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 and the Midwest to earn her NW Elite title in 2015.
My name is Kathy Hatch and I am a Certified K9 Nose Work® Instructor (CNWI) in the state of Wisconsin and the only CNWI in Jefferson 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 three 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 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!