Nancy began her career as a dog trainer at the age of 11, when she was hired to train the neighbor’s dog for $.25 per walk


Nancy Abplanalp became interested in training dogs at the age of nine, when her family acquired their first dog, Mabel, from the shelter. By the age of eleven, she had her first training gig, walking a neighbor’s Brittany for $0.25 a day.

Nancy has been simultaneously classroom teaching and training dogs for twenty years. At some point, she will make a decision to pursue only one profession.


  • Pet Professional Guild
  • Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers
  • Association of Professional Dog Trainers
  • Family Paws Parent Education
  • Doggone Safe


  • Dogs of all ages
  • Dogs with reactivity issues
  • Shelter Dogs
  • Foster Dogs
  • Multi-dog households
  • Normal dog behavior
  • Out of the norm dog behavior
  • Dog body language
  • Ability to change the dog’s emotional state by making changes to external stimuli
  • New babies
  • Dog bite prevention
  • Adopting/purchasing a new dog/puppy


  • BA Liberal Studies CSU Sacramento
  • Clear Credential Kindergarten through Eighth Grade
  • Clear Credential Moderate Severe Disabilities
  • Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed
  • Canine Life and Social Skills Instructor
  • Canine Life and Social Skills Evaluator
  • Family Paws Instructor
  • Certified Nose Work Instructor
  • Mentor volunteer at Yolo County Animal Services


  • Great observation skills
  • Strong teaching background
  • Able to break down complex behaviors and topics to simple terms/tasks
  • Genuine fondness for people as well as dogs
  • Ability to stay on task
  • Ability to motivate and teach apprentices
  • Willingness to learn new techniques and discard old ones
  • A full toolbox of ideas to easily try something else when a particular method does not work
  • Strong collegial bonds with other fine trainers and veterinary behaviorists
  • Experience
  • Good study habits
  • Love of learning

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