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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!
Matters of the Canine Kind
Matters of the Canine KindSaturday, June 17th, 2017 at 3:11pm
Canine communication signals are incredibly complex and can be quite subtle. Here are some good ones to review, courtesy of The Zoom Room:
Matters of the Canine Kind
Zoom Room Guide to Dog Play Gestures
A brief visual guide, created by the Zoom Room, to better understand the body language specific to dog play gestures - both the positive ones and the ones to...
Matters of the Canine Kind
Matters of the Canine Kind shared It's A Dog's World Training & Agility Center's post.Monday, June 12th, 2017 at 12:53pm
Do something fun with your dog this summer--sign up today for my tricks/canine parkour combo class! This class is a great way to hone your own training skills while bonding with your dog. It's fantastic mental enrichment for your fur kid, too!
Matters of the Canine Kind
Matters of the Canine KindFriday, June 9th, 2017 at 7:43pm
Meet the Carolina Dog, the only true, native, wild dog in the United States!
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Matters of the Canine KindTuesday, June 6th, 2017 at 7:48pm
There are a lot of questions that need to be answered in this case, but for sure this is another example of situations in which dogs should be muzzled.


Karen, thank you for all the help and TLC with our dogs…we’ve noticed a big difference in their behavior. A.S., Kaneohe

aboutphoto1 An all-around caring person for people, too!

“Karen with Matters of the Canine Kind is not only a true dog lover, but she treated my dog as her own. He was having health issues, so she made special meals that helped get him back on track. She picked up his medicine for me and administered them, then taught me some tricks to keep him on a straight path to recovery.

She sent me texts with pictures throughout the day, which brightened my day and made me feel like my dog wasn’t so far away. And he got lots of exercise and attention, which made me and my dog happy. She ensured safety for my dog at all times, even using a dog safety belt for the car ride. And on top of all of that, she is an all-around caring person, for people as well.”

K.G., Kaneohe

Karen is the most fabulous trainer ever! I’m learning just as much as my dog is…. T.K., Ewa Beach

Your advice has been wonderful and we’ve already seen great improvement in our puppy’s behavior…. T.D., Mililani

Karen, thanks a lot for all your information. I think you are an extremely good dog trainer. Our dogs are making progress because you teach us how to work with them. Thank you again! G.P., Ewa Beach

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