Diane Culpepper is a United States Air Force Veteran who served just under 20 years. She is a veteran of both Desert Shield and Desert Storm. She taught survival techniques to aircrew and inspected and installed survival equipment. Part of her training as a survival instructor was learning how to track animals, animal behavior and how animals think. It was having this training that started her on her path to fulfill a career that she had dreamed of as a child. Dogs have always been a part of her life and when she was a young child, she wanted to be a Veterinarian. As she grew older the urge to be a veterinarian was replaced by the desire to work with dogs as a trainer and as a behavior specialist.
Diane is originally from Perry, GA and moved to Atlanta in 2010. In 2011 she found a job working at Atlanta Dog Trainer as a daycare associate. This led her to wanting to learn even more about dog behavior and truly work on her dream of becoming a dog behaviorist and trainer. Diane successfully reached her dreams upon her completion of her studies in the Atlanta Dog Trainer Academy in 2012. She is certified by the State of Georgia as a Certified Professional Canine Behavior and Training Master Instructor.
Diane Culpepper has successfully worked with aggression management cases, puppy development issues, basic through advanced behavior modification and obedience, breed selection, breed knowledge as well as severe trauma based behavioral rehabilitation. She is a therapy dog trainer, companion dog instructor, a specialized instructor for training for humans with special needs and/or impairments, as well as dogs with special needs and/or physical impairments.
Diane’s specialty is working with high bred herding dogs. She is also a rescue dog behavioral rehabilitator. She is a group class instructor, private and in-home trainer, Agility Instructor as well as one of the Boarding and Training trainers. She is one of the instructors at the Atlanta Dog Trainer Academy and works with Veterans through Elijsha’s Dream and volunteers her time working with Veterans with PTSD at various locations around Atlanta.
Diane also serves as Susie Aga’s assistant and has held this position since 2012.
Diane currently lives with her Australian Cattle dog, Aussie, and her shepherd mix, Cooper both of whom are one of the joys of her life. Diane got Aussie in January of 2012 and Cooper became part of her family in August of 2018.