Treat/Retreat Overview with Suzanne Clothier

Tuesday, August 8, 2023
6pm to 7:30pm EDT (USA and Canada)

Treat/Retreat was developed by Suzanne Clothier back in 1994, inspired by Dr. Ian Dunbar’s story of how he got into a rough spot with an Akita. Suzanne’s approach is different from Dunbar’s treat tosses. Treat/Retreat is about teaching the dog a skill set that promotes confidence.
The webinar is suitable for pet owners, veterinary professionals, animal trainers, animal behaviorists, pet guardians, shelter and rescue staff and volunteers, and anyone with an interest in evidence-based behavior and training.

In this Webinar Series:

This powerfully effective technique is used to help socially shy dogs master the intricacies of feeling comfortable interacting with and being around people. This is a dog-centric technique that is force-free, and one that 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. Using thin slices, Treat/Retreat helps the dog develop skills in comfortable ways that are readily generalized.

Treat/Retreat works through multiple layers of social interactions:

  • Approaching
  • Moving
  • Interactions
  • Groups
  • Postures & Gestures
  • Humans as training equipment
  • Orchestrated greetings
This recorded webinar covers the basics of the Treat/Retreat program, using video of dogs who were enrolled in Suzanne’s Treat/Retreat classes. For anyone who works with fearful/shy dogs, Treat/Retreat is a must-have in your toolbox.

This overview is ideal for anyone who wants to learn from the originator of this technique that has helped countless dogs around the world for nearly 30 years!

This is a good introduction for those interested in pursuing the online Treat/Retreat course.

CEUs pending:

  • KPA
  • PPAB
  • CPDT


  • General Admission Tickets – after June 8, 2023: $85
  • Early Bird Tickets – before June 8, 2023: $55
  • Shelter/Rescue/Vet Student/Vet Tech Tickets – no expiration date: 30% off general admission ticket (discount code is SDFWBV)


Discounts are available for groups of 5 or more – please contact for more information.

Cancellation policy: No refunds


Aug 08 2023


6:00 pm - 7:30 pm