Success Stories 5
Take a look at these amazing accomplishments – we are so proud to be a part of making our students’ and graduates’ dreams come true!
Karen Pentimone, Basics Pro Graduate
Assistant Trainer, A Sound Beginning, Winfield, IL
Tips for barking:
Shouting stimulates your dog to bark more because he thinks you’re joining in. So the first rule is to speak calmly and firmly, but don’t yell. Some dogs bark for your attention Do not give it to him at all. (No looking at him, or talking to him. This is attention) wait until he stops even if it is for a second. Don’t encourage your dog to bark at some noises (a door slamming, people walking by) and discourage him from barking at others. Be consistent.
Melissa Lucas, CCDT
Owner, Come, Sit, and Stay, Sanford, NC
In order to socialize a new 7 week old puppy the most important thing is to condition the puppy to enjoy meeting a variety of people, other dogs, a variety of environments and sounds. The puppy must not be overwhelmed or traumatized as this is a very sensitive period of time, and negative experiences can have a profound effect as well as positive experiences.
Hand targeting is a very useful hand gesture to show your dog that you would like for him/her to come to you and touch your hand. This command can be used like “recall” or “come” but for short distance situations. You can use the gesture to target the dog to a location you have chosen. This is a very valuable command when wanting a dog to move off the sofa or bed or on the scales at the veterinarian’s office.
Rich Balest, CCDT
Owner, Restless Rover, Bedford Hills, NY
The right kind of repetition is critical – you need to be consistent and work with your dog not just in one controlled environment. The repetitions need to be applied across throughout the “dog’s world”
Why I chose CATCH:
Having adopted 2 stray adult German Shepherd Dogs that had behavioral issues and having read several dog training books, I was looking for a challenging program that was comprehensive in both the understanding of canine behavior and the methods used to modify undesirable behavior. The CATCH program definitely meets these objectives.
Phillip Sutton, CCDT
Owner, Wags of Love, Canton, OH
On learning the material:
I love all the hands on. It is the way I learn best, but the reading and practice questions really made me think. I really like the way I have to answer in my own words so you know if I got the idea or not. Everybody has their own interpretations, and this way you now if I caught the idea correctly. This is a great program!
Lainie Johnston, CCDT
Owner, Pawsitive Pup Training, Wilmington, NC
A “Pawsitive” relationship with your dog:
At the end of the day when you think about it, pets are no different than people. We’re just talking about treating our pets the same way we would like to be treated if the roles were reversed. You can be scolded and forced into doing something, but it’s a much better overall relationship to be treated with respect and love while being rewarded during the learning and training process. The result is a much better bond with your pet and a much more “Pawsitive” overall experience.