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


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.

All Three Sessions $95

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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.


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.


Aspects of the Relationship Assessment Tool!

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



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) 

$95.00 (includes all 3 sessions)

Note: Once you complete your purchase, you are presented with a download link for a text file with the links and passwords to the recordings!


  1. Click on the below blue ticket icon.

  2. Optionally enter your CCPDT number for CEU credits.

  3. Download the document you receive containing the links and passwords to view all 3 sessions OnDemand.

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