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National Association of Canine Scent Work

Kim Buchanan, Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI)


A founding member of NACSW™ and one of the original seven founding instructors (CNWI), Kim has been training since 2007 and competing in K9 Nose Work since its inception. She is an NACSW faculty member, K9 Nose Work Judge and trial Certifying Official. She also runs her own dog training business, Joyride K9, which now focuses exclusively on the sport of K9 Nose Work. Kim 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 very first to have qualified for the challenging NW3 title and the first team in NACSW history to have earned the coveted NW3 Elite title (= NW3 x 3).

Originally from Michigan, Kim has lived in Southern California since 1988. Kim was an active member of the local Animal Shelter, coordinating and helping with programs designed to increase adoptions for the animals in their care. She adopted two shelter dogs, Maude and then Harold, who had many behavior issues to overcome that required creative training solutions.
In 1998, Kim acquired a Belgian Tervuren named Jazz, a 4 year old female who had been returned to her breeder. Jazz opened the door to the world of competitive dog sports, especially agility and sheep herding. Kim continued her dog sport career with a Tervuren puppy named Oscar in 2001. Oscar proved to be an excellent sport partner; when he was just 2 years old he made the finals of the AKC Agility Nationals. They continued their agility adventures with the AKC Agility Invitational, Cynosport World Games and the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge. Oscar acquired his 3rd AKC Agility Championship in 2008. They also provided agility background scenes for the movie, A Dog Lovers Symphony and participated as a demo team for Animal Planet. Kim and Oscar also trained and competed in AKC obedience, K9 Nose Work® and the sport of Schutzhund, which involves tracking, obedience and protection.

Kim’s love of Belgian Tervuren didn’t stop with Jazz and Oscar and in 2004 Kim brought home a little firecracker named Emmy!  Emmy brought her athleticism to the sport of Agility, Schutzhund and Dock Diving as well as proving that she can also slow down enough to be successful with K9 Nose Work, following in Oscar's history-making footsteps. Emmy has given Kim the opportunity to travel and participate with the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge and National Diving Dog Tour, as well as being invited to compete internationally at the FMBB Belgian World Championships in 2011 & 2012, both held in Europe.  Kim has a young Tervuren named Zen, who is training in Ringsport and Agility and has begun competing in K9 Nose Work.

While dog training is always at the forefront, Kim still loves the work involved with her contract Interior Design business after 26 years in the systems furniture industry. In 2009, Joyride K9/Kim began a collaboration with Amy Herot on the official NACSW approved product line through All Good Dogs, LLC, the only currently approved odor kit supplier for sanctioned trials and events. Kim is currently teaching K9 Nose Work classes in Southern California and is enthusiastically helping to bring the sport of K9NW to other regions of the US through NACSW hosted workshops and trials. ~




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.