Q. How do I find out where Suzanne's seminars will be?
All seminars that are open to the public are listed on the Seminars page. As soon as the hosting group says "go!" the information is posted here on our website. If you need more information on any seminar, please contact the hosting group.
Q. Does Suzanne do telephone consultations?
Yes, Suzanne is available for telephone consultations. Where it is important for Suzanne to see the dog & the behavior(s), clients may send video on CD or posted on YouTube or other sites for Suzanne's review. This approach allows for discussion of everything from structure & gait to resource guarding, fear, performance problems, aggression, etc.
For complete details, please see the Consultations page.
Q. Does Suzanne offer in-person consultations?
In-person consultations are available here at the farm. These 2 hour sessions allow for an in-depth assessment and work with you and your dog(s). The home setting and large fenced area permits us to duplicate many problem behaviors you may be experiencing at home.
A friend, family members or even your instructor/trainer may attend these sessions. Videotaping for personal use is permitted. You may bring more than one dog. Some clients have literally brought their entire family, human and canine. Rescue groups/shelters may bring multiple animals for evaluation.
For more information, please see the Consultations page.
NOTE: Many seminars do offer an associated day of private lessons - check the seminar schedule for details, but understand these appointments may be open only to seminar attendees and do book quickly.
Q. Does Suzanne offer training classes?
Sorry, but no - Suzanne does not offer training classes on a regular basis. Her travel & work schedule keeps her very busy. From time to time, she may offer classes, if so, these will be noted on the Seminars page.
Q. Does Suzanne offer internships at the farm?
There are currently no internship opportunities at the farm. Sorry!
Q. Does John Rice offer tracking lessons or seminars?
Yes, John does offer tracking & scent work lessons based on his Following Ghosts approach. Lessons are held here at the farm in St. Johnsville, NY.
He also is glad to travel to your club or group to teach a Following Ghosts tracking/scentwork seminar. Participants are amazed to discover their novice dogs doing multiple leg, variable surface tracks after only 1-2 days! For more information, please submit a request here.
Q. I'm interested in buying a GSD from Suzanne - where do I start?
Suzanne is very careful where her puppies go. The first step in being considered for a puppy is to fill out the Puppy Buyer's Questionnaire. There is usually a waiting list of about a year for a puppy, though sometimes things work out much sooner or may take longer. A great dog is well worth waiting for!
Q. How do I find out more about Suzanne's Hawks Hunt German Shepherds?
We're in the process of rebuilding the Hawks Hunt German Shepherd website. Till then, enjoy the info provided here on this site.
Q. Why do you recommend System Saver?
For several years now we've been using and recommending wholeheartedly this wonderful product. I can't say enough good things about it.
System Saver made a life & death difference for our dear donkey Shrimp. Shrimp was sent home in Dec 2006 to "die at home" by Cornell. The dedicated vets & staff there did all they could, but had nothing left to offer her. System Saver was a critical key to saving Shrimp, who had stopped eating, had horrific blood values, fatty liver disease and was on a downhill spiral. I began giving her System Saver, and by day 5 of receiving that in a paste form I made for her, she began eating again, and never stopped since! As I write this on March 10, 2011, Shrimp continues to do enjoy her life at age 29.
This great product has helped so many animals here at the farm, from our elderly donkeys and pig to so
Give it a try - your animals will thank you. Be sure to tell Judy at System Saver that Suzanne sent you!
Q. Why do you have a "Free the Hikers" link on your page? I thought this was a site about dogs?
Yes, this is a dog oriented website. And one thing that dogs do is bring people together in strange and wonderful ways, reminding us that we are all connected. Dogs also help us remember that humans deserve love, compassion and support -- it's what they show us every day.
Cindy Hickey, mother of imprisoned hiker Shane Bauer, is one of the gifts that dogs have brought me. A skilled healer, her business is helping dogs find balance, health & peace in their own bodies. I like to think that if dogs could speak, they would also bring the Free The Hikers information to our attention.
From my blog post Free The Hikers.
This past weekend, I had the privilege of meeting Cindy Hickey while I was teaching in Minnesota. In every seminar, I have a deep conviction that there is at least one dog and one person that I am there to help in some way. Additionally, in each seminar I give, there are blessings and lessons that I take away from the dogs and people I work with and meet.
