Diana Rapa is a CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed), a Professional Member of the APDT (Association of Professional Dog Trainers), and a CGC (Canine Good Citizen) Evaluator. She has also completed both levels of the Canine Behavior Academy with Trish King, and attended seminars by Dr. Ian Dunbar, Suzanne Clothier, Debbie Jacobs, and attended an online course by Karen Pryor. She continually researches and stays current on the most modern, science-based training methods.
In 2010, Diana founded The Perfect Dog rescue. Since then, her rescue has saved, rehabilitated, and re-homed an average of 50-100 dogs per year from local kill animal shelters. Diana specializes in special needs dogs, both behaviorally and medically. She’s worked with deaf, blind, feral, fear aggressive, leash reactive dogs, to name a few.
Diana is also involved in performance dog sports with her personal dogs. She has competed with four of her dogs in Agility (USDAA and ASCA), as well Disc Dog, Barn Hunt, Nosework, Rally, and RallyFree.
Diana started teaching obedience dog training and puppy classes at Petco in Morgan Hill, CA in 2012. In 2017, she started her own business, Perfect Canine Plus Academy, LLC. Her passion is not only in rehabilitating shelter dogs, but also teaching pet parents the canine language, so that pet parents can better understand and communicate with their dogs and develop a great, compassionate, fun, and positive relationship with their dogs.