A founding member of NACSW™ and one of the founding 7 Certified Nose Work Instructors, Kimberly Buchanan has been training since 2007 and competing in K9 Nose Work® since its inception.
She and her Belgian Tervuren Oscar were one of the first few teams to title to an NW1 and NW2. She and her Terv Emmy were the first to have earned the challenging NW3 title as well as the first to have earned the NW3 Elite title (= NW3 x 3) in 2011. Kim and Emmy successfully competed in the 2013, 2014 and 2015 National Invitational events. Kim and Emmy earned a 2nd place in the first Elite trial in 2015. Kim qualified both Emmy and her male Tevuren, Zen, for the 2017 National Invitational. Kim ran Zen in 2017 and placed in individual searches as well as 4th place overall. Kim’s younger dogs are preparing to fill Emmy and Zen’s big paw prints.
Kim and her dogs have also trained and competed in Schutzhund, French Ring, Dock Diving, Agility, Herding, Tracking and Obedience. They have competed nationally as part of the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge, AKC and USDAA Agility and internationally in the 2011 and 2012 FMBB World Championships of Belgian Shepherds in Belgium and Italy.
Kim is a K9 Nose Work® Trial Judge and Certifying Official (NW1 – Elite). She is currently teaching K9 Nose Work® classes, running on-line education for NW enthusiasts and hosting other K9NW activities in Southern California through her company, Joyride K9 Dog Training. She is enthusiastically helping to bring the sport of K9NW to other regions of the US as Senior Faculty with the National Association of Canine Scent Work, LLC®.
A note from Kimberly:
I began this “Education” site because I saw a demand for greater access to instruction from folks who do not have a K9 Nose Work® instructor near them and from many whose schedules just don’t allow weekly classes. It’s a risk to try any type of dog training through the internet. I know from experience that there are many things we do as instructors “in the moment” so I sincerely hope that I am able to capture those moments for you to help you to understand what your dog is doing or saying.
I believe strongly in the methods of K9 Nose Work® as I’ve seen wondrous things happen for dogs and their owners when we stop telling the dog what to do and start listening to what he is saying. It’s not about competition. It’s about learning to appreciate all of our dogs for their talents and abilities. Competition is just the icing on the cake for those who enjoy that sort of thing and I take great pleasure in helping my students achieve their best.
I love meeting and working with students in person and encourage everyone to seek out qualified instruction if you have it available near you. If not, I’m happy to step in and give you my best. Thank you for taking the risk and trusting me with your training!