Oct
28
Oct 29

Suzanne Clothier: From Confused to Connected

  • Catoctin Kennel Club

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
  • Explicit Permission
  • 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. 


Aug
8
8:00 pm20:00

CCC Games

This drop in format includes fun games to play while keeping you and your dog challenged in new ways.  Looking to take your connection to the next level off lead? Offered monthly on Mondays, this one hour practice provides a safe environment with your instructor serving as your ghost handler as needed to insure your dog's success.   $10

Email cindy@seespotgrin.com to reserve your spot.

 Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Continuing CCC

Jul
24
9:00 am09:00

Off Site NW2/3 Practice

Specifically for folks working towards NW2 and NW3 titles.  Locations will vary, but all will be within 40 minutes of the See Spot Grin classroom.

$25 for current See Spot Grin students
$35 for others

Email cindy@seespotgrin.com to reserve your spot.

Jul
18
8:00 pm20:00

CCC Games

This drop in format includes fun games to play while keeping you and your dog challenged in new ways.  Looking to take your connection to the next level off lead? Offered monthly on Mondays, this one hour practice provides a safe environment with your instructor serving as your ghost handler as needed to insure your dog's success.   $10

Email cindy@seespotgrin.com to reserve your spot.

 Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Continuing CCC

Jun
20
6:30 pm18:30

CCC Games

This drop in format includes fun games to play while keeping you and your dog challenged in new ways.  Looking to take your connection to the next level off lead? Offered monthly on Mondays, this one hour practice provides a safe environment with your instructor serving as your ghost handler as needed to insure your dog's success.   $10

Email cindy@seespotgrin.com to reserve your spot.

 Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Continuing CCC

Jun
19
9:00 am09:00

Off Site NW2/3 Practice

Specifically for folks working towards NW2 and NW3 titles.  Locations will vary, but all will be within 40 minutes of the See Spot Grin classroom.

$25 for current See Spot Grin students
$35 for others

Email cindy@seespotgrin.com to reserve your spot.

May
9
6:30 pm18:30

CCC Games

This drop in format includes fun games to play while keeping you and your dog challenged in new ways.  Looking to take your connection to the next level off lead? Offered monthly on Mondays, this one hour practice provides a safe environment with your instructor serving as your ghost handler as needed to insure your dog's success.  $10

Email cindy@seespotgrin.com to reserve your spot.

 Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Continuing CCC,

Apr
18
6:30 pm18:30

CCC Games

This drop in format includes fun games to play while keeping you and your dog challenged in new ways.  Looking to take your connection to the next level off lead? Offered monthly on Mondays, this one hour practice provides a safe environment with your instructor serving as your ghost handler as needed to insure your dog's success.   $10

Email cindy@seespotgrin.com to reserve your spot.

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Continuing CCC,

Apr
17
10:00 am10:00

Off Site NW2/3 Practice

Specifically for folks working towards NW2 and NW3 titles.  Locations will vary, but all will be within 40 minutes of the See Spot Grin classroom.

$25 for current See Spot Grin students
$35 for others

Email cindy@seespotgrin.com to reserve your spot.

Mar
19
Mar 20

Suzanne Clothier Seminar: Dogs in 4 Part Harmony

  • DogStar Performance Dog Sports

Dogs in 4 Part Harmony is an information packed weekend with four mini-seminars, all blending together for a tremendous learning experience covering CARAT, Build Your Dog's On-Off Switch, Could You Do It on a Boat?, and Treat/Retreat. There's nothing sweeter than the joyful harmony between you and your dog. Come learn to how to keep that song of connection clear and strong.

Click on this seminar title above for details and to register.

Mar
7
6:30 pm18:30

CCC Games

This drop in format includes fun games to play while keeping you and your dog challenged in new ways.  Looking to take your connection to the next level off lead? Offered monthly on Mondays, this one hour practice provides a safe environment with your instructor serving as your ghost handler as needed to insure your dog's success.   $10

Email cindy@seespotgrin.com to reserve your spot.

 Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Continuing CCC,

Feb
22
6:30 pm18:30

CCC Games

This drop in format includes fun games to play while keeping you and your dog challenged in new ways.  Looking to take your connection to the next level off lead? Offered monthly on Mondays, this one hour practice provides a safe environment with your instructor serving as your ghost handler as needed to insure your dog's success.  $10

Email cindy@seespotgrin.com to reserve your spot

 Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Continuing CCC

 

 

Oct
31
Nov 1

Suzanne Clothier: Cultivating Canines: How to Grow Your Own Best Friend

Cultivate: 

1. to develop or improve by education or training; to train; to refine;
2. to promote the growth or development of;
3. to devote oneself to;
4. to seek to promote or foster (friendship, love, etc.). 
5. to seek the acquaintance or friendship of (a person).

This fascinating new seminar from Suzanne Clothier offers a comprehensive approach to raising dogs with respect. If we are cultivating rather than merely raising or training, we can approach this part of our journey with our dogs in new ways. We begin to understand that the quality of all we do contributes to the dog we have at our side now and in the future.

In this seminar, taught with humor, scientifically grounded knowledge and a deep passion for dogs, Suzanne’s Relationship Centered Training principles combine with her lifetime of experience raising dogs and helping others do the same. Whether a first time owner falling in love with their new dog, or a non-profit organization seeking to raise dogs who can serve mankind, this seminar presents Suzanne’s thoughtful approach to truly cultivating canines so that they can grow into a best friend.

Part I

In the Beginning

  • The Foundation
    • genetic – the blueprint
    • environmental – physical, emotional, mental, social
    • Building Schedule
      • what happens when?
      • what’s the proper order?
      • critical periods – what does critical mean?
      • The Basic DOG Kit – the Assembly – weeks 0-8 weeks

Part II

So It Begins – Weeks 8-16

  • Mindful Socialization
  • Planting the Seeds - Foundation skills
  • What’s missing? Filling in the gaps
  • Understanding your pup, customizing socialization
  • Common challenges & problems

Part III

Getting through the Not-so-wonder Years in Style

  • Understanding & supporting the adolescent dog
  • From angel puppy to demon dog – what happened?
  • Remember the seeds you planted?
  • What’s missing? Filling in the gaps
  • Common challenges & solutions

Part IV

My Dog, My Friend

  • Discovering your dog as an individual 
  • Temperament, personality & maturity 
  • What can you do to be your dog’s best friend? 
  • What size world? which sports? what job? Making decisions for your dog

Suzanne Clothier has been professionally involved with animals since 1977.  She has taught in the US, Canada, Belgium, Holland, Italy, Japan, Australia and New Zealand for groups as varied as Wolf Park, Association of Pet Dog Trainers, FEMA (Northeast Region Disaster Dog Teams), and Alaskan Dog Musher Association, national specialties, and obedience, agility, breed, rescue, shelter and SAR groups.

Her book, Bones Would Rain from the Sky: Deepening Our Relationships With Dogs has received wide spread praise from every corner of the dog world, including twice being included in the Wall Street Journal's list of Top 5 Dog Books. An award winning author of videos, books, booklets and numerous articles, Suzanne has served as a committee member for the AKC’s Agility Advisory Board, and for the American Humane Association’s Task Force for the Development of Humane Standards in Dog Training.

Suzanne has served as a consultant to several guide dog schools and service dog organizations. Her behavior assessment tool CARAT and her adult and puppy tests, are in use in several guide dog schools. Her Enriched Puppy Protocol has proven itself in these large breeding programs, with literally thousands of puppies benefitting from her puppy raising approach since 2008.

A long time breeder, she is currently raising a puppy from her 8th generation of Hawks Hunt German Shepherd Dogs. At any given time, Suzanne is busy cultivating canines, living with very old dogs, very young dogs, and every age in between, providing her with a solid understanding of all stages of canine development—and plenty of practice along the way!

$350 for both days

Details & Registration

Oct
28
Oct 30

CARAT 1.3

Continuing education for students on the CARAT certification path.  

Prerequisites:  completion of CARAT 1.1 and 1.2 workshops.

