Suzanne Clothier Hosted by Prairie Dog Pet Mercantile
October 16th-18th

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Suzanne Clothier

As part of its commitment to enriching this community and deepening its knowledge of pet training and handling techniques, Prairie Dog Pet Mercantile is proud to host world-renowned Dog Trainer, Suzanne Clothier October 16th-18th in Spokane, WA, with three days of seminars! See below for a detailed description of each day’s seminar, as well as ticket package options! 

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“He was fine until . . .” Sometimes, it seems like there is an invisible switch that gets flipped, and your dog shifts from cooperative or calm to disconnected, disengaged and maybe even out of control. Your dog seems calm but then suddenly is anxious, afraid, trying to get away. What happened?

Chances are good that triggers, thresholds and transitions are at work, affecting behavior in ways both subtle and dramatic.

Like the captain of the Titanic who was warned about the icebergs, trainers sometimes ignore the very real behavioral icebergs: transitions, thresholds & triggers. The result can just be annoying, or a significant problem that prevents enjoyment, cooperation and healthy relationships.

Whether Buster’s going bonkers at the door or blowing you off in the ring, the same behaviors and concepts are involved. Suzanne’s approach focuses on the fundamentals of arousal, attention, communication and behavioral flexibility.

This seminar will help you learn:

  • the value of the Think & Learn Zone (TLZ)
  • Anchorthe anatomy of attention (a limited resource!)
  • how to handle reactive, fearful, shy or easily triggered dogs
  • to recognize triggers
  • to distinguish training opportunities from management moments
  • how to promote mental & behavioral flexibility

Is a quiet distraction-free location necessary? What makes a good training situation? How do transitions change your dog’s behavior? Should a dog always be “below threshold”? Are thresholds physical, mental, emotional or all of the above?

Trainers who understand transitions, thresholds and triggers can effectively assess and meet the dog’s needs in any situation. Each dog needs specific skills to help them safely negotiate their own personal “icebergs be here!” situations. And handlers need the skills to avoid playing captain of the Titanic.

Join us and find out how to find that sweet spot where learning is easy and fun. Whether you’ve got a brand new puppy, a new-to-you rehome, or a seasoned performer, this seminar will offer many “aha!” moments that will keep you and your dog sailing along smoothly.

Selected case history dogs will be used for demonstration.


Just like our favorite dog breeds come in all shapes and sizes, so do our ticket package options! Whether you're looking for a pint-sized package to serve as an introduction, or you want all the perks, we've got a package that covers it! Plus, all ticket packages include all meals for the event!


This VIP early bird package is only available to the first 36 registrants, so sign up quickly! This package includes all three days of seminars, with all meals included, as well as dedicated seating at a table near the front of the event space (non-VIP tickets will have a chair only--no table), as well as merchandise discounts and other perks!


This early bird package is available to the first 75 registrants, and only available until July 15th--after that, prices will go up! This package includes all three days of seminars, plus all meals!


Missed early bird pricing? No worries! You can still get access to all three days of seminars, plus all meals for a great price!


Not able to make it to the Friday evening lecture? This is the package for you! Access to all day Saturday and Sunday, plus meals for both days!


Wanting to get an introduction to Suzanne’s teaching, but not able to attend the whole weekend? This is the pint-sized package for you! Admission to the Friday evening lecture, plus dinner!

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This year’s seminar will take place in the lower level of the Washington State University Extension Building, located at 222 N. Havana St, Spokane, WA 99202. There will be free parking available on site. There are several hotels that are less than 10 minutes from the venue, including

Holiday Inn Express Spokane Valley

Fairfield Inn & Suites

Baymont by Wyndham Spokane Valley


All cancellations are subject to a processing fee of 10% of the total ticket price. Paid tickets may be transferred to another person at any point prior to the event without a fee. For more information or to notify Prairie Dog Pet Mercantile of cancellation, email

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