Our students are the future of dog training and the heart of our school.
That’s why we regularly take a moment to recognize one of our top aspiring trainers here.
Our Featured Student this month is Abbie Duchon of Saugerties, New York. At the time of this posting, Abbie is in Phase 9 of the Master Class, and has attended two 1-Week Workshops!
A Word from Abbie
My Favorite Recent Study Topics:
My favorite topics of study are: 1. Understanding dog body language. I find it endlessly fascinating to watch dogs communicating with each other and with people. 2. Puppies and puppy development and socialization. Who doesn’t love puppies! With the socialization window so important and so short it is key to make the best use of time during this period. 3. Ethology and breed selection. While all dogs are individuals, understanding why they have certain traits can be helpful in addressing training or behavior modification.
My Favorite Recent Hands-On Activity:
By far the most fun for me is just watching dogs and guessing their breeds. Having an excuse to go up to people and ask them about their dogs really showed me how important dogs are to people’s lives.
How My Studies Have Changed the Way I See Dogs:
Education is such a gift. I look at my own, and other, dogs so differently now that I understand more about what their body language and vocalizations might mean. I also understand how to meet my dog’s enrichment needs better and see other dogs trying their best to fit into our world. I am more appreciative of the rich, emotional, and inner life that dogs have.
What I’m Most Excited About:
I think the CATCH program was a great fit for me. The high-quality written and video resources and the ability to discuss practical issues with a training director are a winning combination. I love the personalized attention so that I can get feedback on any specific questions I might have about the material.
Way to go, Abbie, we’re so proud of you!