"Teach me to be the dog you want me to be"​

Gisa du Chenil Belge


Novice & Intermediate Trick Dog 

Registered Pet Partner therapy dog (retired) 

Iselda du Chenil Belge "Issy"


NW1, NW 2, NW L1C, NW L2C, NW L1E, NW L1I, NW L2 I, NW3-C, NW L1V

Registered Pet Partner therapy dog (retired)

Gisa and Issy, following in Loki's paw prints, are currently retired  from being registered therapy dogs with Pet Partners.  

Gisa was my training partner. She is currently retired at the age of 12 years of age. She was demo, puppy trainer, having had 2 litters of her own, and all around neutral dog. At 12 years of age, she is being allowed to slow down and enjoy her life. 

Issy is 10 and has taught me a lot about training dogs.  She is that dog that every dog trainer has sometime in their life.  They teach us how to be a better trainer.   She is active in the sport of K9 Nose Work™, which has taught me a lot about her and about reading dog behaviors.  It's helped tremendously with her reactivity and environmental sensitivity. 

I currently have a adolescent German Shepherd who's call name is Trini.  She is 1 year old and is teaching me a different set of skills.  She is learning K9 Nose Work™, Tracking, and Obedience.  My goal is to title her in the German ring by getting her BH (Companion Dog test) which is intended to demonstrate the dog's intelligence and utility, or in other words, testing for the abilties the breed was created to be.  

Your training team

​​​My qualifications include:

*Certified Professional Dog Trainer CPDT-KA
Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers.
​*ANWI K9 Nose Work™ Instructor for
*Professional member of
APDT, Association of Professional      Dog Trainers #82011
Pet Partners (formally Delta Society) retired therapy dog team(s) since 2000  #32725 (3 German Shepherds)
Pet Partners (formally Delta Society) licenced evaluator since 2001 #32725TE
AKC Canine Good Citizen Instructor and Evaluator #87266
​*Founding Board, evaluator, instructor and team for
HOPE Animal Assisted Crisis Response  and National Crisis Response Canines

​​​​I have recently expanded to K9 Nose Work™ instruction and some behavior modification. I have been active in K9 Nose Work™ with my own dog for 5 years. The training is an invaluable way of developing a real bond with your dog

Working with dogs is my passion in life.
​​I started Cold Noses Warm Hearts Dog Training in 2007 with a plan to train dogs in life skills and specializing in the many aspects of Animal Assisted Therapy/Interventions/Crisis Response. It's grown to provide basic life skills and manners for puppies and adult dogs. All of which is the foundation to develop a great therapy dog.

Linda Hamilton BS, CPDT-KA ANWI