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 Mona Blais of Warwick, Rhode Island. At the time of this posting, Mona is studying Phase F of Basics Pro, and she has attended a 1-Week Dog Trainer Workshop at St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in NJ.
A Word from Mona
My Favorite Recent Study Topics:
My favorite topics so far have been canine ethology, the calming signals and body language of dogs and the science behind how dogs learn.
My Favorite Recent Hands-On Activity:
My favorite exercise so far was the one that involved canine body language and calming signals. It was fascinating to observe how the different dogs responded to my body language.
How My Studies Have Changed the Way I See Dogs:
My learning experience through CATCH Academy has made me much more aware of canine body language regarding their interactions with each other as well as with humans. The knowledge I have gained has also made it much easier to tailor the design of a training plan to an individual dog’s needs.
What I’m Most Excited About:
I own a Dog Daycare that also provides boarding, training and grooming. We have been in business for 8 years. During that time, I have worked with the trainers we have employed and attended many multi-day seminars led by industry experts such as Dr. Ian Dunbar and Sue Sternberg. I signed up for CATCH Academy primarily to learn how to design and conduct my own group classes. I didn’t think there was much more for me to learn about training and behavior but I was wrong! I am half-way through the course as well as spending five days at a CATCH Dog Trainer Workshop in New Jersey and I have learned a great deal. The program is very well designed and follows a logical progression. I now have a solid foundation on which to place all my previous knowledge. It is so much easier to recognize, decode and modify canine behavior now. I highly recommend the CATCH Training Academy Program.
Way to go, Mona, we’re so proud of you!