Relationship Centered Training
Suzanne Clothier’s Relationship Centered Training (RCT) blends heart and science with a deep appreciation for each dog as an individual, and each relationship as unique and dynamic. RCT is for anyone seeking deeper understanding of dogs and our relationships with them.Learn more about us
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The heart & soul of connection
Are you searching for a way to blend science and heart in your life with dogs? Do you wish you had new ways to see dogs and understand them more deeply? Are you passionate about doing your best to help dogs and the people who love them?
Welcome! You are in the right place. Suzanne Clothier and her Relationship Centered Training approach helps you find your way to richly satisfying relationships. For more than 25 years, “trainer of trainers” Suzanne Clothier has kept the dog-human relationship central to all she does.
RCT has helped countless people and dogs around the world find their way to the profound connections possible when we put the dog first. Humane, practical and effective, RCT opens new depths of understanding. Whether you are working with your first dog or have spent a lifetime with dogs, RCT will inspire and inform you.
Grounded in science and research, Suzanne’s work remains open-hearted and joyful, with a deep appreciation for each dog as an individual, and each relationship as unique and dynamic. Join us, and discover why Suzanne has been described as “an artist in a lab coat” for her innovative blend of heart and science.
Choose your Learning Path
The dog/human relationship is complex and dynamic. RCT offers ways to assess, deepen and build the connection you want.
Is your dog wild or worried, rowdy or reactive? Deepen your understanding of canine behavior with our extensive resources and RCT techniques.
Learn how to train with practical, fun and humane techniques while keeping the relationship central.
Take your professional skills to a whole new level with Suzanne’s expertise and game changing techniques.
Bringing out the best in you and your dog requires a holistic approach. RCT provides information for body, mind & soul.
Is rescue your passion? We’ve got some great information to help you blend science and heart to help dogs in need.
Take your breeding program to new levels with Suzanne’s experience and protocols. Create connected, confident puppies!
Intro to CARAT
Intro to CARAT - Starting May 2023! The course provides the full information presented in Suzanne's 2 day seminar, and gives you the overview & understanding of the CARAT approach to assessing temperament. This is the first pre-requisite for the CARAT Certification course.ENROLL NOW
Observation Skills Part Two
Accurate observations are at the heart of great training (and great relationships). If you don’t really SEE THE DOG, your relationships and training are missing important information dogs need you to know. This is the next step after Observation Skills Part One and one of the three prerequisites for CARAT Certification. You will need to have successfully completed Observation Skills Part One to enroll.ENROLL NOW
CARAT Intensive Certification Course
CARAT is an assessment tool that creates a detailed profile of the individual dog as a unique combination of many traits working together to influence, exacerbate, mitigate and enhance each other. CARAT accurately describes temperament in a clear behavior profile for that individual dog. Those trained in CARAT will be able to consistently produce profiles that are reliable and reflect a high degree of agreement with others also trained in CARAT.FIND OUT MORE
Relationship Centered Training Skills for Reactive Dogs
Easy to teach, force-free, effective foundation skills that make a profound difference for reactive dogs. This course provides trainers with the Relationship Centered Training tools to make a difference in the lives of reactive dogs and their handlers while deepening the dog/handler relationship in a humane and effective approach.ENROLL NOW
Relationship Centered Training Skills for Puppies and Adolescents
New puppy or dog? Looking to build a well behaved and well socialized dog? Relationship Centered Training Skills for Puppies and Adolescents is designed for young dog owners, but can also help anyone looking to train and socialize a new family member. This bundle includes the must-have skills like the Auto Check-In, Creating Attentive Cooperation/Puppy Politeness Poker, Go Say Hi 1-2-3 and Really Real Relaxation along with Socialization MAP to help you create a personalized socialization plan, and several webinars to help understand development.ENROLL NOW
