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About Gentle Ways Dog Training
Gentle Ways Dog Training offers in-home puppy and adult dog training, group classes for puppies and adult dogs, behavior modifications, walk-and-train, puppy 101 & socialization packages and day training.
We recognize that each dog have individual needs, so our in-home training is tailored for you, your dog and your life style. Our group classes is built on not obedience training, but teaching manners and foundations to be used in your daily life with your companion dog!
Our foundation to success is understanding the underlying cause for a behavior and work out a plan to modify it.
To reach success, diet and exercise, management, communication, trust building, reward-based lifestyle and understanding dog behavior, are some of the essential elements we work with in order to arrive at the best results.
Only gentle, positive reinforcement methods, food and environmental rewards are used, with methods from scientific animal learning theory and animal behaviorism.
Catrina Ross is a SSCS certified Dog Trainer through Seattle School of Canine Studies, Washingtons only state licensed canine behavior specific school. She has completed Dr. Susan Friedman's Living & Learning with Animals Professional Course and received a certificate of excellence.
She is also a certified Dog Walker through DogTec. She is Pet First Aid certified and is a full member of the APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers) and a a professional member of The Pet Professional Guild - The Association for force free pet professionals.
She continues to keep abreast of new training techniques and ongoing developments in the science of canine cognition by attending workshops and seminars held by the leading pioneers in this field. Catrina uses that knowledge to help clients change unwanted behaviors in their dog companions, using not only highly effective methods but methods that are humane in their application.
She enjoys working with clients and their dogs.
She has background also in running and assisting dog training classes in Seattle and Kent, but is currently focusing on in-home behavior modifications, at times working closely with local veterinary behaviorists.
on her free time she is an avid hiker, so she takes one or more of her three dogs on longer hiking excursions. Hiking / trail exercises may be offered upon request.
"Committed to help saving dogs lives, one dog at a time, by teaching owners about dogs & dogs about their owners"
Some examples of Continued Education & seminars:
- APDT conference lectures & workshops including K9 Nosework for shelter dogs, lectures by Karen Pryor, Trish King and Pia Sylvani & Ian Dunbar
- Nicole Wilde, "Help for your fearful dog" seminar
- Clicker Expo: San Francisco 1/2013
- Sparcs conference (origins of dog, cognition, science behind dogs), June 2013/2014
- APDT (Association of professional dog trainers ) conference October 2013 & 2014
LLA professional course Fall 2015 (behavior analysis) - Susan Friedman
- Clicker Expo scheduled Jan 2015
- Susan Friedman Seminars
- Anders Hellgreen Stress and aggression seminar / and much more