Hailing from upstate New York, Nicolette has been a lifelong lover of dogs but was unable to have her own until she was out of college. After studying Fine Art in New York, she relocated to Chicago in 2005 to continue her studies in Interior Design. After working in the housing market for several years, she decided to switch gears and move into the Pet Care field which then sparked her interest in Canine behavior and communication. She got to meet dogs of all different sizes, breeds and backgrounds and was fascinated by the difference in all their personalities. This, mixed with the funny quirks of her own dog Otis, a French bulldog, was enough to make her want to hit the books again and attend CanineLink Academy (now FetchFind Academy).
After completing FetchFind’s program, Nicolette joined AnimalSense in 2012 and is now a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assesed. She wears several hats for AnimalSense as a Senior Trainer, instructing group classes and Private Lessons, serves as the company’s Client Services Coordinator, and is also the Lead In-Resort Trainer at both Paradise 4 Paws Chicago locations. Nicolette’s favorite part of being a trainer is seeing how dogs change and grow through Positive Reinforcement and believes that training is much like Yoga – a lifelong practice that can change your life for the better. She loves helping people forge a stronger and more harmonious bond with their dog and is delighted that she gets to do this for a living.