The Canine Campus was founded by Katie Costello. Katie is unique in that — in addition to an amazing career as a Certified Professional Dog Trainer who works mostly with behavior issues — she also has over 15 years of experience as a Registered Veterinary Technician. She's worked on behavior issues with several different species and is an accredited, published, and sought-after member of the dog behavior world. In short, Katie understands dogs deeply in a multitude of ways. She is an Associate Certified with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.
The Canine Campus is a place that all dogs are welcome. We strongly believe that reactive, fearful, aggressive and mainstream dogs can all exist in the same space with the right education. Many people with reactive and aggressive dogs are made to feel that they are horrible owners by society, and they are driven in to an isolated life that keeps their dog stuck in an unhappy place. Many people believe that they somehow did something to contribute to their dogs behavior, and this is a common myth that we will debunk. There are truly special needs dogs that deserve as much love and understanding as any mainstream dog. We pride ourselves in being the best in the area to help people with extreme behavior issues.
If your dog is reactive towards other dogs, people, or both, WE CAN HELP. If your dog has BIT someone, WE CAN HELP. If you are experiencing legal issues due to your dog's behavior, WE CAN HELP. Even if your dog is attacking YOU, WE CAN HELP. We will NOT turn you away due to a behavior problem, no matter what breed your dog is. We love dogs of ALL breeds. Purebreds, mixed breeds, "mutts", and that includes pit bulls, staffies, & mixes. Whether you rescued your dog, purchased your dog, or got a puppy from a friend, we will treat you & your dog the same as everyone else.
We are devoted to helping dogs live their best life possible. Our goal is to enhance the human-animal bond through training and holistic wellness.
All of our trainers either have their CPDT-KA or are working towards it
All have extensive animal experience, many have taken Catch Trainers Academy college
Many have rescue experience (or owning a rescue) and foster experiences with difficult dogs
ALL have been trained by owner Katie Costello, RVT, CPDT-KA
All are dedicated to the betterment of all dogs and have a sincere love of dogs as our driving factor
Our staff is dedicated to you having a positive experience! All of us are knowledgeable about our classes and facility and what we offer — we want to make you feel like a part of The Canine Campus Family.
What do all these letters mean!? And why should you care!?
Katie Costello, RVT; CPDT-KA, is a Fear Free Certified Professional, a Licensed Veterinary Technician, an IAABC certified Associate, an ABC, CATCH, & Victoria Stillwell Authorized Mentor Trainer, PPG Member for Force Free Training, a Licensed Be A Tree Presenter/Dog Bite Safety Educator, an AKC Approved CGC Evaluator, AKC Star Puppy Evaluator, & Farm Dog Judge, a Featured Mentor Trainer for CATCH Canine Academy, & an Alliance of Therapy Dogs Therapy Dog Evaluator. Katie is also the Secretary of SVBT.
When it comes to dog trainers, it’s not JUST about the credentials, but the credentials MATTER. You want an organization whose curriculum is designed & overseen by a:
CPDT-KA=CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL DOG TRAINER-KNOWLEDGE ASSESSED
This means your trainer has put in no less than 300 hours of training & has had their training knowledge and capabilities tested & proven. We currently have THREE CPDT-KA trainers and the rest of our trainers are working towards their certification. Many of our trainers will be testing this year!
You want a facility that will recognize a potential medical issue that you may have mistaken for behavioral problems which is why it’s great to have on staff a:
RVT=Registered Veterinary Technician
We currently have TWO RVTs on staff and some of our interns are also in Vet Tech School!
When seeking help from a trainer, you want someone who will understand not just how to teach your dog to obey commands but will truly understand dog behavior & body language so you want a facility that has behavior consultants. Such as:
CBCC= Certified Behavior Consultant Canine (certified through CCPDT=Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers)
OR even better, (considered the GOLD STANDARD in behavior consultants including World Renowned Veterinary Behaviorists & the top trainers in the World):
ACDBC=Associate Certified DOG BEHAVIOR Consultant (certified through IAABC=International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants)
or affiliated with:
SVBT=Society for Veterinary Behavior Technicians
Quality Dog Trainers go through an internship program with a CPDT-KA, many of them will start out their training process by going to a school for dog training such as:
ABC=Animal Behavior College
CATCH=Canine Trainers Academy
Victoria Stillwell Academy
Only the best trainers are asked to be Mentors for one of these training schools! Katie is a mentor for ALL THREE!
Veterinarians agree, the best way to train a dog is with FEAR FREE positive reinforcement methods! You want a trainer who is certified Fear Free by:
PPG=Pet Professional Guild
As a Vet Tech, Katie was able to get the higher level of certification: Fear Free Certified Professional rather than just a Certified Fear Free Trainer
Other awesome credentials some of our trainers have to offer…
CTDI=Certified Trick Dog Instructor
CGC Evaluator=Canine Good Citizen Evaluator Approved by the AKC (American Kennel Club)
C.L.A.S.S. Evaluator=Canine Life And Social Skills Evaluator Approved by the APDT (Association of Professional Dog Trainers)
CCPN=Certified Clinical Pet Nutritionist