About ACSW

ACSW is the first and only sanctioning organisation for the sport of K9 Nose Work® in Australia. 

Marion Brand

CEO/Founder

Marion Brand, CNWI, is the founder of Australian Canine Scent Work (ACSW). She is also a Judge and Certifying Official for the sport of K9 Nose Work. Marion has had a lifelong love of dogs and for the last 15 years has shared her passion as an obedience trialling level instructor at the Hills Dog Club. Besides obedience she has also instructed in treibball, dock diving, herding, agility and rally o. Always interested in fun new activities, Marion knew she was on to something amazing when she first discovered K9 Nose Work.

Her love for K9 Nose Work was first ‘detected’ on a trip to USA and Canada in 2012 where she was originally ‘alerted’ to all the fun and benefits this search and detect activity and sport has to offer.

Marion was so impressed with it that she returned to the USA six times over the next 2 years to receive extensive training from the founders of the sport. She was the first Australian to be awarded her Certified Nose Work Instructors (CNWI) status.

Marion is thankful to have shared in the K9 Nose Work journey with Bravo (deceased), Echo (deceased), Delta (deceased), Moose and Charm.

Becky Thomas

Director – Trial Division

admin@acsw.com.au

Becky is a qualified NDTF trainer and CNWI, along with being a Judge, Certifying Official & SRL for the sport of K9 Nose Work. She owns/runs Ultimate K9, on the Sunshine Coast, QLD.

Becky has been working in the dog training industry for 10+ years. She has a wide variety of experience, ranging from breeding, puppy development, assistance dogs, class instruction, canine nutrition, in home training and scent detection.

Becky has bred Labradors for working roles including scent detection, assistance dogs and sporting homes. Her first encounter with scent detection was training seizure response dogs and tracking dogs for special needs children. Her love for scent detection grew from there.

Becky and her dogs, Scout & Booty have trained and competed in agility, jetty jumping and K9 Nose Work. Becky regularly attends seminars to keep up to date with what’s happening in the training industry and enjoys hosting speakers and events to help grow our awesome sport of K9 Nose Work.

Jenn Gambell

Director – Education Division

education@acsw.com.au

Jenn started her nose work journey in 2012 with K9 Nose Time as one of the very first students introduced to the sport in Australia. Jenn is a CNWI, as well as a Judge & Certifying Official for the sport of K9 Nose Work.

Jenn combines her professional background of 20+ years in the field of Human Resources and Training, with her recent study into companion animal behaviour and dog training.

Jenn has 15+ years of dog training experience in several disciplines such as obedience, agility, herding, rally o, showing and of course, nose work. She has trained dogs to Master Level in agility and competed with her dog Floyd in the inaugural NW1 trial in Australia. Floyd being the first Australian Shepherd to get this title in Australia.

Jenn trains and competes in agility and nose work, amongst other sports, with Ripley, Stryder and new addition Shady Lady.

Photo: Pinnicle Photography

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