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National Association of Canine Scent Work

Julie Gaunt, Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI)


Julie brings to K9 Nose Work instruction a lifetime of K9 education and training. Growing up in a home shared with many a working police K9, Julie quickly built an understanding of the working dog and their unique requirements. Julie prides herself on developing solid working relationships with her K9 partners through mutual understanding and respect.  

At the age of 9 Julie won her first competition with her young German Shepherd Dog. That young dog continued a training career that included Schutzhund, a sport that encompasses obedience, tracking and protection elements. Throughout her life, she has worked with German Shepherds, Springer Spaniels, Labrador Retrievers, Belgian Malinois, a Pitbull and a few all American mixed breeds.

Currently, Julie is a professional detection dog handler and is a certified member of the International Association of Bomb Technicians & Investigators as well as the International Explosive Detection Dog Association. Julie works in the private sector in Southern California as a detection dog trainer/handler. Julie successfully completed schools in both Narcotics and Explosive Detection and attends the California Narcotic Canine Association conference annually. Her passion for dog training goes beyond detection, as a result of this Julie continues to attend many workshops and seminars on dog training and behavior. Julie brings her passion for dogs and for learning to her time instructing K9 Nose Work classes.

Julie has been a Certified Nose Work Instructor since 2008. She has worked with the NACSW judging, certifying and volunteering in many trials in California, Colorado, Massachusetts and Alaska. She has also worked with the founders teaching K9 Nose Work Workshops. Julie enjoys every aspect of being part of the K9 Nose Work and NASCW family and is proud to be part of this great canine activity and sport.





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.