Success Stories 4
At CATCH, some of our proudest moments are when our students and graduates start their own successful businesses, or get hired by the best in the business.
Heather Zurisko, CCDT
Owner, Canine Kind, Pittsburgh, PA
Heather Zurisko is passionate about the incredible bond we humans share with our beloved dogs. She finds great joy and inspiration in helping owners understand their dog’s behavior and biological needs so that each may unlock the full potential of a harmonious human-canine relationship. Heather’s greatest devotion as a trainer lies in ensuring dogs are trained in ways that allow them to flourish as well-adjusted family pets with forever homes. When she’s not working with Caninekind clients, Heather volunteers her time and expertise to both Animal Friends and the Humane Animal Rescue in Pittsburgh.
Nora Torrey, CCDT
Trainer, All Dogs Allowed, Cary, NC
A passion for dogs:
Nora has an extensive customer service and medical admin background, however, she also had a passion for working with dogs her whole life and has volunteered at animal sanctuaries and shelters on and off for years. In 2017, she decided to quit her desk job and start her own pet care business. Getting to work with more dogs every day (and learning their body language) naturally led to dog training. Nora loves getting to work with both dogs and their owners to help them develop and strong, happy relationship. In her spare time Nora can be found taking long walks with any variety of dog – either her own or clients! She also is passionate about continuing her training education through reading, observing other trainers, or falling into the online dog training world.
Deb Murray, CCDT, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA & CATCH Mentor
Owner, Pepper’s Paws, LLC, Exton, PA
Deb has extensive experience working with rescue and shelter dogs and has 4 rescue dogs of her own. Her specialties are helping dogs adjust to new homes, getting puppies started on the right training path with their new families, basic manners training, and resolving nuisance behaviors. Deb’s clients love to work with her because she makes training fun and she gets results too!
Jason Carr, CCDT
Owner, Go Fetch Canine Training, Canandaigua, NY
Through the use of classical and operant conditioning, along with positive reinforcement, we aim to create polite, well-mannered members of society. Go Fetch Canine Training is a dog training facility dedicated to providing top quality one-on-one private lessons, semi-private lessons and in-home dog training services that yield outstanding results. We offer dog training services for all breeds of dogs. We focus on giving dogs a solid foundation by which they can learn to properly interact with their human families as well as with other animals, pets and the world around them.
Agnes Kavalecz, CCDT
Owner, Let’s Get Pawsitive, Cameron, NC
After I earned my certification I focused on positive reinforcement training, a scientifically proven method to help problematic behavior. I do not believe in using fear, intimidation or any other aversive training methods, as these types of approaches can cause aggression and lots of side effects to your dog. My goal is to build a positive foundation for you and your dog. Redirecting an unwanted action with a behavior you approve of will decrease the frequency of the undesirable act.
Pam Tuss, CCDT, CPDT-KA & CATCH Mentor
Owner, Obedient Pups, Sacramento, CA
Pam believes in respecting owners and their beloved pets: this is why she supports the association for Force-free professionals and values reward-based training strategies and positive reinforcement techniques that have a great impact on the psyche of your dog and lasting good behaviors. The best thing about reward-based dog training is that it can be adapted for any behavior and any breed. But understand that the reward doesn’t have to always be food. It can be praise, a toy or just going outside to play. With a good understanding of how your dog is motivated you can do almost anything from basic training to agility training.
Kathy Wolff, CCDT
Owner, Mosaic Dog Training, Watertown, WI
I use only science-based force-free dog training techniques which focus on the behaviors we want and modify or eliminate the behaviors that we don’t. I will empower you, the owner by educating you in the concepts of humane, non-confrontational, pain and fear free methods. By taking the environment and how it influences your dog’s behavior into consideration first, we can create a program that will address the root of the reason the behavior exists. These methods create lifelong bonds of trust between you and your canine companion.