Nina Feltmann, CPDT-KA
Nina has enjoyed the company of dogs and other animals all her life. In 1986 she and
her husband got their first dog together, a Border Collie – Lab cross named Oreo. Nina
got hooked on training while working with Oreo.
From 1987 to 1999, Nina was a leader of the 4-H Eyeraisers Guide Dog Puppy Project.
She assisted Benton County families raise pups for Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc and
raised 5 Guide Dog puppies with her husband in their own home.
Joining Best Friends Doggy Daycare staff in 2004 gave Nina further opportunities to
increase her understanding of dog behavior and training. She began assisting Dana
Stillinger with Puppy Kindergarten and Beginners Obedience classes. In 2009 Nina
became a lead instructor for those and other classes offered at Best Friends.
In 2015 Nina earned her CPDT-KA Certification through the Certification Council for
Professional Dog Trainers. She enjoys continuing education through classes, seminars,
mentoring opportunities and reading.
Two German Shepherd Dogs are an integral part of the Feltmann household. 11 year
old Mika has taken some K9 Nose Work classes, earned Rally Obedience Novice (RN)
and Novice Tricks Dog (NTD) titles. 3 year old Dart has earned Novice (NTD),
Intermediate (ITD) and Advance Trick Dog (ATD) titles. Nina and Dart love to learn
together as they continue exploring activities such as Tricks, Dog Parkour, Rally
Obedience, Dock Diving, and more.
Nina values helping Best Friends students teach their dogs to be well socialized,
enjoyable family companions and active life-long learners. She says, “I love to watch
people and their dogs learn to work together as a team, and see that relationship