Laura Camodeca - Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI)
I am a Certified Nose Work Instructor through the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW) I am also a graduate of Trish King’s Canine Behavior Academy. Most importantly, I love sharing the joy of Nose Work with my students and their K9 companions.
I bring decades of experience as an educator, and have worked with children and adults. I am also always trying to expand my knowledge of this field and so I regularly attend seminars and workshops hosted by the top trainers in the country. I have also participated in K9 Nose Work Camps where I participate in 5 days of Nose Work training.
I also participate in the K9 Nose Work Shelter Project. This project offers dogs both a mental and physical outlet for the stress that can often build from confinement. I implemented this program at the Peninsula Humane Society and work with a team of volunteers to provide this essential enrichment activity. Watch Bernard, graduate of the program.
I have a Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Illinois University and a Masters of Science from San Francisco State University. I was a K-8th grade teacher for 25 years.
Aside from being a CNWI, I am an avid adventurer and have explored 6 continents as well as traveled throughout the US in a Roadtrek RV. I share my life with my partner, Mary and two dogs Beppo and Scout.
Mary Duffy - Trainer and Blogger
I am a major fan and advocate of Canine Scent work!
I started my nosework adventure with my crazy doodle dog Riley. Riley was a high drive dog but was also fearful of other dogs. I explored this sport as a way to enjoy time with my dog, and see if it could minimize his fear. The sport exceeded all of my expectations, and Riley achieved Elite status through NACSW. A good time was had by all.
Riley has crossed the rainbow bridge, so now I’m working with a cute, tenacious terrier rescue named Scout. We are having a great time sharing the joy of nosework with others, being a part of the nosework sport community, as well as pursing our Elite title.
Before working with nosework students I worked many years as a mountaineering and whitewater rafting guide where I learned how to deal with change and what to do when you're lost - both invaluable skills when dealing with nosework searches.
In the fall of 2021 I started a gap year after 24 wonderful years as a Senior Project Manager and the Director of Educational Programs at Caravan Studios, a division of TechSoup. Beyond working with Seaside Sniffers, I am the owner/operator of my own small business providing program planning and implementation assistance to community-based organizations and schools nationwide.
Scout, "I was rescued from Dogwood Animal Rescue."
I am Seaside Sniffer’s Sporty Scout (say that fast 3 times). Folks say I’m a big dog in little package, who will if invited, jump into your lap and shower you with kisses. I love all dog sports and am always up for a hike, bike ride or run both near and far. I’ve seen 30 states and 2 Canadian provinces in the past 2 years, but I am always up for another adventure!
NW1 NW2 NW3 Elite
Beppo, "I was rescued from Bichon Rescue of Orange County."
I am a very sweet happy boy and I love to observe all things. I love to travel and go on hikes especially when it is cool. I have been learning to be an agility dog as well as being a nose work dog. I received my NW1 in Bolder, Montana where it was cold and rainy. This California boy has not seen much rain so it was a challenge. I also received my NW2 in Gunnison, CO and am working towards my NW3 title.