Celeste Diamantini, CPDT-KA, CTDI

Celeste Diamantini, CPDT-KA, CTDI
Celeste joined the staff of Courteous Canine in December 2010. She has trained her pets in obedience, agility, rally, nose work, tracking, and tricks. She was certified in 2010 as a dog and shelter trainer through the Animal Behavior College, received her CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed) in 2014 and received her Certified Trick Dog Instructor (CTDI) in 2016. A retired engineer, she brings organization, practical methodology and leadership skills to her training classes.


Karen Perusek, CPDT-KA, CDBC

Karen Perusek, CPDT-KA, CDBC
Karen holds a Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Simmons College and completed her mentor hours at Boston MSPCA’s Behavior Department.

Karen Perusek is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) , a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) , a Pet Partner Evaluator , an American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen and STAR Puppy Evaluator , a professional member of the Association for Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) , and an Authorized Mentor Trainer for Animal Behavior College. She also has a Citation in Animal Cognition from Harvard University Extension School, and regularly attends seminars with the best instructors and theorists in the dog training field, including Dr. Ian Dunbar, Patricia McConnell, Susan Garrett, Kathy Sdao, and John Rogerson.

Originally a high school special education teacher working with behaviorally disordered adolescents, Karen switched to professional dog training in 2006. She trained extensively under Jim Barry of Reston Dog Training, better known as the RI Dog Guy.

Originally a veterinarian assistant, Karen switched to dog training a decade ago. Between her and her staff of six, Courteous Canine, LLC provides private and group training to Rhode Island, and southeastern Connecticut.

Her credentials specifically related to dog training are:

Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA)
Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC)
Authorized Mentor Trainer for Animal Behavior College
Pet Partner Evaluator
American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen and STAR Puppy Evaluator
Professional member of the Association for Pet Dog Trainers (APDT)
When she isn’t busy, Karen relaxes with her husband Jason, her retired Golden Retriever siblings Halle, Rosco, her rescued Pomeranian, Grace, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Porter, a Cardigan Welsh Corgi.

At the Rainbow Bridge and still in our hearts; Brody (Golden Retriever) January 2, 2013


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