How it all began...
Cathie's adopted her first dog in 2002. Cleo, was a beautiful 8 year old Belgian Sheepdog X. Sadly, after only 18 months, Cleo passed away suddenly.
In 2004, Cathie rescued her second dog, Cody, a Malamute X. Cody was truly her soul dog. It is the results that she got training Cody, that inspired her to begin her own career in dog training. She began volunteering as an assistant in puppy and dog training classes in North Vancouver. In 2006, wanting to find a more formal and structured learning environment, Cathie found DOGsmart Training, in Vancouver. She was accepted into their two year trainer’s apprenticeship program and from 2008 - 2018, taught a variety of group classes. Cathie has also participated in MANY classes, with all of her dogs, everything from Puppy Classes, Advanced, Canine Good Neighbour and Canine Sports, like Agility and Rally O.
In 2010, after meeting the requirements of the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, www.ccpdt.org, and passing their intensive 4 hour exam, Cathie obtained her professional designation CPDT-KA. In order to maintain this professional designation, certificants are required to renew every 3 years by either re-taking the exam or by continuing their education (36 CEU'S), by completing courses seminars and webinars that are approved by CCPDT. In 2020, Cathie also successfully received the Fear Free Certified Trainer designation.
In 2011, while continuing to teach group and private classes, Cathie opened her own successful dog walking and dog boarding business. Cathie’s Canine Care.
In 2019, she remodelled the company and changed the name to Cathie's Canine Connection, now offering PRIVATE TRAINING & GROUP CLASSES.
Cathie is very active in the New Westminster community. She has volunteered in many capacities, including at Impact Parkinson’s, boxing with person’s (fighters) diagnosed with the disease, and is a moderator for several Facebook groups, including Dogs of New West, Burnaby and Tri-cities.
Cathie also founded and created a very successful, free community walk and train program for Reactive Dogs. This group provides clients, and anyone who struggles with walking their reactive dog, a safe space to go with their dogs to practice calm, loose leash walking skills. Participation is completely free. Donations are gratefully accepted and forwarded to New West Animal Services. We have raised many thousands of dollars.
Cathie in New Westminster with her spouse and two dogs, Coco Belle, an 8 year old Field Spaniel raised from puppyhood, and Paddy, a 14 year old adopted Pomeranian X.