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  1. 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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  2. Drive, Enthusiasm, Brakes and Steering: Keeping Dogs in the Think & Learn Zone

    Drive, Enthusiasm, Brakes and Steering: Keeping Dogs in the Think & Learn Zone ™ TO REGISTER, click here 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 enthusi ...

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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