Alison Woolcott, ANWI
In 2014 Alison heard about K9 Nose Work ® however, due to work commitments, it took quite a few years before she was able to get into classes! In the meantime, Alison helped co-ordinate a Nose Work Workshop for her breed club, which then led onto finding a class she could attend (woot!), learning with Instructor’s Rachel Lawler and Lesia Burford. She fell in love with this ‘dog driven’ activity and the joy her dogs showed in going to class and training each week. K9 Nose Work® is the perfect ‘fit’ of an activity.
“From there all my dogs have been involved with K9 Nose Work in one way or another. As a student I learn so much from my instructors about working with my dogs. Also watching the other dog teams in class teaches me so much”.
Starting the CNWI Course in 2019 led on to instructing at K9 Nose Time® and in the Southern Highlands – Mount Murray. “It is really rewarding to see how happy the dogs are as they are given the freedom to use their incredible noses and show US what it’s all about. The relationship that the owners and their dogs develop over the weeks of learning is also great to see. Whether people choose to join training groups, trial, or have fun out and about with their dog/s, there is always more to learn and fun to be had!
Alison has had a dog/s in the family for most of her life. At the age of 4 years a mixed breed joined her family. As a teen, Trudy, the Golden Retriever came along. Together they started training through Northern Suburbs Dog Training Club and in Trudy’s early years they were involved in various activities with the Breed Club. A strong interest in animal behaviour continued with the reading of ‘any books I could get my hands on’, before her next dog ‘Molly’ came along. Since then, Alison has had various dogs in her family including mixed breeds and bearded collies. Living in a multi dog household continues to teach her a lot about different breeds and K9 behaviour and dynamics. Working as an assistant groomer in 1995 and as a kennel/cattery attendant in early 2000 also added to her experience in dealing with dogs in different environments.
Completing the Delta CGC Instructors Course, 1999 & attending Delta’s Puppy Socialisation and Training Workshop in 1999 led on to work as an instructor for a time, and joining the APDT led to attending many seminars and workshops. As a student over the years, activities have included the CGC programme with two of her dogs (People Pet Partnership), dabbling in agility fun sports & Dancing with Dogs and clicker training and fun trick training (Get S.M.A.R.T Dogs) – all at St Ives Showground late 90’s early 2000’s. In 2009 Alison started competing in conformation showing. She has also attended herding seminars and has obtained an HT with one of her dogs. 2018 saw her study and obtain her breeder’s prefix and so far, she helped raise one lovely bearded collie litter.