Hi, I'm Matt Elvin. I have been teaching Nosework classes since 2011 and enjoy helping dogs learn to develop their natural scenting abilities as they search for a hidden target odor. Nosework can help a young dog learn to concentrate, a shy dog build confidence, or a fearful dog become more comfortable, simply by allowing them to focus on the search. Any dog can do Nosework!
Scent training also has a practical application. You've heard of search and rescue dogs being used to find lost and missing people. What you may not know is that trained Missing Animal Response Technician and search dog teams are being used to find missing cats, dogs, and other pets. Seeing this need, I decided to help - and now I'm a pet detective.
How did all that happen?
I've always owned dogs and frequently assist my wife Kelly with her dog training classes. After 14 years of practicing law I decided that I needed and wanted to do something more rewarding. At about the same time I learned about the original pet detective, Kat Albrecht. Kat, a former police officer, runs a non-profit called Missing Pet Partnershipand teaches people to become Missing Animal Response (MAR) Technicians.
I went on to become a certified MAR Technician and trained my black Labrador retriever Mandy to find missing cats. After Mandy passed away, I stopped conducting physical searches, but I offer phone consultations regarding missing dogs and cats. I also encourage you to visit Missing Pet Partnership's websitefor tips on finding your pet and to locate a MAR Tech and search dog team in your area.
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