About

Hi Pet Parents!

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 you dog’s communication signals and, in turn, express yourself in ways your dog can easily understand.

Science has proven what many pet parents have intuitively known—that dogs have thoughts and emotions that are similar in many respects to young children (happiness, sadness, anger, fear, etc.).

Many years ago, I became intensely interested in dog training and behavior modification after adopting a rescue dog—my first dog ever. It was a baptism by fire: I soon learned that in addition to major health issues, he suffered from a panic disorder called “separation distress.” In fact, we nearly got evicted from our apartment because he would bark nonstop as soon as I walked out the door in the morning until I came home again in the evening! Thankfully, I found a doggie daycare nearby, along with a good pet sitter. They were lifesavers!

Later, I adopted a large dog who drove me nuts with nuisance barking, lunging and pulling like crazy on leash, jumping all over people, chasing cats, and more, so I definitely feel my clients’ pain! I learned to “speak dog” to address my own dogs’ issues, and today, I share my insights with those who want to work toward their dog training goals while deepening the bonds of love, trust, and respect they share with their pets.

I use a modern, holistic, relationship-based approach and have seen my training methods dramatically improve the lives of hundreds of dogs and their people! My education background includes having completed an intensive professional dog training apprenticeship with a certified professional dog trainer, and I earned my professional certification credential (CPDT-KA) through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT).

I take my job seriously as a dog behavior expert, so as part of my commitment to professionalism and lifelong learning, I am a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), Animal Behavior Associates’ Behavior Education Network (BEN), Grisha Stewart’s Animal Building Blocks Academy (ABBA), the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), International Association of Assistance Dog Partners (IAADP), the Pet Professionals Guild (PPG), and Puget Sound Positive Trainers (PSPT).

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!

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 and her Golden Retriever, Sunny!

Karen and her Golden Retriever, Sunny!

p4a black n pink logo-1Proceeds benefit the Paws for Ability program of Hope for Disabilities, Inc., a 501(c)(3) charity. P4A helps people with disabilities train their own companion dogs to be of service in the home.