Featured Mentor Trainers
Ready to get hands-on with dogs? We have an extensive network of Mentor Trainers available across the United States and in Canada, who specialize in modern, science-based, positive reinforcement dog training. At CATCH, our students learn from the best, and we will pair you with a local Mentor Trainer throughout your studies so you can apply what you’re learning when it matters most – while you’re learning it.
Check out some featured members of the CATCH Mentor Team!
Ferdie Yau, CPDT-KA
Ferdie’s varied background includes studying jaguar in a Belizean rainforest, working to clean and restore wildlife in the Bronx River (as a biologist for the City of New York), and training a wide variety of animals including polar bears, penguins, sea lions, harbor seals, foxes, and primates at the Central Park Zoo. Ferdie has an MA in Conservation Biology from Columbia University and is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA). In 2011, Ferdie started his own business, Sits & Wiggles Dog Training in New York City. Staying true to his passion for wildlife, Ferdie also works with the Gotham Coyote Project to train dogs to detect Eastern coyote scat in New York City and Long Island in order to collect DNA for research on these fascinating animals.
What inspired you to become a professional dog trainer?
It’s sad to say this, but I just see a real lack of understanding and empathy towards companion animals in our lives. I see many dogs that are doing OK and surviving, but it’s rare to see people who truly place their dog’s emotional and physical well-being as the top priority. I want to help people understand that with a little more effort, they can really help their dogs thrive rather than just be happy enough. In some cases, there are dogs that are really suffering and their humans are simply at a loss when it comes to understanding their emotions and needs. I want to help people understand that we can do better as a society in the way we treat animals, and hopefully that will help us understand how we can treat each other better as well.
What do you love about mentoring CATCH students?
I love helping them understand that there is more to training than simply teaching sit, down, come, and stay. It’s incredibly satisfying when I see that light bulb moment occur when a student realizes that really good trainers are not focused on simply getting results. The relationship that is developed between human and canine through the training process is actually much more important in the long-run to help humans and their dogs be successful and happy together for a lifetime.
Bobbie Bhambree, CPDT-KA
Behavior Consultant and Director of Behavior Services, Behavior Vets, New York City, NY
Bobbie is a dog trainer, a dog behavior consultant, and an agility competitor with over fifteen years’ experience in training and behavior. Bobbie is the Founder & Director of DogCentric, a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT), a member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), and a Certified Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Trainer (VSPDT). In addition to being an instructor for the CATCH workshops, Bobbie is on the faculty of an online school, Agility University. Her classes focus on the behavior aspect of the dog performance sport.
Bobbie started her dog training career in 2003 as a pet behavior counselor with the ASPCA Animal Behavior Center. She worked under the direction of Dr. Pamela Reid, PhD CAAB. This was Bobbie’s first shelter experience. There she implemented behavior modification programs for dogs surrendered by the public as well as those seized by Humane Law Enforcement. She also evaluated, trained and rehabilitated these shelter dogs. Bobbie also consulted with prospective adopters, trained staff and volunteers, assisted with cases in the Behavior Clinic and collected data on the long-term effectiveness of behavior modification programs for shelter dogs. The years she spent at the ASPCA formed the foundation for the work she continues to do in animal welfare.
In 2016, Bobbie joined the North Shore Animal League America in Port Washington, NY as the Director of Pet Behavior. During her tenure there, she managed a team of canine and feline trainers. The team focused on enhancing current programs as well as creating new programs providing behavior modification and enrichment for the animals in the shelter. This position allowed her to expand her reach in educating the public on responsible pet ownership. Bobbie currently deploys for the ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Behavior Team to work in the field, supporting the team with dog fighting busts, puppy mill cases, and hoarding cases. Prior to joining Animal League America, Bobbie worked with the ASPCA Rehabilitation Center, Humane Society of Westchester and the Mt. Vernon Animal Shelter. Bobbie has also worked in private practice throughout her career, helping people across the full spectrum of canine behavioral issues, and providing a multitude of time tested, sustainable tools and strategies to improve their dog’s behavior.
Cindy Mauro, CPDT-KA
Owner, Cindy Mauro Dog Training, Northern NJ, Orange & Rockland Counties, NY
Cindy is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and the proud “mom” of eight beautiful rescue dogs! With a background in horse training and care as well as riding instruction, Cindy can vouch that humane and positive training methods are effective for animals of all sizes. In addition to running her own professional training business, she is a Certified AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and a Certified Therapy Dog Evaluator for Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs.
Cindy’s contributions to the local dog community are extensive. She offers training support for rescue organizations, helps conduct adoption home checks and assists with rescue transports. In addition to pet dog training, Cindy competes in the sport of K9 Nosework and loves the bond that comes from communicating with your dog through reward-based training of any kind. She prides herself on staying up to date on the most current, scientifically sound training methods, and regularly attends workshops to continue learning from some of the most respected dog behavior experts around the country.
In her business, Cindy knows the importance of teaching the owner as well as training the dog. She specializes in private in-home sessions and works with clients on behavioral goals ranging from raising a great puppy to modifying aggression.
Kate Senisi, CPDT-KA
Co-Founder & Senior Trainer, School for the Dogs, New York, NY
Kate is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) who specializes in dogs with “urban behavior problems” like anxiety and aggression towards other dogs. She is a founding member of School for the Dogs which opened in Manhattan in 2011. In addition to the usual services like private lessons and basic manners classes, Kate’s innovative concepts include the School Yard and her Sidewalk Psychos group class. The School Yard is New York’s only trainer-supervised private dog run, which allows dogs to have off-leash playtime while owners learn about their dog behavior from pro trainers. The Sidewalk Psychos is for dog-reactive dogs to learn how to remain calm and focus on their owner, even in the close presence of other dogs that would normally “set them off”.
Kate uses a reward-based, holistic approach in all of her training and makes sure that each dog is given a personalized behavior plan that is effective and as simple as possible for clients to implement. In addition to the School Yard, School for the Dogs also offers group classes, private sessions, day school, breed meetups, and NYC dog talent for print, film, and television. Kate and her business have appeared twice in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.