Midwest’s Hippest Hang-Out For Hounds
Proudly Sponsoring Suzanne Clothier
Please join us for a fun, fascinating weekend with one of the dog training world’s “trainer of trainers,” Suzanne Clothier. Her Relationship Centered Training approach has influenced trainers around the world, and she is well respected for her approach to dogs and the people who love them. Suzanne Clothier has been working with animals professionally since 1977, with a deep background of experience that includes breeding/canine midwifery, kennel management, grooming, showing, training, puppy aptitude testing, instructing, behavior consultations, in-home training, and K-9 Search & Rescue. For a full biography, visit Suzanne’s website!
The weekend will include a combination of lectures and dog observations that will have you spellbound at what is possible in the relationship between you and your dog. You’ll learn to improve and deepen your relationship, all the while marveling at Suzanne’s experience and insight into why dogs do what they do. You’ll come away knowing that dogs learn and perform in the context of the relationship with their handler as well as the broader context of environment and physical and social limits.
Friday Oct. 25th, 2019:
Schedule a private consultation with Suzanne to get her input on training or behavior challenges that you might be experiencing.
Saturday Oct. 26th, 2019: From Confused to Connected – Finding the Paths To Better Dog/Human Relationships
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 workshop offers practical tools for finding the appropriate path to better dogs. 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, and 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
- Volitional Behavior & Postures – what your dog can tell you about his internal state
Sunday, October 27th, 2019: Thresholds, Triggers and Transitions
“He was fine until . . .”
“She’s so good until we get in the ring”
“I think my dog has no self control!”
Sometimes, it seems like there is an invisible switch that gets flipped, and your dog shifts from cooperative or calm to disconnected, disengaged and maybe even out of control. What happened? Chances are good that triggers, thresholds and transitions are at work, affecting behavior in ways both subtle and dramatic. Like the captain of the Titanic who was warned about the icebergs, trainers sometimes ignore the very real behavioral icebergs: transitions, thresholds & triggers. The result can just be annoying, or a significant problem that prevents enjoyment, cooperation and healthy relationships.
This seminar will help you learn:
- The value of the Think & Learn Zone (TLZ)
- To recognize triggers
- To distinguish training opportunities from management moments
- How to promote mental & behavioral flexibility through Tincture of Time, on/off exercises, behavioral flexibility work
- The anatomy of attention (a limited resource!)
Is a quiet distraction-free location necessary? What makes a good training situation? How do transitions change your dog’s behavior? Should a dog always be “below threshold”? Are thresholds physical, mental, emotional or all of the above? Trainers who understand transitions, thresholds and triggers can effectively assess and meet the dog’s needs in any situation. Each dog needs specific skills to help them safely negotiate their own personal “icebergs be here!” situations. And handlers need the skills to avoid playing captain of the Titanic.
Location: emBark – 2109 Fairfax St. – Eau Claire, WI 54701
Time: Friday, 10/25: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. / Saturday & Sunday, 10/26 & 10/27: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Cost: One day (Saturday OR Sunday) $175.00 / Two days (Saturday AND Sunday) $325.00
Pre-registration and fee due in advance
Refunds less a $20 processing fee will be made for cancellations processed by October 11, 2019. Seminar fee includes continental breakfast and morning/afternoon snacks. Lunch will be available at a cost of $10.00 each day. You’re welcome to bring your own lunch or to go to one of the fast food restaurants in the area. If you choose to order a lunch, please complete that portion of the registration form and include the fee with your registration.
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 an advanced performance dog or a newly adopted pet, this seminar offers a wealth of information, practical tools and techniques to help handlers and dogs find their way to better relationships. Suzanne will make the final decision about who will be used as demo dogs from those who fill in and email the application.
Please email Linda Conrad at flashbackFCR@gmail.com to let her know after you have completed and sent this form to Suzanne.
Non Demo Dogs at the Seminar
emBark does have space to crate your non demo dog if you choose to bring him/her. But please consider the needs of your dog FIRST when deciding whether to bring him/her. For many dogs, this won’t be a comfortable setting due to the many people and other dogs in close proximity. Please do not bring reactive dogs. Dogs must be on leash at all times, both inside and outside. Please bring a crate for your dog.
There will be at least one SAR scholarship (100% of the seminar fee waived) as well as at least one Caretaker/Rescue worker scholarship available (50% of the seminar fee waived). Application must be made on the SAR/Shelter/Organization’s letterhead and sent in along with your registration form. The scholarship is only open to those who have not received this scholarship in the past.
Individual consultations will be available on Friday, October 25th.
Pre-registration required – see below for pricing details. The consults will be scheduled between 11:30 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. Please send a SEPARATE check for the consult along with your registration check – these consult checks will not be cashed until October 11 and cancellation refunds will be provided only if the spot you reserved can be filled.
- $200.00 per consult. The consult will last 55-60 minutes.
- Semi-private (consult shared with a friend) $125.00 per person.
Interested? Register Now!
Please make ALL checks payable to emBark and send along with this registration form to: Linda Conrad – 2301 Echo Trail – Ely, MN 55731
Refunds less a $20 processing fee will be made through October 11, 2019. If you prefer to pay with a credit card, please email this completed registration form to flashbackFCR@gmail.com with a note saying you’re paying by credit card. Then call emBark at 715-864-3263 to pay. Your registration will not be confirmed until you have paid.