Suzette Nicolini, CPDT-KA

Just like you, I love spending time with dogs!

As a dog trainer and behavior counselor, I began helping people and their pets after raising and helping Angus, who would become a most beloved English Mastiff by all who met him.  We had survived a typical puppyhood, which is no easy feat for anyone, to see him develop aggression toward strangers as a 200-pound adult dog. With my background in Psychology, and working with a Certified Veterinary Behaviorist, I helped Angus learn he could make non-aggressive choices and trust strangers. That was 1998.

Since then, I’ve worked with the mouthiest puppies, rambunctious adolescent dogs, fearful dogs who can’t move when scared, aggression, and everything in between.

I believe trust, knowledge, and development of a strong dog-human bond are at the heart of training and behavior change. My goal is to help create a fun, cooperative, supportive, and creative learning environment. Therefore, I advocate and utilize science-based, fear and force-free, training and behavior counseling methods—the most humane and effective practices for learning, and based on the principles of how all species learn.

Dogs and humans learn the same way. So, if you have a brain and spinal column, it’s a fair playing field!

Over the duration of my career, I developed the original FurStar Dog and Cat Volunteer Training program for the Chester County SPCA (2006), became a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, a Fear Free Certified Professional, a licensed presenter for Family Paws Parent Education, and co-founded/lead a monthly networking group of trainers and behavior counselors.

I have enjoyed helping countless dogs and their families to live in harmony, and I’m here for you and your pets throughout their lifetime.

Looking forward to seeing you at DTCCC!