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 Brandi Jo Schoenthaler of Aspen, Colorado. At the time of this posting, Brandi Jo is in Phase 9 of the Master Class, and she is on her way to becoming a Certified Dog Trainer!
A Word from Brandi Jo
My Favorite Recent Study Topics:
My favorite topics of study so far are learning how dogs think and learn & reading and understanding dog body language. I love all of the material I have learned from CATCH. It has been so helpful when working with a skilled trainer such as Laura, my mentor, and others. I feel “in the loop” when they talk about operant conditioning and applying it to their clients. I love how CATCH taught me how to work with difficult clients. My favorite of all, which has also been the most helpful, is how to observe and interpret dog body language. I LOVE this program!
My Favorite Recent Hands-On Activity:
My favorite hands on activity so far is play behavior and seeing metasignals. It was a joy to watch all those dogs play and very rewarding for me when I could pick out how the dogs were communicating with each other during their romp in the park.
How My Studies Have Changed the Way I See Dogs:
My learning experiences have been revolutionary in the way I look at all our canine friends. I love how I am able to better understand canine behavior and interactions. It brings on a new level of satisfaction being around dogs.
What I’m Most Excited About:
I have received many compliments about my skills and knowledge I have gained from CATCH. I am fortunate to have a great mentor as well that has led me to a place where I feel confident in my progress and looking forward to more learning experiences!
What’s Up Next:
This winter Brandi Jo will be watching the Ski Patrollers conduct the training of the Avalanche Dog Team. Here she is pictured with Aspen Avalanche dog, June. We are so proud of Brandi Jo and the difference that she is already making in her community and in the dog world.
Way to go, Brandi Jo, keep up the great work!