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Upcoming Seminars

  • One+One=Three: Understanding the Dog, the Handler & the Relationship

    OAKLAND, CA May 1, 2016   Take one person, add one dog, and you get a third entity: the relationship between the person and the dog. This third “being”, formed from the intersection of two beings with their own needs, limitations and desires, needs to be addressed with care and compassion when developing any training plan. The Relationship Assessment Tool (RAT) was developed by Suzanne Clothier to further understanding of the dog/human relationship in a practical & effective way.

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  • Cultivating Canines: How to Grow Your Own Best Friend

    OAKLAND, CA April 30, 2016   This is a fascinating new seminar that offers a comprehensive approach to raising dogs with respect. If we are cultivating rather than merely raising or training, we can approach this part of our journey with our dogs in new ways. We begin to understand that the quality of all we do contributes to the dog we have at our side now and in the future. In this seminar, taught with humor, scientifically grounded knowledge and a deep passion for dogs, Suzanne’s Relationship Centered Training principles combine with her lifetime of experience raising dogs and helping others do the same.

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  • Fright or Flight? Understanding the Complexities of Aggression & Fear

    DECATUR, GA May 12

    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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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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Phone Consultations

Ideal for talking with Suzanne about your dog, and any behavior or training problems.


In-Person Consultations

Ideal for in-depth assessments, hands-on coaching and practical application of the Relationship Centered Training solutions