The Relationship Assessment Tool

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Date: November 2-3, 2019
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: The Coventry School for Dogs
Cost: $350

“Wherever you go, there you are!” No quote better sums up the reality that when we are working with our dogs, we cannot help but be a part of the equation. In each relationship, the handler brings their habits, personalities, needs and style to interact with the dog, who also brings his own personality, patterns of response, needs and style.  The Relationship Assessment Tool (RAT) was developed by Suzanne Clothier to further understanding of the dog/human relationship in a practical way.
RAT offers a fascinating approach to assessing both the human and the dog in any relationship. With an emphasis on patterns of behaviors found on both ends of the leash, RAT is a powerful tool for understanding the dynamics of the dog/human relationship. Beyond identifying patterns, RAT can help develop a sensible plan for any handler & dog through Training Triage, a way to establish priorities for appropriate training strategies.

For those who work with training issues and behavior problems, RAT clearly identifies the strengths and weaknesses of any dog/handler team, and helps in the development of a sensible, targeted training plan for improving and strengthening the relationship. For those who try to match the right handler to the right dog, RAT offers a great way to understand the human’s needs, strengths and habits and how they might (or might not!) suit a particular dog.

Using video, group exercises and real time dog/handler assessments, this seminar will explore what a RAT assessment can provide to trainers, instructors, shelter workers, rescue groups, veterinarians, vet techs, breeders and anyone interested in understanding and enhancing the dog/human relationship.