Meet Our Instructors: Dog Trainer, CNWI

Linda Fletcher: Certified K9 Nose Work® Instructor

Linda Fletcher is a certified professional dog trainer and one of the few Certified Nose Work Instructors in the San Francisco Peninsula. She is committed to positive, rewards-based training as the most effective and humane way to produce good behavior and a happy and confident dog.

Linda received her Certificate in Canine Assessment and Handling from Trish King’s Academy of Dog Behavior, and is a Certified Nose Work Instructor through the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW). She has been an active participant in the K9 Nose Work® sport since the very first classes were offered locally in 2011.

In working toward her certification, Linda took seminars and training from the founders of the K9 Nose Work sport and from top instructors in the professional detection-dogs field. Additionally, for two years she assisted certified local trainer, Pam Behrens, in training Nose Work® classes. She continues to learn from the founders of the sport, and from top detection dog trainers, in advanced seminars and workshops, and the annual K9 Nose Work Camp, which consists of 5 days of seminars and intensive hands-on handler training. Linda has a Bachelor of Science degree from San Jose State University and continues her education in dog behavior and ethology by taking seminars and reading extensively. It’s her goal to offer clients the very latest techniques in training for calm, happy and healthy dogs.

Lessons learned from raising dogs

Meet Linda Fletcher, Dog Trainer, CNWILinda believes her best teachers have been her own dogs, especially her American Field Labrador, Tigger. Because of anesthesia-gone-wrong, the executive function of Tigger’s brain was damaged, leaving him with sensory overload and little ability to control his impulses, emotions, arousal level or frustration. The process of treating and training Tigger has given Linda first-hand empathy for the owners of challenged dogs and a deep knowledge of the calming tools and options available to help you transform a troubled canine into a rewarding companion.

Her journey to calm Tigger’s emotional life led Linda to discover the power of scent recognition activities. While she found some relief for Tigger from Agility, herbal supplements, Tellington Touch, veterinary behaviorists, and numerous calming techniques and behavior modification protocols, K9 Nose Work provided a true focus for his distracted brain.

A successful K9 Nose Work competitor

Meet Linda Fletcher, Dog Trainer, CNWIIn October 2012, Linda and Tigger entered their first NW1 Trial. They earned their NW1 Title, 1st place in Vehicles, 2nd place in Containers, and Tigger won the coveted Harry Award, which is “given to the most outstanding rescue dog that demonstrates extraordinary ability and spirit in nose work at the NW1 level."

Linda and Tigger earned their NW2 Title on their first try, winning 2nd place in Vehicles and 3rd place overall.

Meet Linda Fletcher, Dog Trainer, CNWIThree NW3 Titles are required to earn NW3-Elite. It is extremely unusual to Title at every single NW3 Trial entered (average is 8 attempts to reach all 3 Titles), but Linda and Tigger accomplished just that! In February 2016, they earned their 3rd and final NW3 Title plus NW3-Elite (and all 4 Element Ribbons), with a 3rd place finish overall.

Linda and Tigger also snagged several Element Specialty Titles: Level 1 Exteriors, Interiors, and Vehicles (3rd place), and Level 2 Containers (1st place), Interiors (1st place), and Vehicles (3rd place).

Linda is a member of the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW), the Pet Professional Guild (PPG) and the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT).

Contact Linda today to get signed up for K9 Nose Work classes or discuss upcoming trials.

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Dave Ellison: Instructor-in-Training, K9 Nose Work®

Dave Ellison has recently been accepted into the NACSW Instructor Training Program, and is working towards fulfilling the requirements to become a Certified Nose Work Instructor. He has studied dog behavior in Trish King's Academy of Dog Behavior, and is committed to positive, rewards-based training as the most effective and humane way to produce good behavior and a happy and confident dog.

Dave has been an active participant in the K9 Nose Work® sport since the very first classes were offered locally in 2011. In working toward his certification, Dave has taken over 25 seminars and handler workshops from the founders of the K9 Nose Work sport and from top instructors in the professional detection dog field. He continues to learn from the founders of the sport, and from top detection dog trainers, in advanced seminars and workshops.

Dave and his Labrador, Bodie, attend the annual K9 Nose Work Camp, which consists of 5 days of seminars and intensive handler training from some of the top sport and professional detection dog trainers in the country. Dave also attends the annual NACSW/CNCA Joint Conference, which feature 2 days of seminars from top detection dog professionals. Additionally, for two years he assisted our certified trainer, Linda Fletcher, in training Nose Work classes. Dave is a frequent Nose Work® Trial volunteer, and participates in many local Nose Work events.

Dave has a Bachelor of Science degree from Cal Tech University, and Master of Science from Santa Clara University, and continues his education in dog behavior and ethology by taking seminars and reading extensively. It’s his goal to offer clients the very latest techniques in training for calm, happy and healthy dogs.

A successful K9 Nose Work competitor

In October 2012, Dave and Bodie entered their first NW1 Trial. They earned their NW1 Title, 2nd place overall, 1st place in Exteriors, and 2nd place in Interiors.

Dave and Bodie earned their NW2 Title on their first try, winning 1st place in Interiors, 2nd place in Exteriors, and 5th place overall.

Our InstructorsThree NW3 Titles are required to earn NW3-Elite. In April 2016, they took 2nd place and earned a Pronounced for Excellence. In June 2016, they earned their 3rd NW3 Title and the NW3-Elite. Dave and Bodie achieved NW3-Elite in just 4 Trials (average is 8 attempts to reach all 3 Titles).

Dave and Bodie have participated in 4 Elite Trials, with high placements of 3rd place and 4th place, as well as several Element placement ribbons. They have earned their ELT-1 and ELT-2 Titles.

Dave and Bodie also snagged several Element Specialty Titles: Level 1 Containers, Exteriors (2nd place), Interiors (4th place), and Vehicles (1st place), and Level 2  Containers (3rd place), and Interiors (1st place).

Dave is a member of the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW).

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