 

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Sep
27
9:00 am09:00

John Rice Following Ghosts Tracking Seminar

  • Hog Dog Productions

The Following Ghosts approach supports and depends on the relationship between dog and handler. These seminars provide eye-opening moments of understanding that will forever change how handlers see their dog.

The Following Ghosts approach is built on the understanding that long before we begin teaching them, dogs already know how to track, air-scent and trail, and they also know how to discriminate between scents. Our job as handlers is to help the dog do these things for us, in specific ways, in specific places, for specific reasons, while including the handler as part of the team.

The Following Ghosts approach is based in T.R.U.T.H.:

  • Trust in and respect for the dog’s natural abilities
  • Relationship between dog and handler
  • Understanding of scent, terrain and track laying
  • Transitions and complexity to build skill
  • Handling to assist and support the dog

At a Following Ghosts tracking workshop, handlers learn how to:

  • develop their dog’s tracking skills (duration, complexity, transitions, surfaces, commitment)
  • track almost anywhere, almost anytime – town or country, variable surfaces
  • read their individual dog’s body language
  • lay tracks like an expert
  • “read” the terrain and scent conditions
  • use handling & equipment to support their dog

At the end of a one-day beginner’s workshop, most students in any Following Ghosts workshop will be running a three legged track and often working on variable surfaces as well. All participants will have a better understanding of tracking, and working with their dog as a team.

LIMITED WORKING SPOTS AVAILABLE!!  Auditors are expected to be active participants, laying tracks, assisting handlers and working with the group exercises. 

Reactive dogs may not participate, but the handler is welcome to audit this event.

Working Spot:  $200     WORKING SPOTS ARE FULL
Auditing Spot:  $175 

CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS OR TO REGISTER

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Sep
26
9:00 am09:00

John Rice Scent-Wise Dogs Seminar

  • Hog Dog Productions

At a Scent-Wise Dogs workshop, handlers learn:

  • how scent works under many conditions (interior, exterior, high/low/hidden hides)
  • how to place hides for effective skill development & building confidence in the dog
  • how to develop strong alerts and refinds at source
  • to read their dog & support him with good use of handling & equipment
  • how to apply Scentwise StrategiesTM in competition

LIMITED WORKING SPOTS AVAILABLE!!  Auditors are expected to be active participants, placing hides, assisting handlers and working with the group exercises. 

Reactive dogs may not participate, but the handler is welcome to audit this event.

Working Spot:  $200   WORKING SPOTS ARE FULL
Auditing Spot:  $175 

CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS OR TO REGISTER

Tell me more about John

Sep
12
9:00 am09:00

Off Site NW2/3 Practice

For current See Spot Grin students as well as others looking for a structured, goal oriented and skill specific off site practice. All locations will be within 40 minutes of Hog Dog Productions, and determined based on availability. Offer up your own practice location and your next practice is free!

$25

Aug
20
8:00 pm20:00

Scent Work Games

Designed to include the pressures of trialing in a light, competitive way, these games will challenge your handling skills as well as your dog's skill.  Join us for some birch sniffing fun!

$10

Aug
20
7:00 pm19:00

RCT Games

Looking to practice focus and connection while proofing your dog's basic obedience skills in a fun, light-hearted way?  Specific activities will be chosen from Suzanne Clothier's RCT Games and based on your interests.  Join us each month for a new set of exercises for a fun night out while solidifying your teamwork.

$10

Jul
18
9:00 am09:00

Off Site NW2/3 Practice

For current See Spot Grin students as well as others looking for a structured, goal oriented and skill specific off site practice. All locations will be within 40 minutes of Hog Dog Productions, and determined based on availability. Offer up your own practice location and your next practice is free!

$25

May
28
7:00 pm19:00

RCT Games

Looking to practice focus and connection while proofing your dog's basic obedience skills in a fun, light-hearted way?  Specific activities will be chosen from Suzanne Clothier's RCT Games and based on your interests.  Join us each month for a new set of exercises for a fun night out while solidifying your teamwork.

$10

May
28
7:00 pm19:00

Scent Work Games

Designed to include the pressures of trialing in a light, competitive way, these games will challenge your handling skills as well as your dog's skill.  Join us for some birch sniffing fun!

$10