Your future as a dog trainer starts here! Meet some of the excellent certified dog trainers who have launched careers after studying with CATCH and our renowned curriculum.
Kate Naito, CPDT-KA, Training & Behavior Combo Graduate
Trainer, Doggie Academy, Brooklyn, NY
On rewarding a dog:
I believe that a trainer should use any means necessary to reward a dog for a job well done, so that it realizes that doing what the trainer asks can be fun and rewarding. If that means food, then use food. If the dog prefers verbal praise, toys, or lots of petting, that’s also fine. If I want a dog to do something for me, I should be prepared to “pay” the dog with a currency that he can really appreciate and that will encourage him to work for me.
Erica Lieberman, MA, CDBC, CPDT-KSA, VSPDT, CBATI
Owner, Pawsibilities NY, New York City
Why I love my job:
My career with dogs has always been exciting, allowing me the opportunity to not only train dogs and their people, but also to help train dog trainers!
On studying in David Muriello’s training programs:
David is the kind of person who pushes you to learn more. In passing on his knowledge and skills he encouraged me to try things his way, while keeping my own style. I always enjoy discussing a case with David because he is always asking a question that keeps me thinking and searching for answers. His way of encouraging me has made me a stronger trainer, but also a stronger communicator, and listener. I appreciate all the skills that he taught and brought out in me. To this day when I teach leash walking in classes, I still use an expression and technique that I copied from the very first class I took with David.
Darlene Woodward, CCDT
Owner, Pant the Town, Essex County, MA
How my studies have changed the way I see dogs:
My learning experiences in the CATCH program have been invaluable in my day to day life. Learning about dog behavior and being able to pick up on “reading” signals has benefited me tremendously in my dog walking business. I’ve become much more confident with the dogs I walk and feel bonding with them has become easier. The hands-on activities have been a great addition to my dog walking, too. As for my own rescue pooch, I feel I have a much better understanding of her.
What I’m most excited about:
My favorite hands-on activity is teaching and working with my own/student dog, Kota. We both have loved everything from Basic Obedience Commands to Advanced Behaviors and Tricks. We even enjoy adding the clicker here and there. She has become a superstar at hand targeting (“touch”), mat training (“go to place”), and rolling on her back (“bellies”).
Jennifer Herrera, CCDT, CPDT-KA
Owner, Hudson Barks, Weehawken, NJ
Jennifer’s approach to dog training and dog walking surrounds complete wellness. Using positive reinforcement methods, the focus is on the dog’s environment, physical and emotional state and behavior. The behaviors that we want to install or modified, are introduce by pairing the desired behaviors with high valued rewards, i.e. food, toys, praise or using environmental elements that dogs like. We are not concerned with dominance or intimidation or having authority over the dog.
Raffaele Coñate, CCDT
Owner, Pet Academy & Wellness Services, Baltimore, MD
Favorite part of my experience at CATCH:
My favorite part as a student at CATCH was having a mentor that supported me throughout the entire program. There were times that I couldn’t put in as much work as I wanted too, but my mentor was there to support me and help me to continue moving forward. That support has also been extremely valuable after graduation and as I started to take on new clients.
Favorite part of training now:
My favorite part of training now is getting to use my knowledge to formulate customized plans for my clients and being able to present them in a very knowledgeable way. I love see my human clients faces as their dog starts to learn and how proud they are!
Adriana Jerez, CCDT
Owner, Loving Paws Dog Training, Charlotte, NC
About my CATCH experience:
What I have liked most about my experience with CATCH has actually been something that I only began to truly experience after my graduation. Multiple dog-training and shelter-management professionals with whom I have worked have said to me that I am one of the best-prepared graduates of an online dog-training course that they have seen. Without fail, when I tell them which school I graduated from, they say something along the lines of “Ah, that makes sense. I’ve worked with a couple of CATCH graduates and they are always excellent.” What I value most from these interactions is that I never need to boast about my credentials. When clients and other professionals work with me, they see the value of my education and they want to know where I got it from – CATCH! Now, with my content-based business Loving Paws Dog Training, I am spreading the word to dog owners about kind and effective training methods.
Erika Gonzalez, CCDT
Owner, From Dusk Till Dog, Deptford, NJ
My inspiration for becoming a trainer:
When I got Jade I realized early on what a strong bond we had and how quickly she learned when I was training her. Her willingness to learn with me inspired me to look into dog training as a career. I am very fortunate to now know what my calling is, and that’s to help pet parents with their dogs (and to help dogs with their pet parents!) I have always been a person who dreams big and doesn’t quit until I reach my goals, and I encourage everyone else to do the same! I thank CATCH for helping me obtain all the knowledge I would ever need to conduct my own training lessons and build my own business. Dogs love unconditionally, never hold grudges, enjoy all the little things in life, and always live in the moment; we can learn a lot from them! And to Jade, my beautiful, loving best friend, thank you for helping me find a path to truly loving what I do.
Vincent Olito, CCDT,
Owner, Camp Ruff Ruff, Staten Island, NY
Favorite part of working with dogs:
Working with dogs is rewarding in so many ways. If I had to pick a favorite I would start with being able to communicate with any dog in any environment or social situation. I also love helping human and dog relationships improve to keep dogs out of shelters. Helping shelter dogs find homes brings tears to my eyes.
On graduating from CATCH:
I believe it was the best decision I made to have CATCH for my education. The curriculum is so well laid out that I don’t think I could ever have created this strong foundation of knowledge and skills on my own. Whenever I go to a seminar or read a new book I can understand everything any trainer is teaching! I cannot say enough about how rewarding this career “passion” is and how grateful I am to the CATCH team. Every day/week/year it gets better and better. Thank You CATCH – always proud to be part of the family.