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Suzanne Clothier Seminar: See the Dog

  • ROCKIN' Y RANCH 7600 Stillridge Drive Austin, TX, 78736 United States (map)

Whether you are a dog owner or dog professional, "See the Dog" and "You Had Me at Sniff" are informative and entertaining one-day seminars, sure to enhance that special relationship we all have with our furry family members. Attend one or both seminars.

**  Suzanne Clothier will be selecting participants' dogs to work with during the Saturday & Sunday seminars. If you would like Suzanne to consider working with your dog, go to **

See the Dog: The Elemental Questions   

There is a wonderful Cuban saying: "Inside every head, a world." This sums up beautifully how many ways there are to experience life, and how each of us has our own perceptions.

See the Dog: The Elemental Questions is a workshop that explores many ways to see how dogs can tell us about the world inside their heads.

How the dog responds to life is highly individual, blending temperament with personality and history - and of course, the environment and others around him. Understanding the dog within the context of this complex blend of information helps handlers work to modify and adapt their handling and goals for enhanced relationships and better performance.

Whatever your training goals or sport, the Elemental Questions help you truly “see the dog” and provide the detailed information about each animal as he is. This is where truly humane training is grounded: in detailed knowledge about the individual dog.


Suzanne Clothier Feb.27-28, 2016

Suzanne's simple but powerful Elemental Questions are:  

  • Hello? Looks at the dog's social interactions
  • Who are you? Asks about how the dog perceives and responds to his world
  • How is this for you? Asks about the immediate situation and the dog's mental, physical & emotional balance
  • Can you...? Looks at the dog's physical abilities & limitations
  • May I...? Seeks ways to gain the dog's cooperation and permission
  • Can we...? Balancing the dog/handler team's abilities and limitations against goals .

This seminar focuses on how to ask these questions, and – most importantly – how to listen to the answers. For each dog, the answers to these questions provide a wealth of information to those interested in helping that dog be all that he can be.

What makes this dog’s eyes light up? What does this dog find challenging or concerning, and why? Why does this dog [fill in the blank]? Does this dog's world need to shrink or be enlarged? Is this dog in balance and comfortable? Is this dog in the Think & Learn Zone? How can we help this dog? How can we improve our relationship with this dog?

Also included is Suzanne's newest assessment tool, FAT (Functional Assessment Tool), which evaluates the dog across the full spectrum of functional behaviors such as eating, working/learning, play, social interactions, sleep/rest and more. FAT may be used to assess the dog in multiple contexts or over a period of time to identify how the dog may be demonstrating progress or stress, and pointing to specific areas that need support and training. For shelter and rescue personnel, FAT offers a potent tool for making decisions in a resource challenged environment.

Handlers, Trainers, and Pet Owners will be able to fine-tune their training approach, better understand the behavior or training challenges presented by each dog, and appreciate the qualities that contribute to or strain a relationship. For instructors & trainers, the practical applications plus the specifics of observing handler, dogs and their interactions helps to provide better coaching to bring out the best each dog/handler team can achieve.

A fascinating blend of lecture, video & live demonstrations with case history dogs, See the Dog: The Elemental Questions provides new ways to understand and help these wonderful companions who share our lives.

CEU's:  IAABC - 10    CCPDT - 7

About Suzanne Clothier 

Suzanne has been professionally involved with animals since 1977.  She has taught in the US, Canada, Belgium, Holland, Italy, Japan, Australia and New Zealand for groups as varied as Wolf Park, Association of Pet Dog Trainers, FEMA (Northeast Region Disaster Dog Teams), and Alaskan Dog Musher Association, national specialties, and obedience, agility, breed, rescue, shelter and SAR groups.

Her book, Bones Would Rain from the Sky: Deepening Our Relationships With Dogs has received wide spread praise from every corner of the dog world, including twice being included in the Wall Street Journal's list of Top 5 Dog Books. An award winning author of videos, books, booklets and numerous articles, Suzanne has served as a committee member for the AKC’s Agility Advisory Board, and for the American Humane Association’s Task Force for the Development of Humane Standards in Dog Training.

Earlier Event: February 25
Suzanne Clothier Seminar: CARAT