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
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
I am Megan Dengler and I have a Celiac Service Dog trained with Kathy at Nosey Dog Detection Partners. My German Shorthaired Pointer, Lottie, and I trained with Kathy via Skype and worked on every aspect of Lottie’s training together. Kathy taught me how to be a handler, and Lottie how to be a working dog! Lottie can detect gluten down to just a few parts per million and keeps me safe from foods labeled “gluten free” that may have too much gluten for me to safely consume, even if less than 20ppm. Lottie even checks non food items such as my soaps and lotions! Kathy has truly changed my life because I can now eat in public again and sit at the kitchen table with family and friends while they enjoy gluten, knowing that Lottie will be there to check my food before I eat it, and keep me safe. Trying any food not prepared in a designated gluten free facility is risky business for me, but now that I have Lottie by my side, I can travel again and try new foods because my food is always checked. There’s no guessing and hoping I’ll be okay, I’m always sure now.
~ Megan Dengler
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.
Your Service Dog… realized.
My daughter was diagnosed with a peanut allergy at the age of 4. Upon skin testing, her skin reaction was the highest on the scale and the reaction site took 6 weeks to fade away. Blood testing showed peanut numbers so high that, because peanut is a legume, it has even “leaked over” to make her sensitive to soy. Needless to say, our house was cleaned out, school forms were filled-out immediately, medical bracelets and stickers were bought, family and friends were alerted, Auvi-Q bags were filled, playdates had to be re-thought, birthday parties could never be drop-off, and our new normal was found. People often joke about food allergies and they are often mocked in the movies and on tv, but the reality is that one bite of the wrong thing can be deadly.
We were always careful about our words to keep my daughter's fear at a reasonable level, but when she was 8 years old, she was threatened by a girl in her class. From that point forward, my daughter truly understood the ramifications of what one bite of the wrong food could do to her, and her life changed that day the way mine changed the day her allergy was diagnosed. She no longer wanted to go out to eat. She no longer felt comfortable on an airplane, at the movies, or at a lunch table with friends who had PB&J for lunch. She dreaded birthday parties. Peanuts are everywhere and in many things you would not expect - for years we lived a very isolated life.
After much research, I came to the realization that a peanut detection dog was the right solution for my daughter and our family. After speaking extensively with Kathy and a number of her clients, I knew Nosey Dog Detection Partners could make this a reality for us. I worked with Kathy for 18 months, locating and training the right dog for the job - the dog who had the drive to detect and the perfect temperament for my daughter. Kathy and I spoke multiple times a week, from check-ins to long discussions about what the dog needed to alert to, and in what situations she needed to be able to work. Kathy took great care in training Harley specifically for my daughter.
When Harley was ready to come home, we spent six days with Kathy, learning how she works and taking her to new environments so that both my daughter and I could learn to work her properly. Harley has been with us for about a month and she’s adjusting beautifully to life with my daughter. As new handlers, we often have questions and Kathy is just a phone call away. Harley may be done training with Kathy, but Kathy is still very much a part of our lives with Harley. And, after this wonderful experience, Kathy is also a lifelong friend.
Thank you Kathy and Nosey Dog Detection Partners for all of your hard work and dedication. You are life-changers!
~ Natalie Rice
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
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.
Patty working at a grocery store
Kathy and her company gave me my first reason to relax after my diagnosis. After being diagnosed with Celiac Disease in my 30’s I felt truly crippled. It’s such a helpless and terrifying experience to not know what you can eat, especially when the side effects are life threatening. After hours of research, I found Nosey Dog Detection Partners and Kathy patiently answered my questions, but even more importantly, she was honest. Training a service dog is hard and takes a long time. She worked with me to improve my handling with my pup until he could detect gluten after a handshake. I can’t possibly describe the relief I felt knowing that I could go out to eat with friends and eat safely. Since working with Kathy and my service dog, JP, I haven’t been back to the hospital and I’m excited to keep it that way.
~ Heather Peyton
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
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
Gus is my little hero. Before having him, I was constantly sick no matter how hard I tried to eat gluten free. I rarely ever went out to eat with my friends because of the fear of getting sick. I was limited in what I could do. After Getting Gus, I am now able to go out to eat, be social, and haven't gotten sick once since having him. He is truly a miracle"
~ Kate Lautenbach
Zeus learning his new owner
JP allerting to gluten
Kiska showing gluten cross-contamination potential
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
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
Patty working at restaurant
Jedi alerting to Lucky Charms
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 ->
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!