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Nicole Graves

Nicole Graves has her clients’ dogs walking beautifully on leash

Nicole Graves, Master Class Student

Owner, Pack Perfection, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Pulling on leash:

The behavior issue of a Goldendoodle I work with is pulling on the leash. This is a learned behavior and is reinforced by the owners who continue to walk as he pulls. Because of the constant reinforcement he will be difficult to train, but because it is not an instinctual behavior there are a lot of techniques that the owners can use. He has been reinforced for moving forwards millions of times which will make it hard to change.

Jumping up:

Dogs jump when they enter the house to get attention from guests. You can change the motivation by making sure to provide him with something special like a stuffed kong when the guests arrive. He will be more excited about this and it will keep him focusing on something until he is no longer excited about the guests.


Pasquale and Anya showing off their hard work.

Pasquale and Anya showing off their hard work.

Pasquale Antonio, Basics Pro Graduate

Owner, Pas Dog Training, Jersey City, NJ

On making a difference:

I can tell how much I’ve accomplished by studying your course by comparing my 4 month old puppy to the adult dogs I’ve encountered at the shelter and even in the classes I shadow with Sarah. Anya is well-behaved, polite, trusts and listens to me (as much as a 4 month old can) and even when she is stressed out will hold a sit stay in front of a crowd! And the same methods are working with most of the shelter dogs I encounter too. I’m helping puppy parents connect with their dogs and it feels great!

What I love about studying at CATCH:

The material is organized in an easily comprehensive and retainable way, and has an overall narrative that helps you organize your studies better. The material is challenging without being too much. In each section you first get exposure, then you get study questions, then a comprehensive exam. By the time you finish you’ve read it 3 times and tried to implement it in real life- which is great for retention. But with this program you do have to put in the effort with the real life projects. You are paired with an experienced mentor to answer your questions and help you along, and David Muriello and the other trainers have a great reputation.


Lisa Kirschner and Lucy

Lisa Kirschner and her Australian Shepherd, Lucy

Lisa Kirschner, Basics Pro Student

Owner, Sit, Stay, ‘N Play, Stroudsburg, PA

Observing body language:

It is valuable to be able to observe and understand dog body language for several reasons. One reason is so that you can help your dog and understand the signals when they happen. We also need to understand if the dog is stressed, threatened, or calming so that we can take the appropriate steps. We need the dog to be comfortable, and to educate others about his/her state.


Christopher and his star pupil, April.

Christopher and his star pupil, April.

Christopher Switky, CCDT

OwnerPositive Canine Concepts, Philadelphia, PA

Setting up for success:

At the beginning of a training process, set your dog up for success by presenting whatever situation is challenging for the dog at a very low intensity. For example, if your dog is afraid of tall men, start by exposing her to tall men at a distance where she can see them, but not feel threatened by their proximity.

Ending on a good note:

Dogs are more likely to look forward to training sessions if they end with a few successful trials. This may mean dropping the level of difficulty slightly at the end of a session, or ending with a different activity that the dog has solidly learned.


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