CEU Event: Relationship Centered Training Skills for Reactive Dogs

When: Ongoing
Where: Online


*CPDT-KA: 16 *CBCC-KA: 0
CPDT-KSA Knowledge: 16.00
CPDT-KSA Skills: 0.00

* Courses approved for CBCC-KA CEUs may be applied to a CPDT-KA or CPDT-KSA recertification. Courses approved for CPDT-KA or CPDT-KSA may not be applied to a CBCC-KA recertification.

PLEASE NOTE: CPDT-KA can earn a MAXIMUM of 12 CPDT-KSA Skills CEUS within their 3 year certification period.


Easy to teach, force-free, effective foundation skills that make a profound difference for reactive dogs. Trainers around the world face the challenge of helping reactive dogs find a more comfortable way to be in the world. It is a complicated challenge that requires a trainer's toolbox with a variety of techniques. This course provides trainers with the Relationship Centered Training tools to make a difference in the lives of reactive dogs and their handlers while deepening the dog/handler relationship in a humane and effective approach. Dogs and handlers both build skills that go far past CC/DS (counter-conditioning and desensitzation) to create new options of response and practical coping skills. Each of these foundational RCT skills promotes improved handler observation skills, awareness of the dog's thresholds, recognition of body language and behaviors that signal arousal shifts, and identification of training situation vs. management moments. For the dog, these skills are based in volition and agency, with the benefits of self modulation, authentic relaxation, social interaction and clear communication carrying into real life application. Additionally, each skill can be practiced using positively arousing stimuli to develop fluency prior to the presentation of triggering stimuli. Five Relationship Centered Training techniques help create a solid foundation of skills that are invaluable in the resolution of reactivity cases. Including worksheets and tips for curriculum building this course is designed for the professional trainer. - Auto Check-in (ACI) This foundation RCT skill focuses on voluntary attention even in the presence of triggering stimuli. Easy to teach, the ACI is ideal for building connection, and a must-have skill for any dog, but particularly for shy, fearful or reactive dog. - Really Real Relaxation (RRR) Learn how to help create authentic relaxation for handler and dog. Volitional behavior, social modeling & the power of intrinsic reinforcement make Really Real Relaxation a powerful tool. Easily taught, RRR offers reactive dogs a way to make profound shifts in self-regulation. - Attentive Cooperation The thoughtful use of real life rewards, clear communication and consistent expectations helps dogs and handlers find their way to cooperation. Useful for teaching dogs self control, this technique helps rebalance the relationship in humane, effective, force-free ways. - Go Say Hi 1-2-3! This win-win technique is as suitable for the socially awkward dog as for the over-the-top exuberant greeter! The dog remains in connection with handler, learns self control, and receives the reward of social interaction plus rewards from handler for disengaging from the greeting. Structured greetings help reactive dogs successfully navigate social interactions with people. - Go Hunt! A management tool that is ideal for reactive dogs, Go Hunt! uses social and sensory engagement to bring the dog’s full attention and focus to searching with the handler. Fun and easy to teach, Go Hunt! is surprisingly effective and practical in a wide range of situations.

Sponsor:Carpe Canem, Inc.
Speaker(s):Suzanne Clothier, Alissa Mosier CPDT-KA

Contact: Suzanne Clothier
 Email: courses@suzanneclothier.com
 Web: https://relationshipcenteredtraining.thinkific.com/courses/RCTreactive