More Success Stories
Meet more of the excellent professional dog trainers who have launched careers after studying with CATCH and our renowned curriculum.
Melita Wright, CCDT, CPDT-KA
Trainer, Kindred Companions, Frenchtown, NJ
Melita’s training philosophy:
Melita trains by using motivation not intimidation. She specializes in educating new puppy owners, helping people with their adopted dog, and behavior modification. She wants to teach people how to read and understand what their dog is trying to communicate to them by understanding a dog’s body language. Dogs don’t “speak” English but they have a lot to say. If we can learn to read a dog’s postures and signals we can better understand his feelings and motivations and be better able to predict what he is likely to do. She trains by building trust and respect, not punishment and dominance.
Trainer, The Exceptional Pet, Newtown, CT
Donna’s accomplishments & inspiration:
Donna is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, (CCPDT), is a CATCH Certified Dog Trainer, (CCDT), AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and a Service Dog and Therapy Dog trainer with The Exceptional Sidekick Service Dogs and Therapy Dogs. She became interested in training after seeing and experiencing the devastation that comes along with having a reactive dog. That experience taught her about the complexities of the canine brain and the best way to communicate with dogs that do not feel safe in new situations. It is an experience that all dog trainers should have to go through to learn about the human side of training dogs and all the emotions that go along with it.
Barb Pensky, CPDT-KA, Basics Pro Graduate
The positive difference:
Positive training puts the emphasis on teaching dogs what to do, not continually punishing a dog for not doing what we want. What sets apart a really good positive trainer from the rest is not just their ability to teach a dog to do things using reward based teaching, but to use humane techniques to also curb and prevent negative behavior. Positive training builds confidence and builds a strong bond between dog and their owner. It encourages the dog to listen and respond when asked to do something and works well on all kinds of dogs including those “working” dogs with high drive.
Christina Evans, CCDT
Trainer, CNY Pet Training, Onondaga County, New York
Trainer and Pit Bull Advocate:
Christina has volunteered with Cuse Pit Crew, a local animal advocacy group, for the past 4 years where she was part of a shelter team, helping to socialize and promote the adoption of homeless pit bulls at Humane CNY. She currently serves as the Cuse Pit Crew’s Humane Education Coordinator, a program that sends educators into local schools to teach children about bite prevention and the ethical treatment of animals.
Owner, Great Companion Dog Training, Pensacola, FL
Update after graduation:
I just wanted to send some updates on my work now. Since I am volunteering at the Humane Society as a dog trainer, most of my private lessons are coming through them. Many customers have told me that they have wasted a lot of money to get rid of aggression issues, but they haven’t gotten any help. When I worked with their dogs and showed them how to manage their problems, they got help instantly. All my group classes are full now and every time I come back from a client or group class, I feel soooo good, and I know that I am doing something that I really enjoy 🙂 Thank you again so much for your educational program. Without it, I would never have had that kind of knowledge!!
Owner, Cornerstone Dog Training, Aspen,CO
My learning experience:
My learning experiences have been revolutionary in the way I look at all our canine friends. I love how I am able to better understand canine behavior and interactions. It brings on a new level of satisfaction being around dogs.
What I’ve gained:
I have received many compliments about my skills and knowledge I have gained from CATCH. I am fortunate to have a great mentor as well that has led me to a place where I feel confident in my progress and looking forward to more learning experiences!
Ferdie Yau, CPDT-KA
Owner, Sits & Wiggles Dog Training, New York City
On running my own business:
I work for the City of New York as an ecologist on the Bronx River, but in the evenings and weekends I run my own dog training business. I have private lessons in my clients’ homes or in a nearby park to practice in the real world. I help clients with everything from raising a new puppy to modifying aggressive behaviors. My dog training business is expanding which is very exciting.
On studying in David’s training programs:
My experience with David really helped me become more confident as a professional dog trainer. He taught me how to work with people and listen to their issues. He taught me how to think critically about the way I was coaching my clients and helping them achieve their goals. I learned that it is important to show clients how progress is best accomplished in small steps rather than pushing a dog too hard. In addition, David taught me many great exercises to teach clients that are a foundation of any basic manners/obedience training program.
I think David is a great communicator. His advice was always helpful and he is one of the most positive people I have ever worked with. I have a lot of respect for his professionalism and the passion that he has for his work.
Owner, Peaceful Paws Training, State College, PA
My favorite part of working with dogs:
EVERYTHING! Dogs are fascinating beings. It’s the reason why I became a trainer. But I’d have to say my absolute favorite part is the aha moment – you know, that split second when the dog gets it and learning begins. It’s the ultimate reward.
One of the most important lessons I learned in my studies:
Learning cannot take place without motivation. It not only holds true for the dog you are working with but for your client as well. Without motivation your student dog isn’t going to perform the behaviors and your client most likely isn’t going to practice on their own. So the more you can be in control of what motivates the two the better your student’s and client’s odds are of succeeding. For me this means keeping training sessions interesting and fun for everyone involved.