Debby Kay, CDT, CDTA, PDTI,  was one of the early trainers of search and rescue dogs in North America. As an outgrowth of her volunteer work, she eventually left her position as a research scientist with the Federal Government to become the training director of International Detector Dogs Ltd. In this capacity, she trained the first toxic waste detection dog and was an early pioneer of using dogs to help ecologists, geologists and field biologists find targeted specimens for their research.

She has taught classes for dog professionals and amateurs alike all over the world. As a contractor, Debby helped to develop and train the first classes of dogs and instructors for the fledgling ATF explosive dog program in Front Royal, Va.

She has been breeding dogs under the Chilbrook prefix since 1969, with dogs from her program earning hundreds of titles in the field, conformation, tracking, agility and obedience rings. In addition, hundreds of her dogs work as service dogs for the blind and physically disabled, as seizure and medical alert dogs, and as assistance dogs for the autistic. They also serve as working members of police, security, and search and rescue organizations around the world.

Debby is an all breed conformation, obedience and hunt test judge.  She is the author of numerous books and conducts her popular Super Sniffer™ workshops on scent detection training around the world.

4 comments on “About

  1. Diane Glenny says:


    JIm sent me your “The Gift of Dog” and I’d like to use it in the Siberian Husky Club of The Twin Cities newsletter. Do I have your permission to do so?


    Diane Glenny

  2. Jr reed says:

    Just bought a puppy of ranger from six mile labordors so excited I already have a marine ied lab she’s 5 yrs old and is a blessing to my family my son is recovering in Walter reed Hosp he’s a marine him self who’s lost his legs in 2011 so when I seen the pic s of ranger that was the deal closer for me my buddy Charles Dwyer at retriever freedom gave me advise to buy ranger puppy’s said I could nt go wrong with his blood thanks jr

    • Thanks to your son for serving his country and I sincerely hope the pup will turn out to be his best friend ever. You can post a photo on our Chilbrook Kennels Facebook page when he gets out of the hospital and united with his new puppy, would love to see it.

  3. JoHanna Massey says:

    I;m in! Look forward to following your wonderful website!

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