St. George, UT – 2 Topic Weekend + private lessons

Hosted by the great folks at K9 Sports @ the Barn, Suzanne’s coming back to UT after many years!

Grab a private consultation spot on March 22, then stick around for an educational & memorable 2 day seminar.

March 23 – Relationship Centered Training — Find out why Suzanne keeps the dog/human relationship as central to everything, and how you and your dog can benefit, whether first time owner or headed to world championships!

If that amazing feeling of connection with your dog seems to come and go, if you wish things could be just a bit smoother between you and your dog, if you’re wondering why your dogs performance varies, if you’d like to know WHY he’s not doing this or that, this is the seminar for you. Dogs do not learn or perform in a vacuum, but within the context of a relationship with their handler, as well as the broader context of other influences.

Participants will learn to “see the dog.” Handlers benefit from a deeper, nuanced understanding of how the dog perceives his world, what interests or bores him, how physical limits may be performing at his best, how to respond to a dog that tells you “this is boring!” and more. Emphasis is placed on understanding the dog’s behavior as a response to environment, intrinsic, extrinsic and social stimuli.

Understanding the dog within the context of this complex blend of information helps handlers work to modify and adapt their handling and goals for enhanced relationships and better performance.

Participants will learn how their own movement, orientation, tension, breathing and use of equipment can help or hinder the relationship and performance they want from their dog. For instructors & trainers, the practical applications plus the specifics of observing handler, dogs and their interactions help to provide better coaching to bring out the best each dog/handler team can achieve.

Help yourself and/or your students and their dogs to better performance and relationships with the effective, sensible and humane Relationship Centered Training (RCT TM) techniques.

This is a day filled with AHA! Moments, and one that will change how you see dogs and their handlers.


March 24 – Your Athletic Dog — Learn to really “see the dog” as a physical being. Humane training begins with knowing what your canine friend can (and cannot) do. There is so much that your dog can tell you when you know what to look for! Come polish your observations skills and see your dog in a whole new light.

YOUR ATHLETIC DOG focuses on a topic near and dear to Suzanne Clothier’s heart: the physical dog. She first published her award winning video, Your Athletic Dog, back in 1995. This seminar pulls together her knowledge of structure, movement, functional assessment, body type and how all of these factors work together with behavior and performance. Her keen eye for movement and functional athleticism is remarkable. The late R.K. Anderson DVM noted that Suzanne “was the best observer of dogs that he ever met.”

Observation skills can be taught, and Suzanne loves teaching people how to really see their dogs in new ways. Each dog is a unique blend of skeletal structure, functional abilities, conditioning, challenges and talents. Knowing how to understand your dog’s body helps you understand him at a deeper level– and understand how to keep him safe and functioning at his best.

Attendees will learn about:

  • Structure – the basic body types, their purpose & significant differences
  • Gait analysis & functional assessment – learn what nuances in movement can tell you about a dog’s ability & willingness
  • Functional assessment
  • The effects of structure & function on behavior, training & performance
  • Recognizing common performance problems & their physical root
  • Common behavior problems& their physical roots
  • Maximizing talents,minimizing faults to keep your dog safe
  • Juggling your goals and your dogs abilities

You will learn how physical problems are often mislabeled as behavior or training problems, and learn to recognize the most common issues of pain, guarding, structural and functional issues that dogs present.

Dog cannot speak to us with words to tell us they are sore,and comfortable, out of balance, unsure or just feeling, “off”. But their bodies can and do tell us immense amounts. Learning to read the physical dog gives the concerned, humane handler a way to be sure they can answer two of The Elemental Questions: “How is this for you?”and “Can you?”

Suzanne will use video, hands – on exercises and observation of live dogs to make sure that you will never see your dog in the same way again!

DEMO DOGS needed!


Private: 1 Full Hour $200.00

Semi-private: 1 Full hour (shared with a friend) $125.00 per person

Auditing: $20.00 per session with owner permission


Day 1 Seminar: Relationship Centered Training RCTTM $160.00 Day 2 Seminar: Your Athletic Dog      $160.00

Day 1 & 2 Seminar: $295.00

There will be Sterling Gillis K9 Memorial SAR Scholarships available. Must be operational K9 SAR handlers to qualify.


TO REGISTER send this information (below) to

Polly Pierce, 1598 W. Brookview LN. St. George, UT 84770




Dog: Name                                                                 Breed

Age                                          Sex                                         Spayed / Neutered

For consideration to be used as one of the demo dogs, please go to: and fill out the case history. You will submit this to Suzanne directly on her site. Please be specific; Suzanne needs the information when choosing dogs for the seminar. Suzanne will contact you directly 7-10 days with confirmation of selected dogs

PAYMENT OPTIONS: Check, Money Order or Cashiers Check.

FOR COMPLETE DETAILS, please contact
Polly Pierce — texas @ (remove spaces to email or)
call Laurie Andrus 435-632-7507

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Mar 23 2019 - Mar 24 2019


9:00 am - 5:00 pm


K9 Sports at The Barn
St George, UT


Polly Pierce
435-632-7507 (Laurie Andrus)