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Comfort Is For All Seasons


Sleeping CalfWith the snow blowing, shorter days and a need to rest a bit before 2012 swings into full gear, I find myself reaching for comfort: soft blankets, thick stews, freshly baked bread, sweet things, the delight of warm dogs curled beside me or nearby.  Past the sweet animal comfort of being together, there is more to offering our dogs comfort than just a warm place to nap near us after a winter romp.
Comfort is for all seasons, and something that we can offer anyone we love, especially our dogs when they are feeling anxious or outright afraid. Yet in some animal training circles, there is a persistent belief that to comfort an animal who is afraid will only serve to “reinforce the fear.” A life spent with many animals in many situations has taught me that providing meaningful comfort is the sensible, loving response to any friend in need. Here is the first of what will be many Relationship Centered Training video clips from some of my seminars.

NO HIBERNATION HERE! This winter is a busy one here at the farm with lots of work behind the scenes. Our primary focus is getting the CARAT materials and trainings into full swing to meet the demand. The interest in the US and abroad has been simply amazing.  From service dog organizations to trainers, breeders, vets and serious students of the dog, CARAT is proving to be valuable. (Not familiar with CARAT? Click here for an intro.)
SEMINARS  2012 is already completely booked. I'll be going coast to coast, up into beautiful Canada, back to Italy twice!, and again to Belgium. Here are the seminars coming soon:

ANNUAL TRAINERS' WORKSHOP  June 28-July 1  Registration form & info on this 4 day intensive, held at our farm in St. Johnsville, NY

Hope to see you sometime in 2012, and wishing you & yours a most wonderful New Year -
Suzanne Clothier

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