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 Kathy Wolff of Watertown, Wisconsin and owner of Mosaic Dog Training LLC. At the time of this posting, Kathy is studying Phase 8 of the Master Class, and she is doing an impressive job with her studies.
A Word from Kathy
My Favorite Recent Study Topics:
One of my favorite topics from my course study thus far has been learning more about dog body language. I love watching a dog as they respond to their environment. And I love guiding my clients as they learn their dog’s “language”. It is so gratifying when you see that light bulb moment. The confidence and respect that is built in the dog/human relationship when they can communicate effectively is truly magical. It’s like watching two old friends share a secret that is all their own.
Another topic that I have gained so much knowledge from was Phase 7’s working with specific behaviors. The information in this phase is detailed and complete. It has given me the confidence to work with the behaviors I was interested in but also gave me the critical thinking skills to analyze behaviors effectively and decide if it is something that is within my scope of training.
My Favorite Recent Hands-On Activity:
My favorite hands on activity was watching dogs interact with each other in a dog daycare setting. This really fed the inner dog body language junkie in me. I took videos of the interactions and still watch them to learn.
How My Studies Have Changed the Way I See Dogs:
Going through the Masters program with CATCH has given me a very critical eye when it comes to reading dogs. I have 3 Alaskan Malamutes and love to watch them play. My studies have taught me to look for shifts in play styles and what body language to watch for that may signal pending trouble. I use the skills I have learned in my interactions with my clients by really listening to them and listening to their dogs too. I can then put together an effective training program that fits the personality, skill level, and knowledge base of both ends of the leash.
What I’m Most Excited About:
CATCH has a detailed and well-organized program. The customer service is top notch and I LOVE my program director!! Kelly is amazing. What I like best about her is she doesn’t just “give me the answer”, she guides me so that I can figure it out for myself. We have had some really in depth conversations that have taught me SO MUCH. The CATCH program is designed in such a way that it really helps you to develop the critical thinking skills that one needs to be an effective dog trainer. And, their commitment to force free training is above all others.
Way to go, Kathy, we’re so proud of you!