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A Big Miss on Every Puppy Socialization Checklist

Don’t Be in the Dark On This There is nothing like the pure joy of knowing you are going to bring a new puppy into your life. And then there are the technical details. Ever the eager trainer, I printed … Continue reading

Advanced Behavior So Simple Even a 3-Month Old Can Learn It

Some of the most useful manners can be built from simple training techniques. In this video, we’ll show you a few snippets of Hazel and Lido displaying self-control and having fun doing it. Hazel is 10 years old and Lido … Continue reading

You CAN Get Focused Attention Around Distractions

4 Quick Tips for Connection Outdoors Check out Lido, the new pup of David, our School Director.  At the age of 3 months, he is already doing great with looking at temptations (like this squirrel) and then looking back at … Continue reading

The One Thing I Don’t Love About Puppy Push-Ups

Pro Trainer Tip:  Don’t Train a Guessing Dog “Puppy push-ups” are a popular exercise that started way back in the first positive puppy classes taught by Dr. Ian Dunbar in the 1980’s.  The puppy push-up is a clever and effective … Continue reading

3 of the Simplest, Smartest Puppy Training Tips

Super Valuable Puppy Training From the moment you take a puppy home, everything you do is a learning experience that shapes future behavior. Avoid the common mistakes and make a big difference with these tips: 1) Put the pup’s overnight … Continue reading

Backchaining: Train the Last Behavior First

Recall – Break it Down Backchaining is a very smart technique that you can use for training a variety of more complex behaviors. If you are new to the concept, backchaining is when you teach the last behavior in a … Continue reading

Getting to Know a New Dog

Quick Hands-On Evaluations As a trainer, when you work with a dog for the first time, there are some key pieces of information that you want to get “directly from the dog”. It’s like an interview where you’re “asking” the … Continue reading

Don’t Judge a Dog by its Looks

Adopt Smarter When looking to adopt a dog, it’s important not to “judge a book by its cover”. Don’t let a dog’s looks or breed stereotypes influence your decision. Adopt smarter by getting to know the dog’s personality first. Meet … Continue reading

Take Great (but Quick) Notes on Your Training Sessions

Pro Tips For Pro Trainers CATCH School Director, David Muriello, shares a smart tip for new and established trainers: Whether you’re working on a team (ex., in a shelter) or as an individual with clients, the more dogs and people … Continue reading

Petting Dogs the Right Way

No Granny Hair Ruffle! Believe it or not, there IS a wrong way to pet dogs – especially during training sessions. As dog lovers, we are known for exuding enthusiasm when we interact with our four-legged friends. But, often in … Continue reading


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