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    Everything you need to know to help those puppies, adolescent dogs, and easily aroused dogs of all ages be the best dogs they can be!

    Sept 16th, 17th, 18th, & 19th 2016

    and 1 DAY OF IN-PERSON CONSULTATIONS with Suzanne herself!

    The Noble Beast Dog Training & Education Center
    4335 Vine Street, Denver, CO 80216
    CCPDT CEU’s and IAABC CEU’s are as follows:
    – Full seminar (Fri, Sat, Sun) – 16.5
    – Fri Evening – The Enriched Puppy – 2.5
    – Sat – Maddening to Maturity – 7
    – Sun – Brakes, Drives, Brakes, & Steering – 7
    – Mon – In-Person Session – 1.5


    The Enriched Puppy:
    Environmental & Social Enrichment to help pups be the best they can be!
    2.5 hour evening seminar – $75 per person
    Friday night – 9/16/16 – 6pm – 8:30pm

    Maddening to Maturity: Understanding the Adolescent Dog
    1 day seminar – $200 per person
    Saturday – 9/17/16 – from 9am – 5pm

    Drives, Brakes & Steering: Understanding & Modulating Arousal
    1 day seminar – $200 per person
    Sunday – 9/18/16 – from 9am – 5pm

    In-Person Consultations w/ Suzanne Clothier
    Only 8 spot available – see pricing below
    Monday – 9/19/16 – from 9am – 5:15pm


    2 DAY SEMINAR – $350



    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL – PURCHASE BEFORE 07/15/16 and receive an additional 10% off your order!

    The Early Bird Special does not apply to In-Person Consults with Suzanne.


    For 1 day only on Monday, 9/19/16 from 9am – 5:15pm

    Suzanne has graciously agreed to give us an extra day to work with anyone who wants to get one on one direct instruction and training from Suzanne herself. There are only 8 open spot and the cost is as follows:


    45 minutes – $90
    60 minutes – $130


    45 minutes – $100
    60 minutes – $150

    ***There may be 1 to 4 auditors in a room observing your session***



    We accept all forms of payments!

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      Please let us know which seminars / services you would like to attend, as well as if you have any questions
      2 DAY SEMINAR – $3501 DAY SEMINAR with EVENING LECTURE – $2552 DAY SEMINAR with EVENING LECTURE – $400The Enriched Puppy – $95 per personMaddening to Maturity – $200 per personDrives, Brakes & Steering – $200 per personIn-Person Consultations w/ Suzanne Clothier


      Day 1 – Evening lecture on Friday, September 16th, 2016

      The Enriched Puppy – For breeders, shelters, rescues, and anyone interested in or already involved in raising puppies from birth to 16 weeks, this evening lecture offers practical ideas for environmental and social enrichment aimed at helping puppies become the best they can be. Detailed information on development of the puppy’s mind, body & social behavior.

      Suzanne has raised eight generations of her Hawks Hunt German Shepherds, as well as litters of other breeds. Her approach to puppy raising has helped private breeders of several breeds raise “the best puppies ever!” Most notably, her ideas have put to the test since 2008 being used with thousands of puppies at three guide dog schools – Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation and Southeastern Guide Dogs.

      Whether you love knowing more about helping puppies become the best they can be, wonder how to polish up the genetic material in your breeding program, or just love puppies, this is a fascinating evening full of — yes, puppies!

      Day 2 – Seminar on Saturday, September 17th, 2016

      Maddening to Maturity – Understanding the Adolescent Dog – Do you wonder where your once wonderful puppy went? And why has he turned into a sometimes maddening, unpredictable, maybe even out of control adolescent? Relax — you’re not alone. More than a few puppy class stars have gone on to be champion buttheads as teenagers!

      For many dog owners, the 18-24 month period of adolescence is problematic. Even with a great start in puppyhood, many dogs hit adolescence and become frustrating, unruly, and simply maddening in some ways. While puzzling to many owners, this is a natural but poorly understood stage of development.