Cindy Hickey is one of those gifts that the Universe sees fit to bestow upon me. A talented canine sports massage therapist, she is sharp, with eyes that miss very little, see much, and a heart which can only be described as deeply compassionate. As I learned more about her, I became more and more impressed by her as a professional, as a person, and then I learned that through it all, she was carrying a heavy burden: her son Shane is one of the three hikers being held captive in an Iranian prison.
Show me someone who is steady and clear in the best of times, and I know very little. Show me someone who is clear and steady in the worst of times, and I know a lot about who they are. Cindy has the rare gift of truly being in the moment, whether that's attending to the dog walking past for evaluation or participating in the seminar or working with the media by phone to arrange conferences regarding her son Shane and his friends, Josh and Sarah.
If animals teach us anything, it is that we are all connected. What happens to us happens to all. Though we may retreat fearfully into smaller worlds that ask less of us, the awareness we seek in our relationships with our dogs and other animals and people must also expand into a deep awareness of and connection to the bigger world. We also need to know what it is we can do to help in any situation. That may be saying a prayer as we drive past an accident scene, asking that all involved be guided and guarded, feeling the pain and fear and compassion radiating past the immediate scene and those involved to all who care for them, and in turn, all who care for them, and in turn, the ripples spreading through the world. It may mean picking up the phone and calling your Senator or representative (it doesn't take long, and it does make a difference). It may mean voting with your checkbook to support organizations doing the work every day that you might choose to turn away from, whether that's defending wildlife & wilderness or feeding the homeless or trying to bring order to the chaos of disaster. In whatever way you can, give a bit of yourself, because we are all in this together.
These three young people are in the middle of an uncertain situation. It is delicate, involving a government that is at odds with our own US government. It is a culturally uneasy balance, with perspectives and views not easily aligned from either side. And yet, larger political considerations aside (and they are many), these three - Shane, Josh, Sarah -- remain beloved family members, cherished friends, someone's son, someone's daughter.
I do not know Shane or the others. But I have looked into his mother's eyes, and what I see there has touched me as few people have ever done. Join me in joining Cindy and the other families in keeping prayers pouring towards the prison cells far away, supporting Josh, Shane and Sarah. Visit the website to learn more
Sign a petition - it takes just a minute of your time, and can make a difference. Make a donation. Spread the word. Most of all, pass it on ---- FREE THE HIKERS - www.freethehikers.org
Q. Why is there a pre-requisite for the June Trainers' Workshop?
The annual June Trainers' Workshop is a small (max 30) group of like-minded trainers. We spend 4 days working in detail on various aspects of Relationship Centered Training (RCT), with hands-on practice and work with the available dogs and their issues. Because it is a small group, and because the focus is on Relationship Centered Training, it is important that all attending already have a reasonable working understanding of Suzanne's philosophy, teaching style, and her RCT techniques. This is the place to learn more, not first discover whether Suzanne's work is right for you.
Q. Why do I have to fill out a questionnaire to find out about Hawks Hunt GSDs?
Here's the easy answer: a great dog is one of the best investment anyone can possibly make, and with luck, one that will last you 14-15 years. If you can't be bothered to invest a bit of time answering a bunch of questions, no way will Suzanne entrust a puppy to you.
Additionally, life is about taking risks without guarantees of success. If anything defines the art of breeding, it's probably that: lots of risk, no guarantees. If you'd like guarantees of success before you bother to invest in the process, then another GSD breeder is a better choice for you.
Q. Can Suzanne recommend a trainer for me?
Because she works with trainers from all over the US and internationally, Suzanne is sometimes able to make recommendations based on personal experience with a trainer.
But, you must provide details on where you live. It's surprising how many people email to ask for a recommendation, but never give a tiny clue about where they live.
Future plans include certification of Relationship Centered Trainers, but that's in the distance. Until then, one starting point is www.apdt.com where you can do a Trainer Search. Be careful & thorough in doing your research on any potential trainer. Some look good on paper but may not have the skills you need. Ask a lot of questions, and wherever possible, get solid recommendations from people you trust. If you can, watch the trainer in action with someone else's dog(s) before allowing them to handle yours.
Q. Does Suzanne do in-home consultations?
While Suzanne would love to see dogs and people in their home environment, it is rarely practical for her to do so. Most consultations take place at her farm in St. Johnville NY (between Syracuse & Albany) or in conjunction with seminars she teaches throughout the US and internationally. For special cases, she is available for in-home consults within 2-3 hours driving time of her farm but this is costly as you are buying a full day of her time.