Treat Retreat Seminar 9am-12:30pm
Suzanne’s elegant & effective technique for shy & fearful dogs has helped countless dogs around the world. While based in simple principles, Treat/Retreat does require skill to apply well. This technique can be used in class settings as well as at home & other settings. This workshop focuses on the specifics of using Treat/Retreat:
R-E-S-P-E-C-T + – Respect, autonomy & safety
Treats Aren’t the Trick – Why the dog’s volunteered responses are the key
Inside the Black Box Using intrinsic motivation to help the dog learn how to resolve the ongoing puzzle of “what to do!?”
Progressions: Approach, Contact, Group, Postures & Movements From the first cookie to confident interactions
Suzanne’s Treat/Retreat builds confidence, social skills, provides handlers with a new understanding of their dog’s zones, and helps shy & fearful dogs make huge strides. A must-have skill for trainers, rescue/shelter or vet staff, and for anyone who care for dogs who find people scary.trainers, rescue/shelter or vet staff, and for anyone who care for dogs who find people scary.
The Excitable Dog 2:00pm-5:30pm
In this workshop, Suzanne will focus on teaching Really Real Relaxation Protocol; Even Though…Greetings & Goodbyes; Walk This Way (Connection Course to practice walking with connection). For some dogs, that’s not a joke. Many dogs & handlers struggle with distractions, which can be anywhere and everywhere. How do you train around and with distractions? This workshop focuses on:
• “What the … Oh, Okay!” approach to thin slicing & making changes
• Do You Hear/See/Smell That Too? understanding Sensory stimuli & the individual dog
• Finding the Sweet Spot – How to balance intensity, duration & distance for any distraction
• Here I Am – Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours! Using the power of the Auto-Check-in
• Successful Set-ups – how to avoid training in the wild
Working through distractions is easier when you understand the many variables at work, and know how to put the power of connection to work for you and your dog.
If you want your dog considered for this workshop, please submit a case study no later than March 15, 2017 to firstname.lastname@example.org
From Confused to Connected - Full Day Seminar April 23, 2017 Cost: $160
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 RCT techniques can be combined for effective, humane and satisfying results, including:
The Auto Check-in (ACI)
Really Real Relaxation
Skill Building & Thin Slices
Effective Use of Rewards & Consequences
Puppy Politeness Poker
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 you are working with an advanced performance dog, a newly adopted pet or helping with clients’ dogs, this seminar offers a wealth of information, practical tools and techniques to help handlers and dogs find their way to better relationships.
Join us for an exciting weekend of thought provoking work with a variety of dogs. As always, Suzanne's sense of humor and compassionate approach plus her keen observation skills will make for a memorable and educational event.
NOTE: Seminars use lecture, videotape, and live demonstrations, and will be taught with great humor as well as compassion for people and dogs. Working dogs will be selected by Suzanne Clothier in advance. A Case Study Form will be sent to registrants at a later date for those who wish to be considered.