Please join us for a fun, fascinating weekend with one of the dog training world’s “trainer of trainers”, Suzanne Clothier. Her Relationship Centered Training approach has influenced trainers around the world, and she is well respected for
her approach to dogs and the people who love them. Suzanne Clothier has been working with animals professionally since 1977, with a deep background of experience that includes breeding/canine midwifery, kennel management, grooming, showing, training, puppy aptitude testing, instructing, behavior consultations, in-home training, and K-9 Search & Rescue. For a full biography, see, visit her website. The weekend will include a combination of lectures and dog observations that will have you spellbound at what is possible in the relationship between you and your dog. You’ll learn to improve and deepen your relationship, all the while marveling at Suzanne’s experience and insight into WHY dogs do what they do. You’ll come away knowing that dogs learn and perform in the context of the relationship with their handler as well as the broader context of environment and physical and social limits.
Friday 6/9/17 – Schedule a private consultation with Suzanne to get her input on training or behavior challenges that you might be experiencing.Saturday & Sunday 6/10/17 and 6/11/17: From Confused to
Connected: Finding the Paths To Better Dog/Human Relationships
It seems a simple goal: an enjoyable, mutually rewarding relationship with dogs.
But like the proverbial brass ring, this kind of dog/human relationship can seem out of reach. No matter how many training books you read, no matter how many
classes you attend, no matter which equipment and techniques you try, you find yourself still confused, even frustrated with a dog. In a forest of information, it’s
hard to find the path that will lead to better relationships. This NEW workshop presented by Suzanne Clothier offers practical tools for
finding the appropriate path to better dog/human relationships. As always, Suzanne’s work focuses on keeping the relationship central, respecting the
individual dog and human, and aiming for a mutually satisfying connection. Suzanne will be using selected case history dogs (and their handlers!) to help
attendees learn how to assess behavior, training & performance issues. While these are complex challenges to unravel, Suzanne’s approach is based in simple Decision Points to guide choices for each dog and handler.
Emphasis will be placed on…
- Observation skills – really seeing the dog and handler in detailed ways opens a world of understanding
- The geometry of body language – simple shape recognition deciphers critical meta-messages
- The Elemental Questions – questions and answers that reveal the dog as an individual
- The Think & Learn Zone – why arousal matters, why Goldilocks was right, and what to do about sticky dogs
- Yes/No/Maybe So? – Using Decision Points and flow charts
- Transitions & Thresholds – Tipping points and finding the balance
- Volitional Behavior & Postures – what your dog can tell you about his internal state
Which path is the right one for you and your dog?
Suzanne’s approach to assessing the challenges leads logically to which practical
Relationship Centered Training techniques can be combined for effective, humane
and satisfying results, including:
- The Auto Check-in (ACI)
- Really Real Relaxation
- Explicit Permission
- Skill Building & Thin Slices
- Effective Use of Rewards & Consequences
- Puppy Politeness Poker
Location: Twin Cities Obedience Training Club 2101 Broadway St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Time: Friday, 6/9/17 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, 6/10&11/17 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Cost: One day (Saturday OR Sunday) $165. Two days (Saturday AND Sunday) $295. Pre-registration and fee due in advance.
Refunds less a $20 processing fee will be made for cancellations processed by May 9, 2017. Seminar fee includes continental breakfast and morning/afternoon snacks.
Lunch will be available at a cost of $10.00 each day. You’re welcome to bring your own lunch or to go to one of the fast food restaurants in the area. If you choose to order a lunch, please complete that portion of the registration form and include the fee with your registration.
Case History/Demo Dogs are sought for this workshop.
We will be seeking a variety of issues and challenges to help all attendees learn how to assess and address challenges. Whether an advanced performance dog or a newly adopted pet, this seminar offers a wealth of information, practical tools and techniques to help handlers and dogs find their way to better relationships. Suzanne will make the final decision about who will be used as demo dogs from those who fill in and email the application.
If you’re interested in this option, the application is >>here>> .
Please email [email protected] to let me know after you have completed and sent this form to Suzanne.
Non Demo Dogs at the Seminar:
Depending on the number of humans who are attending and the need for demo dogs to feel safe, there should be
some space for non-demo dogs. Please consider the needs of your dog FIRST when deciding whether to bring him/her. For many dogs, this won’t be a
comfortable setting due to the many people and other dogs in close proximity. Please do not bring reactive dogs. Dogs must be on leash at all times, both inside and outside. Please bring a crate for your dog.
There will be at least one SAR scholarship (100% of the seminar fee waived) as well as at least one Caretaker/Rescue worker scholarship
available (50% of the seminar fee waived). Application must be made on the SAR/Shelter/Organization’s letterhead. The scholarship is only open to those who have not received this scholarship in the past.
Individual consultations will be available on Friday, June 9.
see below for pricing details. The consults will be scheduled between 9:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Please send a SEPARATE check for the consult along with your registration check – these consult checks will not be cashed until March 25. Cancellation refunds will be provided only if the spot you reserve can be filled
- $200 per consult. The consult will last 55-60 minutes.
- Semi-private (consult shared with a friend) $125.00 per person