I am Gina Baker the owner and operator of Nose Work Connection. Along with my husband, I live with one doggie companion, Willy (Golden Retriever / Old English mix), a cat named C.C. and a cat named Oliver. I am CNWI (Certified Nose Work Instructor), a graduate of Penn Foster Dog Obedience Trainer/Instructor program, a C.L.A.S.S. Instructor / Evaluator, a member of NACSW and APDT. We have always had companion dogs but my journey to Nose Work began with our rescue Aussie mix - Kalli RIP Kalli. Kalli showed all the signs of being reactive to the world around her, 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 reactivity, she was smart and needed more than the daily walks of being a companion dog, so another search began – rally, agility, doing tricks, of course for fun but 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 2014, numerous seminars, workshops, on-line classes and our journey began. It was a slow but steady road earning our NW1, NW2, Elements Specialty L1Container, L1 Interior and L1 Vehicles. It was an amazing journey. Nose Work made such a difference in how Kalli saw the world; it gave her confidence, independence and showed her that the world is not always so scary. In turn it became 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 become CNWI (Certified Nose Work Instructor) in 2018.
Then another rescue pup came into our lives, Willy. Willy had a much different outlook on life than Kalli had, he was laid back and easy going. But something did come out in Willy, I kept noticing how his nose was always to the ground and he would follow our footsteps, a new journey begins. This journey would be research and learning all I could about Tracking. Let the tracking journey begin. I read books from the best trackers, attended a Tracking Camp in Michigan, attended several seminars, (John Rice) workshops, and webinars. We certified and earned our first TD Title. Onward. Tracking also being a great sport / activity for humans and dogs, next step, offer classes and a Tracking Club.