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Pia Silvani, CPDT-KA

Pia Silvani, CPDT-KA
Pia Silvani, CPDT-KA

Pia's love of teaching began over 30 years ago as a private trainer, dance instructor, and track, field and swimming coach for the Special Olympics. Her academic background was gained through the training of the world-renowned President, CEO and Founder of the famous Cooper Aerobics Center, Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper, M.D., M.P.H. In 1968, Dr. Cooper introduced a new word and a new concept to America - "Aerobics." Today Dr. Cooper, recognized as the leader of the international physical fitness movement and credited with motivating more people in the field, helped Pia learn more about motivational teaching and getting by, through good coaching skills, specifically for people who may not be self-motivated in their pursuit to obtain a goal. As a result, she achieved the highest level of training by becoming a Regional Clinician for the first international aerobics corporation where she trained hundreds of new instructors in the field.

Pia is Director of Training and Behavior at St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center located in Madison, New Jersey. She has developed various courses focusing on positive, reward-based techniques, which are extremely effective in the enhancement of the bond and relationship of the dog and her human companion. The result of her efforts is an astounding 100+ classes per week, which includes 8 levels of pet training classes, specialty courses designed for dogs with extreme behavioral problems and much more.

Pia writes behavior articles for the shelter's newsletter and library; as well as contributes articles to many shelter newsletters around the country. She has been written up many times in national and international newspapers and magazines, most recently the largest dog magazine in Japan. She routinely gives guest appearances on television and radio and lectures internationally.

Her book Raising Puppies and Kids Together - A Guide for Parents was voted in the top three parenting books for a Franklin D. Roosevelt Foundation.

Pia shares her home with; husband, Marty; their 10-year-old Belgian Tervuren, Lance; his 5-year-old daughter, Guinn; and his 1-year old granddaughter, Lena. Pia competes in obedience, Rally-O, agility, and continues to enjoy dancing but now with her dogs!



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