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Catherine Comden, CPDT-KA
Behavior Program Manager
Behavior and Training
Named “the dog lady” by pre-teen peers, Catherine convinced her parents that raising a puppy for Guide Dogs for the Blind 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.
Catherine became a California-licensed veterinary technician and then finished a BA in Psychology while doing 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 canine and feline behavior consultations and to help create and instruct the Purdue DOGS! Behavior Modification course for veterinary staff.
A homeschooling educator, Catherine designed the Sensible Pet Sitter workshop to educate teens to begin their own pet sitting businesses with a solid foundation in animal care, first aid, business skills, and money management. This course fills up quickly each time it is offered during the summer months at Willamette Humane Society.
Catherine is an adjunct faculty member at Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Oregon and designed and instructs the state’s only community college level professional dog trainer certification preparation program at Willamette Humane Society each spring and fall.
Current as a Certified Professional Dog Trainer –KA, Catherine particularly relishes enhancing the partnerships that all people can have with their dogs and has enjoyed helping teams succeed in competitive obedience, agility, search and rescue, therapy work, and as accessibility partners. She has experience handling and training horses, cats, goats, birds and small furry creatures of various kinds.
Catherine is thrilled to be on staff at Willamette Humane Society as Behavior Program Manager, teaching several classes and mentoring other trainers.