Founder, Nose Work & CCC Instructor
Cindy Knowlton combines her talents of 20+ years of experience teaching children and adults in a formal education setting and her passion of working with animals, balancing the needs of both human and canine in a uniquely fun, positive presentation that honors the individuality and respect that each student and dog deserves.
While serving Anne Arundel County as both an educator and parent/child advocate, Cindy's dog training experience began with her own dogs, with whom she has competed in obedience, agility, conformation, K9 Nose Work®, and Wag It! Games over the years. Additionally she has pursued training in tracking, herding, freestyle, lure coursing, dock diving and disc dog, depending on which dog showed particular interest or talent in each. During this time she found that Suzanne Clothier's Relationship Centered Training® ideals most closely matched her own, developed training strategies which incorporate many of Suzanne's techniques, and continues to follow her work. Cindy has further studied dog behavior under Bob Bailey, Ian Dunbar, Kay Laurence and Turid Rugaas among others.
In 2010 Cindy was introduced to K9 Nose Work® and became the first Certified Nose Work Instructor in the state of Maryland. In 2012 she became the first certified Wag It! Games instructor in Maryland. She currently enjoys competing in both venues with her own dogs, as well as sharing the benefits of balance, connection and confidence building each offer to her students and their dogs.
In addition to having served on the Animal Matters Hearing Board in Howard County, Maryland for several years and taught the 4H agility program in Howard County for three years, Cindy is actively involved in therapy dog work with five of her dogs through National Capital Therapy Dogs as a volunteer, in enhancing the group's continuing education and in evaluating the needs of individual animals involved.
Nose Work Instructor
Sue caught the scent of nose work in November 2009 when she heard about the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW).
In 2010, Sue attended 3 workshops presented by the NACSW Founders introducing her to the sport of nose work. She attended the first NACSW camp for nose work enthusiasts that same year and has been hooked ever since!
Sue has participated in numerous seminars taught by the founders of the NACSW™, in addition to attending seminars presented by other talented nose work instructors and trainers. Sue has attended the annual NACSW PA Nose work Camp each year since 2010 working her own dogs, Rocki, who was a collie/shepherd mix and now Jinx, a Belgian Tervuren.
Since 2011, Sue has assisted several Certified Nose Work Instructors (CNWI) in the Mid-Atlantic area instructing K9 Nose Work classes based on the principles and training guide of the NACSW. Sue enjoys teaching nose work & the enjoyment it brings to dog owners as they watch their dogs playing a game they are naturally so good at.
Sue is currently an Associate Nose Work Instructor (ANWI) enrolled in the NACSW™ Instructor certification program and intends to complete her certification to be a CNWI at the end of the year. You can often find Sue volunteering at NACSW nose work trials and odor recognition tests(ORTs).
Sue has trained and competed with her own dogs in K9 Nose Work®, NADAC Agility, APDT (WCRL) & AKC Rally, & Confirmation and is currently competing with Jinx in NACSW Element Specialty Trials and working on their Elite NW3 Title.
Sue is a native of Maryland & currently lives in Pennsylvania with her Belgian Tervuren, Jinx and her cat, Seeker (who funny enough, was found as a stray at a nose work seminar).
Sue and Jinx love a game of frisbee or ball on land and in the water.