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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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Six things you should know about your adolescent dog!
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Matters of the Canine Kind is at Matters of the Canine Kind.Thursday, March 15th, 2018 at 8:41am
Proceed with caution—not every dog is a great candidate for the dog park.
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Thank you to my colleague, Mercedes Moore for bringing this podcast episode to my attention! It's about the value of rewarding offered behavior. Technical but very interesting for training geeks/fanatics!
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Matters of the Canine Kind is in Puyallup, Washington.Thursday, February 22nd, 2018 at 10:40pm
Time for a midnight snack! Here, Sunny tries his hand at a new game, “fishing for treats” (in this case, Vital Essentials turkey and beef nibblets).

It was up to him to decide whether to remove the inedible items first in order to reach the goodies at the bottom, or he could choose to root around inside the box, shoving aside the items to reach the food. He ultimately decided to use a combination of these two approaches.

Sunny loved this new game and asked to play it again when he finished the first round. At the outset, he gingerly removed a few items, but by the second time around, he had developed more confidence in putting his head in the box. It took less than ten minutes to play two rounds, and at the end of it, he immediately put himself to bed.💗🐾
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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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