A “Learning By Doing” Dog Training Program
Hands-On Experience Makes Learning Effective and Fun
CATCH’s Professional Dog Trainer Course is much more than your typical correspondence course. Our program is built on the idea of “learning by doing,” which makes your learning experience more effective, memorable, and fun.
Aristotle wrote that we “learn best by doing.”
Confucius said, “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I DO and I understand.”
These words of wisdom explain why the CATCH curriculum is not based on reading materials alone, but instead includes tons of hands-on activities and videos. You will train dogs, study their live interactions, be actively engaged with your Mentor Trainer, join in “trainer talks”, and teach practice clients.
Research Shows that Learning By Doing is Effective
- Learning by doing is more fun for students and teachers. The element of enjoyment motivates further learning.2
- Engagement of multiple senses (such as with hands-on experience and the use of videos) can increase retention on what is learned by three-fold.1
- Hands-on experiences practicing and making mistakes are the key to building new skills and strengthening existing ones.4
- Process of discovery of knowledge and solutions builds self confidence.1, 3
Study + Hands-On = Effective Learning
The CATCH curriculum is filled with “doing” because this is the fastest, most effective way to gain and strengthen new skills.
How learning by doing is woven into our curriculum:
- Multimedia such as videos and online training software programs, not just readings
- Hands-on activities and fieldwork where you will observe and engage with dogs in live social interactions in every phase of study
- Hands-on training of shelter dogs and practice private lessons in your final externship
- Practice sessions with your Mentor Trainer followed by personal guidance and written feedback
1- Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning: A Meta-Analysis and Review of Online Learning Studies. U.S. Department of Education, Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development. Policy and Program Studies Service. Revised September 2010.
2 -DuFour, R., DuFour, R., Eaker, R., & Many (2006). Learning by Doing: A Handbook for Professional Learning Communities at Work™, pp. 2–4. The curriculum is focused on generating attention, motivation, and thinking about what is to be learned.
3 – Marzano, R. (2003). What works in schools: Translating Research into Action. Alexandria, VA: ASCD.
4 – Coyle, Daniel. (2009) The Talent Code: Greatness isn’t born. It’s grown. Here’s how. Bantam Dell, a Division of Random House. New York, New York.)