I want to focus on the bond between you and your dog. To build confidence, trust, and have fun training together on your journey into the world of scent work.
Pictured above is Emma...the dog that started it all!
Kathy and Summit
with some of their ribbons from
a 2012 NW1 Trial. Summit was the first dog in Wisconsin to earn her NW Elite title in 2015.
My name is Kathy Hatch and I am one of the 6 Certified K9 Nose Work® Instructors (CNWI) in the state of Wisconsin and the only CNWI in Waukesha County!
I love K9 Nose Work® since it is geared for all dogs. It is so exciting to watch a fearful dog gain in confidence as he works across his search area in K9 Nose Work®. As I watched a golden aged dog and handler work this sport, it made me overjoyed to see them rekindle their bond of working as a team and having a great time.
I've had several pet dogs as a child and adult. All typical, lovable Labrador Retrievers, until Emma came into my life. She was an enthusiastic girl with energy that wouldn't quit. I tried several obedience classes and was often told to surrender that crazy dog to the pound. After training at a variety of facilities, I had an instructor suggest I try Emma in Search and Rescue, since she is a dog that needs a job.
I joined Wisconsin Interstate Search and Recovery K-9 Team, Inc. and the world of search began a new adventure in our training. I joined the National Association of Search and Rescue (NASAR) and attained Search and Rescue Technician III. Emma earned her Cadaver Detector Dog Certification through the National Narcotic Detector Dog Association, Inc. I later joined Wisconsin Special Response Team-A, Inc. and trained to a forensic level with Emma. I also earned the level of Search and Rescue Technician II. Working as a volunteer Human Remains Detection handler was both challenging and fulfilling. It gave me great comfort to know my dog and I could assist in bringing closure to hurting families. Emma and I have since retired and two more Labradors have joined our family. I have trained for obedience, conformation, hunt, rally, agility and have a certified therapy dog. I discovered the sport of K9 Nose Work® and the wonderful world of search has begun again. All three of my Labradors love to get their harnesses on and bring their different levels of exuberance to the hunt.
I hope you will enjoy this sport as much as my dogs
and I do and hope to see you in a class soon!
Hi! My name is Laura Holder and I am a Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI™) through the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NASCW).
I fell in love with K9 Nose Work® because of my dog, Oscar. Adolescence was an extremely trying time in our relationship and I wanted to do something fun with my four-legged companion. A colleague of mine (Hi, Jan!) suggested I try K9 Nose Work® classes with Oscar. After hearing about this "sorta, kinda, but not really tracking" sport, I was curious and signed up for an Intro to K9 Nose Work® class in the summer of 2012 taught by Kathy. Over the next several months, Oscar and I built an awesome relationship with each other and we decided to give competition a try. In April of 2013 we passed our birch ORT, and in March of 2014 we competed in our first NW1 trial. We ended up earning our NW1 title that day and placed 2nd overall out of 52 dogs. In April of 2016 we competed in our very first L1C & L1V trials and earned our L1C title and first leg towards our L1V title. Oscar and I are actively pursuing our NW2 title and are enjoying every sniff of training along the way.
I have been teaching nose work classes since 2014 and love sharing my passion for sniffing with my students—both 2- and 4-legged. I love to have fun while teaching and focus on creating an environment that enhances the relationship between the human and dog. I am committed to continuing education and find great joy in attending seminars and workshops whenever I can.
In addition to being a “nosey dog nerd,” I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) through the CCPDT, the owner of Connecting with Dogs, a co-founder of the Force Free Trainers of Wisconsin, and am currently enrolled in Kay Laurence’s Trainer Accredited by Kay Laurence (TAKL) 2-year study course.