Treat/Retreat Overview with Suzanne Clothier

Treat/Retreat was developed by Suzanne Clothier back in 1994, inspired by Dr. Ian Dunbar’s story of how he got into a rough spot with an Akita. Suzanne’s approach is different from Dunbar's treat tosses. Treat/Retreat is about teaching the dog a skill set that promotes confidence.
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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.

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This powerfully effective technique is used to help socially shy dogs master the intricacies of feeling comfortable interacting with and being around people. This is a dog-centric technique that is force-free, and one that does not use negative reinforcement. Instead, respect for the dog’s boundaries, arousal and abilities are combined with nuanced observation and engagement of SEEKING to help build the dog’s skills. Using thin slices, Treat/Retreat helps the dog develop skills in comfortable ways that are readily generalized.

Treat/Retreat works through multiple layers of social interactions:
  • Approaching
  • Moving
  • Interactions
  • Groups
  • Postures & Gestures
  • Humans as training equipment
  • Orchestrated greetings

This recorded webinar covers the basics of the Treat/Retreat program, using video of dogs who were enrolled in Suzanne’s Treat/Retreat classes. For anyone who works with fearful/shy dogs, Treat/Retreat is a must-have in your toolbox.

This overview is ideal for anyone who wants to learn from the originator of this technique that has helped countless dogs around the world for nearly 30 years!

This is a good introduction for those interested in pursuing the online Treat/Retreat course.

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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