Kara Kulpa, MA, CPDT-KA
Certified Professional Dog Trainer
Kara proudly calls Connecticut home, and has had the opportunity to teach and assist with classes at Tails-U-Win (Manchester), Showcase for Dogs (East Windsor), as well as other facilities in state, and in Massachusetts. She enjoys teaching family dog obedience, barn hunt, weight pull, nosework, and tricks as well as modifying fearful, reactive, and aggressive behaviors in dogs. Kara is a judge for United States Canine Scent Sports (USCC) and Happy Ratters, and is also an AKC Canine Good Citizen and Trick Dog evaluator. Finally, she also serves as a puppy raiser for various service dog organizations and works closely with Dog Star Rescue in Bloomfield.
Kara has always been a natural teacher. She has a sincere passion and enthusiasm for learning and educating people. Kara holds a master’s degree Medieval Studies with a focus on British and French literature, and is a former college professor. However, she credits her true calling to become a dog trainer to her previous dog, Angelus, a rescued Rottweiler x German Shepherd x Husky mix. It was Angelus’s struggle with separation anxiety that sparked Kara’s interest in animal training and behavior.
Kara loves to learn and has benefited from shadowing and being mentored by various dog trainers throughout her career, learning about everything from obedience and sports to impulse control issues and aggression. She regularly attends conferences, seminars, workshops, and webinars to enhance her knowledge and stay up to date with the latest training techniques. Furthermore, she holds a nationally recognized dog training certificate (knowledge assessed) through The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. Currently, she is pursing a certification in canine behavior consulting. Furthermore, Kara is a member of the following organizations: The Association of Professional Dog Trainers, The International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, and the International Association of Canine Professionals.
Kara lives with a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog. Together, they enjoy herding, drafting, competition obedience, rally, weight pull, barn hunt, and nosework. They also dabble in agility and tricks. Furthermore, their home is also shared with a young Rottweiler. Their goal is to trial in protection sports, competition obedience, tracking, nosework, lure coursing, dock diving, spring pole, and disc.
Kara’s other interests include all forms of canine medicine (including natural and holistic approaches), nutrition, and canine fitness and conditioning.