Success Stories 9
Our students always impress us with the passionate enthusiasm they bring to their studies, and that they continue to carry with them to make a positive impact on the dog training world.
Ann Lewis, CCDT, CPDT-KA
Owner, Pups 2 Pooches, Peachtree Corners, GA
My favorite part of working with dogs:
The “ah-ha” moment when their eyes light up and they “get” what it is you are trying to teach them. I teach children as well as dogs and I find that this is also my favorite part of teaching young kids. Dogs and kids both have a tendency to really want to work and learn once they grasp what it is you are trying to teach them and why. They get excited about it.
Since graduating from CATCH:
Since graduating from CATCH, I have studied for and passed the CPDT-KA exam so I am now fully certified by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. I have also been able to participate in 2 amazing John Rogerson workshops here in Atlanta: From Bad Rap to Bully-licious: Saving Shelter Bullys by Teaching Irresistible Skills and GET A GRIP: Creative Strategies For Handling Reactive Dogs. Both workshops were hosted at my mentor trainer’s facility, Canine PhD.
Leighton Huffman, CCDT
Trainer, Perfect Pet Dog Training, Gastonia, NC
Making a difference:
Leighton is a Certified Dog Trainer who specializes in Positive Reinforcement Training. She is active in several dog rescue organizations – fostering, training, and re-homing rescued dogs. Her work at the Gaston County Police Department – Animal Control Division recently won her the Outstanding Service by a Citizen award for 2015. She has also prepared many dogs for therapy dog work and canine good citizenship.
Jamie Schwoerer, Master Class Student
Owner, Kodiak’s Canine Connection, Fitchburg, WI
The mission of the company is to encourage, support, and strengthen the bond between humans and their companion animals through the use of positive reinforcement and without using any harsh punishments or intimidation. Our goal is to help teach our clients how to better understand and work with their dogs, and to help our clients develop a lasting bond with their canine companions. We use solely positive reinforcement training methods. This means we encourage the use of rewards like food (treats), toys, and praise to help our dogs understand what we want them to do.
Owner, Live Happy Studio, Sanford, FL
The best thing about working with dogs:
I just love being around them, my philosophy on life is that it is there to enjoy, and you should do what makes you happy. Working with dogs makes me happy, and that’s why I do it.
On running my own business:
I am a pet photographer and people are amazed by the kind of pictures we can produce because we have such a good handle on their dog. Its amazing also how many requests I get for training from these clients!
On my studies:
Big thanks to everyone at CATCH. It was awesome. Your program is awesome. The people are awesome. Now it’s time for me to make dogs more awesome.
Jane Doty, CCDT
Owner, JD Kennels, Cedarville, MI
On working with dogs:
I enjoy every opportunity to meet and get to know a new dog. Each one has his/her own story, and they try so hard to communicate it to me. My favorite part of working with dogs is being able to “talk dog”. Thank you for teaching me to read their language so I am able to understand.
On using reward-based training:
Dogs need compassion and kindness just as well as humans do. Most dogs are misunderstood but given the chance they will quickly respond and obey to get the love they so deserve. 🙂
Saranique Schwartz, Master Class Student
Owner, Très Chien, Concord, CA
Growing up with dogs:
I was raised working with and handling dogs of all types, so thinking on my feet and my ability to change direction quickly when handling a dog is truly second nature. I work hard to maintain a beginner’s mind, recognizing that every dog I’ve worked with so far has taught me something new and essential. The ability to read body language is an important part of working with creatures that cannot speak. Because I was raised doing this work, my ability to read a dog based on its ears, tail set, body posture and facial tension comes naturally.