Kathy is a Certified Master Dog Trainer with specialization in scent detection training. Kathy has over 20 years of experience training and she has been certified since 2004.
Growing up, Kathy’s mother bred Shelties and Poodles. So she began showing dogs at a young age. At 7 years old, Kathy joined 4-H and switched from showing dogs to horses. Kathy spent 4 years showing and training horses for her fellow 4-H riders.
By age 18, Kathy transitioned back to the dog training world and began showing Collies. She went to school to continue developing her passion in training working dogs. By 2004 she became a Certified Master Dog Trainer and continued to work on obtaining other certification and education while training all types of dogs.
From her vast experience and certified knowledge, training the first successful gluten service dog in the United States came naturally. The dog Willow garnered state and national attention in 2013 and Kathy has continued to develop training for other dogs and owners - creating new options and hope for the Celiac community. Along with gluten detection, Kathy has trained other service dogs to assist in detection of Red Dye 40, peanuts and other allergens. Dogs assisting people with PTSD and Diabetes have also been trained by Kathy through Nosey Dog Detection Partners over the years.
Technology and exceptional training methods allows Kathy to help people across the country in affordable and effective ways. Her passion for helping people and making the most of the gift of service animals is evident every day.
Nosey DDP Standards for service dog training:
Owner, Nosey Dog Detection Partners
Certified Master Dog Trainer
Search And Rescue Certified
Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
Nosey Dog Detection Partners follows the IAADP (International Association of Assistance Dog Partners) Service Dog Training Standards, Public Access Test for service dogs and the Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines for service dogs.
Any service dog trained by Nosey DDP will be trained to the standards and guidelines outlined by the very best professional associations and organizations. Certain training requirements will present different detection standards but all successful canine graduates will be required to meet the very minimal requirements of these organizations.
Allergen and gluten detection service dogs will be trained to the following standards:
The dog will be tested on 10 items: 5 will be non-scent and 5 will contain the scent the dog is trained to detect. Of those 5 scent items 1 will be a strong source, 1 will be a mid-level source, 1 will be trace source, and 1 will be an item that is typically safe but is contaminated with the scent source.
The dog and handler team will be required to pass this test prior to certification. This will be a blind test for the handler, meaning that the handler will not know which items are source and which are not.
The dog and handler team will be tested both in our training facility and in a public venue. This is to ensure the dog and handler team can work in any environment. We will use our own scent items to ensure that we know for certain which items the dog should be alerting on. We will not pull items from the shelf in the grocery store. It is too difficult to know if the package has been contaminated or if the glue or packaging contains the scent.
Diabetic and seizure alert service dogs will be trained to the following standards:
The dog will be expected to alert to the handler when medical issues arise. However with our vow to do no harm, we will not cause the handler to actually have a medical issue to test their dog. We will use scent on the individual to see that their dog is alerting to their medical needs.
Psychiatric service dogs including (PTSD) Post Traumatic Stress Disorder service dogs will be trained to the following standards:
The dog will be trained to maintain the handler’s personal space by “blocking” (the dog will get in between the handler and an approaching person.)
The dog will be trained to perform deep pressure therapy on the handler to help calm anxiety attacks.
The dog can also be trained for many other tasks depending on the specific handler’s needs.
Each service dog will also be trained 2 additional tasks with their scent detection training. These can include, but are not limited to:
We can also train a combination dog for a handler. For example an allergen dog with ability to perform PTSD service tasks. Our goal is to develop a truly personalized service dog that meets the needs of any handler. And that's why at Nosey DDP we say, "Your service dog...realized!"