My husband and I came to the conclusion that our daughter needed a service dog; we didn’t know where to start or what to do.  Our daughter is Samantha, a loving, energetic 8 year old that has severe Celiac.  We started research on finding a company that could train a gluten-detecting dog.  Let me tell you there aren’t many out there and the one to have success in the US was Nosey Dog Detection Partners.  My husband and I flew to Michigan from California to meet the Nosey DDP team.  They told us what options we had and what the training entailed.  Our journey started in January 2015, in February we had chosen a border collie and he was delivered to Nosey DDP in the later part of February.  Our little guy was doing so great at his job, he even came out to visit us.  As he moved into advanced training he was unable to successfully do his job.  Although the discussion was difficult for both Kathy and I, she told me that our guy was not going to make it through training.  This was an unfortunate situation. Friends would ask me, WHY would you stay with the trainer and this company if the dog failed.  My answer was honesty and integrity.  They didn’t give me a dog that couldn’t do his job. They took my daughter's disease serious and wanted to ensure the dog we receive will do their job.  Not all dogs are suitable to be service dogs, some dogs do fail, but Nosey DDP will help you find and train a dog that will be a suitable service dog for your family.  We currently are starting a new journey with a golden retriever. We look forward to seeing her grow and advance with the goal of her becoming a suitable service dog for our family.  There is no other team I would trust with my daughter's disease than Nosey Dog Detection Partners.

~ Mellisa Ontiveros

Trainers of Willow, the first gluten detection dog in the US

Check out these service dogs and their handlers performing tasks that we train at Nosey DDP

Service dogs for gluten detection, other allergies, PTSD, Diabetes and other needs
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) service dogs trained by Nosey DDP
Diabetic alert service dog can be trained by Nosey Dog Detection Partners


We offer a special course for self-trainers!  This course is designed for those who feel capable to self-train the dog with the assistance of a certified master dog trainer. The workshop consists of weekly Skype sessions and allows us to assist with training anywhere with personalized, professional instruction. Click here for further details!

We were honored to train this German Shorthaired Pointer named Willow back in 2013. As a gluten detection service dog, Willow literally changed the life of the owner/handler.  And, Willow became the inspiration for Nosey Dog Detection Partners!  READ MORE -> 

Training gluten detection service dogs for people with Celiac disease and gluten allgergies

Patty working at a grocery store

My son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 4 years old, and anyone who knows about this disease knows what an incredibly difficult journey this this has been for our family. He is now 10 and after many months , I decided to seek help to train a Diabetic Alert Dog. We called several companies and realized what a huge expense this was going to be to our family. We are not wealthy and already spend a large amount of our income on medications and other diabetic equipment. When I met Nosey Dog Detection Partners they supplied me with an avenue to train a detection dog with their direction and expertise. Upon making this huge decision to train and raise a service dog, Nosey DDP has been there every step of the way, guiding and always pushing forward to the next step while keeping the dog's drive strong.

Service dogs for allergies, Celiac disease, seizures, diabetes, PTSD, scent detection and more

We have been honored over the years to train allergen, PTSD, seizure and other types of service dogs. Working closely with the owners/handlers, we help develop strong, trusted relationships between the dog and the handler. As certified dog trainers, our professional credentials give us the knowledge to utilize many techniques and best practices in training.

Jedi alerting to Lucky Charms

This letter is to express my gratitude to Kathy of Nosey Dog Inc. I have had celiac disease since my daughter passed away in 2010. My sister has the disease as well. It has impacted my life in ways that probably only Kathy and people with celiac could understand. what Kathy has given me is a new life and another chance to live more normally than I ever have been able to before having my dog.
 She is an excellent trainer who has been very patient, understanding, warm, and gracious person that has helped me train my dog to be a fully functioning, outstanding service animal.  I looked for weeks to find a trainer with the exceptional qualifications that Kathy has and I hope that others who struggle with this disease and others like it will reach out to Kathy and Nosey Dog for help.
~ Jeanette Petrini 

