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 Taylor Gracie of Elkhart, Indiana. At the time of this posting, Taylor is studying Phase E of Core Skills and she is doing an excellent job with her studies!
A Word from Taylor
My Favorite Recent Study Topics:
My favorite topics so far have been:
non-verbal communication and calming signals from dog-dog and dog-human interactions,
how dogs learn via association or consequence, and learning how to break down complex behaviors to more simple steps to achieve a stronger, more reliable end behavior.
My Favorite Recent Hands-On Activity:
My favorite hands-on CATCH activity was the verbal cue discrimination “sit” test from Phase C. I was amazed by how well my student dog (Sundance) could sort out and respond correctly only to the word “sit” when extremely similar sounding words were given. It was also fun to see that she had generalized her sit behavior when I changed my positions and gave the cue! Dogs are truly amazing.
How My Studies Have Changed the Way I See Dogs:
My learning experiences during my CATCH training have greatly affected my perception of dogs and how they communicate. I feel like I have more tools to understand dog-dog and dog-human interaction and communication than ever I had before. These skills have really helped me to make better, more effective decisions in training and interacting with dogs and also when advising friends who come to me with questions.
What I’m Most Excited About:
I would like to add how much I appreciate all the attention to detail that CATCH provides in the study guides and activities. I look forward to reading and learning each time I open my study guide binder or book and then working with my dogs using what I learn. I’ve found myself saying to family and friends(many times), “in my dog training program I learned ___! Isn’t that so cool?!”
Way to go, Taylor, we’re so proud of you!