Success Stories 7
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Nicole Graves, Master Class Student
Owner, Pack Perfection, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Pulling on leash:
The behavior issue of a Goldendoodle I work with is pulling on the leash. This is a learned behavior and is reinforced by the owners who continue to walk as he pulls. Because of the constant reinforcement he will be difficult to train, but because it is not an instinctual behavior there are a lot of techniques that the owners can use. He has been reinforced for moving forwards millions of times which will make it hard to change.
Dogs jump when they enter the house to get attention from guests. You can change the motivation by making sure to provide him with something special like a stuffed kong when the guests arrive. He will be more excited about this and it will keep him focusing on something until he is no longer excited about the guests.
Ariana Keedy, Core Skills Graduate
Animal Behavior Coordinator, Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter, Alameda, CA
Helping shelter dogs:
As animal behavior coordinator for FAAS, Ariana is responsible for overseeing the behavior, training, and enrichment of all the animals that enter the shelter. She specializes in working with shy and withdrawn animals. In her spare time she hangs out with her three rescue dogs: Tom, an Australian shepherd mix; Chloe, a pit bull mix; and Jake, a pointer and hound mix.
Pasquale Antonio, Basics Pro Graduate
Owner, Pas Dog Training, Jersey City, NJ
On making a difference:
I can tell how much I’ve accomplished by studying your course by comparing my 4 month old puppy to the adult dogs I’ve encountered at the shelter and even in the classes I shadow with Sarah. Anya is well-behaved, polite, trusts and listens to me (as much as a 4 month old can) and even when she is stressed out will hold a sit stay in front of a crowd! And the same methods are working with most of the shelter dogs I encounter too. I’m helping puppy parents connect with their dogs and it feels great!
What I love about studying at CATCH:
The material is organized in an easily comprehensive and retainable way, and has an overall narrative that helps you organize your studies better. The material is challenging without being too much. In each section you first get exposure, then you get study questions, then a comprehensive exam. By the time you finish you’ve read it 3 times and tried to implement it in real life- which is great for retention. But with this program you do have to put in the effort with the real life projects. You are paired with an experienced mentor to answer your questions and help you along, and David Muriello and the other trainers have a great reputation.
Rachael Beuchler, CCDT
I’ve found through my hands-on experiences that I really like teaching a group of people and their dogs. I like the energy in the room and community that is created. I find clarity using the TEACHN model. And best of all, people understand what I’m communicating! I enjoy helping people work through issues with their animals. Private lessons are a wonderful way to do this in their own home. It also allows me time to research options for people based on what works best for their lifestyle and schedule.
Lisa Kirschner, Basics Pro Student
Owner, Sit, Stay, ‘N Play, Stroudsburg, PA
Observing body language:
It is valuable to be able to observe and understand dog body language for several reasons. One reason is so that you can help your dog and understand the signals when they happen. We also need to understand if the dog is stressed, threatened, or calming so that we can take the appropriate steps. We need the dog to be comfortable, and to educate others about his/her state.
Corina Gettis, Master Class Student
Trainer, Philly Unleashed, Philadelphia, PA
Love of training:
Corina’s love of dog training began when she signed up to volunteer for the Pennsylvania SPCA and PAWS in Philadelphia and started teaching basic obedience to those dogs that needed it the most during her volunteer hours. She is especially interested in working with dogs with reactivity and anxiety issues. Corina has extensive experience with formulating and carrying out a systematic behavior plan to recondition dogs who are uncomfortable with handling or who have situational anxiety issues.