Passionate about animals and the field of psychology, Nildan’s venture into canine behavioral sciences began approximately 14 years ago when she got a cute little puppy whom, to her surprise, had a multitude of issues ranging from resource guarding, to body handling issues, to owner-directed aggression, and fear–based reactivity toward people and other dogs.
Through extensive education, experience working at a dog daycare facility, and volunteering at the ASPCA in New York City, Nildan gained the knowledge, skills and expertise necessary not only to help her own dog but also to pass the certification exam so she could help others with their canine challenges. Nildan holds degrees from various academies and a national certification from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT.org).
After moving to the Lowcountry, Nildan taught classes at and on behalf of Charleston Animal Society, while continuing to work one-on-one with her human clients via in-home private sessions. Her training methodology focuses on motivational and positive reinforcement- based techniques, with an emphasis on building rapor and cooperation between dog and owner. Nildan currently participates and competes in Rally Obedience, and has received First Place titles with their family Lab.
Now a resident of Charleston, SC, Nildan and her husband share their home with their 4 senior chihuahuas and their Azorean Cattle Dog (Cao Fila de Sao Miguel), on right.
Watch: Nildan's Lowcountry Live! Interview with Erin Kienzle
Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA): Designation provided by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT.org), the first national, non-affiliated certifying organization to establish and maintain a recognized standard of proficiency in the industry, setting the criteria in continuing education, standardized testing and assessment, and work experience. The CPDT-KA exam is the only psychometrically sound, NCCA accredited, legally defensible credentialing examination available to dog trainers.
Peaceable Paws Academy Certification (PMCT1):
Designation obtained through the completion of multiple
academic categories requiring written, oral and hands-on demonstration and testing of student's canine behavioral knowledge and skills application.
Animal Behavior College Certified Dog Trainer & Mentor (ABCDT): Designation provided by Animal Behavior College, a vocational school approved by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, offering a year-long program
consisting of written and hands-on training courses.
Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT.com)
A worldwide association of dog trainers, APDT provides educational and networking opportunities for trainers to improve their knowledge and skills, and grow the profession with a standard of excellence.
Member of the Pet Professional Guild (PPG)
An international association committed to promoting and educating the public on force-free training.