About Us

Our Passion: Dogs!

Welcome! If we had tails, they would be wagging to let you know we’re glad you’re here.

Why are we so glad you’re here?

Well, dogs are our passion, and if you’re here, chances are good dogs are also a big part of your life. We love people who love dogs. (They are the best kind of people, we think!)

We love dogs, and like you, we share our life with them. Dogs are our friends, our family members, our teachers. Impossible to imagine life without them! Dogs fascinate us. From their astonishing noses to their immense capacity for love to the lovely warm weight of their heads in our hands, we want to understand them better in every possible way.

We are dedicated to helping dogs and the people who love them. Join us! Your dog will be so glad you did.

“Dogs may not be our whole life, but they do make our lives whole.” Roger Caras



Carpe Canem Inc. is a small company run by husband/wife team John Rice & Suzanne Clothier and our amazing colleague, Alissa Mosier. We live on a working farm. Animals come first, of course! but we try super hard to be responsive to our customers. Email is the best way to reach us. More details can be found at CONTACT US.


Suzanne Clothier’s work reflects a lifetime shared with dogs and many other animals, as well as her extensive professional experience.

She has been working with animals professionally since 1977, with a deep, broadly varied background of experience. Her Relationship Centered Training (RCT™) approach has been helping people and dogs for more than 30 years. Blending heart and science, her deeply holistic approach to the dog and to the dog/human relationship is unparalled.

An innovative trainer, Suzanne’s work has helped dogs and people around the world in countless ways. Her books, DVDs, article, assessment tools, training techniques and materials have been put to use in guide & service dog organizations, in animal assisted therapy, for every day pet owners, and by trainers, breeders, veterinarians, academics and in research.

Learn more about this “trainer of trainers” here

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 presenter 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.