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National Association of Canine Scent Work

Dana Zinn, CPDT, Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI)

Denver, CO

Dana Zinn has been working with and training dogs since 1999.  Her many years of dog training experience include working at the spcaLA as an Animal Behavior & Training Specialist. It was the time working with dogs in the shelter that drew her to the sport of K9 Nose Work, not only for her own dogs, but for the many dogs in need of a “job” to do.

Dana was involved in the first publicly offered K9 Nose Work class in the Long Beach area. She not only participated, but eventually assisted in instruction. From there, Dana became involved in the development of the K9 Nose Work instructor certification program. Dana was one of the first participants to be certified as an instructor for the K9 Nose Work curriculum approved by the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW).

Dana has participated in a variety of canine activities such as obedience, herding, agility, and K9 Nose Work. Dana recently moved with her family to Golden, Colorado and has brought the sport of K9 Nose Work to the Colorado area.

Dana strives to increase her knowledge about canine behavior and instruction. She has attended and helped coordinate many seminars featuring some of the world’s most sought after speakers. One of her most memorable educational experiences was working with and learning from the renowned dog behavior expert and trainer John Rogerson. She has traveled to England and Washington state to work with and assist him on many courses including his 21-day Instructors’ Course.

Dana is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and a member of the Colorado Trainers’ Networking Group. In 2005, Dana earned her professional dog trainer certification from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT).

Dana currently shares her life with her wonderful husband Ken, two beautiful children, Jessica & Benjamin, as well as two resident cats and her best learning tools: her canine partners Sierra, a Belgian Sheepdog Mix, and Kudos, a Belgian Tervuren.











Want to become a certified K9 Nose Work® Instructor? 

Only the most passionate, talented, and knowledgeable people become Certified Nose Work Instructors (CNWI). The certification program teaches candidates the philosophy, concepts, and training methodology for the activity and sport of K9 Nose Work®.


Graduates of the certification program will have dedicated 1-2 years on average to the study of K9 Nose Work®, attending courses and lectures, and logging over 75 hours of training and teaching. All Certified Nose Work Instructors have demonstrated the skills necessary to train a dog and handle it in competition, as well as the ability to teach other dogs and handlers the activity and sport of K9 Nose Work® from beginning level to advanced. 


Put your passion, talent, and knowledge to use as a CNWI teaching official K9 Nose Work® classes! For information on how you can get started in the instructor certification program, Contact Us.