Michelle Doram has been working with dogs professionally since 2001 but a main focus of her life since her first German Shepherd Dog at age 13. As part of a Puppy Raiser family for guide dogs, she has been immersed in dog activities most of her life.
She began Nose Work classes with her spaniel mix puppy in 2010, and has continued playing the game with four other dogs since. Each dog has brought her new learning and appreciation for the sport.
Michelle particularly enjoys helping develop the unique bond between dog and handler that Scent Work creates,
and helping the handlers learn more about their dog’s working style. Michelle has been a Certified Nose Work Ins
tructor since 2013.
Her favorite focus for training is foundation skill reinforcement for dogs of all levels, as well as trial prep.
Michelle became a Cheif Search Designer for USCSS in 2016 and an AKC judge in 2017.
Her own dogs have achieved various title levels: Nate, a tricolor Collie mix, earned his NW3 Elite in 2015 with High In Trial on his final NW3, then ELT1 in two trials in 2017 ; Cedar, a sable Rough Collie, was among the first of 3 purebred Collies to earn an NW3 title in 2016, with a pronounced designation and Second Place overall; Clover, a tri headed white rough collie, earned her NW2 title in 2016 with a pronounced designation and second place overall.; Kacie, a Brittany Spaniel mix, earned her NW1 title with Second Place overall in 2012, Burdock, a sable Collie, joined the family in the summer of 2018 as a puppy and loves to play the game!
Michelle Doram, CNWI
AKC Scent Work Judge
USCSS CSD/ Judge