Meet Cathie Tims,
CPDT-KA, Cert. Sa Pro., RDC
Hi, I'd like to welcome you and introduce myself! Check out our google reviews here.
Continuing my education is most important to me. I will always strive to bring you the most current evidence based scientific training, which I also happen to love!
I have had a lifetime of living with and training my own dog companions, as well as a cat named Izzy, a pet mouse name Mylootka (Russian for tiny), several hamsters and a guinea pig.
My first dog was a terrier cross named Chipper. He joined our family when I was 2 years old and lived until he was 19 years old. We grew up together!
In 2002, now with my own family, we adopted a dog but in 2004, this is really when my interest in dog training began, and ultimately becoming a Professionally Accredited Dog Trainer.
I would like to share with you, that the dog training industry is unregulated and speak directly to this because this can reflect poorly on actual accredited trainers, like myself.
This means that anyone, including direct competitors, may call themselves dog trainers. They may say that they 'believe in education', 'don't need treats', are reward and r+ based, offering the same services at even higher rates, while failing to disclose methods being used, limited education and hands on experience. Just Ask!
Click here to read the AVSAB (American Veterinary Society for Animal Behaviour), position statement on 'How to choose a dog trainer'. Some TV Celebrity, 'dog trainers', pseudo fix problem dogs within 15 minute segments. They sell award winning books and a lot of merchandise, promising YOU the quick fix. Straight up... these Alpha, Dominance, Pack theory, methods of dog training are outdated, have been disproven, and have shown to be very harmful to the dog and to their human relationships. Click here to read the AVSAB Dominance Position Statement.
I would be happy to share highlights of my experience, ongoing education and my professional credentials with you anytime. Science is always evolving, as is my learning.
To read my journey on becoming a dog trainer and specifics about my credentials, scroll down to 'How it all began'.