CASCADE CANINES

K-9 Nose Work ®


Meet Vicki Francks, CNWI

​Vicki Francks, CNWI

​Vicki Francks, CNWI, has been professionally trained in Nose Work instruction by NACSW founders Ron Gaunt, Amy Herot & Jill Marie O’Brien.  She has taken beginning though advanced Nose Work classes from Miriam Rose, CNWI, CPDT-KA, and the first Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI) in Washington State. Her Doberman Pinscher, Gracie Ellen, a rescue, has earned her Nose Work 1 title and was also awarded the prestigious Harry Award, which is awarded to the most outstanding Rescue dog at a Nose Work 1 trial.  Vicki is also teaching Nose Work to two of the three Border Collies that she handles in Flyball: Stella May and Belle, who have passed their ORTs for birch & are currently training for their first Nose Work 1 trial.

Vicki is a member of the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW), the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), the Cascade Comets Dog Sports Club (Flyball), & served on the Board of the Cascade Doberman Pinscher Club.  She competes & volunteers in NACSW sanctioned Nose Work trials.  She successfully handles several dogs in Flyball tournaments & assists in the teaching of Flyball classes. Vicki is involved in Doberman Pinscher rescue & has volunteered at the Seattle Animal Shelter. 
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Growing up in Stamford Connecticut, Vicki frequently found herself followed home by stray dogs.  She raised baby birds that had fallen, featherless, out of their nests; proud to watch them fly for the first time & bittersweet to watch them leave home with their new winged families.  She has owned & loved dogs since toddler years.  In fact, her first words were not "Da-da" or "Momma" as with most babies, but "Laa, laa" as she chased Laddie the neighbor dog down the street.

Vicki has worked for 21 years as a Speech-Language Pathologist.  She earned her BA degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Pittsburgh and an MS degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Washington. She has worked in hospitals, outpatient rehab, home health & skilled nursing to assess & treat patients who have cognitive, speech, language & swallowing disorders.  She is certified in Compton P-ESL Accent Modification, NMES VitalStim therapy, and LSVT-LOUD speech treatment for Parkinson’s.  She continues to work for a major rehabilitation company as well as to treat patients in her private practice: Northwest Speech Pathology Services.
​Prior to pursuing her higher education track, Vicki worked for several well-known Hunter/Jumper show stables on the east coast before striking out on her own.  She operated her own show stable, training show horses & teaching students from children to adult for the Hunter/Jumper show circuit. Her students consistently placed in year-end award placings. She currently rides her Thoroughbred, Oh Jeepers! in Dressage. 
Note: Only instructors that have been officially trained by the founders of the National Association of Canine Scent Work may term their classes "K9 Nose Work ® ".