Success Stories 5
Take a look at these amazing accomplishments – we are so proud to be a part of making our students’ and graduates’ dreams come true!
Jaime Juda, CCDT
Owner, My Personal Dog Trainer, Lombard, IL
Dogs that do not get enough exercise and mental stimulation are more reactive than dogs that do. Using exercise can help lower the intensity of a trigger.
I currently work with dogs and see the effects of not socializing properly. I see dogs fearful or aggressive of children, people, new places, sounds and other dogs because they were never introduced in a positive manner as a puppy.
Karen Pentimone, Basics Pro Graduate
Assistant Trainer, A Sound Beginning, Winfield, IL
Tips for barking:
Shouting stimulates your dog to bark more because he thinks you’re joining in. So the first rule is to speak calmly and firmly, but don’t yell. Some dogs bark for your attention Do not give it to him at all. (No looking at him, or talking to him. This is attention) wait until he stops even if it is for a second. Don’t encourage your dog to bark at some noises (a door slamming, people walking by) and discourage him from barking at others. Be consistent.
Melissa Lucas, CCDT
Owner, Come, Sit, and Stay, Sanford, NC
In order to socialize a new 7 week old puppy the most important thing is to condition the puppy to enjoy meeting a variety of people, other dogs, a variety of environments and sounds. The puppy must not be overwhelmed or traumatized as this is a very sensitive period of time, and negative experiences can have a profound effect as well as positive experiences.
Hand targeting is a very useful hand gesture to show your dog that you would like for him/her to come to you and touch your hand. This command can be used like “recall” or “come” but for short distance situations. You can use the gesture to target the dog to a location you have chosen. This is a very valuable command when wanting a dog to move off the sofa or bed or on the scales at the veterinarian’s office.
Rich Balest, CCDT
Owner, Restless Rover, Bedford Hills, NY
The right kind of repetition is critical – you need to be consistent and work with your dog not just in one controlled environment. The repetitions need to be applied across throughout the “dog’s world”
Why I chose CATCH:
Having adopted 2 stray adult German Shepherd Dogs that had behavioral issues and having read several dog training books, I was looking for a challenging program that was comprehensive in both the understanding of canine behavior and the methods used to modify undesirable behavior. The CATCH program definitely meets these objectives.
Phillip Sutton, CCDT
Owner, Wags of Love, Canton, OH
On learning the material:
I love all the hands on. It is the way I learn best, but the reading and practice questions really made me think. I really like the way I have to answer in my own words so you know if I got the idea or not. Everybody has their own interpretations, and this way you now if I caught the idea correctly. This is a great program!
Kim Foley, Master Class Student
Trainer, Pack of Paws Board & Train – Fearful and Reactive Dog Program, Southbridge, MA
Using life rewards:
When your dog asks to go out ask him for a sit or wait command before you open the door. If he does what you have asked, praise him open the door and give him the command or word you use for the great outdoors.
It is difficult to teach a dog not to chase because all dogs have this hard-wired chase instinct with varying degrees of intensity. It is Nature (unlearned instinct) and Nuture (learning by experience). Nuture – you need to teach the dog what they can chase and what they can’t. Nature – dogs are all hard-wired to some degree to chase.