Kimberly Buchanan, CNWI
K9NW Founding Instructor, NACSW Senior Faculty
K9NW Trial Judge, Certifying Official
Southern California


A founding member of NACSW and one of the original "Core 7" Certified Nose Work Instructors, Kim is a competitor in the sport of K9 Nose Work®, having achieved the highest titling levels as they became available. She is part of the Senior Faculty of NACSW and an integral part of the behind the scenes planning of the organization. She travels extensively throughout the US to judge and certify K9NW trials, to teach seminars and clinics for students as well as conduct continuing education for the NACSW Instructor Program.

Kim grew up in Michigan with many family dogs and cats and moved to California in 1988 with her Abyssinian cat, Josephine. She was very involved with the local Animal shelter, worked with rescue dogs and learned about the joys of training and competitive dog sports with her Belgian Tervuren, Jazz. They were involved in sheep herding, obedience and agility. In 2001, Kim continued her agility career with her new Tervuren puppy from Belgium named Oscar. Oscar proved to be an excellent agility partner; when he was just 2 years old he made the finals of the AKC Agility Nationals.

Kim and Oscar continued their agility adventures with local competitions as well as the AKC Agility Invitational, Cynosport World Games and the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge. Oscar acquired his 3rd AKC Agility Championship in 2008. They provided agility background scenes for the movie, A Dog Lovers Symphony and have participated as a demo team for Animal Planet. Kim and Oscar also trained and competed in AKC obedience, K9 Nose Work® and the sport of Schutzhund, which involves tracking, obedience and protection.

Kim’s love of Tervs didn’t stop with Jazz and Oscar and in 2004 Kim brought home Emmy, a workingline Belgian Tervuren who was her little firecracker! Emmy brought her athleticism to the sport of Agility, Schutzhund and Dock Diving as well as proving that she can also slow down enough to be successful with K9 Nose Work®. In 2010, Kim & Emmy became the first team in NACSW™ history to earn an NW3 title and in 2011 became the first NW3 Elite title holders and were invited to compete in the first four NACSW National Invitationals in 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2017.

Emmy has given Kim the opportunity to travel and participate with the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge and National Diving Dog Tour, as well as being invited to compete at the FMBB Belgian World Championships in 2011 & 2012 both held in Europe. She also has workingline Tervurens “Zen,” who is competing in the sport of French Ring and in K9 Nose Work®; “Story,” who is competing in French Ring and Agility and started in K9NW; Puppies “Cartoon” & “Tricks” who are getting all the basics for a variety of sports and activities.

Since both Emmy & Zen were invited to compete in the 2017 K9NW Invitational, Kim chose to take Zen to Massachusetts where they rec’d placements in several searches and 4th place overall!

Kim has a background in commercial Interior Design and in 2008 she decided to package her versatile dog training and other professional experience together to create her successful dog training business Joyride K9. In 2009, Joyride K9/Kim began a collaboration with Amy Herot for a K9 Nose Work® product line through Amy's company, All Good Dogs, LLC. Kim is the force behind the design, manufacturing and operations of the products division and personally handles all order packaging and customer service. All Good Dogs, LLC is the only currently approved odor kit supplier for sanctioned trials and events.



Last Updated 5/31/18


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