About Hunter’s Heart Scent Detection Training

We’ve moved to a new, interactive elearning platform, but you can still use this archived WordPress site to read and search our 2016 – 2020 blog posts. 

From bed bugs to birds, from narcotics to nosework, Dr. Carla Simon, MD BSc, MBA has trained thousands of scent detection students around the world. Since 1999, she has bred and trained dogs as Hunter’s Heart Kennels. Hunter’s Heart provides bed bug inspections, and has been featured in the Pointing Dog Journal, the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants Journal, Dogs in Canada, and Clean Run magazines. Carla is a Contributing Editor for the American Brittany Magazine, and a sought-after speaker who drew a sold-out crowd of more than 600 at UBC’s Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.

Carla is the Past President of Sniff Alberta, and judges scent detection for CKC, UKC, Sniffing Dog Sports, K9 ABC Games, and is a Certifying Official for UKC Nosework (the second largest kennel club in the world). She is the provincial representative for the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) Scent Detection Council. She has conducted Behavior Assessments for the Calgary Humane Society, onboarding junior assessors. In her capacity as a Canine Good Neighbor Evaluator, she organized Alberta’s first CGN test, and has evaluated potential therapy dog prospects and pets at events such as Pet Expo. She chaired the American Brittany Club’s Performance Committee (AKC), and was appointed to the Health & Genetics Committee of the CKC. She has trained with the Scandinavian Working Dog Institute, Andrew Ramsey (California, USA), Karen Kroyer (Texas, USA), John Rogerson (UK), and tracked with Calgary’s Schutzhund club. She has trained trainers using target odors including human remains, wildlife, antlers, handler scent, narcotics, explosives, tracking, trailing and pet dogs for sporting detection and nosework competitions.

In addition to field and scent titles, Carla’s Brittanys have won gold at AAC Alberta Agility Championships, National High in Trial Agility Brittany, multi High in Trial international wins in UKC Elite Nosework, and Best in Specialty Show at the Canadian National Brittany Specialty. Her Brittanys have consistently achieved numerous Top 5 national rankings in agility, conformation and obedience competition.

Carla currently offers bed bug inspections and private training in the Calgary area, where her science based approach helps students to understand and apply the latest research on canine olfaction and sniffer dog training. Her experience helps teams to build a solid foundation, avoid common mistakes and overcome challenges to produce reliable, fully engaged partners. Fundamentally, scent detection is a fun game for sniffer dogs. At the same time, scent detection should provide reliable information to help clients answer important questions like whether the premises has bed bugs, or whether narcotics are present in the workplace.


We’ve moved to a new, interactive elearning platform, but you can still use this archived WordPress site to read and search our 2016 – 2020 blog posts. Join our international students and learn scent detection online: https://scentdetection.huntersheart.com/store.

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