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to Mar 19

From Confused to Connected: Finding the Paths to Better Dog/Human Relationships

See Spot Grin is proud to host CONFUSED TO CONNECTED.

It seems a simple goal: an enjoyable, mutually rewarding relationship with dogs. But like the proverbial brass ring, this kind of dog/human relationship can seem out of reach. No matter how many training books you read, no matter how many classes you attend, no matter which equipment and techniques you try, you find yourself still confused, even frustrated with a dog. In a forest of information, it's hard to find the path that will lead to better relationships. 

This new workshop presented by Suzanne Clothier offers practical tools for finding the appropriate path to better dog/human relationships. As always, Suzanne's work focuses on keeping the relationship central, respecting the individual dog and human, and aiming for a mutually satisfying connection. 

Suzanne will be using selected case history dogs (and their handlers!) to help attendees learn how to assess behavior, training & performance issues. While these are complex challenges to unravel, Suzanne's approach is based in simple Decision Points to guide choices for each dog and handler.

Emphasis will be placed on

  • Observation skills - really seeing the dog and handler in detailed ways opens a world of understanding
  • The geometry of body language - simple shape recognition deciphers critical meta-messages
  • The Elemental Questions - questions and answers that reveal the dog as an individual
  • The Think & Learn Zone - why arousal matters, why Goldilocks was right, and what to do about sticky dogs
  • Yes/No/Maybe So? - Using Decision Points and flow charts
  • Transitions & Thresholds - Tipping points and finding the balance
  • Volitional Behavior & Postures - what your dog can tell you about his internal state

Which path is the right one for you and your dog? Suzanne's approach to assessing the challenges leads logically to which practical RCT techniques can be combined for effective, humane and satisfying results, including:

  • The Auto Check-in (ACI)
  • Really Real Relaxation
  • Explicit Permission
  • Skill Building & Thin Slices
  • Effective Use of Rewards & Consequences
  • Puppy Politeness Poker

Case History demo dogs are sought for this workshop. We will be seeking a variety of issues and challenges to help all attendees learn how to assess and address challenges. Whether you are working with an advanced performance dog, a newly adopted pet or helping with clients’ dogs, this seminar offers a wealth of information, practical tools and techniques to help handlers and dogs find their way to better relationships. 

Join us for an exciting weekend of thought provoking work with a variety of dogs. As always, Suzanne's sense of humor and compassionate approach plus her keen observation skills will make for a memorable and educational event.

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

For complete details & registration, please click here.

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