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


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

Earlier Event: October 28
Later Event: February 22
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