Karen Fazio is a professional behavior consultant and obedience instructor with more than a decade of experience working with dogs of all ages, breeds and temperaments. She specializes in chronic behavioral issues such as post traumatic stress, fear, aggression and the debiltating effects of undersocialzation.
Her expertise in learning theory, canine body language, neuroscience and medical causes of behavior is far reaching and often she's sought by colleagues and veterinarians for behavior advice throughout the United States and abroad.
Karen is the Behavior Department head at the Animal Hospital of Sayreville in South Amboy, NJ. There she works with veterinarians to deliver the highest quality behavior modification programs and psychological care.
She takes pride in bringing the “fun” back into the lives of clients and their dogs by making training exciting, educational and engaging. She removes dominance-based theories and many other myths surrounding training by relying on factual scientific data practicing the scientific principles of learning theory. She eases client's concerns with her warm and friendly demeanor and by demystifying behavior, teaching each owner how to read and understand the language of dogs and helping them to building a stronger bond with their best friends based on mutual trust, understanding and solid training and behavior modification programs.
Karen's expertise in training and behavior has earned her a monthly column in Inside Jersey Magazine and a column on New Jersey's largest website, NJ.com. She has appeared numerous times on live radio, such as Sirius/XM's Martha Stewart Living and WOR public radio. She's a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, Association of Animal Behavior Professionals, Financial Supporter/Friend of Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and past speaker for the Saint Barnabas Health Care System “Paws for Patients” pet therapy program.
Karen is the former host of the live radio shows Thursdays in the Doghouse and The Dog Super Nanny on New Jersey's WNJC. Past guests have included Victoria Stilwell of Animal Planet's "It's Me or The Dog," as well as
Dr. Ian Dunbar, founder of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers; Dr. Brian Hare of "Is Your Dog a Genius" on NatGeo Wild; Dr. Roger Mugford (trainer of Queen Elizabeth's Corgis); Dr. Nicholas H. Dodman, Director of Behavior at Tufts University and more.
Karen volunteers her time as a behavior consultant for shelters and rescue organizations throughout New Jersey where she constructs training programs to target and help extinguish behaviors that may have become roadblocks to those dogs finding a forever home. She counsels volunteers and members on safe handling techniques, behavior modification and more. When she isn’t training dogs, pet sitting, volunteering or writing her columns, she devotes her time to her husband, Richard, their two dogs and three cats.
For more information, call 732-533-9376