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About: Sonja Nordstrom

Sonja Nordstrom

Sonja Nordstrom started working K9 Search and Rescue/Recovery and Detection in 1995. She has trained, certified and fielded four of her own dogs in the various disciplines of Live Find SAR, Water Search, and Human Remains Detection (HRD) with successful deployments to the Pentagon after 9/11, throughout the Western United States, Mexico, the Middle East, and most recently to Europe searching for WWII MIAs. Over the years, she has obtained HRD certifications under NNDDA, NAPWDA, USPCA, CA P.O.S.T., CARDA/CA OES, and Tri-State K9. Sonja obtained a Detector Dog Trainer’s certification (Narcotics/Explosives) from Vohne Liche Kennels (State of Indiana) in 2003 and has provided training to Law Enforcement and SAR handlers at seminars and through classes to handlers from as far away as Puerto Rico. In addition to the K9 Search field work, Sonja and her dogs have competed in the dog sports of Schutzhund, French Ring, Mondio Ring, and Dock Diving. Sonja recently retired with 23 years of service as a Special Agent of the FBI during which time she and her dogs deployed as a resource for the FBI Evidence Response Team. Sonja now owns and operates Sonja’s Dog Training, LLC, located in Summit County Utah, offering UN/UKC Nosework seminars and private in-home obedience training and behavior modification. She also continues to provide volunteer SAR services with her three field certified Dutch Shepherds and serves as a trainer with Great Basin K9 SAR and evaluator with Tri-State K9 SAR.

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Nose Work and Nosework

A well-muscled Malinois strains against his collar, nose reaching and twitching to catch any trace of odor. His whole body quivers with excitement and anticipation as he maintains his position behind the doorway’s threshold. Finally, his handler commands, “Zoek!” He shoots through the door, sniffs a perimeter pattern around the edge of the room, bounces Continue Reading

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