Even More Success Stories
At CATCH, we are proud to help our dog training students embark on professional careers. Meet some more of our successful CATCH students and graduates.
David Shade, CCDT
Owner, At Attention Dog Training, King of Prussia, PA
Sharing his story:
I just thought I would share that I have been invited to write an upcoming article for BARKS. Also, I did some work and made a video on my story. I just wanted to say that none of this would have been possible without CATCH!
Helena Montgomery , CCDT
Owner, Dogs Got Class, Takoma Park, MD
Becoming a force-free trainer:
Attending CATCH Canine Trainers Academy has proven to be the perfect choice for me; but more importantly Spud, Charlie (my black Lab), and all the other dogs I have continued to train since then, reap the benefits of my additional skills, knowledge and understanding. My shelter volunteer training experiences have also provided me with a wealth of knowledge that I use in my present day dog training programs. I wish harm free training existed when I attended my first training class, many many years ago, with my family dog, a German Shepherd named King. Knowing how dogs learn, understanding their specific body language and behaviors, and accepting the fact that what works for one dog will not necessarily work for another, enriches my dog training skills.
Jaime Juda, CCDT, CPDT-KA
Owner, My Personal Dog Trainer, Lombard, IL
I want to take the best care possible of you and your dog, and that means taking good care of my own professional development, even after 15 years on the job. Toward that end I am a graduate of the CATCH Canine Trainer’s Academy, a certified Doggone Safe instructor, and have my CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed) from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. On top of this, I regularly seek continuing education opportunities via professional conferences, seminars, and reading. I am also a proud member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, and the Pet Professionals Guild. These organizations strive to create high scientific and ethical standards in a currently unregulated industry. I support their efforts and strive to meet or exceed their expectations.
Kasey Litt, CCDT
Owner, Kritter Keepers, Acworth, GA
My experience on-campus:
The experience and thoughtfulness of the instructors and being able to work with the dogs every day and take what we read about and put into action right away was incredible. What you wanted us to know is that there are lots of methods and ways to do things and we need to have them all in our toolbox and customize for each dog. You made us think on our feet.
I am a certified dog trainer with many years of experience working with animal shelters across the country. I am currently an avid volunteer with Mostly Mutts Animal Rescue and Adoption in Acworth, GA. In addition to dog training, I love working with all animals from our feathered friends to our scaly companions and everything in between. I have extensive experience with turtles, fish, parrots, cats, rabbits, chinchillas, goats, horses and pigs.
Lynn Brearey, CPDT-KA, Basics Pro Graduate
Trainer, My Pet’s Teacher, Greater Philadelphia area, PA
Passion for training:
Lynn completed her professional dog training education through CATCH Canine Academy, and has been working hands-on with dogs for over ten years at shelters and with rescue groups. Training hard-to-place dogs at the SPCA has always been a passion of hers. She is highly motivated to help dogs stay in forever homes and realizes that teaching dogs good behaviors and manners is the best way to accomplish this. Lynn has two rescued Labs, Remington and Denali and an African Grey parrot named Chico.
Darcy Litt, CCDT
Owner, Darcy Litt Consulting, Bergen County, NJ
Since graduating CATCH:
I started my own Walk & Train business, which is going great. Also, I volunteer at St. Hubert’s Training Center, and did volunteer at the ASPCA Rehab Center when it was at St. Hubert’s. I never would have had those opportunities if I hadn’t taken the CATCH Program.
John Swaney, CCDT, CPDT-KA
Trainer, Cold Nose Companions, Burton, OH
John started his dog training pursuits when he adopted a German Shepherd, named Ginger, and realized he had a dog that needed a job to do as an outlet for her rambunctious behavior. In 2010, he became a member of a local volunteer K9 search and rescue team. Until Ginger’s retirement in January 2016, John and Ginger assisted statewide police and fire departments, as well as those in adjoining states, in locating missing persons. John and Ginger had multiple national certifications specializing in area search for finding live people that are missing. Ginger loved the work and John found this volunteer career very rewarding, so much so that he adopted his second German Shepherd, Hogan. John and Hogan recently achieved their live find area search certification, as well as a Canine Life and Social Skills (C.L.A.S.S.) BA certification.
Sarah Ellis, How to Speak Dog Student
Trainer, Dogsmartz Unleashed, Poland, OH
Passionate about rescue:
Sarah has loved and had a way with dogs her whole life. She first started training in 2012 with her dog Einstein. He was 10 years old at the time and fearful. Today he’s proof that an old dog can learn new tricks, even change lifelong behaviors, and have fun doing it! She lives with her family of rescued pets: Albert, a beautiful mixed breed that wandered into her garage one morning; Einstein, a terrier mix who came all the way from Louisiana in need of a home; Kitty, who literally followed her home 15 years ago; and pet rats.