Get to Know Us

My name is Nikolett D’Amario owner of Naughty to Nice Dog Training. My love for animals started as a little girl. Growing up in Greece there were so many stray animals and I wanted to take them all home. Never forgetting those memories I was determined to educate the public on how to transform their pet into a well mannered lifelong family member.

I graduated with my A.A. and A.S. degrees. I became a Certified Veterinary Technician. I worked at a local veterinary hospital for 11 years. I educated owners on behavior modification, Pet training, nutrition, oral care and the overall health of their pet. I also performed external surgeries on patients and recovery care. I later became an AKC Certified Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and started training dogs full time. I teach and test pets to pass this prerequisite test in becoming a service dog. I attend annual continuing education courses on animal nutrition, behavioral modification and canine medicine.

Having worked with animals since 2004 and with several different species and breeds. My love for animals doesn’t stop after work, I volunteer at local animal shelters evaluating animal behavior before they are put up for adoption.

We started with just two pups, a half Pit Bull, half Rottweiler four legged shadow named Spartan that I rescued from Oakland. After months of training he has passed the Canine Good Citizen test and our three year old Aussiedoodle who keeps us active. We have two kids and decided we need more animals…

We recently got a Anatolian Shepherd named Poppy who enjoys patrolling her yard to keep critters off of it and Theo our newest pup Anatolian as well who is very faithful and protective of our family. All our pups will be going through the training to become Certified Canine Good Citizens.

We also adopted two kitties who act like dogs, Buffy and Garfield. Our kids and animals add much more purpose to our lives.

My name is Angela and I started working with Nikolett in 2016. Growing up in Greece with my sister Nikolett really opened my eyes to the lack of knowledge there was on animal care and training. I knew one day I would try and make a difference.

I graduated with my A.A. in Liberal studies and early child development. I was a teacher for 13 years and loved working with kids. Nikolett needed help with the training classes, I then slowly transitioned myself from teaching kids to teaching pets. My degree and experience with children and parents has prepared me to help people train their dogs and trust that their pet will become a life long companion.

My love for animals started when I was ten years old and I got my first hamster. Shortly after I got a Kitten then Pomeranian and gradually moved up to bigger breeds like  boxers. We have a wonderful boxer named Diesel. He brings so much joy to our family. He’s very energetic and just loves playing fetch with our kids.