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What Makes an Imperfect Dog Perfect

Life with a Challenging Dog Can Make You a Skilled Trainer by Marcela Koehler Even though it’s been ages since Lassie became famous on TV, dog owners and trainers today still face the challenge that many people have “Lassie-esque” expectations … Continue reading



What REALLY Makes Puppies Special – Part 2

The 7 Most Important Things to Teach a Young Puppy In last month’s article, we covered 4 out of the 7 most important things to work on with a young puppy: socialization, separation, handling, and comfort with sharing. Today, let’s … Continue reading



What REALLY Makes Puppies Special (Hint: Think of a Sponge)

The 7 Most Important Things to Teach a Young Puppy We all agree that puppies are unbelievably cute, but there’s much more to their early days than just the devastating looks. Their young age represents a special opportunity for dog … Continue reading



How Do I Change a Dog’s Behavior – Part 2

Behavior Problem-Solving 101 (continued) Last month we began discussing the art and science of training a dog to change their actions (behavior modification). If you haven’t read the first part of this article yet, or want a review, check it … Continue reading



How Do I Change a Dog’s Behavior?

Behavior Problem-Solving 101 Every dog owner, even those madly in love with their dog (all of us), probably sees at least one behavior that they would like to change in their beloved pet. The art and science of training a … Continue reading



The Reward of Training Shelter Dogs

Students Gain Training Skills, Dogs Get Life Skills: Win-Win! We worked with so many amazing dogs during the most recent sessions of the CATCH Hands-On Programs at St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center. Some needed new social skills, some needed manners, and they all needed … Continue reading



CATCH Director Teaching at Shelter Pro Education Series

Behavior Workshop for Dog Shelter Staff & Volunteers If you are a volunteer or staff member at a shelter in the NJ-NY-PA region, come out for a great day of studying dog body language with CATCH School Director, David Muriello, … Continue reading



CATCH Graduate Wins the APDT Brochure Contest

Congratulations to Gabrielle Kelly, CCDT Gabrielle, a graduate of the CATCH Master Class, recently attended the Association of Professional Dog Trainers Conference in Dallas and won the Brochure Contest for her business, The Good Mannered Dog. Gabrielle’s brochure highlights her … Continue reading



When Students and Shelter Dogs Succeed, Our Hearts Sing

There’s Nothing Better than Teaching Great Students During the Spring session of the CATCH University for Dog Trainers (our 6-week on-campus course), Pia Silvani and I were reminded of all the reasons why we love teaching. There is something magical about … Continue reading



Biting Puppies – How Do You Stop Them?

Are You Rewarding Biting (by accident)? Anyone who has ever raised a puppy has experienced the bite marks and torn sleeves that little snapping jaws leave in their wake. Pups of every shape, size and breed will bite at your hands, clothing, … Continue reading




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