Introduction to CARAT: Two-Part Series

Part 1 - Introduction to CARAT
Tuesday, June 13, 2023 
6pm to 7:30pm EST (USA and Canada)

Part 2 - Introduction to CARAT: Case Histories
Tuesday, July 11, 2023
6pm to 7:30pm EDT (USA and Canada)

Developed by Suzanne Clothier in 2007, CARAT (Clothier Animal Response Assessment Tool) is a novel assessment system that categorizes behavior traits in multiple components that are intuitive and practical.
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The webinar is suitable for pet owners, veterinary professionals, animal trainers, animal behaviorists, pet guardians, shelter and rescue staff and volunteers, and anyone with an interest in evidence-based behavior and training.

In this Webinar Series: 

PART 1 -  Introduction to CARAT
Developed by Suzanne Clothier in 2007, CARAT (Clothier Animal Response Assessment Tool) takes a detailed view of the individual dog as a unique combination of many factors working together to influence, exacerbate, mitigate and enhance each other.

In the CARAT profile created by the specifics of this complex interaction of multiple traits, an accurate picture is created of the individual, regardless of breed or age. CARAT looks at these traits and their interactions: Sociability, Social Use of Space, Social Tolerance, Biddability (familiar & strangers), Patience, Awareness (Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic, Olfactory), Persistence, Arousal, Resilience, Energy, Social Confidence, Environmental Confidence and Self Modulation.

The CARAT profile defines what lifestyle, job or demands might be most suitable for this dog, and what situations or handlers or expectations might be unfair, distressing or unproductive for this individual animal.

CARAT aids professionals in making better assessments of the dog as an individual, aiding in the creation of effective, humane training plans suited to that individual.

Additionally, CARAT can aid in the selection of dogs for a specific purpose, handler or environment, and helping handlers understand their dogs in a nuanced, truly holistic way.

Part 2 - Introduction to CARAT: Case Histories
Developed by Suzanne Clothier in 2007, CARAT (Clothier Animal Response Assessment Tool) is a novel assessment system that categorizes behavior traits in multiple components that are intuitive and practical.

CARAT takes a detailed view of the individual dog as a unique combination of many factors working together to influence, exacerbate, mitigate and enhance each other. In the profile created by the nuances and specifics of this complex interaction of multiple traits, an accurate picture is created of the individual, regardless of breed or age.

At all times, behavior is assessed according to how productive, functional, or adaptive it may be, with a full understanding that what may be productive, functional or adaptive in one context may not be in another context.

For example, there can be great differences in the CARAT profiles of dogs described as "anxious" or "hyperactive" or any number of labels and interpretations that tell us nothing about the individual. This webinar provides a look at how CARAT can reveal the nuances that underlie each dog's behavior.

CARAT is a must-have tool for any serious animal professional who is involved in assessing behavior. Whether you are a trainer, a behaviorist, a breeder, a veterinarian, in rescue/shelter work, or involved in service dog organizations, CARAT can open a new world of observation and understanding.

This Intro to CARAT Part 2: Case Histories webinar will provide a look at how CARAT framework helps you fine tune your behavior modification and training plans.

Join us and find out why those who know CARAT say, “CARAT changes everything!”

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Tuition:

  • General Admission Tickets – after June 10, 2023: $85
  • Early Bird Tickets – before June 10, 2023: $55
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Meet the instructor

Suzanne Clothier

Suzanne Clothier has been working with animals professionally since 1977, with a deep, broadly varied background of experience. She is well respected for her humane, practical and sensible Relationship Centered Training (RCT™) approach to dogs and the people that love them.

She has taught throughout the US and internationally on a variety of topics. Her thoughtful, effective tools and materials have been put to use by every day pet owners, and by trainers, breeders, veterinarians, academics, in guide & service dog organizations, and in animal assisted therapy. She serves as a consultant to guide & service dog schools.

Regarded as an innovative trainer with exceptional observation skills and a broad range of knowledge, Suzanne is always in demand as an exciting, informative and entertaining speaker capable of making complex topics easily grasped and practical.

Her groundbreaking 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 assessment
  • FAT™ (Functional Assessment Tracking) – this app looks at functional assessment of individual dog
  • CCC™ (Connection, Cooperation & Control, with Cindy Knowlton) – a puzzle based training program
  • Your Athletic Dog: A Functional Approach  -- gait & movement assessment


An award winning author of videos, books, and numerous articles, Suzanne’s writings have appeared around the world in countless languages from Danish to Japanese. Her book, Bones Would Rain from the Sky: Deepening Our Relationships With Dogs (Warner, 2002) 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.

She is a member of PPG and IAABC. A long time German Shepherd breeder, Suzanne lives on an upstate New York farm with husband John Rice, and their considerable animal family.
Patrick Jones - Course author