Founder, K9 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.
What People Are Saying
For me, the best thing about See Spot Grin is not that Cindy is one of the best trainers in the area, or that the classes and other events are well organized and user friendly, although she is and they are. The best thing is Cindy's genuine appreciation of both people and dogs (warts and all) and what they can accomplish together. See Spot Grin is a great place to learn to how to be a better teammate to your dog and have fun doing it. ---Sharon, Washington, DC
See Spot Grin provides consistent, positive training experiences for dogs AND their humans. We really appreciate that! Although I understand completely why it can be harder for trainers to be positive with the human side of the team, it makes a world of difference to receive positive, helpful feedback when you're trying to learn something new and convey it to your canine partner. ---Lynda, Upper Marlboro, MD
Cindy is a great instructor, all positive reinforcement… something I had to get used to, having learned obedience training in the '70's, but find I am getting MUCH better results without corrections and simply shaping behavior and reinforcing. This has been a wonderful learning experience not only for my "Spoo", but for me as well! Thank You, Cindy, for having See Spot Grin for us to come to!! Chelsea and I are both "Grinners"!! ---Jacky, Catonsville, MD