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Matters of the Canine Kind

I’m Karen DiCostanzo, CPDT-KA, certified professional dog trainer and behavior consultant. Learning the art and science of training animals has forever changed my life in an extremely positive way. I’d like to share with you how to enrich your relationship with your canine companion while achieving your dog training goals! All great relationships are based upon strong, two-way communication. For this reason, one of the first things I’ll teach you is how to understand your dog’s communication signals and, in turn, express yourself in ways your dog can easily understand. Services include behavior consultations, private lessons, semi-private classes in socialization and manners, service/emotional support dog training, and Canine Good Citizen (CGC) training. All breeds, sizes, and ages are welcome! In-home appointments available weekdays, evenings, and weekends to accommodate your busy schedule; discounted training packages also available. Effective training is an ongoing process of growth and understanding between you and your canine companion. Whether in the privacy of your home or in my semi-private classes, I’ll help you create custom solutions for your dog, supporting you as much as you need until you’ve achieved your dog training goals. Ready to improve the life you share with your dog? Get started today by contacting me!
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Matters of the Canine Kind is at Matters of the Canine Kind.Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 at 7:20am
Excellent article about on-leash dog greetings!
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Matters of the Canine KindFriday, December 1st, 2017 at 7:35pm
"Today, many pet owners are away from their pets for much of the day, so they want to maximize their time with them when they are home.... Having them in the bedroom at night is an easy way to do that. And, now, pet owners can find comfort knowing it won't negatively impact their sleep."
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Matters of the Canine KindMonday, November 20th, 2017 at 11:48pm
Puppies (and some older dogs) need to be taught how to occupy themselves for some quiet downtime. Using the tried-and-true stuffed KONG can be just the thing! Learn how to introduce a KONG (or similar toy) to your furry friend:
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Kongs for Beginners
How to make easy stuffed Kongs to start out puppies and inexperienced dogs with food toys. Note: an astute viewer pointed out that at the beginning and aroun...
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Matters of the Canine KindWednesday, November 15th, 2017 at 8:55pm
Did you know that you directly affect a dog's stress level (as measured by heart rate) based on how you approach him or her?


Thank you for all the invaluable training! It was wonderful to have you work with us here in our home. You’ve given us so much great information, and more importantly, the confidence to do this!

K.L., Sumner, WA

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“Karen is an encourager. She has amazing expertise, is very calm, reads things well, is patient, and really nurtures human-canine relationships.”

E.A., Kapowsin, WA

Karen is helping us understand and work through our puppy’s anxiety and resource guarding. She possesses a calm confidence and vast knowledge about all things canine and gave us hope that our puppy can become a calm and happy adult. We highly recommend Karen to anyone who has a dog, no matter what age or stage of life.

H.O., Lakewood, WA

Karen is AMAZING, and we trust her completely! Our dog loves her and has come so far with her. We will continue to work with Karen–she is simply the best!

K.M., Lake Tapps, WA

Karen is simply amazing! My puppy and I love attending her classes and will only take classes from her. I HIGHLY recommend her!

J.A., Puyallup, WA

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