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National Association of Canine Scent Work

Desiree Snelleman, Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI)

Desiree spent the first twenty-five years of her career as a personal health & fitness professional working with many companies, including The Sports Club Company. During that time, she mastered the skills needed to help her clients build strong and healthy bodies. She gained such a strong teaching and learning philosophy that she taught other fitness professionals how to train their clients. She officially added dogs to her training career with the launch of Fido’N Friends…in Motion, a company that served to promote, educate, influence and create optimal health and well being through exercise and mental stimulation for both dogs and people.  She parlayed that expertise into working with her own dogs who have become national competitors in their own right. T’ai, one of her Siberian Huskies is ranked as the nation's top Siberian Husky in dog agility. Chi, T'ai's sister, while not quite as accomplished as her brother, is beginning to blossom and close the gap on the list for the national rankings. Stinger, her young Border Collie, is a rising star in agility and has made it into the finals at every regional and national event he has competed in over his short career. Her dogs have also earned titles in Obedience, Rally Obedience and are Canine Good Citizens. Desiree has been involved in scent detection and K9 Nose Work® classes since the beginning. She worked all of her dogs at every class level and went on to become one of the first instructors to complete the apprenticeship program and certification (Certified Nose Work Instructor). Her dog, Chi took First Place Overall in the Inaugural Fun Nose Work Competition August 2008 and T'ai and Stinger were on the teams that finished first and second in the team event.  Since then her dogs have competed in all the FNW trials.  T’ai and Chi have earned their NW1 titles and Stinger has earned his NW2 title. Her love of K9 Nose Work® and working dogs has led her to teaching and also conducting seminars to support handlers and dogs in the sport.

Desiree is also a sought after lecturer and has presented nationally at many of the most respected dog training and behavior programs around. This includes, but is not limited to Dog Sense and the Instructor Course at Terry Ryan's Legacy Canine Behavior and Training Center in addition to Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Los Angeles. 

Some of Desiree’s educational accomplishments include gaining her teaching and coaching credentials from the Norwegian University of Sport and Physical Education and another degree in athletic training, sports medicine from San Diego State University.  She has also earned a Counseling Certificate from The San Francisco SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers with Jean Donaldson and has attended two of the Bailey and Bailey chicken camps.

Desiree is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), the American Canine Sports Medicine Association (ACSMA) and the Southern California Dog Trainer's Forum (SCDTF). Desiree has been a member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and is a certified personal trainer/member of the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). 






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.