Even More Success Stories
At CATCH, we are proud to help our dog training students embark on professional careers. Meet some more of our successful CATCH students and graduates.
Kasey Litt, CCDT
Owner, Kritter Keepers, Acworth, GA
My experience on-campus:
The experience and thoughtfulness of the instructors and being able to work with the dogs every day and take what we read about and put into action right away was incredible. What you wanted us to know is that there are lots of methods and ways to do things and we need to have them all in our toolbox and customize for each dog. You made us think on our feet.
I am a certified dog trainer with many years of experience working with animal shelters across the country. I am currently an avid volunteer with Mostly Mutts Animal Rescue and Adoption in Acworth, GA. In addition to dog training, I love working with all animals from our feathered friends to our scaly companions and everything in between. I have extensive experience with turtles, fish, parrots, cats, rabbits, chinchillas, goats, horses and pigs.
Lynn Brearey, Basics Pro Graduate
Trainer, My Pet’s Teacher, Greater Philadelphia area, PA
Passion for training:
Lynn completed her professional dog training education through CATCH Canine Academy, and has been working hands-on with dogs for over ten years at shelters and with rescue groups. Training hard-to-place dogs at the SPCA has always been a passion of hers. She is highly motivated to help dogs stay in forever homes and realizes that teaching dogs good behaviors and manners is the best way to accomplish this. Lynn has two rescued Labs, Remington and Denali and an African Grey parrot named Chico.
Jennifer Thornburg, Master Class Student
Trainer, Cheery Dogs Dog Training, Chapel Hill, NC
What I love about my CATCH studies:
My heart is in the shelter. I love teaching shelter dogs skills that will help them succeed in their forever home, and supporting their families after they have gone home so they can stay there. My favorite thing about CATCH is their dedication to making an impact on the lives of shelter dogs through positive, compassionate training methods and community outreach.
What I enjoy about training now:
My favorite thing about training now is seeing the light bulb come on. In humans and dogs! When we help people understand their dogs and why they do the things they do, we are more like interpreters than trainers. We help them communicate with each other and that strengthens their bond. Of course, there is no greater joy for a dog trainer than seeing a dog’s learning moment.
Stacey Beckinger, CDTK
Trainer, The Canine Campus, Hubbard, OH
The right kind of repetition:
Do exercises enough that they are second nature, start with the easiest exercise first, do the most work on the “middle exercises” that are not the easiest and not the hardest to do, and always end on a good note so your dog has fun and is glad he did what you asked.
If your dog did great yesterday but is having a tough time today, don’t worry too much about it, and just adjust your training for the day. Adjust the bar to how your dog is doing, and don’t worry about it too much unless he is steadily regressing in which case you need to re-evaluate your program.
Sarah Walker, CPDT-KA
Owner, Side by Side Dog Training, Newark, New Jersey
On running my own business:
I started Side by Side Dog Training in 2006. I offer private in-home dog behavior consults to help resolve issues ranging from new puppy problems to fear and reactivity.
The learning experience in David’s training programs:
David was a wonderful teacher who led by example and gave specific, helpful and challenging feedback. I learned valuable techniques for training a variety of behaviors. I also learned good teaching skills to pass along training techniques to owners. David was always a pleasure to work with: professional and personable at the same time.