A Weekend with Suzanne Clothier

SATURDAY - FEB 18, 2017 - YOU HAD ME AT SNIFF: Understanding Dog/Dog Interactions
Dog-to-dog interactions are difficult to master. Because we don’t speak Dog, and dogs don’t speak English, we are stuck with interpreting what we see… and sometimes, we are wrong. It can be hard to know what to do. But we want to get it right.

We all have the same questions and worries when two or more dogs are together. Are we being too cautious? Or too careless? Do we just “let them work it out” or try to orchestrate pleasant encounters? When is it okay to put two dogs together? What is play and what is not play? What is a suitable playmate? Do size or age differences matter? Argument or serious fight?

Practical information and techniques will be discussed (and demonstrated as possible), including:

Reading Body Language Important clues Connection & Control – Supporting your dog & remaining connected
The Think & Learn Zone – How arousal affects dog/dog interactions
Management vs. Training – Know the difference
Permissions, Not Permissive – The power of explicit permissions
Safe Introductions – Muiltiple techniques for sensible, safe introductions
Even Though… – Training Developing responsibility in the dog for self control & appropriate behavior even though…
Look Who’s Here! Changing attitudes towards others
Breaking Up Dog Fights Safely
For those involved in rescue, fostering dogs can create additional stresses on your permanent canine family. Special considerations and practical tips for meeting the unique needs of fosters will be addressed.

This seminar is packed full of practical information, effective techniques and hard won experience. “Promoting healthy relationships & humane training through a holistic approach to the dog – body, mind & soul.”

SATURDAY - FEB 18, 2017 - Evening lecture - THE ELEMENTAL QUESTIONS
See the Dog: The Elemental Questions is a workshop that explores many ways to see how dogs can tell us about the world inside their heads. How the dog responds to life is highly individual, blending temperament with personality and history — and of course, the environment and others around him. Understanding the dog within the context of this complex blend of information helps handlers work to modify and adapt their handling and goals for enhanced relationships and better performance.

Whatever your training goals or sport, the Elemental QuestionsTM help you truly “see the dog” and provide the detailed information about each animal as he is. This is where truly humane training is grounded: in detailed knowledge about the individual dog.


Is your dog is ready to conquer his next title? Or does he worry about the dog next door? Do you struggle with a reactive dog who seems to be part rocket and part rock-head? Do you wish you knew how to keep your dog in the Think & Learn zone? Wonder how your dog can tell you when things are “just right” or beginning to be “not so good”? Wonder how to keep the drive and enthusiasm but also have some brakes and steering?
And why can’t he just lay down and RELAX already!!?!?

All trainers struggle with the wide range of training and behavior issues that have their origin in arousal, sensory stimulation and reactivity. Whether you’re an old pro or a new trainer, you and your dog will benefit from Suzanne Clothier’s approach to understanding arousal, reactivity,

behavior and performance. Her Relationship Centered Approach is sensible, humane and effective.

This seminar will help all handlers deepen their understanding of arousal, reactivity, how dogs think & learn (or don’t!) when aroused, perfect performance vs. perfect train wreck, and how to help their dogs be the best they can be.

Practical exercises will help you and your dog find the sweet spot of connection and cooperation.

The physiology of arousal

Understanding arousal
Chronic stress & the damage it can do
Productive & non-productive arousal
Fear & anxiety & their effects on learning
The dog and his world
Sensory input & sensory sorting
The Think & Learn zone ™
Understanding the Stimulus Gradient
What the dog can tell you

How observable behaviors reflect physiological changes
The power of volitional posture shifts
Putting it all together

Suzanne’s amazing REALLY REAL RELAXATION Protocol
Connection, Control & Permission
Being the best handler & team-mate for your dog

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Additional Information

Type Live
Year 2017
Topics Aggression, Arousal, Behavior Problems, Fearful Dogs, On-Leash Aggression, Practical Application
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Presenters Suzanne Clothier
Location Atlanta, GA
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