Nancy Kelly, B.S., CPDT-KA
Professional Dog Trainer & Behavior Consultant
Nancy M. Kelly, B.S., CPDT-KA, is fascinated by the science of animal behavior, which helps identify how we can partner with animals to get things done. She loves teaching people about training and about making good choices in how they interact with animals. Nancy has been training animals, mostly dogs and cats and their humans, for more than 30 years. In the 1980s, she learned about force training because that’s what was available. There were lots of gaps, and questions about “why” and “how it works” had no answers. She read Karen Pryor’s groundbreaking book, Don’t Shoot the Dog, in the late 80s and began to see that a science of behavior exists. In 1991, she met Dr. Ian Dunbar and entered the world of positive reinforcement training. A few years later, she met Dr. Bob Bailey and never looked back. Training suddenly made sense when science was consulted. Questions had answers. And if they didn’t, you stopped training and made a plan to make training work for both the trainer and the animal. Writing training plans and protocols ensures efficiency, effectiveness and a great experience for the animal. And the results are astounding. Nancy’s experience includes dog sports, service animals, pet training, shelter and rescue work, and writing about training. She teaches classes through her business, The Mannerly Dog, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in behavioral psychology.