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Passionate about animals and the field of psychology, Nildan’s venture into canine behavioral sciences began approximately 17 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 both 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.
To that end, Nildan has worked with Dorchester Paws Animal Rescue in Summerville, training the challenging dogs to become more adoptable while assisting the organization in building their animal training and volunteer programs.
Knowing that proper care and treatment of animals comes from having accurate knowledge, Nildan teaches seminars at both her own training facility as well as at Trident Technical College to educate pet owners in the community on canine behavior based on research and studies. Nildan holds degrees from various academies and a national certification from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT.org).
Nildan continues to work one-on-one with her human clients via in-home private sessions and also offers group classes at her indoor training facility in West Ashley.
Her training methodology focuses on motivational and positive reinforcement-based techniques, with an emphasis on building rapport and cooperation between dog and owner. Nildan has competed in Rally Obedience, achieving First Place titles with their family Labrador retriever, Jaimo, who has since passed away from cancer.
Now a resident of Charleston, SC, Nildan and her husband share their home with their 4 chihuahuas, fully blind terrier mix, and their Azorean Cattle Dog Lulu (Cao Fila de Sao Miguel), on right, who serves as her demo companion in class orientations.
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.
CATCH Dog Training Academy Mentor: Through their partnership, CATCH students have the opportunity to practice hands-on training skills under the guidance and mentorship of Nildan.
Member of the Pet Professional Guild (PPG)
An international association committed to promoting and educating the public on force-free training.
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.
Chicken Camp with Terry Ryan
Hands-on workshop focusing on the principles of classical & operant conditioning using chickens as training models – Murphy, NC
Ian Dunbar SIRIUS® Dog Training Academy Seminar
Puppy & Adult Dog Class Instruction, Socialization & Bite Inhibition, Desensitization & Behavior Modification, Lure/Reward Training; Business Logistics – Baltimore, MD
Ian Dunbar Fun & Games Dog Training Workshop
Hands-on clinic focusing on motivation for reliability, speed, precision, and panache – Columbia, MD
Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) Conference - Atlanta, GA
Training Games & Polishing Your Chops Workshops with Sue Pearson, Pia Silvani, Suzanne Clothier & Nancy Williams
Competition Obedience: A Balancing Act with Adele Yunck – Charleston, SC
Constructional Aggression Treatment (CAT) Seminar
With Dr. Jesus Rosales-Ruiz & Kellie Snyder – Hawthorne, NJ
Instructors Training Course (ITC) with Sue Sternberg & Pia Silvani
Learning Theory, & Hands-On Shelter Dog Training Internship (1 week) – Albany, NY
Wag It Games Instructor’s Course/Certification Program
A series of fun training skills and exercises inspired by various canine sports – Appomattox, VA
Kathy Sdao Seminar
Improve Your I-Cue: Learn the Science of Signals – Hudson, MA
Best Friends Forever Conference
Patricia McConnell, Trish King, Pamela Reid, Suzanne Hetts & other prominent speakers – Exton, PA
Ken Ramirez Seminar
From Purgatory to Nirvana: Client Relations, Prognosis & Tools Selection for Problem Behaviors – Worcester, MD
Terry Ryan Seminar
Building A Great Pet Dog – Annandale, VA
Walk This Way Canine Behavior Therapy Apprenticeship
Behavior Modification Consults with Renee Payne, CPDT-KA (3 months) – New York, NY
Biscuits & Bath Dog Trainer Internship
Class Assistant & Private Lessons Observer (8 months) – New York, NY
OUR OTHER INSTRUCTORS:
Sue Krom is a Certified Dog Instructor with NADOI. She is also a CDSP Judge and Representative, as well as an AKC Evaluator. She has trained dogs since 1974. She owned and titled 7 Dobermans and 3 Min Pins. Sue believes in cross training and since moving to South Carolina from Massachusetts in 2015, Sue has titled in Coursing and Fast Cat. Her Min Pins have titles in conformation, obedience, rally, trick dog, agility, barn hunt, dock diving, and coursing. Her dog Metro recently got his CDX in CDSP and will be getting his UD before returning to AKC. Sue also showed her Champion dog Lulu in conformation at Westminster. All of her Min Pins have their Triple Crowns - 3 titles, 3 different venues. Metro was #5 in the country in Obedience. Her new puppy, a 6 month old German Pinscher, Jack, just earned his Novice Trick Dog title at 5 months of age. Sue recently attended a 2-day intensive seminar with Andrew Ramsey on Scent Detection in preparation for future Nosework trials. Her Min Pin, Madison who participated in the seminar, learned to detect and search for scent. One of Sue's goals is to get more types of shows going in the Charleston area. She is a positive trainer with many games and tricks in her toolbox.
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