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Hunter’s Heart Kennels and Scent Dog Training is located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, next to the Rocky Mountains. Dr. Carla Simon, the owner, is a Certifying Official (UKC Nosework) and President of Sniff Alberta. She has bred and trained hunting dogs for Hunter’s Heart since 1999, as featured in the Pointing Dog Journal, Dogs in Canada, Clean Run and American Brittany magazines. She is a Contributing Editor for the American Brittany Magazine, and a sought-after speaker who drew a sold-out crowd of more than 600 at UBC’s Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.

Carla breeds occasional litters of exceptional Brittany Spaniel puppies, for scent detection, hunting, and athletic partners for families that enjoy an active lifestyle. Carla’s Brittany Spaniels have completed UKC’s Masters Nosework and K9 ABC Games’ Triple Odor Games titles, won Elite High in Trial, and qualified in Iron Dog (Sniffing Dog Sports, USA). In addition to field and scent titles, Hunter’s Heart Brittanys have won gold at AAC Agility Championships, Best of Breed at the National Brittany Specialty, and achieved numerous top 5 national rankings in agility, conformation and obedience.

Carla’s scientific approach to reliable scent dog detection training helps handlers to gel with their canine partners, with unmistakable focus, and proven results. Her motivational training has helped hundreds of scent detection dogs to reach their potential, with target odors ranging from human scent to bed bugs.

As an educator and former biologist, Carla understands the science underpinning evidence-based dog breeding and training, from anatomy to physiology of olfaction. Applying current scientific research helps handlers and their canine partners to succeed, without sacrificing motivation and fun.

Carla’s students have achieved titles from Novice SDDA and C-WAGS up to Elite UKC Nosework, and encompass dogs of all ages, sizes, temperaments and abilities. Carla completed advanced instructors’ scent dog training with law enforcement and military scent dog trainer, Andrew Ramsey (California, USA). She has trained with Karen Kroyer (Texas, USA), and John Rogerson (United Kingdom), and tracked with Calgary’s Schutzhund club. She supported the Calgary Humane Society as a Behaviour Assessor , chaired the American Brittany Club’s Non-Field Performance Committee (AKC), and was appointed to the Health & Genetics Committee for the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC).

Nosework is a new and growing dogsport that uses scent dog training techniques similar to those employed to teach professional scent detection dogs to detect narcotics and bed bugs. Pet dogs who enjoy sniffing are easily trained using positive, rewards based training to love searching for target odor. Scent dog training is a great way to try a new training challenge, build your bond with your dog, and have fun. You can join Hunter’s Heart classes at Kayenna Kennels, in Calgary, Canada, or learn nosework online.

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