Interaction of Dog Temperament, Intrinsic/Extrinsic Motivation, Needs & Training Capabilities!

Earn up to 6 CEU's

A New Framework for Understanding Temperament & the Individual Dog!


  • Deeper understanding how temperament effects whether training is or is not successful, depending on the individual dog, handler & task.


  • A dog's intrinsic/extrinsic motivation, how it affects what it wants to do, can do, struggles to do & how this effects training and homing.


  • A structure for thinking about what to want, need & expect from a dog and how to identify a best match-home for a dog.

Individual Sessions: $35 each

All Three $95, or $80 for groups of 4+

Complimentary spots possible for Certified

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  • Fees: Participate in all 3 sessions for a total of $95 ($80 for groups of 4+) or choose any combination of 2 sessions at $35 per session.

  • Each session is at 12:00 Noon Eastern, 11:00 AM Central, 10:00 AM Mountain and 9:00 AM West Coast times.

  • Each segment starts with a presentation of about 1 1/2 hours, followed by a 15 minute “coffee break” and ends with a 45 minute Q/A session during which the speaker will respond to questions posed by attendees of the live sessions.

  • Whether you make the live sessions or not, you will be able to access a complete recording of each session for 1 year.

  • Links to the recordings will be emailed to all participants the day after each live session.

  • CEU credits will be provided at the end of series. You have the option of providing your CCPDT number during the ticket purchase. IAABC Certificates will be emailed upon request after the final session in the series.

  • Invites & Reminders to the zoom live sessions are being sent from We recommend you add this email address to your email program's address book to assure they are not being filtered out by your spam/junk filters.


There are 4 primary objectives to give attendees:

  1. A new framework for understanding temperament & the individual dog.

  2. A deeper understanding of why training is or is not successful (partially or wholly), depending on the individual dog and how to identify the best match.

  3. A structure for thinking about what they want/need/expect from dog and how to identify the best match.

  4. A structure for finding the best match home for a dog.

 SESSION 1: Saturday, June 5, 2021  

Basics of Temperament - what it is, what it is not!

Some CARAT  aspects (Clothier’s Animal Response Assessment Tool)  come into play so attendees have a new framework for thinking about the individual dog; develop understanding of intrinsic/extrinsic motivation and how that affects what the dog wants to do, can do, struggles to do, and the genetically selected behaviors vs. trained behaviors.

 SESSION 2: Saturday, June 12, 2021 

Aspects of the Relationship Assessment Tool!

Some aspects for assessing the dog-human dynamics; identifying best candidates and "non-negotiable" qualities for successful candidates.


  SESSION 3: Saturday, June 19, 2021  


Looking at 3 Different Expectations!

Three different dog candidates, how to line up their needs and preferences for best placement and what that might look like in a dog:

  1. Family Dogs

  2. Sports Competitors

  3. Service Dogs


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Suzanne Clothier has been working with animals professionally since 1977, with a deep, broadly varied background of experience including obedience training, agility, Search & Rescue, kennel management, and program development. She is well respected for her humane, effective Relationship Centered Training (RCT™) approach to dogs and the people that love them.


First listed in Who’s Who in Dogs back in 1997, she has taught in the US, Canada, Belgium, Holland, Italy, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Ireland and Poland for groups as varied as Assistance Dogs International-NA, Wolf Park, Association of Pet Dog

Trainers, FEMA, Alaskan Dog Musher Association, the University of Minnesota’s Nature Based Therapeutics conference, many national and international conferences, and for training groups and clubs. Suzanne is well respected for her humane, effective Relationship Centered Training (RCT™) approach to dogs and the people that love them. She is the author of the widely acclaimed Bones Would Rain from the Sky: Deepening Our Relationships With Dogs (Warner, 2002).

Regarded as an innovative trainer, Suzanne’s work includes:

  • CARAT™ - a novel temperament assessment & scoring system

  • The Enriched Puppy Protocol™ - Program for early puppyhood development, birth to 9 weeks

  • RAT™ (Relationship Assessment Tool) – dog/human relationship dynamics asssessment

  • FAT™ (Functional Assessment Tracking) – 15 dimension functional assessment of individual dog

  • CCC™ (Connection, Cooperation & Control, with Cindy Knowlton) – a puzzle based training program

Her tools and materials have been put to use in guide & service dog organizations, in animal assisted therapy, for everyday pet owners, and by trainers, breeders, veterinarians, academics and in research. She has served as a consultant to Guiding Eyes for the Blind (Patterson, NY), Southeastern Guide Dogs (Tampa, FL), Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation (Bloomfield, CT), Assistance Dogs of the West (Santa Fe, NM) and Guide Dogs of America (Sylmar, CA). For all of these organizations, her Enriched Puppy Protocol™ and RCT™ techniques have helped them improve their puppy raising programs.

Her work has been presented in multiple international conferences, including most recently at the 2017 International Working Dog Breeder Association conference. She has served as a committee member for the AKC’s Agility Advisory Board, and as a committee member of the American Humane Association’s Task Force for the Development of Humane Standards in Dog Training.



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 WEBINAR FEE (includes access to recording for 1 year) 


For Groups of 4 or more: $80 for all 3 sessions


You can attend all 3 sessions in the series or any combination of them. When you purchase your ticket below, you will have the option of indicating which sessions you will attend. Remember, you will have access to the recordings for 1 year of the sessions you purchase, regardless of whether you make the live sessions or not!

ALL 3 Sessions: $95.00

1 Session:  $35.00

2 Sessions: $70.00


  1. Click on the below icon corresponding to your desired number of sessions to attend.

  2. On the next page select which session(s) you are attending (only if you do not attend all 3 sessions).

  3. Enter the email address you want to use for the zoom registration. We will register you for all purchased session on using the email address you provide on the product page. 

  4. Optionally enter your CCPDT number for CEU credits. We will submit them after the final session.

  5. You will receive invitations to join each session through zoom in advance with reminders to follow. Check your spam folder if you don't see them.



 Tech Requirements 



  • Our webinar presentations uses the platform. Please download the free the zoom app to your device at here. Alternatively, you can use their web interface through any web browser and clock on "Join A Meeting". Zoom's web interface works best with the Chrome browser which can be downloaded here.

  • We will do our best to provide you with a quality product. However, there are factors of running live webinars beyond our control that can impact the overall quality. The quality of the presentation video is contingent on your computer operating system, your internet connection and the bandwidth available. Even with high speed internet video can occassionally lag or buffer a bit. You should expect degraded video to some degree pending the quality of your device and internet connection.

  • You can use any MAC or PC or laptop (Windows 7 or above), IOS or Android tablet and smart phone.

  • If your computer is older or your internet slow that your smart phone might be a better choice. But keep in mind that our speakers use videos and power point presentations during the session and a larger screen may be of preference.

  • You do not need to have a Zoom account, but you will need the zoom app or use the web interface AND you will need to register for each of the sessions via Zoom.

  • Once you have reserved your session(s), we will send you an email with the registration links.

  • We will send you seminar reminder emails but encourage you to enter each session you register for into your calendar of choice with proper prior notification.

  • Below is information from Zoom about system requirements and a website where you can test your internet speed to see if your system is optimal for the presentation. Puppyworks can not guarantee the quality of the video in the webinars.



  • Close all other windows and programs and get off the internet except for the presentation so that your internet and computer speed aren't slowed down by other activities.

  • Ask any members of your household not to use the internet for any streaming services like Netflix etc during the presentation.

  • If you are using a desktop of laptop, maximize the zoom browser window or app to get the largest viewing mode possible for your device.


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