Welcome To Cat School!
I'm Julie, the cat teacher and this is my black cat, Jones.
Three years ago, when I was working as a dog trainer, Jones showed up at my doorstep. At the time, I was training my dogs formally and the next thing I knew I had another willing student in the class. I was amazed at Jones' eagerness to learn and how quickly he picked up new behaviours. Once I started teaching him, I couldn't imagine his days without this fun activity; it was clear that training sessions were the highlight of his day. It was when I started showing off Jones' tricks on my Instagram account, everything changed. People all over the world began asking me questions about cat training. Upon the realization that cat owners wanted to strengthen the bond with their cat and help them learn fun and practical behaviours, I created Cat School.
Why train cats?!
Cats are highly trainable using clicker training methods and can benefit tremendously from the enrichment and valuable lessons clicker training provides. Unfortunately, the misconceptions about cat training mean many cats miss out on learning practical behaviours like nail trims, going into their carrier, and going for leash walks. Teaching your cat tricks and other fun behaviours will bring activity to their day and create a stronger human-cat bond.
What qualifies me as your teacher?
Over ten years ago I became a certified professional dog trainer (CCPDT-KA). In 2013 I returned to school to earn a Masters in Cognitive and Behavioural Ecology from Memorial University. I have proudly earned the Associate Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist designation from the Animal Behavior Society. I combine my knowledge of animal behaviour and clicker training to help students excel at training their cats.
Welcome to Cat School. I'm looking forward to seeing all the behaviours your cat learns.
– Julie Posluns