I wanted to give a testimonial regarding Kathy Watters. My son joined the 4-H group Awesome Paws. Kathy noticed that my son and dog were not learning in the traditional way. Kathy took me aside and offered her help to me and my son. Kathy did this on her own time. I am so grateful for her kindness and help towards our family and my son. Kathy also helped my son at competition by going out of her way working with my son as well as talking with the judges regarding my son's participation. He had worked all year and the dog wouldn't cooperate. The judges, after talking to Kathy, allowed my son to go back in the ring and finish. That meant the world to my son and our family.  He didn't earn a medal but he did get to finish what he had worked so hard at all year. I would recommend her for dog training and also getting a trained dog from her. Kathy is a very kind person and works hard at what she does. Kathy has a great drive and compassion for people as well as the dogs she works with.


~ Julie Brit

Willow, a gluten detection dog trained by Nosey Dog Detection Partners

Patty working at restaurant 

Our family extends our gratitude and appreciation to  Kathy and the entire Nosey Dog Detection Partners team! In the process of selecting and training our service dog, Kathy has been exceptional in her comprehension of our challenges and subsequent needs. To date, we have had a tremendous experience working side-by-side with Nosey DDP and our gluten-detecting dog Maven. They have worked hard from the beginning to ensure we understood the “hows and whys”, creating a strong rapport and solid trainer/handler relationship. Kathy has been an active and ongoing partner in our journey with Celiac disease and continues to be an advocate for how service dogs play an integral role in safely achieving health and wellness.

~ Bethany Torisky Szumigale

Zeus learning his new owner

Gluten detection service dogs for those with Celiac

Our daughter was diagnosed with Celiac disease in 2013. Over the course of the next year, we learned she was very sensitive to gluten. Many certified gluten-free foods would cause reactions that lasted for days. Her TTG never normalized despite turning our entire house into a gluten free safety zone. We felt very depleted. One late night I was searching the Internet for a solution and landed on the Nosey Dog Detection Parterns website. I contacted them right away and within the next 2 weeks, our dog Zeus was located for us. He started his training and we have never looked back. It was wonderful working with Kathy. She arranged for us to visit a few times, kept us up dated on his progress and was always  available to answer question. In January of 2016 my daughter and I went to Kathy's location for training. We had a lot of fun learning how Zeus worked. It was not intimidating and Zeus was able to stay with us....he truly became our dog that week. In 8 short days, we were headed home. Zeus now attends school as well as sleep-overs, music lessons and concerts. He is such a great worker. We now have more confidence as we allow our child live her very active life. Zeus is her little protector and we are very grateful for Kathy's dedication to helping people with different challenges!

~ Wendy Lapadat

 I am training with my PTSD service dog, Doc. He has changed my life in many ways. For many years since my tour of service in the Marines in Vietnam, I was unable to just close my eyes to sleep. For most people sleep is when you are calm and recharge yourself. My attempt as sleep was filled with night terrors from past combat! Thanks to Doc, he doesn't let me stay there - he senses when it is happening and wakes me up! During the day he snuggles with me and gives me attention if I get upset. He is a constant companion and takes good care of me. This is because of Nosey Dog Detection Partners. They donated the dog and training to me and I am grateful to them!

Thank You !!!

~ Tom Trahan

Our Work

We have been training Summer, our now 1 year old yellow lab since she was 6 months old, in our family home environment where children of all ages interact with her daily. The basis of Nosey DDP training is positive reinforcement and the best of every dog training tool and method available. The training has to fit not only Summer, but the capabilities and sensitivities of the handler as well - in our case, both myself and my son. Nosey DDP also uses the best training training methods that enhance communication between my dog and my son, teaching without pain, fear or confusion. They break down each skill into small steps that build on each success.

Summer has alerted several times in a short period of time and is progressing every week. Because of Nosey DDP's perseverance and knowledge of professional dog training techniques, I would highly recommend them for any detection needs. They are wonderful to work with and know their dogs! Thank you Nosey Dog Detection Partners for all you have done for my family! 

Very truly yours, 

~ Carol Christoper

Professional certified service dog trainer for allergies, PTSD and more
Certified master dog trainer for service dogs and scent detection

Your Service Dog… realized.