RCT Skills for Reactive Dogs PRO
Designed for professionals this course provides you with five basic Relationship Centered Training techniques to teach clients and help create a solid foundation of skills that are invaluable 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.
Designed for trainers or shelter and rescue professionals, 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.
With each warning phrase - “He’ll be fine as long as you don’t . . .” handlers of dogs with aggression issues try to guard against another incident, another bite. But unfortunately, they do not realize they have built a house of cards that is fragile and likely to collapse under the stressors of life.
The RCT Skills for Reactive Dogs course helps you build a solid foundation for your clients and their reactive dogs.
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.
How to use this course
Intro RCT Skills for Reactive Dogs
Arousal and the Think & Learn Zone (TLZ)
The TLZ and Reactive Dogs
MINIMIZE, MANAGE & TRAIN Worksheet
Sensory Awareness Worksheet
Behavior Difficulty & Active vs Stationary Behaviors
BEHAVIOR DIFFICULTY Worksheet
Chills & Thrills Worksheet
QUIZ Basic Concepts
What is the Auto Check-In?
VIDEO HOW-TO: Teaching the Auto Check-In
Auto Check-In 101
Auto Check-in & the Reactive Dog
ACI - An Arousal Barometer
Teaching the Auto Check-In Step-by-Step
Auto Check-In Handouts
Auto Check-in - Test your learning
An Introduction to Puppy Politeness Poker
Using Puppy Politeness Poker in Aggression Cases
Understanding Real Life Rewards
Why Not Just SIT For Everything?
Why Not Just SIT? video
Testing the Brakes
DOWNLOAD: Attentive Cooperation Worksheet & Can Do Deck Cards
What are Real Life Rewards and "Will Work For"
What is a CAN DO?
Creating CAN DO and WILL WORK FOR Decks
Creating Your CAN DOs and WILL WORK FORs
Setting the Bar for the Individual
Making the Offer
PPP - Step by Step
Putting PPP to work
Sample PPP Plans
Puppy Politeness Poker in Action
Working with Multiple Dogs
Watch the Puppy Politeness Poker Webinar
BONUS Attentive Cooperation E-Book
QUIZ Attentive Cooperation & PPP
The Goals of Really Real Relaxation
The Benefits of Really Real Relaxation
The THINK & LEARN ZONE
DOWNLOAD RRR Protocol Handout and RRR Troubleshooting Guide
Step One of Really Real Relaxation
Step Two of Really Real Relaxation
Step Three of Really Real Relaxation
Step Four of Really Real Relaxation
Sue and Jinx Learn Really Real Relaxation
Is it working? Or needs adjusting?
Building Really Real Relaxation
Practicing and Perfecting - Kirby with Cricket
Case Study - Foster dog
Case Study - Remy
Working RRR in Public - Lowes
Downloadable Troubleshooting Guide
QUIZ Really Real Relaxation
GO HUNT Basics
Using GO HUNT for Management
GO HUNT Teaching the Concept
GO HUNT STEP 2 Fading Visual Target
GO HUNT STEP 3 Prepared Hunts
GO HUNT STEP 4 On the Fly
GO HUNT Step 5 Here & Now
GO HUNT for Car Chasing
DOWNLOAD GO HUNT - How-To
QUIZ GO HUNT
This course is made up of videos as well as text, webinars and multiple downloadable worksheets and handouts.
NOW is a good time! This evergreen course is open for enrollment whenever you are ready. It is a self-paced course, so you work at your own speed. You will have access to the material for a year.
This is an intensive pro level course intended for anyone working with reactive dogs. You do not need to be a professional trainer, but you should have a solid grasp of learning theory, understanding of canine behavior & body language, and the training skills to be working with reactive dogs in a safe and humane way. This course provides the how-to as well as the theory grounding each skill.
This course is self-paced and can be done in a few weeks or a few months. You will have access to the materials for a full year. BONUS: complete the course within the year, and gain lifetime access to the material (as long as you are a student in good standing).
CEUs are available. IAABC - 16, KPA - 16, PPAB-16, and CCPDT - 16 (for trainers, none available for behavior consultants),
FIVE additional webinars chock full of critical information for working with reactive dogs. You'll get both the Intro to CARAT, and Intro to RAT (Relationship Assessment Tool) webinars for free! AND the three listed below. Total additional value $149.75!
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.
If you’ve ever wished for a PAUSE button on life to help your dog, this webinar is for you. The practical information provided will help anyone create successful training moments. Find out why so many clients and their dogs have benefited from this sensible approach to thin slicing for success.
Understanding transitions, thresholds & triggers helps you assess & meet the dog’s need for specific skills to help them safely negotiate their “icebergs.” Learn how to find your dog’s sweet spot where learning is easy & fun.
Assistant Instructor, Alissa Mosier CPDT-KA
SUZANNE CLOTHIER has worked with animals professionally since 1977, with a background includes obedience, agility, puppy testing, breeding, Search and Rescue, conformation, instructing, kennel management and AAT. She has presented seminars & at conferences throughout the world.
Her Relationship Centered Training™ approach blends science and heart to create humane, effective and practical solutions for dogs and the people who work with them, whether professional working dogs or couch warming companions.
ALISSA MOSIER CPDT-KA has been working with Suzanne for over five years, in addition to working with her own clients and running her own business, Old Dogs New Tricks Dog Training, LLC. Alissa has a passion for rescue and spends a lot of her time working with adolescent dogs, and has come to depend on Relationship Centered Training™ for her dogs and clients.