About Nancy Plavan, CPDT-KA
Nancy joined our staff in July, 2017 . She arrived with a BS in Mathematics, a MA in Special Education and 40 years of experience in education. She has her Certification for Professional Dog Trainers – Knowledge Assessed. She is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and attended this year’s conference.
She is an ovarian cancer survivor. It was that experience that led her to the decision to retire and take time to pursue something totally new. She got a German Shepherd puppy, Gracie, and hoped they would become a team and perhaps do therapy work. However, her first trainer prepared Nancy for the fact that Gracie was a “reactive” dog and would take a little more time and patience to train. Well, she certainly had the time and years of working with teenagers gave her the patience.
Nancy attended as many training classes as possible, always trying to learn more ways to help her own dog . One day, her trainer suggested that she should consider becoming a trainer. And so she did.
Nancy believes that her journey with Gracie has helped her to become a more sensitive, empathetic trainer toward both dogs and humans.