Learn to use this powerfully effective technique to help socially shy dogs master the intricacies of feeling comfortable interacting with and being around people. Treat/Retreat is a dog-centric technique that every dog trainer needs - it is force-free and does not use negative reinforcement. Instead, respect for the dog’s boundaries, arousal and abilities are combined with nuanced observation and engagement of SEEKING to help build the dog’s skills. STARTING JANUARY 15ENROLL NOW
Really Real Relaxation PRO
The Really Real Relaxation Pro course is intended for trainers who want the "how to" as well as the "why." This professional level course walks you through the steps of the RRR protocol. Case studies demonstrate how dogs actually learn and apply this powerful technique. Additional information about using RRR at canine events, in classes or in private training are supplemented with an e-book and troubleshooting guide. This course is perfect for a dog professional, someone in performance sports, or anyone who likes a deeper dive.ENROLL NOW
Scent Games for Your Dog
Once your dog has mastered these games any formal scent discrimination exercise becomes a snap for that educated nose. Furthermore, you will understand just how discriminating a dog’s nose can be, and that your best bet is to trust your dog. Teaching scent games takes things to a whole new level. Your dog learns to be an "educated nose", working with you in ways that help build confidence, bring joy to your relationship, and provide meaningful enrichment for your dog's mind.ENROLL FOR FREE
Creating Attentive Cooperation
Whether you have a newly adopted dog, a brand new pup, a challenging adolescent dog, or any age dog with behavior problems, Creating Attentive Cooperation can be helpful. Using Puppy Politeness Poker the course teaches your dog to be attentive and cooperative in return for real life rewards. Easy, quick interactions throughout the day create positive changes in the dog/human relationship.ENROLL NOW
A Simple Question: Heard, Helped or Hugged?
My Hypothesis Is . . .
SEMINAR – SEE THE DOG: Your Dog & The Elemental Questions
SEMINAR Thresholds, Transitions & Triggers
The Slice is Right: The “What the . . . ? Oh, Okay! Approach to Dog Training for the Pet Professional Guild
The Handler End of the Leash: How Body Language Tells the Tale
What our customers say about us
Suzanne is my go-to for practical, real world training
I’ve hosted Suzanne’s seminars for many years. Super easy to work with, she is very professional. Attendees love her humor and how she connects with each one of them. Many keep coming back for more every time she’s in the area. Suzanne is my go-to for practical, real world training without gimmicks and fluff. Highly recommended!
Cindy Knowlton, See Spot Grin, Glenwood, MD
A Suzanne Clothier seminar is must-have experience for all dog lovers.
Suzanne Clothier is the best. She has been a regular present at For Your K9 for nearly two decades. Her knowledge about everything dog with her quick wit makes any Suzanne Clothier Seminar a wonderful experience of learning and laughing. After her first visit many years ago, we revamped our training program to incorporate Suzanne’s teachings and now For Your K9 is known for solving behavior issues and great training in our area. A Suzanne Clothier seminar is must-have experience for all dog lovers.
Nancy Reyes, For Your K9, Chicago, IL
Inspirational, engaging and thought-provoking
I first met Suzanne through her insightful, wonderful book Bones Would Rain From The Sky. The book alone had me hooked and I wanted to meet this amazing author in person. I was delighted to host her for a series of 4 seminars in the UK. She didn’t disappoint! The woman that I met through the pages of her book, was even more inspirational in person and was an engaging and thought-provoking speaker. Suzanne is a consummate professional and delivered a world-class service for the lucky people who were able to attend. She had our audience spellbound from the beginning, right through to the end. I can’t wait to have you come back again!
Gemma Fisher, Fisher Fix Dogs, UK
Evidence-informed, master of creativity
Suzanne Clothier is an excellent speaker. Her work is evidence-informed from both empirical literature and case studies. She has great rapport with the audience speaking from her head and heart – grounding her work in stories that are funny and breathtaking. She is a master of creativity and communication with her animal partners. Suzanne is a “go-to” expert in the field.
Dr. Jean Larson, University of Minnesota, Nature Based Therapeutics Programs
I see dog behavior more clearly
Suzanne Clothier is brilliant in her understanding of dogs (and other species), and she uses her knowledge creatively to help people be successful in their work to improve their lives with their dogs. After learning from Suzanne, I see dog behavior more clearly. I am able to interact with dogs more effectively – for both the dog and for me. My dogs and the dogs I work with are grateful to Suzanne for giving them a partner who respects their point of view.