Cultivating Canines: How to Grow Your Own Best Friend


1. to develop or improve by education or training; to train; to refine;
2. to promote the growth or development of;
3. to devote oneself to
4. to seek to promote or foster (friendship, love, etc.).
5. to seek the acquaintance or friendship of (a person).

Cultivating Canines is a fascinating new seminar from Suzanne Clothier 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. Whether a first time owner falling in love with their new dog, or a non-profit organization seeking to raise dogs who can serve mankind, this seminar presents Suzanne’s thoughtful approach to truly cultivating canines so that they can grow into a best friend.

Part I
In the Beginning

• The Foundation
-- genetics – the blueprint
-- environmental – physical, emotional, mental, social
• Building Schedule
-- what happens when?
-- critical periods – what does critical mean?
• The Basic DOG Kit – the Assembly – weeks 0-8 weeks

Part II
So It Begins – Weeks 8-16

• Mindful Socialization
• Planting the Seeds - Foundation skills
• What’s missing? Filling in the gaps
• Understanding your pup, customizing socialization
• Common challenges & problems

Part III
Getting through the Not-so-wonder Years in Style

• Understanding & supporting the adolescent dog
• From angel puppy to demon dog – what happened?
• Remember the seeds you planted?
• What’s missing? Filling in the gaps
• Common challenges & solutions

Part IV
My Dog, My Friend

• Discovering your dog as an individual
• Temperament, personality & maturity
• What can you do to be your dog’s best friend?
• What size world? which sports? what job? Making decisions for your dog

Wherever you are on your journey with dogs, whether you’re starting with a new puppy, struggling with a teenage dog, wondering why your young adult dog is still driving you crazy, or are helping a rescue dog learn about what’s possible after a troubled past, this seminar will give you tons of information and practical ideas for growing your own best friend.

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Type Live
Year 2016
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Presenters Suzanne Clothier
Location Oakland, CA area
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