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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. 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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  3. Evening Lecture: "From Maddening to Maturity: Understanding & Helping the Adolescent Dog"

    Friday, June 7, 2013 — Evening Lecture: "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. "Teenage" dogs are everywhere, and sometimes, driving their owners crazy. For many dog owners, the 2-3 year long period of adolescence is problematic. Sadly, a majority of dogs are no ...

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  4. Evening Lecture: Puppy Enrichment: Creating Confident, Competent & Coordinated Puppies

    Saturday, June 8, 2013 - Evening Lecture: Puppy Enrichment: Creating Confident, Competent & Coordinated Puppies For breeders, shelters, rescues, and anyone interested in or already involved in raising puppies from birth to 16 weeks, this evening lecture offers practical ideas for environmental and social enrichment aimed at helping puppies become the best they can be. Detailed information on development of the puppy brain, body, reflexes and social behavior. Suzanne has raised seven gener ...

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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. Excitable Dog - ???Teaching Relaxation, Permission & Connection

    In this hands-on workshop, Suzanne will focus on teaching Really Real Relaxation Protocol; Even Though...Greetings & Goodbyes; Walk This Way (Ghost Handling, Connection Course to practice walking with connection). Please visit For Your K9 for more information and to register. ...

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  7. Following Ghosts Tracking with JOHN RICE

    This will be 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 experienced or novice dogs of any breed. His background in Search & Rescue K9 and police K9 gives him a deep understanding of the complexities of scentwork, and how ...

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. From Maddening to Maturity: Understanding & Helping the Adolescent Dog

    CLICK HERE FOR DETAILED INFORMATION! or visit http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e7qyg8dr60... ...

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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. SEMINAR

    Topic to be determined. For complete information, please see the WagsUnlimited website or call Annette Young at 403-763-8781403-763-8781. ...

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  16. Working With Fearful, Anxious & Reactive Dogs

    This seminar will focus 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. Attendees will learn the specific Relationship Centered Training (RCT) techniques that are useful for fearful and reactive dogs: In/Out of Safety Zones Treat/Retreat Use of the Stimulus Gradient The Auto Check-In Follow Me Ghost Handling Go Hunt Intelligent Consequences Att ...

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