I am Gina Baker CNWI (Certified Nose Work Instructor) owner and operator of Nose Work Connection. Along with my husband, I live with two doggie companions – Wally (Cocker spaniel and chow mix) and Kalli (an Aussie mix) plus a cat named C.C. We have always had companion dogs but the journey to Nose Work began with our rescue Aussie mix - Kalli. Kall showed all the signs of being reactive so I started doing research as to the best way of helping her deal with all the scary things in life, which lead me to be a graduate of Penn Foster Dog Obedience Trainer/Instructor program, a member of NACSW and APDT.
Besides her being reactive, she also is smart and needed more than the daily walks of being a companion dog, so another search began – rally, agility, doing tricks for fun but still nothing was a really good fit until we hit upon a “Find it” class and we were both hooked!!
I attended K9 Nose Work camp in 2012 - and have been going forward every since. It has been a slow but very steady road earning our NW1, NW2, Elements Specialty L1Container and L1 Interior. It has been a fantastic journey of which we are continuing.
Nose Work has made such a difference in how Kalli now sees the world; it has given her confidence and shown her that the world is not always so scary. In turn it has become important for me to reach out and offer classes in this exciting new and fun sport / activity. I have been teaching class since 2013 and have fulfilled the requirements to become CNWI (Certified Nose Work Instructor) in 2018.