Dog Trainer Workshops

One-Week, Hands-On, In-Person Coaching Every Day

“Impeccable curriculum and hands-on experience with dogs and mentoring – I give it a 10.”    – Greg S., Fall Graduate

“10!!! Working the dogs with awesome coaching helped me refine my leash handling and dog training techniques… and I expanded my contacts in the dog training world. Thank you!”      – Laurie S., Summer Graduate

Currently Enrolling for Three Different Workshops:

The CATCH Workshop Experience:

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Nancy works the long line beautifully with Chocko.
“Thank you so much for having me in this class and allowing me to work with such amazing animals. I’d do it all over again if I could.”

  • 1-week in-person, working dogs every day
  • On-site at our modern training facilities and shelter campuses around the country
  • Earn a certificate to showcase your skills
  • Complete your workshop as a standalone achievement or in combination with any full-length CATCH course
  • Totally immersive hands-on training where we provide many different dogs for you to practice with
  • You will be coached and evaluated by expert trainers to build your skills in a fun, supportive setting
  • Workshops are limited to 12 total slots for a personalized, intimate learning experience
  • All CATCH programs are approved by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers for continuing education units.
  • Submit your Quick Application here.
Download a detailed course catalog for the Pro Training Skills Workshop here.


Download a detailed course catalog for the Body Language, Behavior, and Problem-Solving Skills Workshop here.


Download a detailed course catalog for the Level 2 Workshop: A Week of Working Behavior Cases here.


“Informative, practical and concise, with plenty of hands-on time training the dogs to apply the concepts. This was an incredibly supportive and friendly atmosphere that allowed for great learning opportunities throughout the week.” – Kristina W., Spring Graduate

Get ready to eat, sleep, and breathe dogs.

If you are looking for an in-depth learning experience alongside a world-class team of trainers, then the hands-on workshops are for you. Upon completion of your program, you will receive a frameable certificate highlighting your studies and accomplishments.

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Moose gets focused on Lisa and the training assignment (Lie Down) in the spacious ring at St. Hubert’s Training & Behavior Center. “The program was incredibly professionally run. I learned more than I ever dreamed I could/would. It was a fantastic experience working with the shelter and having access to those wonderful dogs each day.”

Every day we will be doing hands-on training work with a wide variety of dogs. (Take a look at these videos to see the type of work you will be doing and the difference it makes in the lives of the dogs.)

Welcome to the world’s most fascinating classroom, where lead instructors like David Muriello, CPDT-KA, SDC (CATCH Founder and seven-year Director of Training for the biggest dog care business in New York City), Ferdie Yau, MA, CPDT-KA (wildlife biologist and animal trainer who has trained polar bears, sea lions, and primates in addition to dogs), and Bobbie Bhambree, CDBC, CPDT-KA (Director of Education at Behavior Vets NYC)… will guide you through a week of intense skill-building and knowledge discovery. Upon completion of this workshop, you will earn a certificate and be ready to make an impact on the dog world with an impressive skill set to put behind your passion.

Dates and Details

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Like all CATCH courses, the 1-week on-campus workshops are designed to be an intensive, but supportive and fun learning experience that’s easy for everyone to love – the students, the instructors, and the dogs. Jennifer and Dougie are no exception!

  • Who: Each session is limited to 14 students, making this an intimate and personalized learning experience. Dog lovers, aspiring trainers, and established professionals from all over the world are welcome.
  • What: Modern, science-based, force-free training with positive reinforcement techniques that are used to quickly build reliable behaviors from basic to advanced obedience.
  • Where: The workshops are on-site at outstanding dog training campuses such as the new and renowned St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison, NJ (45 minutes from New York City) and Miami-Dade Animal Services center and Applause Your Paws in Miami, FL. Ask us about the many accommodations and housing opportunities.
  • When: Each 1-week workshop is Mon – Fri, 9am – 5pm*
  • Professional Dog Training Skills: Train Any Behavior, Get Lasting Results
    • June 3 – 7, 2024 | Madison, NJFULL – Get on the waitlist
  • Level 2 Workshop: A Week of Working Behavior Cases
    • Sept 30 – Oct 4, 2024 | Madison, NJ – NOW ENROLLING
  • Body Language, Behavior & Problem Solving: Dive Deep into Canine Behavior, Hands-On with Shelter Dogs & Pro Coaches
    • Date TBD 2025 | Madison, NJ – Get on the waitlist and be the first to know!
  • Fill out your Quick Application for any of the above dates here.
  • Contact us to ask about additional dates that may be available. 

Call 877.752.2824  (877.75.CATCH)


  • If the workshop you want is sold out, ask us about getting on the waiting list.
  • Looking to start right away? Ask us about specially priced packages to start a program in your hometown before your on-campus experience begins.
  • CEUs: If you are seeking to earn continuing education units for certified trainers with CPDT-KA or KSA, contact Student Support so we can arrange that for you.


David Muriello and Pia Silvani

“David and Pia were extremely supportive and fun, bringing enthusiasm and humor to our work with the dogs. They set the tone for a classroom that was open and conducive to learning and always focused on the overall goal – teaching us to be the best we can be at dog training.”

  • Enrollment is currently limited to 14 students.
  • $1,990 includes all course materials and equipment needed. We will provide the dogs, study guide, training tools, demonstrations, and coaching. Just bring your passion to learn!
  • CATCH will also provide plenty of snacks throughout each day.
  • Payment plans are available during the pre-enrollment period. Ask us for details.
  • Housing: Ask us about the many local lodging options for any location you are interested in.


Student Support

Our Student Support Team is here to answer all your questions about this workshop or any of the self-paced programs you can complete in your own town.

Call to ask us about details and payment plans, or Fill out your Quick Application now.

Call 877.752.2824  (877.75.CATCH)


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Self-Paced Courses You Can Complete in Your Own Town with a Mentor

CATCH Canine Trainers Academy Office Headquarters
24 Newark Pompton Turnpike Suite 206, Little Falls, NJ.
Phone: 877-752-2824