LEAH GANGELHOFF, CNWI
Leah, a professional Canine Training and Behavior Specialist, owns & operates Flint Hill K-9 Training LLC. Leah has owned and operated her own canine training and behavior business and has been specializing in canine behavior for the last 16 years - 5 yrs in Los Angeles and the last 11 here in Birmingham, AL. During that time she has developed private comprehensive education courses for thousands of dogs and their owners for puppy, obedience, and serious behavior issues of all kinds, including severe fear and aggression cases.
While living in Los Angeles and before the sport of K9 Nose Work® was born, Leah studied under, trained with, and certified dogs in narcotics detection with K9 Nose Work® co-founders Ron Gaunt & Amy Herot beginning in 2004 and was part of their weekly on-going detection training group from 2004-2006.
- She has over 1000 hours of professional level narcotics detection training with a large group of dogs, with mentors Ron Gaunt and Amy Herot (Co-founders of the National Association of Canine Scent Work [NACSW™] and the sport of K9 Nose Work®), and with Rodney Spicer of Gold Coast K-9 from 2004-2006.
- She has personally passed professional detection certifications (both written and search tests) in narcotics detection (POST standards) with Evolution K9 in northern California and with the Oxnard Police Department separately with two different dogs (German Shepherd and Papillon, probably the first and only in narcotics detection).
- Leah is a NACSW™ Judge and Certifying Official (C.O.) since 2011 and has trained for and been approved to C.O. all levels of K9 Nose Work® trials including Elite Division level. She is also a Supervising C.O. to those new to the program.
- She is an NACSW™ Senior Faculty Member and has collaborated with Founders and Faculty to create and teach Continuing Education courses for CNWI (Certified Nose Work Instructors).
- Leah has developed and taught 28 seminars nationally in K9 Nose Work® since 2011,
- Leah has trained and trialed her own dog, Konner, a working line German Shepherd, up through Elite Champion (the highest title currently attainable in NACSW™) and will continue with him in the upcoming late 2018 NACSW™ Summit division. She has also begun training her Belgian shepherd puppy, Zephyr, in K9 Nose Work®.
- She has taught at 12 different K9 Nose Work® Training Camps since 2011 - invited by the founders. Over 100 dogs and owners attend each camp and the instructors each teach 3 sessions a day with different groups each day for four days each Camp.
- Leah teaches full day-long nose work coaching days to participants from all over the country monthly.
- She teaches 4-7 K9 Nose Work® classes a week in Birmingham (all levels) every year (starting in 2010).
- She has attended 3 of the NACSW™ Instructor certification courses in total since 2010 (only one is required), in order to increase her own learning, and completed all certification requirements.
- Leah became the first CNWI in the Southeast region on March 1, 2011 and she accrues yearly CEUs to maintain this certification.
- She has attended 16 different seminars in K9 Nose Work® with the founders of NACSW™ for her own learning.
- Leah earned her formal education in Canine Training and Behavior from Triple Crown School for dog trainers in 2001-2002 in a four month long residential program. She logged 480 hours of direct hands-on education from teacher trainers and passed all written and practical tests in the 90th percentile in the areas of pet dog obedience, competition obedience, agility, canine good citizen, behavior, puppy, search & rescue, service dog, police service dog, personal protection, narcotics detection, retriever training and IPO and suspect tracking. During her schooling, she logged an additional 420 hours of training practice applying what she was learning in order to pass the testing requirements.
- Leah holds a BS in psychology and has an extensive background in psychological research in the areas of learning and developmental theory, both of which provide a very strong foundation for her work by significantly deepening her understanding of canine training methodologies.
- She has attended a multitude of training and behavior seminars, workshops, webinars, read books, etc. with the top names in training and behavior every year since 2001. (Dr. Patricia McConnell, Sue Sternberg, Ian Dunbar, Amy Herot, Ron Gaunt, Jill Marie O'Brien, Gary Wilkes, Jessy Gabriel, Robb Dunn, Michael Ellis, Dr. Nicholas Dodman, Dr. Sophia Yin, Jean Donaldson, Dr. Karen Overall, Suzanne Clothier, Leslie DeFusco, etc.).
- Leah has worked in the past with shelters in Los Angeles and the Greater Birmingham Humane Society conducting staff trainings on canine behavior, implementing training techniques to help dogs become more adoptable, and conducting canine temperament assessments.