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National Association of Canine Scent Work

Ramona Audette, Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI)


Ramona is the owner and Training Director of California Academy of Dog Behavior, LLC.
Ramona first became interested in training dogs in 1988 when she became a “puppy raiser” for Guide Dogs of America. She became interested in behavior and all the nuances of dog training when she realized there was more to dog training than just giving commands.


In 1993, she went to work for Guide Dogs of America and in 2002 went to Accord, New York to pursue more dog training skills. To learn more about dog behavior, by training chickens, she went to Hot Springs, Arkansas in 2004 and 2005 and to Sequim, Washington, in 2007.

Because she has fun with her dogs and loves to watch dogs have fun while learning, K9 Nose WorkR was a natural fit. In 2008, Ramona became involved with Fun Nose Work and, in 2009, became one of the first seven Certified Nose WorkR Instructors. She also serves as Trial Judge, Certifying Official and Faculty with the NACSW. She teaches K9 NoseworkR classes and workshops.

Because of her passion for helping people, and their dogs, Ramona continually attends seminars and workshops on training and dog behavior.

Ramona is an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, a member of the Southern California Dog Trainers Forum and a member of the National Association of Canine Scent Work. She competes with her own dogs in Agility, Obedience, Rally and Nosework Trials.

Ramona’s dog “Anton”, is the second dog to obtain the ‘NW3-Elite’ Nosework title. He has also earned the NW3 Element Titles; NW3-I, NW3-E, NW3-V and NW3-C.





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.