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Suzanne Clothier: Working with Fearful, Anxious & Reactive Dogs

  • Breakaway Action Dogs 900 East Patrick Street Frederick, MD, 21701 United States (map)

This seminar will focus on understanding canine behavior, the nature of fear and anxiety, understanding aggression (including bite etiology). The role of stress, arousal, resilience and environmental factors are discussed. Attendees will learn the specific Relationship Centered Training (RCT) techniques that are useful for fearful and reactive dogs:

· In/Out of Safety Zone

· Treat/Retreat

· Use of the Stimulus Gradient

· The Auto Check-In

· Follow Me

· Ghost Handling

· Go Hunt

· Intelligent Consequences

Attendees will learn to use these simple, effective techniques that will help alter a dog’s feeling about a situation, bring balance to the dog/handler relationship without punishment or confrontation, and help the dog and handler develop new skills for a variety of situations.  These RCT techniques are also useful & helpful for dogs without fear or reactivity.

NOTE:  Seminars use lecture, video and live demonstrations, and will be taught with great humor and 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.


Earlier Event: September 29
Suzanne Clothier: CARAT 1.1
Later Event: November 8
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