Dave has been an active participant in the K9 Nose Work® sport since the very first classes were offered locally in 2011. In working toward his certification, Dave has taken over 25 seminars and handler workshops from the founders of the K9 Nose Work sport and from top instructors in the professional detection dog field. He continues to learn from the founders of the sport, and from top detection dog trainers, in advanced seminars and workshops.
Dave and his Labrador mix, Java, attend the annual K9 Nose Work Camp, which consists of 5 days of seminars and intensive handler training from some of the top sport and professional detection dog trainers in the country. Additionally, for two years he assisted our certified trainer, Linda Fletcher, in training Nose Work classes. Dave is a frequent Nose Work® Trial volunteer, and participates in many local Nose Work events.
Dave has a Bachelor of Science degree from Cal Tech University, and Master of Science from Santa Clara University, and continues his education in dog behavior and ethology by taking seminars and reading extensively. It’s his goal to offer clients the very latest techniques in training for calm, happy and healthy dogs.
In October 2012, Dave and Bodie entered their first NW1 Trial. They earned their NW1 Title, Second Place Overall, First Place in Exteriors, and Second Place in Interiors.
In November 2022, Dave and Java earned their NW1 Title on their first try.
Dave and Bodie earned their NW2 Title on their first try, winning First Place in Interiors, Second Place in Exteriors, and Fifth Place Overall.
In February 2023, Dave and Java earned their NW2 Title, earning First Place in Exteriors, Second Place in Containers, and Second Place Overall.
Dave and Bodie also snagged several Element Specialty Titles:
Dave and Java have also earned some Element Specialty Titles.
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