Welcome To Ascent Dog Training

I’ve been teaching dog training classes since 1979 beginning with teaching family pet classes for the local animal shelter. Since then I’ve trained and titled my dogs in several dog sports including Obedience, Tracking and Agility. In 2011 I attended my first K9 Nosework™ seminar and have been deeply involved in this activity and sport ever since.

I currently teach several group nosework classes each week at all levels from teams just beginning their journey to teams competing at the highest levels of the sport. I also offer private lessons, video review, subject specific workshops and sniff and gos. In addition to teaching, I compete with my own three dogs: Devon (NW3), Spriggs (NW3 Elite) and Zodi (Elite2) and am currently apprenticing as an AKC Scentwork judge.

I’ve been teaching K9 Nosework™ classes since 2012 just after I took early retirement from my career as a Clinical Laboratorian (https://www.ascp.org/content/board-of-certification ) and since then have attended too many hours of continuing education to count. I’m a certified Canine Nosework Instructor (CNWI™) for the NACSW®, the organization that started the activity and sport of Nosework and in March of 2018 I graduated with distinction from the Karen Pryor Academy Dog Trainer Professional program. I strive to use my insights from that and other training courses to inform all my teaching.

I am a committed force-free trainer and believe that all animals–including humans–deserve to be treated with respect, understanding and kindness.
Julie Rice MT(ASCP), KPA-CTP, CNWI™