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Quick – Hit PAUSE! Using Controlled Set-ups for Reactive Dogs. Presented by Suzanne Clothier

  • Monday, August 15, 2022
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • GoToWebinar

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CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT (pending), IAABC (pending), KPA (pending)

Handlers of reactive dogs struggle to find ways to help their dogs feel less worried, overwhelmed or pushed past their thresholds. But progress can be slow, particularly if the dog continues to be triggered despite the trainer and the handler’s best efforts.

As a trainer, I work with many handlers who are discouraged or frustrated. In many cases, there are holes in the training plan, invisible holes that are not always readily apparent. Inevitably, the training falls apart, the dog is triggered, the handler is embarrassed or upset, and the trainer is disappointed. Why does this happen so often?

This webinar dives into what you need to know to help reactive dogs through carefully controlled set-ups. Attendees will learn:

  • The pitfalls of "training in the wild"
  • How to recognize pause button vs uncontrolled variables
  • Assessing individual dog's triggers (visual, auditory, kinesthetic, olfactory, social, chase)
  • Applying the Trainers' Mixing Board: Distance, Intensity & Duration
  • Understanding and using Line of View and Field of View

If you’ve ever wished for a PAUSE button on life to help a reactive dog, this webinar is for you. The practical information provided will help anyone create successful training moments in many situations. Find out why so many clients and their dogs have benefitted from this sensible approach to controlled setups for success.

About Your Presenter    


Suzanne Clothier

Suzanne Clothier has been working with animals professionally since 1977, with a deep, broadly varied background of experience. She is well respected for her humane, practical and sensible Relationship Centered Training (RCT™) approach to dogs and the people that love them.

She has taught throughout the US and internationally on a variety of topics. Her thoughtful, effective tools and materials have been put to use by everyday pet owners, and by trainers, breeders, veterinarians, academics, in guide and service dog organizations, and in animal assisted therapy. She also serves as a consultant to guide and service dog schools.

Regarded as an innovative trainer with exceptional observation skills and a broad range of knowledge, Suzanne is always in demand as an exciting, informative and entertaining speaker capable of making complex topics easily grasped and practical. Her works includes:

  • CARAT™ - a novel temperament assessment and scoring system.
  • The Enriched Puppy Protocol™ – a program for early puppyhood development, from birth to 9 weeks.
  • RAT™ (Relationship Assessment Tool) – a dog/human relationship dynamics assessment.
  • FAT™ (Functional Assessment Tracking) – a 15-dimension functional assessment of an individual dog.
  • CCC™ (Connection, Cooperation & Control, with Cindy Knowlton) – a puzzle-based training program.
  • Your Athletic Dog: A Functional Approach – a gait and movement assessment.

An award-winning author of videos, books, and numerous articles, Suzanne’s writings have appeared around the world in countless languages from Danish to Japanese. Her book Bones Would Rain from the Sky: Deepening Our Relationships With Dogs (Warner, 2002) has received widespread praise from every corner of the dog world, including being included twice in The Wall Street Journal's list of Top 5 Dog Books.

Suzanne is a member of PPG and IAABC. A long time German shepherd breeder, she lives on an upstate New York farm with husband John Rice, and their considerable animal family.


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