About

Hi Pet Parents!

I’m Karen DiCostanzo, KPA CTP, CPDT-KA, certified professional dog trainer and behavior consultant. I want to help you live your best life with your dog! Learning the art and science of training animals has forever changed my life in an extremely positive way. I’d like to show you how to enrich your relationship with your canine companion while achieving your dog training goals!

All great relationships are based on effective 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 finds both clear and pleasant.

From Crazy Dogs to Calm Ones…

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 serious health issues, he suffered from a panic disorder called separation distress.

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 small animals, reacting to people and dogs, 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 understanding they share with their pets.

Fear-Free Certified Professional 

I use a modern, holistic, relationship-based approach and have seen my training methods dramatically improve the lives of hundreds of dogs and their humans! My education background started with an intensive professional dog training apprenticeship with a certified professional dog trainer. After that, I logged hundreds of hours of hands-on teaching and training so that I could earn my professional certification credential (CPDT-KA) through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) in 2017. The following year, I became a Certified Fear Free Professional through Fear Free Pets, and in 2019, I earned a professional credential as a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP). Last year, I earned a certificate in Dr. Susan Friedman’s highly regarded Living and Learning with Animals Course in applied behavior analysis, and I’m currently working toward a professional certification in canine behavior consulting.

Effective training is an ongoing process of growth and understanding between you and your canine companion. I’ll help you implement effective training 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 now 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.”

Keoni Gonzales

Certified Professional Dog Trainer Karen DiCostanzo 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.