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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

Get Training Results in Every Setting

Do You Have the Priority Motivators? In this video, CATCH School Director, David Muriello, shows you the key to getting training results in difficult settings. It’s a common mistake to bring a dog into a distracting situation and then “fight … Continue reading

Teaching Puppies Not to Bite

Patient Pups Become Great Dogs! One thing we all know is that young pups are naturally very mouthy. This is because they are teething, but also because they use their mouths like young children use their hands – to explore … Continue reading

Recall Games to Start Up Your Pups – Come When Called!

Puppy Connection – Make it Fun – Spark the Recall! Recall games are a really smart way to teach impressionable puppies that following you and checking in with you are rewarding.  If you build these behavior patterns in young dogs, … Continue reading

Save the Dog’s Neck! Make an Instant Harness

Use a Slip Lead Safely and Effectively with Dogs That Pull In this Trainer’s Take, check out expert tips from CATCH School Director, David Muriello, on quickly converting a slip lead into a harness for dogs that pull. Check back … Continue reading

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