"Training is a mechanical skill.

The problem arises when we mistake the skill of training for the relationship itself."

-Suzanne Clothier

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Suzanne Clothier is an internationally respected dog trainer who has worked professionally with animals since 1977. She is the author of many publications, including Bones Would Rain from the Sky: Deepening Our Relationships with Dogs. She teaches seminars throughout the US & internationally on a wide range of topics that reflect her broad, deep experience. Suzanne's lifelong passion for animals shines through in all she does. You can find her expertise at work helping dog lovers solve the puzzle of behavior, training & performance problems, working with service dog organizations to improve their puppy programs, developing exciting new assessment tools, or offering other trainers new insights and techniques.

Suzanne's approach to dog training, Relationship Centered Training™ (RCT), blends science and heart in a satisfying blend that has helped countless people and dogs create the healthy, happy relationships we all want. Respect, clear communication and generous rewards work together to create a mutually enjoyable way to live with and enjoy dogs, whatever your goals.

Relationship Centered Training™ techniques are innovative, practical, effective and humane - and fun! Whether you want to understand your dog better, solve a behavior problem, improve your dog training & handling skills, or add some new tools to your training toolbox, Relationship Centered Training™ provides a wealth of information.

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Dances With Dogs

Linda Tellington-Jones uses a beautiful analogy to describe her approach to working with animals: she sees the interaction between human and animal as a dance. For me, a good working relationship with any animal is like a wonderful dance -…

Selecting Training Equipment

For the dog to perceive a signal from you, he must feel it, hear it, or see it. Most training equipment relies upon touch and therefore upon the dog's physical sensitivity. Touch sensitivity can vary from breed to breed, individual…

The Power of Social Interactions as Rewards

A trainer friend asked me, "Do you use treats when working with a dog who is worried, fearful, reactive or otherwise having trouble, or do you use social contact (voice tone, touch, etc) as the reward? I am certain that…


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Animals are the bridge between us and the beauty of all that is natural. They show us what’s missing in our lives, and how to love ourselves more completely and unconditionally. They connect us back to who we are, and to the purpose of why we’re here.” 

― Trisha McCagh

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