Great Barrington, MA – Drive, Brakes & Steering

Drive, Brakes & Steering: Understanding and Modulating Arousal

Do you struggle with a who seems to be part rocket and part rock-head? 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 enthusiasm but also have some brakes and steering? And why can’t he just lay down and RELAX already!?

Many trainers struggle with training and behavior issues that have their origin in arousal. “Drive” is poorly understood, and may be used to excuse out of control behavior. With so many teenage dogs being prepared for competition, with high arousal behaviors being encouraged, there needs to be an understanding of the special challenges of the adolescent brain and arousal.

Finding the right balance for each dog can be a challenge, but it gets much easier when you understand the Think & Learn Zone (TLZ), how arousal alters behavior, and how individual dogs vary in their responses. Whether you’re an old pro or a new trainer, you and your dog will benefit from Suzanne Clothier’s sensible, effective and humane approach.

This seminar will help all handlers deepen their understanding of arousal, how dogs think & learn (or don’t!) when aroused, perfect performance vs. perfect train wreck, and how to help every dog be the best they can be.

Understanding of arousal

  • productive & non-productive arousal
  • fear & anxiety & their effects on learning
  • the adolescent brain & its special needs

The Think & Learn Zone™ (TLZ)

  • why your dog needs to be in the TLZ
  • how to see when he’s leaving the zone & how to get him back
  • understanding the Stimulus Gradient

What the dog can tell you

  • The Elemental Questions™
  • Sensory input & sorting
  • The power of volitional posture shifts

Putting it all together

  • Suzanne’s amazing Really Real Relaxation Protocol™
  • Connection, Control & Permission
  • Being the best handler & team-mate for your dog
This seminar is for anyone interested in finding the sweet spot where you and your dog are connected and communicating. Without diminishing drive, it is possible to develop brilliant control that allows the dog to shine and perform at his best.
DEMO DOGS We are seeking demo dogs who can be presented as case histories for this seminar.
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May 04 2019 - May 05 2019


All of the day


Alston Center
458 Monterey Road. Great Barrington, MA 01230


The Learned Dog - Jeanine Dunn