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  1. Building Observation Skills and (Evening lecture) Maddening to Maturity

    Saturday Whether novice or advanced, this seminar is designed to help anyone improve their observation skills. This day is a combination of lecture with exercises that build observation skills for appreciating and entering the "umwelt" (an animal's perception of its world), reading body language on a detailed and whole body basis. These skills will focus on the dog's sensory input, external body language, understanding breathing, use of space, orientation, geometry, tension and more. With this i ...

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  2. 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 dog ...

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  3. Drives, Brakes & Steering: Keeping Your Dog in the Think & Learn Zone™

    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? All trainers struggle with the wide range of training and behavior is ...

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  4. Enhancing Relationships for Better Performance

    If that amazing feeling of connection with your dog seems to come and go, if you wish things could be just a bit smoother between you and your dog, if you're wondering why your dog's performance varies, if you'd like to know WHY he's doing this or that, this is the seminar for you. Dogs do not learn or perform in a vacuum, but within the context of a relationship with their handler, as well as the broader context of other influences. Participants will learn to "see the dog." Handlers benefit fro ...

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  5. EVENING: 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 pla ...

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  6. Following Ghosts - John Rice

    This is the first Following Ghosts to be offered in GA, and a wonderful opportunity to learn from John Rice, an experienced scent work trainer and instructor. This seminar will be a hands-on workshop, with each dog-handler team able to work multiple times with various tracking exercises. Registration is limited and will open November 1st, 2014. John Rice's unique approach to tracking is ideal for beginners or advanced handlers, for experienced or novice dogs of any breed. His background in Sea ...

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  7. Fright or Flight? Understanding the complexities of Fear & Aggression

    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 practical techniques will be p ...

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  8. From Maddening to Maturity: Understanding & Helping the Adolescent Dog

    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. More than a few puppy class stars have gone on to be champion buttheads as teenagers! For many dog owners, the 18-24 month period of adolescence is problematic. Even with a great start in puppyhood, many dogs hit adolescence and become frustrating, unruly, and simply maddening in some ways. While puzzling to man ...

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  10. Practical Bones: Hands-on Applications of RCT Principles

    Practical Bones: Hands-on Applications of RCT Principles. Limited to 16 working dog/handler teams. This is a hands-on, working seminar focused on practical application of RCT exercises. Handler will be working with their own dog as well as unfamiliar dogs, as well as with other handlers in a variety of exercises. The emphasis throughout the day is increased awareness, greater skill proficiency, and hands-on practice with coaching and feedback from Suzanne. This is an intense day of learning tha ...

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  11. Private Consults ,"What's the Problem?" & "You Had Me at Sniff"

    APRIL 10, 2015 - Private Consultations by appointment - contact Linda for more information APRIL 11, 2015 - "What's the Problem? Understanding the Puzzle of Behavior, Training & Performance" This exciting new seminar from Suzanne Clothier provides attendees with a practical and powerful way of looking at any behavior, training orperformance problem, and figuring out what to do. This systematic approach to unraveling the puzzle will help any handler, novice or expert, identify the areas that ...

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  12. Relationship Assessment Tool (RAT™)

    When we are working with our dogs, we cannot help but be a part of the equation. In each relationship, the handler brings his or her habits, personalities, needs and style to interact with the dog, who also brings his own personality, patterns of response, needs and style. RAT™ was developed by Suzanne Clothier to further understanding of the dog/human relationship in a practical way. With an emphasis on patterns of behaviors found on both ends of the leash, RAT™ is a powerful tool f ...

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  13. Relationship Centered Training, The Elemental Questions and What Your Dog's Body Can Tell You

    Please see the complete information & registration form at the Paw Paddlers' website. SAT, April 21 Relationship Centered Training™ The Elemental Questions SAT, April 22 What Your Dog's Body Can Tell You . . . about his behavior, training & performance (full day) ...

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  14. What's the Problem? Unraveling the Puzzles of Behavior, Training & Performance

    This exciting new seminar from Suzanne Clothier provides attendees with a practical and powerful way of looking at any behavior, training or performance problem, and figuring out what to do. This systematic approach to unraveling the puzzle will help any handler,novice or expert, identify the areas that need attention, recognizetraining methods that are effective, and understand their dog as aphysical, emotional and mental being. For the dog lover, this approach helps guide your thinking about b ...

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  15. 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 pla ...

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