      Did you know…?

      • That adolescence begins around 20 weeks of age? That a year old dog is roughly the equivalent of a 14 year human?
      • That adulthood in the dog begins at 2-4 years of age?
      • That the most annoying teenage dogs are usually geniuses?

      The Relationship Centered Training (RCT) approach to adolescents focuses on three areas of the teenage dog’s life:

      • Relationship with handler
      • Social life (other people, dogs & animals)
      • Life skills (self-control, basic manners, coping skills)

      For each area, we will explore ways to assess each dog’s strengths and limits, how the handler can support the dog, what skills need to be developed, and how to recognize problems that must be addressed.

      This seminar will address:

      • RCT keys: communication, commitment, communication
      • The handler’s role as the teenage dog’s guide to life
      • Balancing the relationship
        • Age appropriate responsibility
        • Cooperation as a lifestyle
        • Permission and parameters
        • “Even though” empathy & expectations
      • Potholes, loopholes and missing bricks in the dog’s skill sets

      Self-control, handling arousal, dealing with distractions and attractions, polite behavior with others (people and dogs) — all are important aspects of growing up into a well behaved adult. Learn how to guide your teenage dog to maturity using effective and humane RCT techniques such as Really Real Relaxation, Go Say Hi, Auto-Check-in, Puppy Politeness Poker and more.

      When you understand your adolescent dog better, you can settle into the work and joys of helping them grow into a wonderful adult dog. The kind of adult dog that makes people say, “Oh, I wish I had a dog just like that!” while you smile and wonder if they knew him as a teenager.

      Day 3 – Seminar on Sunday, September 18th, 2016

      Drives, Brakes & Steering – Understanding & Modulating Arousal – Is your dog is ready to conquer his next title? Or does he worry about the dog next door? Do you struggle with a reactive dog who seems to be part rocket and part rock-head? Do you wish you knew how to keep your dog in the Think & Learn zone? Wonder how your dog can tell you when things are “just right” or beginning to be “not so good”? Wonder how to keep the drive and enthusiasm but also have some brakes and steering? And why can’t he just lay down and RELAX already!!?!?

      All dog owners and even trainers struggle with the wide range of training and behavior issues that have their origin in arousal, sensory stimulation and reactivity. Whether you’re an old pro, a new trainer, or just simply own an energetic pup, you and your dog will benefit from Suzanne Clothier’s approach to understanding arousal, reactivity, behavior and performance. Her Relationship Centered Approach is sensible, humane and effective.

      This seminar will help all handlers deepen their understanding of arousal, reactivity, how dogs think & learn (or don’t!) when aroused, perfect performance vs. perfect train wreck, and how to help their dogs be the best they can be.

      Practical exercises will help you and your dog find the sweet spot of connection and cooperation.

      The physiology of arousal

      • understanding ANS(sympathetic, parasympathetic & enteric)
      • chronic stress & the damage it can do
      • productive & non-productive arousal
      • fear & anxiety & their effects on learning
      • The Elemental Questions ™
      • The dog and his world
      • Sensory input & sensory sorting
      • The Think & Learn zone ™
      • why your dog needs to be in this zone
      • how to see when he’s leaving the zone & how to get him back
      • understanding the Stimulus Gradient
      • What the dog can tell you
      • how observable behaviors reflect physiological changes
      • the power of volitional posture shifts
      • Putting it all together
      • Suzanne’s amazing REALLY REAL RELAXATION Protocol
      • Connection, Control & Permission
      • Being the best handler & team-mate for your dog

      ****IMPORTANT INFO****

      Dogs are welcome on Saturday & Sunday as long as they are fairly quiet and fairly well behaved. We are allowing 8 dogs to attend on Saturday and 8 dogs to attend on Sunday. However, do know that most dogs will probably not get a chance to work with Suzanne unless presented as a case history AND if your case history is selected. These spots are first come first serve so if you would like to bring your pup, please let us know when you contact us to purchase your ticket that you would like to bring your pup! We will at that time let you know if we have room for any more dogs and if so give you the link to complete the case history which will be due no later than 8/24/16.

