Hand & Paw: A Shared Journey to Individual Solutions

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Hand & Paw: A Shared Journey to Individual Solutions


November 3-4, 2018
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Coventry School for Dogs
7165 Oakland Mills Road
Columbia, MD 21046

Whether working with your own dog or, if you're a dog professional, a client’s dog, we all share the same journey with the same quest: How do we help this dog and his person? Statistics, jargon, recipes and top-down approaches can leave us unsure about how to find the best solution for each individual dog and situation. 

With so much information and so many options available, how do you determine what an individual dog and his person need and how do you achieve that?

This seminar provides new approaches to thinking about training and dogs in a comprehensive, whole dog way. Learn to become more effective and humane as you refine your ability to see, question, analyze and test drive your understanding and training plans. 

Using a variety of interactive exercises, videos, live dog/handler case histories, working in small groups, and “jigsaw” learning, this seminar will cover:

Anatomy of Attention: How hard is it for dogs to pay attention? Understanding attention and its role in learning; types of attention; limits; perception vs reality; and how anxiety & fear affect attention. Using hands-on, “try it yourself” exercises, Suzanne will take you inside the canine brain.  

Observation skills: How do you see what you need to see? “What should that look like?” “What would that look like?” How do we know what we need to know? Using both video and live dog/handler demonstrations, Suzanne will help you see what she sees.

Decision making: How do you think comprehensively about the dog as a whole being – both the emotional and physical/physiological – and come up with a training plan that’s effective for both the dog and the handler? Suzanne’s IF/THEN training provides flow charts that guide decision making in a way that makes it easy to see where the challenges lie for any given dog and handler.

Using guided problem case solving, you’ll learn how to:

• Hone your observation skills

• Turn observations into conjectures

• Learn how to “ask” dogs questions (and handlers too!)

• Use Suzanne’s unique IF/THEN approach to identify issues

• Triage & prioritize

• Assess pros & cons for possible solutions

• Test drive the solutions

Finally, Suzanne’s “Doggie Soap Opera” will round out the fun as you learn how much you know about the dog – who is the sum of his history, learning, relationships and environment – as a whole being.

Join us and take away new ideas, techniques, approaches, and a well exercised funny bone that will leave your head and your heart full.

About Suzanne Clothier

Contact Info

Cindy Knowlton
See Spot Grin

Hotel Information

To the best of our knowledge these hotels accept dogs.Always check to see if policy has changed.  Room and pet fees vary. All hotels are 20-30 minutes from the seminar location.

Best Western, Westminster, MD
LaQuinta Inns & Suites, Jessup MD
Comfort Inn, Jessup MD
Extended Stay, Columbia 100 Parkway, MD
Extended Stay, Jessup MD
Extended Stay, Columbia Gateway Drive, MD

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