Janie Simmons – Janie
is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), a Certified K-9 Nosework Instructor (CNWI), a CGC Evaluator, and a member
of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. Janie has been training dogs and their handler in agility, nose work, obedience and
tracking for more than 15 years.
Janie has been an animal lover since birth, and often can train a dog to do what
she wants in a matter of minutes…training the handler takes longer. To date, she has had numerous experiences in training
dogs in obedience, agility, tracking, and nosework. Frequently her training methods have resulted in dogs reaching the pinnacle
of their sport.
Personally, Janie has had two labs, Zack and Daisy,
who have earned MACH titles and also compete in the AKC National Agility Championship. With Zack, Janie helped the Virginia
team place first nationally at the AKC National Agility Championship. Daisy was recognized in 2012 as of one of the Top 25
AKC Labs in agility. In addition to agility, Janie has earned TD titles in tracking, CD title in obedience, CGC titles and
Rally titles. Janie has worked with all of her dogs to earn Nosework titles, including the coveted NW3 Elite. She loves working
with her dogs and learns so much from them.
Jim Simmons – Jim is the lead tracking instructor and a
Certified Nose Work Instructor for Paws Plus Training. Jim earned his first TD title with Zack after a short period of “handler
boot camp” to train after Janie was sidelined due to a knee injury. Since his quick start in tracking, Jim has earned
four TD titles, and three TDX titles. In addition to tracking, Jim actively trains his canine companions in Nosework. Jim
and Reese, his chocolate lab buddy, have earned their NW3 Elite title. When Jim is not busy with scenting sports, he is actively
engaged in therapy work with his dog, and they regularly visit the VA Medical Center and a local middle school.
enjoys watching the development of the “team” with his students. His expertise is in teaching his students about
the effect of wind on their scenting sports and also line handling.