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  1. 4 Topics Weekend

    CLICK HERE FOR CAARMA WEBSITE & REGISTRATION FORM Friday, May 25 - 7-9 PM : Working with Fearful and Reactive Dogs This evening lecture focuses on understanding canine behavior, the nature of fear and anxiety, understanding aggression (including bite etiology). The role of stress, arousal, resilience and environmental factors are discussed. Understanding of the Stimulus Gradient, safety zones and handler behavior are stressed. Saturday, May 26 - 9-5 Topics: Building Observational Skills and ...

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  2. Drive, Brakes & Steering: Understanding and Modulating Arousal

    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 st ...

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  3. Following Ghosts Tracking with JOHN RICE

    This seminar will be held at The Fur Post in Pine City, MN. A gorgeous setting for people and dogs to relax and learn. This is the first Following Ghosts to be offered in MN, and a wonderful opportunity to learn from John Rice, an experienced scentwork 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. John Rice's unique approach to tracking is ideal for beginners or advanced handlers, for expe ...

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  4. 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 succe ...

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

    DECATUR, GA May 13, 2016

    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. When you understand your adolescent dog better, you can settle into the work and joys of helping them grow into a wonderful adult dog. The kind of adult dog that makes people say, “Oh, I wish I had a dog just like that!” while you smile and ...

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

    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 ...

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  8. Level 2 Animal-Assisted Play Therapy: Applications with Your Dog - A 4 Day Training

    For complete details, brochure and online registration, please visit www.playfulpooch.org with Dr. Rise van Fleet and Suzanne Clothier Workshop Description This workshop offers a second-level training in Animal Assisted Play Therapy. Dog training sessions with your own dog will occur in segments throughout the workshop, with resting periods for the dogs at other times. Lectures, videos, discussions, and planning sessions will occur between the dog training segments. Role-plays of actual play ses ...

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  9. 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 relati ...

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  10. Seminar

    Please contact Jo Hamilton at joandbenton@bigpond.com for more information. ...

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  11. The Reflected Relationship

    THE REFLECTED RELATIONSHIP: ASSESSMENT & SUITABILITY IN ANIMAL ASSISTED THERAPY Course Description: This 2-day course will be co-taught by Dr. Kirby Wycoff and Suzanne Clothier. This training will focus on The Reflected Relationship — a new model for the provision of Animal Assisted Therapy services, one that honors and respects the relationship above all else. The Reflected Relationship brings together the experience of trainer & teacher Suzanne Clothier (author of Bones Would Ra ...

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  12. What's the Problem? Unraveling the Puzzle of Behavior, Training & Performance

    DECATUR, GA  May 14-15

    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, recognize training methods that are effective, and understand their dog as a physical, emotional and mental being.

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