"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 and the author of Bones Would Rain from the Sky: Deepening Our Relationships with Dogs and other publications. She teaches seminars throughout the US and internationally on a wide range of topics that reflect her broad and deep experience. Whether 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 passion and expertise shine through.

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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10 Tips for Problem Behavior

At one time or another, every owner has to deal with problem behavior. Understanding why your dog does what he does, and how to handle the […]

Hard to Train?

Imagine two balloons hanging over your dog's head. One balloon asks "WHY?" as in, "Why should I heel/stay/come/retrieve/jump?" The other asks "WHY NOT?" As in, "Why […]

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It's seductive, you know? The slick photos or videos that show something that looks great, and better still, looks so danged easy to do. You feel […]

 
 

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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