About Pia Silvani
Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA)
Certified Canine Behavior Consultant (CCBC)
Pia Silvani has been teaching for over 30 years starting with dance, track and field and swimming where her accomplishments and achievements were internationally recognized. But she found her true calling in coaching and teaching dogs and even cats where she continues to receive international recognition and accolades in the many programs she has developed.
For 25 years, Pia was Vice President of Training and Behavior as well as Behavior Specialist at St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison, NJ. Pia developed numerous courses focused on positive, reward-based techniques, which are extremely effective in the enhancement of the bond and relationship of the dog with his/her human companion. The result was an astounding 100+ classes per week, which included 8 levels of pet training classes, and specialty courses designed for dogs with extreme behavioral problems. The very successful Feisty FidosTM curriculum which she developed while working at St. Hubert's has gotten rave reviews around the world. Pia is still teaching the course for St. Hubert's at their campus in Madison, NJ. Pia continues to train new trainers in the field and has written six training manuals, which are used nationally as a resource guide for other trainers. She offers workshops around the world on enrichment, training, and behavior modification for the shelter dog and your pet dog or cat.
While at St. Hubert’s, Pia
was instrumental in developing a behavior department.
developed a canine coach program where volunteers and apprentice dog trainers work with shelter dogs to help them become more adoptable by achieving and maintaining good manners.
developed a private consultation department geared towards pet owners with aggressive or anxiety-related problems for dogs and cats.
In 2013, Pia shifted gears and began working as VP of training and behavior for the ASPCA at their new Behavioral Rehabilitation Center located at St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center. This groundbreaking Center was part of a two-year research project, funded by the ASPCA, that focused on helping animal victims of cruelty and neglect to overcome their feelings of fear and increase their chances of successfully finding a loving forever home. The facility included 27 kennels and treatment rooms as well as "real-life" rooms meant to simulate environments that dogs might encounter after they are adopted. After an average rehab time of 12 weeks, the dog was then transferred to an ASPCA partner shelter for adoption. The Behavioral Rehabilitation program is featured in an award-winning documentary, "Second Chance Dogs," currently available on Netflix .
In 2017, the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center relocated to a permanent facility in Weaverville, NC, just outside Asheville. The new Center is currently under construction and will have greater capacity to treat traumatized dogs and will provide mentoring programs for other animal welfare organizations. In July 2017, Pia accepted a position as the Director of Behavioral Rehabilitation at the new Center; and she became a resident of NC where she will lead programs to educate shelter professionals in effective behavior rehabilitation techniques, as well as specialized socialization, enrichment, and sheltering protocols.
Pia has spoken at various conferences and forums nationally (in 47 states) and internationally (including Belgium, Bermuda, England, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and Australia). She routinely gives guest appearances on television and radio and consultas with various shelters to assist them in improving and expanding their programs.
Charter member, American Pet Dog Trainers (APDT)
Subject Matter Expert, Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT)
Animal Behavior Society
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