The Original Seven CNWI

The founders of K9NW (Ron Gaunt, Amy Herot, and Jill Marie O’Brien) sought to bring nose work classes to as many people and dogs as possible, and thus created the instructor program to provide education in scent work.


The first seven instructors to complete the instructor certification program began a legacy of excellence in the teaching of K9 Nose Work, and have been vital in the growth and success of the activity and sport. Though not all of them have remained CNWI, several of the original seven serve as senior faculty for NACSW.

Ramona Audette, Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI) 
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Contact: cadogbehavior.com

Kim Buchanan, Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI) 
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Contact: joyridebelgians.com and joyridek9.com

Julie Gaunt, Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI)
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Barbara Schwerdt, CPDT,  Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI)
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Dana Zinn, CPDT, Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI)
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Contact: zinndogtraining.com

Desiree Snelleman

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