A Weekend with Suzanne Clothier — Relationship Centered Dog Trainer

Friday, May 29 – Sunday, May 31, 2015

Friday, May 29, 2015 – Topic: Dog Is in the Details: Understanding Your Dog’s Body Language

Click Here to Register for Friday’s Seminar Only (Register for more than one seminar here)

Fee: $40
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Rd., Pittsburgh, PA, 15237

Saturday, May 30, 2015 – Maddening to Maturity: Understanding the Adolescent Dog

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Fee: $160
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; lunch provided
American Legion 96, 2863 Chartiers Ave., Pittsburgh, PA, 15204

Do you wonder where your once wonderful puppy went? And why has he turned into a sometimes maddening, unpredictable, maybe even out of control adolescent? Relax – you’re not alone. More than a few puppy class stars have gone on to be champion buttheads as teenagers!

For many dog owners, the 18-24 month period of adolescence is problematic. Even with a great start in puppyhood, many dogs hit adolescence and become frustrating, unruly, and simply maddening in some ways. While puzzling to many owners, this is a natural but poorly understood stage of development.

  • Did you know that adolescence begins around 20 weeks of age?
  • That a year old dog is roughly the equivalent of a 14 year human?
  • That adulthood in the dog begins at 2-4 years of age?
  • That the most annoying teenage dogs are usually geniuses?

The Relationship Centered Training™ (RCT) approach to adolescents focuses on three areas of the teenage dog’s life:

  • Relationship with handler
  • Social life (other people, dogs & animals)
  • Life skills (self control, basic manners, coping skills)

For each area, we will explore ways to assess each dog’s strengths and limits, how the handler can support the dog, what skills need to be developed, and how to recognize problems that must be addressed. This seminar will address

  • RCT keys: communication, commitment, communication
  • The handler’s role as the teenage dog’s guide to life
  • Balancing the relationship
  • Age appropriate responsibility
  • Cooperation as a lifestyle
  • Permission and parameters
  • “Even though” empathy & expectations
  • Potholes, loopholes and missing bricks in the dog’s skill sets

Self control, handling arousal, dealing with distractions and attractions, polite behavior with others (people and dogs) – all are important aspects of growing up into a well behaved adult. Learn how to guide your teenage dog to maturity using effective and humane RCT techniques such as Really Real Relaxation, Go Say Hi, Auto-Check-in, Puppy Politeness Poker and more.

When you understand your adolescent dog better, you can settle into the work and joys of helping them grow into a wonderful adult dog. The kind of adult dog that makes people say, “Oh, I wish I had a dog just like that!” while you smile and wonder if they knew him as a teenager.

Sunday, May 31, 2015 – Drive, Brakes, Steering: Understanding and Modulating Arousal

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Fee: $160
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; lunch provided
American Legion 96, 2863 Chartiers Ave., Pittsburgh, PA, 15204

Is your dog is ready to conquer his next title? Or does he worry about the dog next door? Do you struggle with a reactive dog who seems to be part rocket and part rock-head? Do you wish you knew how to keep your dog in the Think & Learn zone? 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!!?!?

All trainers struggle with the wide range of training and behavior issues that have their origin in arousal, sensory stimulation and reactivity. Whether you’re an old pro or a new trainer, you and your dog will benefit from Suzanne Clothier’s approach to understanding arousal, reactivity, behavior and performance. Her Relationship Centered Approach is sensible, humane and effective.

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

Practical exercises will help you and your dog find the sweet spot of connection and cooperation.

The physiology of arousal

  • understanding ANS(sympathetic, parasympathetic & enteric
  • chronic stress & the damage it can do
  • productive & non-productive arousal
  • fear & anxiety & their effects on learning

The Elemental Questions ™

  • The dog and his world
  • Sensory input & sensory sorting

The Think & Learn zone ™

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

What the dog can tell you

  • how observable behaviors reflect physiological changes
  • 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

Early-Bird. Best Value!

Register for Saturday and Sunday together for $275!
Early-Bird Special only valid until April 30, 2015.

Click Here to Register for these seminars

For more information on Relationship Centered Training visit: www.suzanneclothier.com

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Scholarships Available for K-9 Search & Rescue Groups

The Sterling Gillis Memorial K‐9 SAR Scholarship honors a promising young SAR dog who was tragically killed. This scholarship is available for handlers in established K-9 SAR units. Discounted seminar rates available for applicants. Please apply on the SAR group’s official letterhead. For more information, email CARMAA at info@carmaa-petadoption.com.

General Policies:

Due to restrictions of the seminar location, we ask that no dogs be brought to the seminar.

There will be ample parking near the seminar location. A map or description of parking along with confirmation of your attendance will be sent via email approximately 2 weeks prior to the seminar. Otherwise, a PayPal confirmation, cancelled check or credit card statement will serve as your receipt.

Full refunds will be given up to 1 week prior to the opening date of the lecture/seminar. During the last week of registration, refunds will be given at the sole discretion of the Board of Directors of CARMAA, Inc.

Light breakfast, lunch and beverages are provided at no cost for the lecture. Carry-in food or drink is also permitted.

The presence of a baby is likely to be distracting to other participants, so we ask that you refrain from bringing any babies or very young children into the lecture room.

During the lectures, please turn off all cell phone and pager audio alerts. No video or audio taping is permitted.

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