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Upcoming Seminars

  • 2017 Seminars list

    This is the listing of the 2017 seminars which have been booked as of Nov. 6, 2016. Details will appear when the hosting group is ready to accept registrations. Learn More
  • Fright or Flight? Understanding the Complexities of Aggression & Fear

    Austin, TX Feb. 11, 2017

    For many reactive dogs, biting or fighting are the choices they make when they run out of options, out of coping skills and knowledge. Suzanne's approach teaches handlers to see the fear and confusion that underlies many behavior and aggression problems, and choose different approaches. Emphasis is on reading canine body language, understanding use of space (macro & micro), the stimulus gradient, and "thin slicing" & skill building for success. A variety of Suzanne's practical Relationship Centered Training  techniques will be provided to help handlers and dogs both make choices that are comfortable, safe and humane.

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  • From Maddening to Maturity: Understanding & Helping the Adolescent Dog

    Austin, TX Feb 12, 2017

    Do you wonder where your once wonderful puppy went? And why has he turned into a sometimes maddening, unpredictable, maybe even out of control adolescent? Relax – you’re not alone. When you understand your adolescent dog better, you can settle into the work and joys of helping them grow into a wonderful adult dog. The kind of adult dog that makes people say, “Oh, I wish I had a dog just like that!” while you smile and wonder if they knew him as a teenager.

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Popular Articles

  • "He Just Wants to Say 'Hi'"

    Sitting quietly on the mall bench beside my husband, I was minding my own business when the man approached. I glanced up as the man sat next to me. He was a bit close for my comfort, so I edged a little closer to my husband who, busy reading a book, ignored me. Still feeling a bit uncomfortable with the strange man so close, I then turned my head slightly away from him, politely indicating I was not interested in any interaction. To my horror, the man leaned over me and began licking my neck while rudely groping me. Learn More
  • Selecting for Vigor

    Thoughts on observing puppies during the crucial first days, and what should be considered when selecting breeding stock. Learn More
  • SCENT GAMES - Educating Your Dog's Nose

    Easy exercises & games to teach any dog scent discrimination as a fun & enjoyable game using his natural talents. Learn More
  • Rewards, Lures & Bribes

    What is the difference between a reward, a lure and a bribe? Explanations & tips. Learn More
  • Reliability and the Retrieve: Justifying the Ear Pinch?

    A realistic look at the justifications used by proponents of the force retrieve. Learn More

Video Training

  • Calming the Fearful Dog

    Comfort is for all seasons, and something that we can offer anyone we love, especially our dogs when they are feeling anxious or outright afraid. Yet in some animal training circles, there is a persistent belief that to comfort an animal who is afraid will only serve to "reinforce the fear." A life spent with many animals in many situations has taught me that providing meaningful comfort is the sensible, loving response to any friend in need. Learn More
  • Counter Conditioning and Safety

    How safety affects the ability of counter conditioning to alter a dogs response to stimuli. Learn More
  • Thresholds, Thresholds, and Doing Nothing

    An excerpt from Suzanne's June Trainers' Workshop on training thresholds. Learn More

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