing at various levels in Nose Work.  

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Leah Gangelhoff CNWI, CPDT-KA, Instructor

Certified Nose Work™ Instructor

Canine Behavior and Training Specialist Leah Gangelhoff owns & operates Stay Curious Nose Work and Flint Hill K-9 Training, LLC serving the Greater Birmingham, AL area and beyond. She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA), a Senior Faculty Member at the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW™), an NACSW™ Trial Judge and Trial Certifying Official, and a Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI). Leah has owned and operated her own canine training and behavior business since 2001 - 5 yrs in Los Angeles and since December 2006 in Birmingham, AL. During that time she has developed thousands of private comprehensive education courses for dogs and their owners for puppy, obedience, and serious behavior issues of all kinds, including fear and aggression.

Leah has over 1000 hours of professional narcotics detection training with a large group of dogs prior to the birth of nose work as a pet dog sport, with mentors Ron Gaunt and Amy Herot from 2004-2006. Leah has personally passed professional detection certifications (both written and search tests) in narcotics detection (POST standards) with Evolution K9 in northern California and with the Oxnard Police Department separately with two different dogs (German Shepherd and Papillon, probably the first and only in narcotics detection).​

She is a Judge and Certifying Official (C.O.) for National Association of Canine Scent Work™ K9 Nose Work® Trials from 2011 to present. She is an NACSW™ Senior Faculty Member and has collaborated with Founders and Faculty to create and teach Continuing Education courses for Certified Nose Work Instructors. She has currently developed and is teaching a Continuing Education webinar series for NACSW™ Certified Nose Work Instructors (CNWI). She has developed and presented over 30 NACSW™ approved workshops nationally and internationally in K9 Nose Work® since 2011. 

Leah has trained and trialed her own dog, Konner, a German Shepherd, in K9 Nose Work® all the way up through the new NACSW™ Summit Division for Elite Champion teams. Leah and Konner have competed in four Summit Trials and have achieved the highest title possible in K9 Nose Work®, a Summit title, recently placing 2nd Overall with pronounced designations and first and second placements in many Summit trial searches. Leah has an NW2 title with her Belgian shepherd, Zephyr, and has begun training in K9 Nose Work® with her 11 lb terrier mix shelter dog, Bruno Mars.

Leah has had the honor and joy of being invited by the Camp Director and K9 Nose Work® Founders to teach at 17 K9 Nose Work® Training Camps since 2011. She currently specializes in teaching K9 Nose Work® classes and privates locally and coaching groups, clinics, and seminars nationally and internationally in the sport of K9 Nose Work®..

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Jason Heng, CPDT-KA, CNWI,  Instructor

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.  

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Jennie Keifer CNWI, Instructor

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. 

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Cathie Laber, CNWI, CPDT-KA, GDMI, Instructor

Certified Nose Work™ Instructor

Cathie Laber is the owner of C.L.E.A.R. K-9, LLC, in Boring, Oregon (25 miles east of Portland) and has been professionally involved in dog training in since the early 1970s. She is a Certified Nose Work Instructor, for the NACSW. Cathie is also CPDT-KA, as well as a Guide Dog Mobility Instructor- (CA state Licensed, GDMI). She has been involved in the service dog industry for the past 40 years, working for dog-guide organizations as well as Canine Companions for Independence.

Cathie has trained, competed, and titled her own personal dogs in AKC Conformation, Obedience, Agility, Herding, Tracking, and Hunting Retriever Trials. She is a pointed AKC Hunting Retriever Test judge. In K9 Nose Work, NACSW, Cathie trained and handled both of her Belgian Sheepdogs to attain the level NW3-Elite. “Lexus” is currently a few points shy of his ELTCH. “Poppy” has is 2 points shy of her ELT3 and is now handled by Cathie’s husband, Keith. Cathie also has an up and coming youngster in K9 NW training, “Nate.” Lexus and Cathie qualified and competed in NACSW National Invitational, once in Santa Rosa, CA and again in Colorado. Cathie and both of her dogs have attended the two West Coast NACSW, NW Camps.

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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, Coursing, 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 L2C L2I, a German Shepherd.

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Jill Snyder, CNWI, Instructor

Certified Nose Work™ Instructor

Jill's journey in nose work began with her dog Eli, whom she homed from the island of Puerto Rico as a unsocialized pup.  Eli needed a job, confidence and to work on his focus and impulse and when nose work came to the Chicagoland area in 2010, after one class, she knew he found his purpose. 

In 2014, at the urging of instructors Jill enlisted in the CNWI certification class and it wasn’t long before a career changed occurred with her becoming a full-time nose work instructor.

Jill currently teaches 21 classes a week, 14 of these are nose work ranging from beginners in the sport to the Elite level of competition.  Jill leads nose work workshops monthly for those looking to fine tune their nose work skills and gain a better understanding of trial competition. Jill served a 2-year term on the NASCW trial rules committee, 2017-2019

In her nose work classes each week, along with workshop’s she works with students who are looking to build a working & personal relationship with their canine companion.  Whether their goal is to title in competition or those who are looking for small victories in helping their dogs overcome challenges in everyday life.

A testament to her instructor skills and enthusiasm for the sports core value is teaching her clients “to listen to what their dog is telling them”; she sees firsthand the rewards & benefits as her students and their K9 partners grow closer in their relationship.

When not teaching others, Jill continues to compete with her family dogs. Eli is a retired champion who has gone on to earn a Summit title. Cyrus is competing in the Elite division working towards his Elite 3, while preparing Francesca to tackle the NW2 and the youngest, Lucia putting in the effort to join the ranks of her siblings.  Jeb and Luke enjoy the game as much as their siblings, but would not enjoy all that goes into a full trial day, they are champions at heart.

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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. Her charitable efforts have raised over $400,000.00 for a variety of worthy organizations.

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 Elite level trials.

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Dana Zinn CPDT-KA, CNWI, Operations Manager, Part time 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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Jo Trent, CNWI, Logistics Team Supervisor

Certified Nose Work™ Instructor

Jo Trent, originally from Colorado, had allergies to dogs and cats so “pocket pets” is what was roaming around her home.  Jo was lucky enough to have an uncle with a farm, so every summer Jo was able to experience horses, cows, pigs, goats and chickens.

 In 1995 Jo moved to sunny Southern California to work in the corporate world.  After adopting her first cat, Jo’s passion for animals blossomed and she knew she wanted to work with animals.  In 1999 Jo left the corporate world and started her own pet sitting business. To help develop her skills with working with animals and give back to the animal community, she volunteered for the spcaLA. Within months, Jo found herself working full time as the spcaLA’s Outreach Assistant. 

While working at spcaLA, Jo was shelter manger at P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village & Education Center, assisted the spcaLA’s Animal Behavior and Training Department with assessments and became a member of spcaLA’s Disaster Animal Response Team (DART). Jo  became a sworn spcaLA Humane Officer and is S.A.F.E. certified.

Jo’s interest in K9 Nose Work® developed in 2009, when she enrolled Sluggo into a Fun Nose Work class.  Jo enjoyed the confidence and fun that Sluggo experienced through Nose Work so much that she wanted to share the wonderful game with more folks and their dogs.  Through the support of the NACSW founders and her husband, Jo started a new career in 2010 teaching K9 Nose Work® classes.

 Sluggo shares his home with three furry felines and Jelly, a Belgian Malinios.


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