Karen Fazio is a professional behavior consultant and obedience trainer 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 a behavior consultant 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 fun, educational and engaging. She also helps to remove the many dominance-based myths surrounding training by relying on factual scientific data and learning theory. She helps ease her client's concerns by demystifying behavior, teaching them how to read canine body language and helping them to building a stronger bond with their pets based on mutual trust, understanding and solid training 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 was also the former host of the live radio shows Thursdays in the Doghouse and The Dog Super Nanny on 1360 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 eliminate behaviors that may have become a roadblock to finding a forever home. She also 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.
Who We Are
The Dog Super Nanny™ offers in home professional dog training and pet sitting services.
The owner, Karen Fazio, came up with the concept after having been asked by hundreds of her clients if she can come to stay in their house to train their pets. This allowed her the opportunity to observe the dog in its own environment while helping owners cope with specific behaviors that occur in and outside of the home after a trainer has left the premises. These clients then began asking her if she would pet sit their dogs when they were out of town.
The opportunity to do so provided Karen with several days of training their dogs and keeping skill sets up to par while the family enjoyed vacations and business trips.
While there, Karen also kept the same routines and schedules the dog had grown accustomed to. This provided the dog with the comfort that, even though the family was away, things didn't change all that much. She also kept up with all the unique activities the dog enjoyed with its owners, such as visiting a local park, cuddling to watch a movie, getting special treats at certain times of day, or even visiting a neighborhood doggie playmate. As a result, dogs were less stressful and fully enjoyed the family's time away, rather than counting the days until their return.
For more information, call 732-533-9376