      Day 4 – One on one coaching from Suzanne Clothier, Monday, September 19th, 2016

      In-Person Consultations – If you’ve ever wished you could be coached one on one and talk with Suzanne about a puzzling case or specific topics, Relationship Centered Training™, canine behavior or body language, aggression, even conditioning and/or raising litters, temperament or pretty much anything dog, then an in-person consultation may be right for you. You might also find an in-person consult ideal for an in-depth assessments, hands-on coaching and practical application of the Relationship Centered Training™ solutions for relationship repair, or training and behavior modification for a pup you own or a pup you work with. Given that she reside in New York, don’t let this opportunity pass! There will be 8 available openings – FIRST COME FIRST SERVE!


      Suzanne Clothier has been working with animals professionally since 1977, with a deep background of experience that includes obedience, agility, puppy testing, breeding, Search and Rescue, conformation, instructing, kennel management and canine midwifery. She is well respected for her holistic Relationship Centered Training™ approach to dogs and the people that love them.

      Suzanne’s broad knowledge, common sense and humor offer exciting, practical information and approaches that will enhance the dog/human relationship whether you are an average dog owner, a skilled and experience trainer, work in the dog industry, or simply have a deep and enduring love for dogs.

      She has taught in the US, Canada, Belgium, Holland, Italy, Japan, Australia and New Zealand for groups as varied as Wolf Park, NADOI, Association of Pet Dog Trainers, FEMA (Northeast Region Disaster Dog Teams), Alaskan Dog Musher Association, Chicago Anti-Cruelty Society, AKC Obedience judges, many national specialties, and numerous 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 written articles for the AKC Gazette, Dog Fancy, Dogs in Canada, Off Lead, Clean Run, Wolf Clan and breed magazines and newsletters around the world. She 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.

      In 2007, she developed an exciting new temperament assessment tool, CARAT™ (Clothier Animal Response Assessment Tool), as well as the Clothier Puppy Test, and Clothier Adult Test, including a formal In-For-Training (IFT) test for use in guide/service dog schools. She is also the developer of RAT™ (Relationship Assessment Tool). Currently, she is involved in a number of research projects involving CARAT and RAT, ranging from guide & service dog schools to the use of CARAT and RAT in Animal Assisted Therapy (in conjunction with Dr. Kirby Wycoff). Together, Suzanne and Dr. Wycoff are developing a new approach to AAT – The Reflected Relationship™.

      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 these organizations, Suzanne utilized her Relationship Centered Training™ approach and her Enriched Puppy Protocol™ to assist in the restructuring of the puppy raising programs.

      Beginning Jan 2013, she was invited to serve as an Advisory Board Member for NBCAAM – National Board of Certification for Animal Acupressure & Massage.

      To top it all off, she is also a German Shepherd breeder, her 8 generations of Hawks Hunt German Shepherds have been successful in obedience, agility, SAR, tracking, herding an d therapy work; she is also the co-breeder of a National Specialty BOB Brittany. She lives on a working farm in upstate New York with husband John Rice, and their considerable animal family of dogs, cats, parrots, tortoises, Scottish Highland cattle, horses, donkeys, pigs and more.



        Your Full Name*

        Your Email*

        Your Phone Number*

        Please let us know which seminars / services you would like to attend, as well as if you have any questions
        2 DAY SEMINAR – $3501 DAY SEMINAR with EVENING LECTURE – $2552 DAY SEMINAR with EVENING LECTURE – $400The Enriched Puppy – $95 per personMaddening to Maturity – $200 per personDrives, Brakes & Steering – $200 per personIn-Person Consultations w/ Suzanne Clothier

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