At age 11, Catherine convinced her parents that raising a puppy for Guide Dogs was a great way to get a short-term doggie fix. But when that puppy became a working guide and Catherine watched him lead his blind partner, a passion was ignited that still burns brightly many decades later.
Named “the dog lady” by peers in grammar school, Catherine became a California licensed veterinary technician and then finished a BA in Psychology and did undergraduate research on the human-canine bond at the University of Montana. She was recruited by the Purdue University Veterinary Teaching Hospital to develop the ABC puppy school, to assist during veterinary behavior consultations and to help create and instruct the Purdue DOGS! behavior modification course for veterinary staff.
Catherine has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, over 3 decades of experience training dogs and over 20 years of experience coaching pet owners and teaching students. A former veterinary technician, Catherine was the first veterinary technologist at Purdue University Animal Behavior Clinic and helped design and instruct the original DOGS! Principles and Techniques of Behavior Modification course for veterinarians and trainers. She’s a former homeschooling mom and business owner, an adjunct instructor at Chemeketa Community College and the Behavior Program Manager at Willamette Humane Society in Salem, Oregon
Catherine teaches the following courses/webinars: